With just a week to go until our celebration of the good ol’ British cuppa for brain tumour support begins, we thought we’d share some original recipes each day to spice up your TEAFEST parties. Perhaps you could even bake a couple of batches to sell and get a few quid in brainstrust’s pot.
TEAFEST is fundraising that is easy peasy teabag-squeezy and fun. And, most importantly, it will help us build a support service for the 60,000 people in the UK living with a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis. So, sign up and get baking today.
Although tea is the best drink of earth, it’s actually quite hard to describe the taste. Perhaps warming and subtle? Kind of like this pistachio cake. And that’s why it’s the perfect match for a cuppa. Why not pair a slice of this with a green tea? They’re both green and delicious after all.
For the Cake
250g butter, room temperature
250g golden caster sugar
225g self raising flour
100g shelled pistachios, blitzed in a food processor
Couple of splashes of milk
For the Butter Cream
175g butter, room temperature
300g icing sugar
A handful of pistachios to decorate
Heat the oven to 190c/170fan/5. Grease and line 2 20cm cake tins.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Alternate adding the eggs and flour until you get smooth batter then add the blitzed pistachios and mix in well so that the mixture is tinged with green. If the batter seems too thick, loosen with some milk until it just falls from the spoon. Pour the mixture equally between the two tins then bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and springy to touch. Once baked, leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tins before turning each out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.
To make the butter cream, gently whip the butter until smooth whilst gradually adding the icing sugar until it’s all incorporate and silky.
To assemble, take the cooled cakes and cut off any peaked parts (and eat these bits-the perks of baking it) so that the cakes are level for stacking. Spoon half of the butter cream over one the cakes and smooth out. Place the other cake on top before piling the remainder of the butter cream on top and scattering over a handful of pistachios. Enjoy.
If cake and tea is your thing, and you want to make a real difference to the lives of those living with a brain tumour in the UK, then you can still register for TEAFEST.
Simply fill out the form below and us know what your doing by sending an email to email@example.com