Monday, 23 January 2012

YOUR BAKES: Maple Syrup Cake

It's been a bumper week here at the Weekly Bake-Off residence - you have treated me to ELEVEN delicious Maple Syrup Cakes. And what's more - I have judged them myself this week! We're a fifth of the way through our 100 Cakes and Bakes now, and I thought it was about time I faced my fear of judging and got stuck in. Deep breath...here goes!


Baking Addict
@bakingaddict
http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.com/
"A lovely looking example with a lovely even cream covering and perfectly proportioned layers."

Caroline Cowan
@cascowan
http://keepcalmandgrowveg.blogspot.com/
"I love the generous cream filling in this evenly baked cake."

Kibibi Designs
@kibibidesigns
http://www.kibibidesigns.co.uk/
"Ahh a woman after my own heart - just a cream topping rather than all round the sides. Love the rustic style of this cake and for me the exposed sides give extra "mmm" factor."

KW
@KasariW
http://soup-tuesday.blogspot.com/
"A very neat cake, perhaps could do with a bit more filling but then again I am a 'more is more' kind of person! A good, precise bake."

Lynda Willims
@lillynd_design
http://www.lillynd.co.uk/
"This cake is like a work of art - how long did it take you to place that orange peel so perfectly on top?! Lovely tall cake with beautifully even filling and covering."

Jen - Malcolm Murphy Hair
@MMurphyHair
http://www.malcolmmurphyhair.co.uk/
"Always love a bit of creativity when it comes to baking, and this pecan decoration sets the cake off for me. The sponge looks delicious - I could definitely eat this cake!"

 
Paul J White
@Tarb2010
http://pjveggie.blogspot.com/
"These cakes just get better as I go along. Paul this cake just shouts "EAT ME!", I love how the cream in the middle is trying to escape and you've slathered the top with plenty more." 

Sadia
@bakingelements
http://www.bakingelements.com/
"A beautiful version of Mary's cake, this could be served up in a posh coffee shop or bakery. Perfectly even layers, exposed sides and neat, pecanned topping all make for an irresistable looking cake."

Sue Ryan
@susiephonic
http://www.foldintheflour.blogspot.com/
"A good, even bake on the sponge along with a geneous helping of cream filliing and topping make for a handsome attempt. Although you called it a disaster, I rather like the 'reservoir' of cream in the middle - it gives the cake character!!"
Alison McKenzie
@hungrysquirrels
hungrysquirrelcakes.wordpress.com
"Alison you never fail to impress me, your attention to detail when decorating a cake is second to none and this is no exception. I love the piping on top and - I know I keep going on about it - but I really love the fact you can see the sides. A healthy filling compliments the evenly baked sponge, a lovely cake."
Nadine Beaton
@nadinebeaton
"This is the cutest cake of the bunch, it looks like it's wearing a snuggly chenile jumper! Love the generous covering of orange peel, I can imagine the citrus hit balanced the sweet maple flavour beautifully."



THE VERDICT

Oh my goodness, I really bit off more than I could chew with this lot - what a fabulous collection of cakes! I would like to apologise to all my wonderful judges of bake-offs gone by for putting them through such a difficult task - I have really struggled to decide on a winner. That's not to say my winner does not completely deserve the title. The cake I have chosen stood out to me as the most perfect - equal layers, great cake to cream ratio and what wonderful orange peel to finish. It also is a spot on interpretation of the recipe, and for all of those reasons - congratulations
Lynda Williams

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