A couple of weeks ago I went along to York Central’s Clandestine Cake Club event which was held in the fabulous York Cocoa House on Blake Street just around the corner from the Minster. Although I have been a member of the Clandestine Cake Club for nearly 2 years now, it was the very first time I had ever managed to get along to the York Central group. This month’s theme was Literary Cakes which to me was a brilliant theme. As a trained primary school teacher, a mother and a massive bookworm it just had to be a child’s book which would provide the inspiration for my cake.
After taking a while to decide, I settled upon Paddington Bear. I first enjoyed the Paddington Bear stories by Michael Bond as a child in the 1970’s at Infant School. Our teacher read the first book to us and I also enjoyed the TV series that used to come on just before the 6 o’clock news! When I became a Key Stage One teacher nearly 20 years ago I had a cuddly Paddington toy and a book which I used to share with the children at story time. The book ended up being passed down to my own two children who are now teenagers. My hubby loved Paddington too and I remember him exploding with laughter reading the stories to my children at bedtime. So my cake just had to be a cakey version of one of Paddington’s Marmalade Sandwiches!
I then started looking for recipes containing orange and or marmalade and then remembered only a few days previously Mary Berry had been showing how to make her Spiced Orange Cake on The Great British Bake Off Masterclass. It sounded like a great way to try out the cake and to experiment with it to turn it into a marmalade sandwich!
Here’s how it was done:
The cake went down well at cake club that night. I had about a third of the cake left along with some of the other cakey leftovers to take into work with me to share with my colleagues. It also went down well in school and I was delighted that the cake turned out the way I wanted it to. I would love to make it again and I bet it would work well with lemon or lime as a change with different spices to complement the main flavour. Watch this space!