1 November 2013

Lacock Abbey & Blood Orange Cake

Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers

It's been a busy week with the ever increasing build up to Halloween and all things pumpkin. For the first time we have been frugal with our pumpkins baking the flesh and roasting the seeds - the latter being a very pleasant surprise.
The weather finally improved and we had some lovely days out including a wander around the National Trust's Lacock Abbey...

Potion trail in Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Potion trail Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Greenhouse at Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Greenhouse at Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Strata Outdoor Sculpture Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Strata Outdoor Sculpture Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Strata Outdoor Sculpture Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
#50 things // 76sunflowers
A potion trail, clues all around, growth in the greenhouses, outdoor sculpture and tree climbing - one more thing to tick from our #50things list. There is always plenty to see and do here.
Back home potions were made.
Magic Potions // 76sunflowers
And a cake was baked...
Blood Orange Cake // 76sunflowers

This delicious, moist and autumnal cake was made using Yeo Valley's Blood Orange & Caramel Yogurt - unfortunately a limited edition flavour. I adapted this recipe.

150g caster sugar
230g self raising flour (I used half and half regular and wholemeal)
70g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
250g Yeo Valley Blood Orange & Caramel Yogurt
2 eggs
150g unsalted butter
grated zest of half an orange
glug of milk - if mix is thick and not smooth

Mix all of the above using an electric mixer adding milk at the end if not smooth.
Pour into a 20cm greased and lined tin.
Bake at 180c (160c fan) for 45 minutes until the top is springy.
My tin measured 18cm and the cake took nearly an hour.
Cut and serve.

Blood Orange Cake // 76sunflowers


I'm linking up with the inspiring Country Kids...
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
And the delicious Tasty Tuesdays...
Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com

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  1. Ooh orange and caramel, that sounds nice! Gorgeous photos, it looks like you had a lovely day

  2. Jocelyn (@ihavecards)2 November 2013 at 09:00

    Looks like a fantastic day out, and love that first photo. Potion trail sounds loads of fun and that cake looks delicious!

  3. Home made potions are a great idea! Lovely photos! x

  4. chantelle hazelden2 November 2013 at 11:09

    It all looks so pretty there!!! and the cake looks delicious xx

  5. Lacock always puts on a good trail. Looks like a yummy cake.

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)2 November 2013 at 20:51

    Lovely photos - what a gorgeous day! That first photo with the red creeper is fab. I love the potions :) And that cake sounds lovely, shame we don't have yeo valley yogurt here :) #CountryKids

  7. That looks like it was a gorgeous day - just like that cake - yum.

  8. That cake sounds delicious! Love Laycock, have never been inside the abbey though, must do that one day...

  9. Oh wow that looks absoluely scrumptious! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  10. I've not been to Lacock Abbey in years, I must take the kids there, looks like you had a great time! The cake sounds amazing! x #countrykids

  11. Coombe Mill (Fiona)4 November 2013 at 00:11

    What a fun trail with lots of exploring and adventures, I hope the potions worked out well and like you we made the most of our pumpkins with soup and roasting the seeds. I'm sure the cake tasted as good as it looked. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.


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