Saturday, 4 May 2013

The Best Jobs in Food and Chocolate and Lime Loaf Cake

Masterchef drew to a close this week, with Natalie being crowned the winner.

Following several weeks of judging the best amateur cooking in the whole country, surely Greg Wallace and John Torrode have the best job in food?

Or do they?!

Here's the What Kate Baked Top 10 Best Jobs in Food!

(Cue old-skool chart run down music...)

10. Straight in at Ten is Judge of the National Pie Championships. Elastic jogging trousers at the ready folks, judges for this US competition attend training before they begin the judging. That's right, training. Apparently, it isn't just a simple case of pie-spoon-mouth-tummy-score.

9. In at 9: London Fashion Week Chef. Lets be honest, models don't really eat stuff, right? Think of all those glorious leftovers!

8. Chocolate Shop Owner. Just imagine owning your very own chocolate shop! You'd wake up each day thinking 'I AM Willy Wonka!'...except, hopefully, record-breaking gum-chewing customers won't end up blowing up into blueberries (see Violet Beauregarde)

7. Steady at Seven, it's....Mary Berry. Queen of Prime-Time Baking Shows! Nation's Nicest Judge! Friend of Mel-n-Sue!

6. At six: The Coffee Master Roaster. Just think how cheerful you'd be each morning as you wake to the smell of some of the World's best coffee beans roasting merrily. 

5. And the Top five! Master Brewer...Gin Queen... Champagne Buyer... cocktail Maestro... Pimms Secret-Keeper...Its the Best Boozy Jobs!

4. Fortune Cookie Fortune Writer. Just imagine the dinner party conversations:

'So, what do you do for a living?'
'I'm a Fortune Cookie Fortune Writer'
'I'm sorry, what?'
'I'm a Fortune Cookie Fortune Writer'
'Oh. Wow....So, prices are rising again aren't they?'

3. Its the Top Three! In at 3: Primal Ice Cream Therapist. I'm sorry, what? This, folks, is the name given to the 'Flavour Guru' at a well-known Ice Cream company. The job involves eating up to a whooping five pints of ice cream a week.

2. Father Christmas- just think, how many mince pies does he get to eat on Christmas Eve? Exactly. 

1. Food Blogger. I have to bake a cake each week. For 'the blog'. For example, this week I baked this Chocolate and Lime Loaf Cake. Lush:

As for the Worst Job in Food...surely that goes to the 'Garbage Anthropologist'?

Chocolate and Lime Loaf Cake


175g softened butter
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
175g self-raising flour
half a teaspoon baking powder
100ml milk
5 tbsps cocoa powder
Zest 1 lime
3-4 tbsps Lime Curd
1 tsp icing sugar to decorate

1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment

2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electrical whisk until nicely light and fluffy
3. Beat in the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder, milk, cocoa and lime zest until smooth
4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden, risen and a skewer poked into the very centre of the cake comes out clean
6. Cool in the tin and once cooled lift out and place on a wire rack
7. Slice the loaf horizontally in two and spread the lime curd on the bottom layer. Sandwich the two layers back together
8. Sieve over a little icing sugar to decorate

Baker's notes...

  • The kind folk at Mackays sent me a few jars of their zesty Lime Curd to incorporate into my baking. Once I'd stopped generously slathering it on my toast each morning with glee, I choose to combine the creamy curd with sweet chocolate in this loaf cake
  • For extra chocolatey-goodness, stir in a handful of chocolate chips into the mixture before popping in the oven
  • If you haven't the ground almonds to hand, simply replace with plain flour


  1. Hi Kate. I've been reading your blog for a while but have never left a comment.

    Your cake sounds delicious. I've been looking for a new chocolate cake recipe to try. Can wait to taste it !!

  2. I've been baking with lime too this week :) I just love it. I love making chocolate loaf also, crumbling it up with icecream...

    my dream job, not baking associated... shoe try-er-on-er for for manola blahniks! I think it'd be awesome xxx

  3. This looks lovely - I really like the combination of lime and chocolate, and chucking some chocolate chips in could only make it better, in my book! :)

  4. I'd quite like to be a restaurant critic - nothing to do all day but decide where to go for the next incredible meal and then write about yesterday's! Funny post - thank you. :-D

  5. Lovely looking and sounding cake Kate :) I am a HUGE fan of Mackays (check out the bramble preserve, I am addicted!).

  6. Lovely looking cake.

    I've always fancied being a crisp taster in the Monster Munch factory...maybe that could be added to the list?

  7. This cake looks lovely, I have been wanting to mix chocolate and lime together in a recipe for a while and this sounds like the one for me!

  8. hahaha, I love this list, I az glad to be a food blogger and it's nr 1! Yuppi!

  9. fabulous list! when i lived in london many years ago (i'm now in hobart, australia), i worked at the chocolate society near sloane square. just as a shop girl, but we were encouraged to eat the chocolate so we knew what the product was, for better customer service! best months of my life, and spoiled me for good chocolate for life.

  10. Yum, yum, that cake looks soooo good. I'm really missing my limes now that I finally finished all 40 of them. Love it that us food bloggers have the best food job in the world - now if only we could get paid for it .......


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