Saturday, 24 March 2012

Celebrating What Kate Baked's First Anniversary!

This weekend What Kate Baked celebrates it's very first year of baking and blogging.

That's 365 days of sugar, flour, butter and eggs.

And a lot of washing up. 

There have been highs (getting to meet some great blogging buddies, launching Tea Time Treats and some blatent showing off...) ...

... and lows (ahem ... law suits [which will not be featuring in the Official Biography] and many a baking disaster) ...

...and a lot of cake.

Here's a lemon curd and almond cake I made the other day, a very mini cake to celebrate, as really the blog is still very little.

Little Lemon Curd and Almond Cake
(Makes two little cakes)


125g unsalted butter
125g self raising flour
Half tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
125g caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten

50g toasted flaked almonds
75g creme fraiche
75g lemon curd

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan170C/350F/Gas Mark 4
2. Butter and line a 20cm round tin
3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the zest, sugar, butter and eggs
4. Beat together, then stir in the lemon juice
5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer emerges clean
6. Allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack and once cooled, use a 5cm cutter to cut four circles out from the cake
7. Mix together the creme fraiche and lemon curd
8. Spread some half of the lemon curd mixture onto two of the cakes and top with the other two. Spread the remaining lemon curd mixture onto the top of the cakes and decorate with the toasted almonds. And a candle 'course. 

Baker's notes...
  • There will be some scraps left over. But cake scraps are the best type of scraps. Ever.
  • This is a properly zesty, lusty lemony va-va-voom of a cake. 
  • What would you like to see more of in What Kate Baked's Second year of baking?


  1. oh congrats honey!... it's a wonderful achievement (I know) and it is great to have you around. Many people don't ever realise quite how much commitment or how hard it is to keep a blog going so it is very important to mark such milestones... well done honey and here's to another year!

  2. Happy blogaversary! I can't believe you've only been going for a year - here's to another one filled with wonderful cakes and bakes :-)

  3. Happy blogaversary! A great blog! :-)

  4. It's the washing up that always gets me! Congrats on your blog's first birthday - I bet there will be many more to come!

  5. Congratulations on completing one year, and please don't change anything. Your blogging style is unique and always raises my spirits!

  6. Happy first anniversay. you have a nice blog !!

  7. You should be very proud of yourself. A year of blogging is an amazing achievement. Hoping I get to
    This milestone too. I really enjoy your blog and it's been great getting to know you a wee bit through our blogs and tea time treats. Keep up the great work! X

  8. Happy 1st birthday! I really love reading your blog so keep up the good work. And ummm maybe give us all a few tips on how to avoid the law suit?!!

  9. Happy Blogaversary Kate! I have been going for about a year now too and keep dithering over whether to do a birthday post. I am also amazed how good you are at blogging and was convinced you had been doing it for far longer. Keep up the good work xx

  10. Happy birthday to you and your blog. Happy blogging in the coming year :-) I really enjoy your monthly Tea Time Treat blogging event.

  11. Happy blog Birthday Kate! Mine also turned one this month. Here's to another year of yummy baking!

  12. Happy Blogaversary. I too assumed you'd been doing it much longer. Your posts always make me chuckle and get me wanting to bake

  13. Happy blogaversary, Kate! I really enjoy your blog & also reading your post. I learn something new every time I stopped by. Glad to have find your blog ! Looking forward for new post as always & also TTT event! Have a lovely day, Kate! :)

  14. Congratulations Kate, a great milestone to reach and of course a delightful cake to celebrate. Looking forward to sharing your baking adventures over the next year. Here's to lovely cake :-) Jude x

  15. Congratulations on your blog's first anniversary. It is a great milestone and definitely calls for celebration! You have a brilliant blog and I look forward to reading more this year.

  16. Congratulations on your blog's first anniversary. It's a great achievement and definitely calls for celebration. You have a great blog and I look forward to reading more this year.

  17. Don't I know about the washing up!! The last place we lived in had a dishwasher and oh how I miss it! Happy 1st anniversary to your blog, that is exciting stuff! You've only been going a year and already so many followers, that is popularity indeed! I love lemon curd so this cake sounds tasty!

  18. Well done on making it to the end of your first year! I'm most partial to a flaked almond!

  19. I am SO SORRY I am late arriving at your birthday party! HAPPY BLOGGING BIRTHDAY and lots of love to my TTT partner in crime!

  20. Happy Birthday! Hope there are many more to come.


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