Good House Keeping Favourite Cakes, Bakes and Cupcakes

January 28, 2013Sew White

My latest review is of Good House Keeping Favourite Cakes, Bakes and Cupcakes. As a family we decided to go for the flour less luxury chocolate orange torte as it wasn’t something we would make for a casual Sunday pudding.

Good House Keeping Favourite Cakes, Bakes and Cupcakes

Unlike the other cookbooks I’ve used so far this year for the cookbook year this specific recipe made me uneasy. I have baked from it before (chocolate tart- yes I like chocolate a lot) and it worked perfectly each time I’ve made it.


When looking over the recipe I had a nagging voice in my head that something wasn’t right. Having made a roulade last week and meringues too I knew how big a few eggs became when whipped up and the size of the tin they asked for seemed to small. I decided that I would do exactly as the recipe stated and greased and lined a 8in tin. 

The recipe worked well and was mostly explained well. The only thing I would add to is when adding the ground almonds don’t add them all at once like it says. Gradually would have been better. When the cake came out there were a few patches of mixture without almonds and it tasted a bit weird. Folding the almonds in made it slightly harder than normal to see if all the almonds had been mixed in properly. 

As it came to near the end of the recipe it asks you to put 2/3rds of the mix in the tin and then mix in the chocolate to the last third. I had barely put a 1/3rd of the mixture in to the tin and the tin was overflowing. I scrabbled about to get a large and deep tin out of the cupboard and greased it quickly and poured the mixture in. I think this faffing about meant the mixture sank slightly. It didn’t like being moved about.

I added the chocolate third to the pan and swirled about to give it a marbled effect.

When it came out of the oven the tasted and was lovely it could have used more chocolate but it was let down by the bottom of the mixture (which was the mixture which was moved from one pan to another) as all the air from the eggs had disappeared it left it with an eggy/fat pancake consistency.

Being that I have used this book before I would give it 8/10 but this recipe I would give 6/10. It tasted good just needs some tweaking. 

In the big cake tin it was almost to the very top. You can see a bit of the marbling.

Chocolate orange torte 1

When it came out the texture was gorgeous. Slightly flaky but soft.

Chocolate orange torte 2

On the edges you can see the marbled mixture.

Chocolate orange torte 3

There are some good recipes in the book but it is a mix of ones which work and ones which don’t work. Each time I use this book I feel that there is a high possibility that the recipe won’t work. That is a sad thing when it comes to baking. I’d give this book a 6/10. If only for the few recipes which did work very well.

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