|New Creations Food Machine|
|Maple Caramel Filling using My Secret Kitchen Maple Caramel Sauce|
The second attempt was not dry but didn't rise very well so I was quite nervous when starting the third attempt. I opened a fresh bag of Self Raising Flour and double sifted it to make sure the final cake would be light and airy. The only other difference to the third cake was that instead of creaming the butter and sugar, adding the eggs one at a time etc, etc, I followed the instructions in the booklet which accompanied the Food Machine! It directs you to put all the ingredients into the Food Machine and turn it on. Three minutes later pour the mixture into your two prepared cake tins. I did this and the cake came out moist and well risen.
|2nd vs 3rd attempt!|
When the cake was finished I took it up to the competition in London. Upon arrival we were offered a glass of Prosecco and put our entries on the counter top. They all looked so good there was no way anyone could predict which one would win. The Judges introduced themselves and then we introduced our blogs and told them a bit about our entries.
Judges tasted, keeping silent as they went along the line and making copious notes. Then whilst the judges went off to confir and decide on the winner we all got to try each other's offerings and drink some more Prosecco. When the judges came back they gave a quick summing up of their notes on each entry and I was impressed how they gave their critiques without giving any hints to the winner. The entries were judged on taste, smell, texture, overall look.
I have never baked a cake for a competition before so you can imagine how gobsmacked I was when I was the winner!
|The Final Cake - let the judging commence!!|
My prizes for winning have started to arrive with the rest due on Monday!