Back in July I was at a food festival and got talking to a company called Baked In. They sell the dried ingredients you need to make a cake, all pre-weighed and ready to go. They asked me if I'd like to give one of their mixes a try, the sticky toffee and date was calling out to me so I grabbed a bag and headed off looking forward to putting on my apron. Since then we have had some very lovely hot weather and baking on a hot day wasn't appealing to me; I'd much rather be outside in the sun. Last week however there was a rainy day last week which was the perfect time to get baking!You will need:
1 sticky toffee and date cake mix
125g unsalted butter
175ml boiling water
The instructions were really easy to follow and the kit contained everything including a butter measurer, a skewer to test doneness and baking paper. It smells lovely when you open the bag too thanks to the fresh vanilla in the sugar.
You start by greasing and lining a 20cm x 20cm tin and preheating the oven. The pre-weighed dates are mixed with boiling water to soften them. The sugar is mixed with butter before the flour is added. The egg and date mix is added after that. I've not made a cake with that method before but it worked a treat and was really easy to mix up. This goes into the oven for around 30 minutes.
I was intrigued by the next part. You combine light brown sugar, butter and milk to make a toffee sauce then pierce holes in the cake and pour the toffee sauce over a bit like a lemon drizzle. It meant I could take a slice to work for lunch the next day and not miss the toffee sauce. It kept the cake really moist too.
We saved a bit of extra toffee sauce to drizzle over the slice we cut while it was still warm. It was really good; exactly what I want a sticky toffee to be. I have to say I went back for a second slice straight away! I like the idea of the Baked In bags as it means you have all the ingredients you need to knock up a cake without having to keep full sized bags of all the ingredients; good for an introduction to baking.
Thanks to Baked In for the sample. All opinions expressed are my own.