I haven’t been baking much over the last few months so it was nice to get back to the kitchen and to bake this Blueberry Bundt Cake with Elderflower Glaze. I’ve missed it as I get a huge amount of satisfaction from pottering around my kitchen & working on recipes but I’ve been busy working with a small team of food enthusiasts on a baking calculator.
I was brought up using a set of scales to measure ingredients when cooking and baking but many recipes on the internet use cups or fraction of cups as their standard measurement unit. This creates problems if you want to try out that recipe but don’t own a set of cups. I’m a great advocate for measuring ingredients, especially when baking, but I also realise that many people don’t own a set of scales so want their recipes in volume measurements. Because of this people tend to use online converters to change a recipes unit of measurement to their preferred unit of measurement.
So, the idea behind the Baking Calculator was to create an online tool that is able to convert a whole recipe from cups to grams or from grams to cups or grams to ounces with one click of a button. There are a couple of single ingredient converters out there that are popular but they are very time consuming to use if you are converting a whole recipe. We also wanted to offer a larger range of ingredients in our database as those of us who bake know that one cup of sugar weighs differently to one cup of superfine sugar.
Even if I do say so myself, this tool is pretty cool. It has an inbuilt natural language interpreter that recognises lots of different ways that ingredient strings are written (ie 1 1/2 cup cocoa, 1.5 cups cocoa, one and a half cups cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cups + 1 tbs powdered cocoa etc) and if it doesn’t understand, it will tell you! This means that you can copy and paste a recipe from the internet into the calculator, press auto convert and voila, it converts for you. Anyhow, check it out here and you can try it out for yourself (although at the moment it is only converting desserts and baked good recipes as savoury ingredients are still being added to the vast database). Do let us know what you think of it!
This Blueberry Bundt Cake with Elderflower Glaze went down a storm with my niece and her two friends yesterday, so much so that I divided it up and sent them all home with the remains. The batter is quite thick but don’t worry as adding the fresh blueberries to the mix means that once cooked it becomes a light but moist cake. I topped the cake with an Elderflower glaze to give it a nice summery flavour.