I love cake. It’s one of my downfalls, with chocolate, pastries, biscuits…oh just food in general.
But cake is something that the whole of our house like. Unlike other foods which the OH will faff over and not eat if I buy them, cake will pretty much always get eaten (unless it’s ‘too dry’. He’s fussy, just warm it up and eat it with cream, custard or ice cream to soften it!).
As I’ve written many times before, we’re also music lovers. N and his dad are both fans of heavy rock, so when I was approached to try out the new Bake to Black recipe book from Music Room, I jumped at the chance.
The book’s a fun take on baking. Every recipe is inspired by – and quite often in the design of – rock songs and bands. And it’s not just cakes, there’s biscuits, pastries, donuts, large and small cakes for you to bake. It made me laugh thinking of heavy rock stars like Ozzy Osbourne baking cakes.
I picked out a few (not too scary) bakes I fancied making. There’s quite a few on my to bake list, but the 2 I’ve already tried have both been a success with the tasters in the house. N turned down the chance to help me bake which was quite disappointing (the farm was too much of a draw). The recipes I tried were all straight forward enough to get children helping out.
One of the things that are essential in a cook book are photos for each recipe. I hate the books where you just want to see the finished product, and can’t see it. With Bake to Black, each cake is photographed…obviously because it helps make the link to the songs. Each cake also has a pun name – I found I was trying to guess the exact song title from the cake name, but I have to admit my rock song knowledge isn’t good enough for the variety of bands this recipe book covers.
The first bake I chose was the Hot for Teacher Hand Pies which are apple, maple syrup and rosemary pastries.
I personally prefer puff pastry to shortcrust so if I was to make them again I’d use puff pastry, but they went down well warm with ice cream, and N’s also had one cold as a snack after school.
My second creation was Baked at Birth, a white chocolate, raspberry and rosehip infused blondie.
These were delicious, and just gooey enough in the middle for me. Even the OH liked them, and he usually moans if they’re ‘fake’ brownies.
Alternatively you can buy Bake to Black from Music Room for around £14.99.
Disclosure: I was sent the Bake to Black recipe book for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.