Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Two into one will go

I like to bake every few days, especially now the hens have started laying again, to use up the eggs.  I usually make up a basic sandwich cake recipe which I bake as buns, dividing it into two to cater for the different tastes of my husband and son.  My son likes chocolate cake but my husband doesn't, so it's most often a tray of chocolate chip buns and a tray of sultana buns.
Anyway my main oven packed in last week and the top oven only has one shelf, so I've been making a cake instead (I have tried putting another shelf in from the bottom oven but things don't cook the same).  I've been making sandwich cakes, but today I thought I would experiment by making a cake with two different sides and it turned out all right.
One half was chocolate chip (I find the packets of choc chips expensive so I buy bars of Tesco value chocolate and chop a few rows up) 

The other half was sultana

and this is what the whole cake looked like
There's a bit of mingling in the middle but I'm prepared to eat that!


My daughter often gets free tickets to see films before they've come out on general release and tonight I've been with her to see Song for Marion starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.
Marion is in her local choir, and it had me smiling from the very beginning because it was just like the choirs I'm in.  Her husband is a miserable so and so and thinks the choir's a load of rubbish and reluctantly takes her to rehearsals because she's ill.
I won't tell you what happens but it's a bit of a tearjerker.  There are laughs too and I really enjoyed it.


  1. If you line your cake tin with baking parchment long enough to put a pleat in the middle that will stand up you will eliminate the mingle.

  2. What a great idea making a two tone cake, I'm about to attempt a multicoloured one for my daughters birthday, I might need to practice as I've only made a few sponges before! I would join you in the mingled bit, the best of both worlds ;-)


  3. I have no idea how you did that, but I'm very impressed. Not sure which side I would eat, so may have to have a piece from the middle :) x

  4. What a brilliant idea - necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

  5. Love the two-in-one cake, what a great idea!
    That Terence Stamp film looks really good, we used to get those free tickets but they've stopped doing them at our hideous multiplex now, more's the pity! x

  6. I think your two way cake is a brilliant idea - must try it. I would love to see Song for Marion - sounds like a good film.

  7. I love that cake! I think you've chosen the best bit, the bit in the middle, the best of both worlds! Yum
    Sue Xxx

  8. Love the look of your cake and an excellent idea. My mouth is watering already.
    Patricia x