HOW TO BAKE A GOOD CAKE
Anyone who has ever baked a cake will tell you it’s not rocket science. Butter, sugar, flour, eggs, beat together, chuck in the oven and – bam – you have cake. What no one talks about is what it takes to make a good cake. We think we have that bit down pat.
Always bake fresh; day-old cakes never quite make the cut. Only use the best of ingredients; French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, perfectly ripe bananas. Skip the artificial preservatives. Buy from local suppliers; that way you know your eggs are fresh and your coffee beans newly roasted. Use seasonal produce so you’ll always be getting the best of the crop. And never ever, ever take shortcuts. Sift that flour thrice, toast those walnuts and grate that lemon zest by hand just as you’re about to use it.
We won’t lie to you; it takes a good dose of heart. We honour home baking traditions and keep our recipes uncomplicated, but we take the time to get it bang-on perfect. We mull over spices, chocolate and fruits and deliberate on how to refine familiar flavours. We think real hard about what we put in front of you to eat.