National Cake Week: Lancaster House Bake-Off

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by admin

I’m sure it is no accident that National Cake Week comes when Bake Off is moving into Quarter Finals and the whole nation has gone cake crazy. The team at Lancaster House have had a week of intense competition – sieving, creaming, folding in, rising, dusting, dredging and perhaps one or two soggy bottoms along the way. Now, however, they can reveal their star baker! 

The luscious winning cake The luscious winning cake[/caption]

Kerry Fenton from the Housekeeping Department was the clear winner with her Heavenly Chocolate Baileys Cake. Head Chef, Damian, seemed to forget that he was just supposed to be tasting the cakes – but Kerry’s cake was so good he just had to polish off the lot! 

Kerry has been generous enough to share her recipe with us so that we can all enjoy that delightful chocoliciousness.

Heavenly Chocolate Baileys Cake

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbls cocoa
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 150g caster sugar
  • ¼ pt. veg oil
  • ¼ pt. semi skimmed milk
  • 2 tbls golden syrup
  • 2 beaten eggs

Sieve flour, bicarbonate soda and cocoa together and then mix in sugar. Make a  well in the centre of the dry mix. Add all other ingredients and mix well with an electric whisk.

Bake in oven at 180 deg. C for 25-30 mins, until firm


  • 500ml Double or whipping cream
  • ½ can of Condensed milk
  • Good shot of Baileys

Boil can of condensed milk for 2 ½ – 3 hrs (preferably the day before).

Whisk cream until very thick, add condensed milk and a good shot of baileys, and mix well.

Butter cream

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 3tbls cocoa
  • 175g sieved icing sugar
  • Splash of milk

Cream all together until smooth.

This makes either one large cake or 18 large cupcakes, and can be served hot or cold with the cream filling on the side

Cream Tea at Lancaster House


Perhaps you’d like to compare recipes with the team at Lancaster House, or maybe just come and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or our delicious cream tea. 

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