Fiesta Friday #14 ~ there is a volcano in the oven!

So we are now at Fiesta Friday #14.  I have been here since the beginning and wohoo who would have thought it would become such a momentus event?

What happened to me for my party contribution?


Well I decided to make a cake.  It was sort of a commemorative cake for my mother, who passed on the 21st April 8 years ago, so I thought “hey why not bake a cake, she would have liked that, let’s celebrate her life”  Oh boy!  What a disaster.

The cake was chosen by my son, as you will see in this post (click here) was that a sensible decision? I let my children pick various recipes, they take it in turn to help me on the week it’s chosen, suffice to say I shall monitor my eldests choice next time.  I did think “OMG that looks difficult” but we followed it to the T so to speak and I have absolutely no idea what went wrong.

This week it is my choice and I am very relieved.

All was not lost however, the bin had a great dinner compliments of myself and son and I got some lovely flowers instead to commemorate which you will see on my Macro Monday post here!

So as usual I shall delight you with a few piccies of our endeavours, you will see captions over each if you pass your mouse over it and if you are brave enough to click the pic you will get a nice enlargement, of the pic that is!

Getting large, disaster starting to happen.

Getting large, disaster starting to happen.

So, I take the cake out of the oven at stated time, it does look rather large, but I am feeling pretty positive.

I let it cool a bit then take the ring bit off from the outside as stated.

Now I move it, uh oh it wobbles rather a lot.

It doesn’t seem cooked at all in the middle, in FACT the middle resembles in movement a swimming pool.

OMG what is happening?  Can’t put the ring back on the sides as it doesn’t open up fully, it will have to go back in without.

So the cake is now in the oven having some EXTRA time, without its supportive side.  I come back after a bit to check it.

OMG it seems a bit of the side came loose and now it looks like a volcano is slowly erupting.

What do I think?  “OK I spent nearly two hours on this damn thing and all those ingredients are more than my sons pocket money, keep on cooking, we can salvage this, the oven CAN be cleaned!

This is what it looks like in the oven, when taken out and a slice cut.

I decided I had spent so long, I would have a bit that look definitely cooked.

The berries on top nearly broke my teeth.  The insides tasted nice for about the first two seconds, “Hmmm yum” then a frown “OMG tastes of eggy cheese!”  GAG spit in the bin, can’t let ‘shrek’ see or he will take the piss out of me.

My son gives up living (not literally), and walks out of the kitchen….He is NOT choosing without parameters next time.

I would like to say in my defense that the odds were against me.  At the time of cooking ‘shrek’ (aka husband) was building a fence to separate the stonework from the 2nd time laid grass, so the dogs don’t do their ablutions on it anymore, just the stone (easy to clean).

Suffice  to say there was lots of disruptive tooing and froing (note the attempt to pass the buck here?)

At one stage I went to see what was going on….this was the view my eyes met!  (see below, not for the faint hearted!)

Does this qualify me as nul and void in blame for the torte disaster?  Voting is below, this is a serious matter!


 Meringue Torte

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 300g/10 1/2oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 140g/5oz caster sugar
  • 140g/5oz butter, room temperature plus extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


For the Topping

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 100g/3 1/2 oz caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 300ml/10fl oz milk
  • 500g/1lb 2oz medium fat soft cheese or Quark
  • 150g5 1/2 butter, melted
  • 5tbsp custard powder

 For the Meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 250g/9oz redcurrants, stems removed
  • icing sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/325 degrees F/Gas Mark 3.  Grease a 28-cm/11-inch baking takin, preferably springform and line the base with baking paper.

To make the base, sift together the flour and baking powder in a bowl, add the sugar, butter and eggs.  Mix using an electric mixer with a dough hook attachment, then briefly knead with your hands in to a smooth mixture.  Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the regrigerator for 30 mins.

Use floured hands to press and smooth the mixture evenly in to the base of the tin.

To make the topping, mix together the egg yolks, egg, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl.  Gradually stir in the milk, cheese, melted butter and custard powder until the mixture is smooth and has no lumps.

Pour the topping mixture over the torte base and smooth the surface.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.  Remove the cake, but leave the oven switched on.

To make the meringue, whisk the egg whites until almost stiff.  Gradually whisk in the sugar.  continue whisking until the sugar is completely dissolved and the meringue holds stiff peaks.

Spread the meringue over the topping.  Scatter the reedcurrants over the top.  Return the torted to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.  Leave to cool before removing from the tin.  Dust with icing sugar before slicing and serving.

Thank you as always for reading, seriously if you try this recipe out, I would really really like to know it you managed to make it work!

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  63 comments for “Fiesta Friday #14 ~ there is a volcano in the oven!

  1. Lainey
    May 2, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    lol! Put meringue and husbands in the same post and you’re asking for trouble…so I’d say you did a fantastic job there! It does look yummy, but too complicated for me to try – gold stars all round! x


    • May 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Yes I won’t be trying it again lol but i reckon if done right (coughs) it would be fab! How are you sweetie ? X


      • Lainey
        May 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        lol! I’m good thanks – had a lovely chilled day yesterday with hubby…caught up on some telly (lol) and watched a movie and now I’m all ready for more blogging adventures!! How are you? xx


        • May 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

          I’m good just found amazing vintage market and put my name down to get a stall and bought some stuff, had eyebrows threaded ouch and getting some Italian sandwich for lunch lol today so far going good if I ignore the blood test hehe! You should have got something through the post 🙂


          • Lainey
            May 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

            That’s exciting about the stall! I did get something through the post thanks 😉 A reply will be winging it’s way to you over the weekend! xx


  2. May 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Nice apron! Very patriotic!
    The pic of your husband is hilarious! The filter made it even more so! I like also how there’s the watermark on this picture! 😀


    • May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      hah yes I thought i would grunge it out a bit it was a bit erm sharp, the focus was toooo good lol theres only so much you want to see and that was more than an eyefull lol x


  3. May 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    “Getting large, disaster starting to happen.” lol
    I hope Shrek isn’t upset that you posted a picture of his full moon!


    • May 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Haha no he’s a rugby boy so what with that and being a builder it’s all part of the job or fun! Lol Id say he was more surprised I wanted to and the kids were shrieking with hilarity!


  4. May 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    OMG, this is hilarious!!! I must start reading your cooking posts too, I never knew it was so much fun! A volcano in the oven indeed 😀 Your shrek could compete with my shrek — totally what his pants do all the time! 😀


    • May 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      haha well now that is on your to do list..pic of mans moon!


  5. May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Hahhah….hehehe! I love seeing your post in the morning…I get to start my day with a giggle! 😀


    • May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      yaya jumps up and down, always glad to give a laugh and a smile x


  6. May 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Oh lordy, Justine – do you REALLY think you needed to type that recipe for others afterr they watched Mount Shrek-suvious erupt in the oven? I wouldn’t be able to eat a properly baked cake without thinking of his rump. You (butt) crack me up 🙂


  7. May 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Hahhaha aw what a disaster! I’m sorry that the recipe turned out badly but it sure makes for an a retraining story! We all have those :). I also give your husband kudos! He’s a great sport lol


    • May 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Lol thank you it was definitely an expeorence not to be repeated lol


  8. May 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Lordy, lordy, lordy! Certainly didn’t expect volcano in the oven or an “eruption” anywhere else, least of all on Shrek. Hahaha… This is quite the entertainment I wasn’t prepared for, but LOVED it! Thanks for the chuckles, girlfriend, and…uhm…it’s only FF14. You need glasses after that natal cleft aka butt crack? Lol.


    • May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      OMG it is isnt it hahaha..oh my I am ahead of myself, I told you I was totally traumatized…been drinking wine since to try and blur the memory lol xxx


    • May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      if I change now it will mess up the linky wont it?


      • May 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        No, it won’t, I’ll fix it!


        • May 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

          just changed it…hehe..thankies…wow….must be the full moon or something, scuse the pun lol haha


          • May 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

            Hahaha… you continue to crack me up! Luv ya so much!<3


            • May 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

              huggles and squiggles…now I have to go and lie down the trauma of reliving this whole experience has taken its toll on me I think I need a drip feed of something alcoholic! * looks innocent *


              • May 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

                Double gin & tonic for you! Lol… which was more traumatic, the eruption in oven or on Shrek?


                • May 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

                  Oh I’m used to shrek I felt like slapping the cake all over his ass then taking a picture lol haha


                • May 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

                  Then I would have let the dogs out


  9. May 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    You and your boys have such fun together and that’s what it is all about. Just think what great memories you are creating 🙂


    • May 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      I know, hehe, though they don’t look anymore much at my blog i might bring it out for them to look at when they are older and put some pics up at their wedding, grins xx


  10. May 2, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    The cake! I didn’t quite picture this when you told me about it Justine! 😉 You have me laughing so hard! I would totally bake something like this!


    • May 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      haha you should try it honestly everyone else it too scared now, I want desperately to know if someone else can make it would be a great FF entry hehe….xx


      • May 5, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        Hehehe 🙂 I would have to translate the recipe into one that was low-glycemic…may be a bit hard. 🙂


  11. May 3, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    oooh your poor hubby – or did you lift the photo off the next and attribute it to him instead, you evil woman 🙂 seriously though I loved the look of the cake straight out of the oven, looked exuberant, I thought ” wow, no cake of mine has ever done that” so was disappointed to see what happened further down 😦


    • May 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Gasps on no it really was his ass. the kids saw me take the picture and were running around the kitchen with their arms laughing and screaming “mummy is taking a picture of daddys bottom” LOL, he came in and wasnt sure what all the commotion was about, he is clueless that this is what happens every time he bends over, it really is becoming a public menace!


      • May 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        maybe he is sending you a message :)??? Make me a tea love, for example? 🙂
        Poor man not safe in his own home!!!


        • May 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

          haha….make me a tea pfffftttt!!!!


          • May 3, 2014 at 9:39 PM

            pg tips I believe is the preferred brand in this situation?
            with digestive biscuits or if you want to a bit posh – custard creams (havent had them in years, remind me of first years of school)


            • May 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

              haha no he doesnt drink tea, only extra strong coffee from neros and well anything sweet he wouldn’t say no to!


  12. May 3, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Thanks for making me laugh. Not that I don’t sympathize with your difficulties, but it is great that you are able to share it with such humour.


    • May 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      HaH well this one was fun so no need to feel bad, though it did take a long time to achieve such a disaster but the entertainment it now causes to others was well worth it x


  13. May 3, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Lol, just been reading the comments, the image of the erupting cake and Shrek in the same photo was too much, I nearly choked on the cup of tea!! You are hilarious, love your stories. I’m not sure that I’m brave enough to try the cake after those photos, oh man – !!


    • May 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      haha, you made me laugh i imagiend you with your tea reading it, LOLOL…hey i would lovey ou to try and make the cake i seriously want to know if somenoe else CAN make a successful one lol x


  14. May 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Ha ha ha, you are funny Justine!! Hope you get over the traumatic experience soon 😉


    • May 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      hah yes, i made another cake, i was nervous but woohoo it worked, I was seriously quite traumatized after that, but the coffee drambuie cake i made now was worth it and the laughs the other volcanic one gave to others hehe x


  15. May 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Oh, you just crack me up (that’s not a comment on the last picture, btw :D) Honestly I think you should write a book!! We all need some levity and you have provided a good dose of that in my day… 😀


    • May 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      haha thank you and lurve the crack comment LOLOL…I now know what is on your mind….bit like at the tube station when they say “mind the gap” its now “mind the crack”


  16. May 4, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Well, I’m no expert on baking anything. But that time, and oven temperature, seems way too short. State the obvious, as you found out. Much to the bins bemusement.

    Shan’t sleep tonight. Your hubby’s crack is in the way. Gawdawful image in my head! I’ll count sheep instead.


    • May 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      haha lol did you sleep? That was a funny comment and yes you k now those plastic blow up paddling pools, that is exactly what my cake felt like when it came out it was literally wobbling, terrible, the timing was deifnitely wrong but unfortunately the meringue had gone on by then and berries sheesh they were like bullets after x


  17. May 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Ahahahahaha… You made me laugh with that berries on top description 😀 Well, it is the work that counts, right? 😉


  18. May 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I think you get gold star for effort and for persevering in the face of adversity! (funny by the way how cheese omelet is delicious, but eggy cheese sounds disgusting!)


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