April Date and Oreo Cakes

Feel so bad that I haven’t posted in so long, but it’s been a hectic week! Now university is over for summer everyone is starting to head home…Helen is leaving tomorrow, and two other flatmates have already left…i’m staying until later in May though…Started packing yesterday and I’m suddenly realising how much stuff I’ve accumulated over this last year!

Yesterday Pete and I went on our April date…we went back to Xscape (where we had our first official date) which is an indoor activity centre – mini golfing, laser tag, bowling, skiing/snowboarding, arcade games, imax etc and LOADS of restaurants! Last time we went mini golfing – this time we went bowling and got three games for £6.99 each…

I even managed to win the second game!!

Then we played arcade games for a bit – air hockey, mario racing and some shooting game…and had dinner at Frankie and Benny’s (same as last time)…I meant to get photos of the food but forgot! 😦 I had a chicken carbonara pasta bake (delicious!) and Pete had bolognese gnocci…then cinammon waffles with chocolate sauce and pancakes with ice cream and caramel sauce for pudding…yum!!

Today was Helen’s last day so we decided to have a last ‘baking day’ (it was my attempt at using up all the ingredients in the cupboard…ended up just buying more stuff!) so we made oreo cakes 🙂

Oreo Cakes 

For this I use a really simple sponge mix which I use ALL the time for fairy cakes etc…I was going to make them all chocolatey with chocolate icing too, but cocoa powder is too expensive…

Costs: Cheap! Very simple ingredients that you’ll probably have in your cupboards/fridge anyway 🙂

Perfect for: Kids parties, adult parties, parties, eating alone, eating with friends, picnics, eating with family, looking at, sharing, giving as a gift

You will need (this makes about twelve little fairy cakes or one half of a full sponge cake – double the mixture for a whole cake/more fairy cakes or half for a small batch of fairy cakes):

4oz self raising flour

4oz sugar

4oz butter (margarine works the same)

2 eggs

vanilla essence (if you can be bothered/have it already – since being at uni I haven’t bothered)

For alternatives:

(For this recipe) 4 oreos

Cocoa powder for chocolate cakes

Raspberries

Chocolate chips

ANYTHING tastes good

Cream the margarine/butter and sugar together, add the flour and eggs (sometimes I just put everything together and mix it, sometimes I take my time and cream everything properly and sieve the flour – so long as you mix it well I’ve never really tasted the difference). Add a little milk if it isn’t creamy enough. Crush the four oreos into the mixture.

Spoon into cake cases (I use silicone ones because I don’t have a baking tray with the holes for cake cases – it saves the mixture melting and spilling over the paper cases) and bake for 20 minutes on 200 degrees celcius…

To be honest they don’t look that great here (I’ve popped them out the silicone cases already so they cool faster), and you can’t see the oreos but don’t worry, once they’re iced they’ll look AMAZING.

For the icing you’ll need margarine/butter and icing sugar (margarine doesn’t have as good a taste as butter does when it comes to icing, but it’s cheap and no one really cares) and some more oreos…you can add food colouring/cocoa powder if you want…

Once the cakes are cooled (they need to be completely cold otherwise the icing will just melt and ruin it all!) you can start to decorate them! 🙂 Mix the icing so it’s creamy and not too runny…spoon the icing on and spread it with the back of the spoon around the cake…don’t use too much (too sickly) but use enough that it looks thick and delicious…crush half an oreo over the top…put the cakes in the fridge so the icing sets a little…then serve 🙂

This is the first time I’ve used oreos etc in fairy cakes – usually I use little decorations like hearts or stars or glitter…but this was a nice change!! Yum 🙂

I’ll miss you Helen!

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