Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Designer- Ingrid Lee

Guest Designer:

from Ingrid Creates

Please Help me Welcome My First EVER Guest Designer Ingrid Lee from Ingrid Creates! I'm so blessed and excited to have such a talented designer share with us today!

I met Ingrid on FB about a year ago and we have remained friends! She is fantastic! I would LOVE to travel to Australia one day to meet her in Person!! 

Ingrid is an artist, writer and educator about finding and exploring every day creativity through art, porcelain painting, baking, embroidery and sharing the artworks of other inspiring people. Please Join her creative and inspiring adventures at Ingrid Creates.

You All know I'm all about Crafting Green & Being Frugal, So Ingrid has prepared a Fantastically Creative Dessert for us!! I love all types of Crafts--especially ones dealing with Food & sweets! 

Recipe for using left-over cakes

One of the biggest wastes of money and contributors to landfill, is food waste!!  There is very little food, if any, which I throw out into the bin as scraps, as most are added to compost, and all my meals are planned for using leftovers, or consumed in that meal.  But what do you do with left over cake like apple cake, croissants, white bread, sultana cake or a bundt?  I know it’s hard to imagine that you would ever have any cake left over, but sometimes you do.  Sometimes I often bake a “spare” cake in small cake pans or even muffin tins by simply making an extra half amount of the cake mix. These spare cakes or left overs go into the freezer for recipes like puddings and bakes, thus saving money and baking time, and you’ve got something for midweek school snacks or last minute desserts. 
While I have a passion for baking, and love baking the beautiful cakes and desserts for my blog and other sites and magazines which I write for, my own family weekly budget still has to be met.  I’m really thankful to Tina from Crafty and Green for inviting me to share some of my less extravagant, but totally delicious recipes with you, which use leftover cake and pantry staples. 

 In this post I’m sharing one of my family's favourite dessert pudding recipes, Frugal Almond Pudding.  I usually bake this type of dessert or puddings while I’m cooking a roast, it’s more economical on power usage and a great comfort food on cold days. I also use these types of recipes when I have unexpected dinner guests, as half of your dessert is done, or if I don’t want to labor over baking dessert.
If you’d like some more information about frugal baking, please visit my post about Frugal baking tips (


Frugal Almond Pudding
My pantry always has some left over nuts and biscuits, and my freezer often has left over cake. So long as you have the other baking staples, you'll have a frugal family dessert winner, it's an easy bake, sweet almond flavoured pudding with a toasted almond and brown sugar topping and served with cream- they'll be asking for seconds.

Recipe serves 4

Approximately 200g left over cake from the freezer or stale cake.
250mL milk
5 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons custard powder
3 heaped tablespoons almond meal (if you have it, otherwise add same quantity of finely crushed biscuits like arrowroot, nice, shortbread)
1 teaspoon almond essence

30g flaked almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar.

Cut cake into 2cm or 1inch thick slices and place into a small baking dish (or ramekins). In a bowl or jug, mix milk, custard powder, sugar, almond meal, almond essence until well combined. Pour liquid over cake. Preheat the oven to 180C. Let liquid soak into the cake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with brown sugar and flaked almonds. Place dish into a large deep tin (bigger than the baking dish). Pour boiling water into the tin, up half the way of the dish. Cover entire tin with a sheet of aluminum foil and fold over the sides, leaving one side unfolded. Carefully place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Serve with cream or ice cream.

How do you use left-over cakes?  Please share some of your suggestions; We’d really like to know!

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Thank you Again to My Lovely Friend, Ingrid Lee!
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  1. That Almond Pudding sounds yummy. :) Thank you Tina and Thank you Ingrid. :)Now am hungry. LOL. Have a wonderful day

  2. MMM.... Almond pudding lookded awesome! Tina love the picture of ingrid, she is absolutely breath taking! Great editorial on how you two became friends! Love your blogged today!

  3. This sounds yummy! We always have left over cake. What a great way to use it up!! Thanks for sharing this and thank you Ingrid. :)

  4. sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  5. sounds delicious! I will definitely try this one! I love the idea of using the left over cakes. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your first guest designer! I'm off to go check out Ingrid's blog now! :)

  6. This sounds delicious! I love anything that tastes like almonds and I love cake too so I know I would like this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. As a HUGE fan of anything almond, this sounds phenomenal. I am going to have to try and make this. Thanks for having Ingrid as a guest designer :)

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B


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