I am a terrible cook!
Ok, slight over-exaggeration maybe… I’m not that bad, but truth is, cooking bores me. I get distracted and I often end up with over-cooked food. I’m all for a simple stir fry or a ham & cheese omelette. Baking with Cici consists of buying a box of cake mix, following the instructions and trying not to burn them.
So when I was presented the opportunity recently to share my favourite cake recipe and an accompanying photo in support of Macmillans Cancer’s ‘Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning’ event, I surprised myself by saying yes. What surprised me more was my decision to bake the cake from scratch… using real life, actual ingredients!
I wanted to do it for my Nana. And for my Mum.
My Nana was my hero. She passed away from Cancer when I was just 6 years old, not long after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 25 years ago. She’d pick my cousin & I up and take us to Macdonalds, then stop for sweeties on the way home. I loved nothing more than going to visit her and playing in the park behind her house. The last memory I have of my Nana is when I was hospitalised with Type 1 Diabetes and she brought me the sparkliest slippers I’d ever seen to try to cheer me up; pink with silver stars. I loved them! I often think about her and wonder what she’d be like today. I wish I still had those slippers.
My mum was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia, a cancer of the blood or bone marrow, in 2012. Fortunately, it was a treatable form of Leukemia, which means, although she will have to take medication every day for the rest of her life, this will keep it at bay and keep her alive.
So you can see why I wanted to do my very best to support Macmillan’s biggest event. In memory of my gran. And to show gratitude that I still have my mum, my rock.
2.5 million people in the UK are currently living with cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of those affected, by offering various services, including funding nurses, physiotherapists and welfare benefits advisers to help those in need. But with this figure set to rise to 4 million by 2030, they need help to keep on funding this support. Every year, Macmillan host their event ‘Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning’, where supporters can sign up and host their very own coffee morning, passing the proceeds on to the charity. Last year alone, £25 million was raised, so you can see why it’s important.
This years’ event will be held on Friday September 30th. Sign up today to receive a free kit containing everything you need to host your own Coffee Morning.
To show my support, I decided to bake a Teisen Lap, a traditional Welsh fruit cake that I’d been taught to bake in early high school. During my teens, my mum & stepdad often asked me to bake one at home, but a good 16-17 years have passed since then. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I was willing to make the effort.
Read on to find out how it turned out…
225g self raising flour
110g caster sugar
110g butter, sliced
175g mixed dried fruit
3 medium eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 150•/230F/Gas Mark 1
- Using a sieve, place the flour & castor sugar into a mixing bowl.
- Add the butter. Using your thumb and fingertips, rub the butter into the mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Whisk the eggs together, then add to the mixing bowl, along with the dried fruit, stirring it all together.
- Grease and line your baking tin, then spoon in the mixture.
- Bake on a low heat for approx 1 hour 10 mins. You can check if ready by inserting a skewer/knife into the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.
- Allow to cool, then pour yourself a nice cuppa, relax & enjoy your cake.
N.B: Traditionally Teisen Lap is a round cake, but the loaf tin was the only thing I had handy… See, I told you I don’t bake…
My cake turned out better than I thought. Although it was slightly over cooked on top (I’ll blame my over for that) & a tad dry inside, it wasn’t bad for my first attempt. Has it inspired me to bake more? Hmmm… Not quite, but we’ll see what happens, you never know where life will take you!
If you’d like to show your support and organise your own Coffee Morning on Friday September 30th, you can sign up via their website. You’ll receive a free kit containing everything you need to host your own Coffee Morning.
Not keen on hosting your own but would still like to be involved? No problem! Click here to find an event in your area.
I can’t wait to see all your Coffee Morning photos! Good luck & have fun! 💕