Over dinner in hall the other night:
Me: "Oh, you said your sister knits hats? Is that what she's wearing in that picture?"
N-: "Yeah, she knits hats for herself."
A-: "Haha, that's like Hermione, she knits hats for house elves!"
Me: "No no, N- said that his sister knits hats for HERSELF, not HOUSE ELVES."
A-: "I know, I wasn't talking about his sister."
N-: "Well, I'm glad we cleared that up."
Completed unrelated to anything I'm making, but this is just to showcase... my stupidity?
Also, if you are at Cambridge University, have exams, and are within cycling distance from me (sorry Girton/Homerton College people... and I may give preference to Economists, seeing as I feel your pain and all), then I will deliver a slice of this to the pidgeonhole of the first 6 people to comment :) (on the blog, or on facebook, but if you do both that doesn't meant you get two slices!)
If you don't have exams, well, you can make your own :p
But before you all rush to your keyboards, this cake has a lot of coconut and malt biscuits in it, so I guess you should probably figure out if you like that first (it's a fridge cake, a bit like the chocolate digestive biscuit cake I made but with malt biscuits, shedloads of coconut, and even more condensed milk, and no chocolate) If you don't... at least there are sprinkles! Everyone likes sprinkles!
Only thing about them is that these Wilton sprinkles I have to import from America. They aren't expensive, but the shipping is :( So I'm just wondering if anyone knows where I can get these in the UK? Like multicoloured Millions? (Not hundreds and thousands, they aren't rainbow-ey enough).
So.... fairy hobmother, if you are reading this, I wouldn't mind a lifetime's supply of rainbow sprinkles... :)
Oh, and a Mercedes SLK too, if you don't mind.
This cake is from a new cookbook I got: "A World of Cake". I really like it. It has pretty pictures. From around the world. And it's shiny. I'll waffle more about it when my exams are over.
This cake's from New Zealand. It's pretty :)
Only problem I had with this was all the measurements were US measurements, i.e. cups and sticks and spoons and all that jazz. I had no idea how to convert them, as it's all in volume and not weight, so a cup of crushed biscuits isn't the same as a cup of butter (can anyone tell me how much 4 cups of crushed biscuits is in grams? It would be much appreciated - I'll update the recipe to UK measurements once I figure them out myself!)
So DON'T do what I did and just bung 'sort of 4 cups of biscuits' in a bowl (I used 200g - is that too little?) with the butter and condensed milk, and then expect the consistency to be fine. I didn't put in anywhere near 4 cups, I have no idea what I did but it was too runny, so I had to go out and get more biscuits to add.
Also because I ate quite a few of the biscuits before I added the butter to it. That may explain a bit...
Even so, it didn't really roll. Not into a log anyway, more like a squidge. Somehow 'Lolly Squidge Cake' doesn't have the same ring to it.
Hope you all have a good week!
Hope you all have a good week!
Lolly Log Cake
Adapted from ‘A World of Cakes’
No Bake Cake
4 cups crushed malt biscuits
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks)/225g butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups chopped marshmallows, and gummy candies (JELLY BABIES!)
1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
1 cup rainbow sprinkle nonpareils (or however much you can afford to import on a student budget)
1 cup marshmallows and JELLY BABIES!
½ cup desiccated coconut
Buttercream, to stick things together
Crush the biscuits. They don't need to be a fine dust, some pieces can be left partially crushed to give the cake a nicer texture. Mix in cinnamon.
Warm the butter and condensed milk in the microwave for 30 seconds until the butter is very soft. Then whip it like crazy.
Mix the fruit puffs with the crushed biscuits, add the butter and condensed milk. Mix well.
Scoop up the mixture and roll it into a log shape, or take small amounts and roll into little balls.
Mix together the nonpareils and spread the mix over a work surface. Spread a thin coat of buttercream over the log. Roll the log in the mixture, pressing a coating into the surface (or you could do what I did and smush it on with your hands – more messy but you get to lick off the mess like a 5 year old).
Spoon the remaining buttercream on top of the lop in a thick strip. Press jelly babies and marshmallows into it, and coat with coconut.
Place on a tray in the refrigerator and wait for it to harden for about 3 hours. Put plastic wrap over the tray to keep the lolly cake moist.
Cut cake while its still cold before it warms up again (otherwise it will turn into a squidge, like it did in my photo).