Welcome to our new home! Open thread! With cake recipes!

If you can see this post, migration is complete, comments are open, and it is time to resume usual Hoyden business!

This is a bonus open thread for commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations! Also links to cake and treat recipies, if you will.

Categories: Life, Meta


19 replies

  1. Woot! Thanks for all the hard work that went on to sort out our new home. *puts the kettle on and pulls up a bean bag* We’ll need tea if there’s going to be cake.

  2. Wow, this is a bit flash! Nice work ladies.
    One of my workmates brought in her Mum’s teacake for us today. We are very spoilt.
    2 black tea bags
    1 cup boiling water
    2 cups sultanas
    125g butter, melted
    3/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/4 cup milk
    3/4 cup plain flour
    3/4 cup self-raising flour
    Softened butter, to serve
    Step 1
    Place tea bags in heatproof jug. Add boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes. Remove and discard bags. Place sultanas in a heatproof bowl. Add tea. Stand for 30 minutes.
    Step 2
    Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 9cm x 19cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang on long sides.
    Step 3
    Place sultana mixture, butter, sugar, eggs, milk and sifted flours in a bowl. Stir to combine.
    Step 4
    Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice. Serve with butter.

  3. I’ve imported the migration open thread too so that people can see the comments made on that and continue those conversations here.

  4. Don’t have a cake recipe handy, but I can give the recipe for Internet Cookies.
    (Makes about 2 dozen)
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    vanilla to taste
    1 egg (45g), beaten
    1/3 cup “internet mix” (see below)
    1 cup self-raising flour
    * Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.
    * Add egg, beat well. Mix in internet mix.
    * Sift in flour all at once. Stir until well mixed.
    * Drop small sections from spoon onto greased tray (use a couple of teaspoons, this mixture spreads)
    * Bake at 140 – 160C for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    * Cool on rack.
    Internet Mix: Combine together the following
    1/3 cup chopped peanuts
    1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
    1/3 cup flaked almonds
    1/3 cup chopped walnuts
    (It’s internet mix because it contains nuts and flakes.)

  5. This calls for my fail-safe yoghurt chocolate cake recipe.
    Preheat the overn to about 165ish celsuis (fanbake).
    Grease a 20 / 22 / 24 cm round cake tin, and line the base with baking paper, or grease proof paper, or butter paper (if you keep your old butter wrappers in the fridge, just in case you might use them).
    Sift 1 and 3/4 cups of flour, 1 and 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup of cocoa.
    Add 1 cup of sugar, and mix well.
    Melt 125gm butter in a good sized saucepan / microwave proof jug.
    Mix 1 cup plain natural (whatever that means!) yoghurt and 2 eggs into the butter (this is why you need a good sized saucepan or jug) and beat well, with a fork.
    Stir the butter / yoghurt / egg mix into the dry ingredients, and mix well.
    Spoon the mix into the prepared cake tin, and smooth out.
    Bake for about 50 minutes.
    Stand for a few minutes once it is out of the oven, then turn it onto a cake rack to cool off completely. When cool, ice it with chocolate icing (frosting).
    A slower oven is better for this cake, because it can crack if you cook it too fast. Not ot worry if it cracks: just fill in the gaps with chocolate icing.
    Sometimes I slice this cake in half, fill it with red jam (raspberry or plum or strawberry), then ice it. Or I put a drained can of boysenberries in the middle, and serve it with whipped cream or thick yoghurt for dessert.

  6. Yummy yummy recipes!
    My thanks again to Mary who did the hard yards on this migration – I only had a few fiddly bits on the side to worry about.

  7. P.S. I haven’t made a final decision on the theme we’ll end up having here yet, and I’ll be nipping and tucking a few things regarding nav menus and sidebar widgets over the next week or two. After that it will probably settle down.

  8. That was quick! Most excellent work, Mary and tigtog.

  9. Oh, you’ve redecorated! I do like it.

  10. Ooh, I like the colour. Can we keep the colour?
    I made this French Chocolate Cake recently. It was very good, if very rich, and quite easy.
    250 gms butter
    250 gms dark chocolate melts (or cooking chocolate broken into pieces)
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 tablespoons of Cointreau or other liqueur
    5 eggs
    1 tblsp plain flour
    Preheat the oven to 180C and boil the kettle.
    Melt the butter, chocolate and sugar together in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring carefully until smooth. Leave to cool for a few minutes then stir in the liqueur.
    Meanwhile grease a springform cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Wrap the outside of the tin in foil and place in a large roasting tin.
    Beat the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Beat in the flour. Then add the melted chocolate mix slowly, beating it in well as you add it. Pour the batter into the cake tin.
    Pour enough boiling water into the roasting tin to come around 1 inch up the side of the cake tin (the foil is to stop this water seeping into the bottom of the cake tin, so make sure it covers it properly). Bake for 25mins or until the edge of the cake seems quite firm.
    Remove from the water and foil and allow to cool in the tin. When the cake is quite firm, remove the sides of the tin and tip it carefully onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Note that the bottom of the cake now becomes the top. Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream, berries etc…

  11. Seconding I like the colour.
    Please make a new Otterday thread ASAP. It’s nearly Easter and my colleagues are finding it hard to accept I am anti-bunny, despite us going through ALL THIS last year. Today I was told, again, that the children who belong to minority cultures (especially if they are Muslim) should just harden the f**k up about not belonging. I am reminded of the teacher with whom I had a handover meeting about a child with learning difficulties who told me “He just needs to accept that it will always be hard”.
    Can you tell I’ve had a bad day?
    Lucky there is cake here.

  12. I love it! Thanks for all the work. Will have to come up with a new post to celebrate.

  13. The new look is lovely and sleek! Will take some getting used to, but I like it anyway.
    Wow, your cake recipes all sound wonderful. My favourite cake to make is my peach upside-down cake, but I don’t know if the recipe will be very helpful… It kind of looks like this:
    Peaches (tinned or fresh, arranged like a sun in the bottom of a round tin)
    Some flour, usually 1/12 cups or so
    1 egg or two, depending on how I’m feeling
    Butter, about half a 250g block
    Sugar, anything between 1/2 and 1 cup
    Cinnamon/Allspice/Cardamom/Nutmeg, whatever my spice-happy hands desire
    Milk, enough to make the batter look ‘right’
    Baking powder, a tsp for each cup of flour I ended up with.
    Mix butter and sugar first, then add eggs, then flour and baking powder, then milk. Mix a bit, put in the oven until it looks good or the bottom starts to smell burnt. (Stupid rental house ovens, they’re all the same bottom-burning nightmares). Flip upside down and enjoy the look of the pretty peach pattern.
    Somehow, it always turns out wonderful.

  14. I don’t know if I should post this here, but, sadly, Vale Terry Pratchett.

  15. SunlessNick: it’s fine to post that here! But for future comments a separate post is about to go up (we tend to schedule stuff for it being daytime in Australia).
    ETA: My post is up.

  16. Had a parent bring her little girl back for a visit to kinder after starting Prep: she is absolutely miserable at the new school and the mother wanted my advice. She misses kinder and doesn’t want to go to school.
    How so very sad.
    All I could say was, maybe another school?


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