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Dear world:
If your "recipe" reads: make up cake mix according to box, cook
...then it is NOT a recipe.

Either that, or the fact I can microwave "sweet and sour chicken and rice" must make me a masterchef.

Situation is: I want to make cakes for work, because a colleague is raising money for when she runs the London Marathon and people have been donating cakes to help out, and I WANT IN. Anyway.

One colleague said "Oh I just go 8884" (8 flour, 8 margarine, 8 sugar, 4 eggs) but I didn't get time to ask her for the rest of the details. So instead, I go looking for "cupcake recipes". Simple enough task, right? Google gives me a million and one results. Awesome!

...99.99999% shouldn't have the nerve to call themselves recipes, you know? It's not a "recipe" if your instructions are "make up cake batter mix as per packet, cook".

The other fraction of a percent are American, and want things like "buttermilk". Does that even still exist as a "thing" you can buy in the UK? (After Googling around a bit, I think they might have it in Sainsbury's. I'll poke my nose in on the way home from work tomorrow.)

(It's like when Jill posted her delicious-sounding cornbread, I had to run off to Google to work out what name we sold "cornmeal" under. Turns out it's "polenta".)


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Apr. 11th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
...That cake recipe sounds so familiar. I'm sure we were taught it at school as "the only cake recipe you will ever need". So ashamed that I couldn't remember it. ;_;

Sponge drops sound brilliant. XD What do you do, just whack blobs onto a flat baking sheet?

(My modem ate this reply the last time I tried to post it. Let's see if it lets me post this time.)
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Apr. 11th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Ommmm pancakes, you're making me hungry (again). XD

That is quite reassuring, though, I might stand half a chance of finding it in the little Sainsbury's down the road from me. I used to think it was "just some American thing" because I've never seen it used in recipes before. I'm assuming it'll be with the spreads or something?. *plots* Failing that, I read somewhere that half-and-half milk-and-yoghurt is a good approximation.

I have a vague recollection of needing to cream together the sugar and fat, then fold in the flour, then the eggs... or is it the other way around? I don't have an electric mixer and I sense it will take forever to get the lumps out if I don't. XD Madeira cake looks good, though, I might just try that if "8884" goes disastrously wrong. (Annnnd it probably will, I haven't done any baking in... about 15 years? At least since before Uni.)

Hahaaa, Google. XD That's some awesomely literal translation, there.
Apr. 9th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
I am of no help here... I have just started making cookies myself out of the box.
Apr. 11th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think there's anything WRONG with using packet mix, it's just always "use [random packet mix you can only get from America] and add xyz to it".

That and... well it's not really a RECIPE if all you have to do is add an egg or a dollop of buttermilk. XD
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