When I first started blogging, way back in 2008 I was all about baking groups. I joined up to every club going and posted my completed recipes week in week out. There was one group, however that I wasn’t a member of, Tuesdays With Dorie. Oh how I wanted into this exclusive club, baking their way through the books of American sweetheart Dorie Greenspan. Sadly, back in the day, this was a closed group with a waiting list of bloggers eager to join in the fun. I was one of them, waiting for my chance to bake. Time went on and I forgot about the club, I got busier and busier with work and fell out of touch with the organised nature of the baking groups I frequented.
I was reminded of Tuesdays with Dorie upon clearing out my cookbook collection and wondered if they were still going. A quick google told me they were indeed still going and guess what, it was a free for all. No more exclusive membership holding me back. 2008 Katie was thrilled, bought the book Baking Chez Moi and jumped right on in.
My first post seemed to be a bit of a winner. My favourite thing about baking groups is being encouraged to make something I may have overlooked, and these little cakes are something I probably would have flicked right past. Tiger cakes, named because of the flecks of chocolate striping the sponge, are the lightest and tastiest little morsels I have baked in a long time. The subtle hint of almond pared with a dark chocolate ganache makes them the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon coffee. The recipe makes 24 little muffins which freeze perfectly, I love to have cookies and cakes in the freezer in case of unexpected guests. Domestic goddess points right there!