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Pudsey Bear Sponge with Lemon Curd Icing

Pudsey Bear Sponge with Lemon Curd Icing

I was recently asked to participate in a challenge for Baking Mad and Children in Need to make a Pudsey Bear shaped dessert. I had considered cupcake making but thought it would be too fiddly, and as baking isn't really my strong point I thought I'd keep it simple with a sponge cake and lemon curd icing. 

Here's the finished product! He's actually really simple to make - just use a round cake tin and then trim off some of the baked sponge to resemble his head, and then I simply decorated with him with liquorice, white chocolate stars and mini chocolate coated balls. 

If you love baking and need some tips, why not head over to Baking Mad's tips page? They have an absolute truckload of tips for various baking methods - cupcakes, cakes, Christmas, jam - pretty much every baking question should have an answer there!

Here's the recipe - you'll see it is super quick and easy to make so don't be put off if this is your first time baking, it's simple and if you have scales you can get it all done in about 10 minutes. 

Ingredients

For the sponge: 

110g grams of self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g grams of butter
110g caster sugar
2 eggs (medium or large)
2 drops vanilla essence

For the lemon curd: 

1 lemon (large), grate the rind and juice the lemon
75 grams of caster sugar
2 eggs (medium or large)
50 grams of butter

Method

For the sponge: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C
  2. Lightly grease round 18cm sponge tin
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl
  4. Add remaining ingredients to bowl
  5. Whisk with an electric mixer until all combined
  6. Pour mixture into tin and make sure it’s level
  7. Bake for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven
  8. Cake is cooked when a skewer comes out clean
  9. Remove from oven and wait a few minutes (2-3), turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool
  10. Top with home-made lemon curd (recipe to follow)

For the lemon curd: 

  1. Place lemon rind and sugar in a bowl (heatproof)
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk lemon juice with eggs and then pour the mix over the sugar
  3. Add the butter (cut into pieces) and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  4. Stir until it thickens, it will take around 15-20 minutes
  5. Allow to cool before using as filling or icing

To decorate: 

  1. Trim sponge cake to shape of Pudsey’s head
  2. Spread the cooled lemon curd icing to cover cake
  3. Decorate with liquorice, stars and mini chocolates to look like Pudsey
  4. Enjoy!
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