March Madness

I understand I’m talking about March madness in April but it was one jam-packed month, with the last day being one of the best! Don’t look at it as missing a post in March, but getting double in April.

On the cake front March wasn’t all that busy until right at the end. And the end is where I’m going to start in recounting my March madness as I know you’re all here for the cake…

I rarely get the chance to bake for myself, and if I’m completely honest I don’t always want to. Between standing for hours on end and eating the off cuts (it would be rude not to) the thought of baking for J and I is far from the top of my list of things to do. I’d rather sit on the sofa with an episode of Lucifer and a cup of tea. But a party is the perfect excuse for a cake, two in fact. In my January post ‘2017 Recap and things to come’ you might remember the exciting news of my  engagement. Now we know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but how could they forget cake, what girl doesn’t love cake? read more

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A cake fit for a princess and car journeys from hell…

I am truly amazed at what people can create with cake. Even channel 4 has a cake show. Have you seen some of their creations? Someone made a sheep who was knitting! Another made a giant bottle of prosecco! And then they put them in their car and drive them to where they need to go. I’m not quite at the giant knitting sheep or giant prosesso cake level yet, but I feel their pain when they put those cakes in the car. Have you seen their faces? That is my face every time I am in a car with a cake. But the bits you don’t see are much worse. They involve choice words, frantic voices and in my case, a very stressed out saint of a fiancé. read more

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2017 Recap and Things to come

Does anyone else think that January is the longest month ever? I know it only has 31 days but I swear that the days last way longer than 24 hours, not that I get any more done in a January day than I do on any other day of the year. That’s why I’m writing my blog post now, on the 30th day of the month.

2017 on the other hand, went by in a flash. Another year down, another year older… oh my this is starting to take a bit of a nose dive, that wasn’t my intention, honestly! Wanna see some cake to cheer you up?? read more

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Bake Off is BACK!!!

Bake off is back people! Now, like most of you I’m sure, I had my reservations. It’s a big change, Mel, Sue and Mar-Ber gone, surely it could only be a disaster. But I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t hate it, in fact I kinda liked it. I think my love for Noel helped this, I mean how can you not love him. He is adorable!

Back to the baking though, I mean that’s what you’re here for.

Cake week. What a way to start it off: fruity cakes, mini rolls (peppermint?!) and illusion cakes. What a way to kick it off, nothing like easing the contestants in gently. I love to bake. I enjoy playing about with new flavours and being challenged to create new things, but I couldn’t do any of that under the pressure that those baking babes face in that tent! read more

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Are you ready for a Parr-ty?!

I hope you guys enjoy these puns, I wouldn’t like to admit how long they take me to come up with them. I cannot believe that we are coming to the end of April, this year is speeding by and we have been in our new home for 2 months now. In those two months I’ve taken 8 cake orders for family and friends and still managed to paint the living room and the kitchen, not bad round my 9-5.

This golf themed cake was a request that was absolutely loved by the birthday boy! This cake had some ups and downs, like most, but I particularly enjoyed spending my bank holiday creating this cake. Now spending your bank holiday inside baking, covering and modelling might sound like a chore to some, but to have an entire day to focus on something that I love, I couldn’t ask for more. Plus there was a Muppet movie marathon on the TV, perfect combination. read more

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It’s my mess and I’ll deal with it later…

Big news! Kitchen Antics has moved its mess to a new kitchen. It’s all been a bit hectic these past couple of months and I’m just starting to find my feet but I’m back! You can call off the search parties, I’ve been in my flat unpacking boxes. Not as glamorous as I would have hoped, who knew I had so much stuff! J is not best pleased with the amount of cake stuff I have. Unfortunately I cannot repeat some of the comments he made about my cupcake boxes…

It hasn’t all been packing though these past few months. I’ve been very creative! I had the absolute honour of creating my friend’s wedding cake, complete with gold bow and snowflake cookies. I’ve created a gory brain cake for a Halloween dinner party. I made festive hampers for all my friends and family to enjoy. I’ve produced a James the Tank Engine cake for a very special first birthday. I constructed a New York themed birthday cake with a surprise centre. I fulfilled my annual duty by creating my sister’s birthday cake and I was trusted to make the cake for my Grandparent’s golden wedding anniversary. read more

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Churros with a chocolate and Toffee sauce – GBBO week 4

The stages of Churros.

After the dreaded dough experiences of last week I have to be honest when I say I was pretty excited when I found out they had added batter week into the mix!

What’s not to love about Yorkshire puddings, pancakes and Churros? I mean, can you get a better line up than that?! My love of batter did make it difficult to decide on what to make. Yorkshire puddings and a Sunday staple in my household, they’re big, beautiful and beastly. Pancakes in pretty patterns, how could I resist? Yet, in the end Churros won, I mean it had to! read more

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Pesto Plait – GBBO Week 3 bread

How I recovered from some disastrous dough!

Bread week. I’m going to be honest and this may shock you, with me being a baking fanatic and all, but I don’t actually eat bread. It’s not that I don’t like bread, it’s more that it doesn’t like me.

So you can guess my reluctance when it came to bread week. I favoured the savoury option this week and threw myself head first into a 3 flour, 3 filling plaited show stopper.

Apart from the technical challenge all the bakers in the tent have had time to practice their bakes. You can’t expect them to be able to go into that tent with all those cameras and create a master piece first time. It’s not going to happen. This is something I neglected to think about when it came to my baking. I attempted to make a spelt and pesto, rye and sundried tomato and a wholemeal olive monster plait, with no practice and a few bits of recipes here and there. As you can imagine this did not go to plan. read more

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Viennese Whirls – GBBO week 2

Strawberry, Cherry, Chocolate and Cherry and Chocolate Orange Viennese Whirls

I remember Viennese whirls from when I was younger, now I’m not old, but these little beauties were always something my nan would produce when we attempted to raid her cupboards.

I was a bit nervous when my mum readily requested these little crumbling swirls after watching Bake off last week. I mean they don’t look easy do they? That swirl, the crumbly texture and uniformity. How was I going to recreate these?!

In reality they weren’t all that difficult. Word of advice before starting these though, make sure you set the oven to the right temperature. I’d never survive in that bake off tent. All the bunting and pretty coloured kitchen aids would go to my head and I’d forget to turn the oven on… Poor Mary Berry, I’d be feeding her raw cookie dough. read more

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Great British Bake Off Bake Along – Week 1

Mary and Paul are back, and I’m already running late. I’d be useless in the GBBO tent, all that stress and cameras. I think I’ll stick to my messy kitchen.

I love GBBO, I am a devout fan, much to the disgust of some members of my family. Every year I watch religiously and think why have I never made any of the wonderful things those lovely bakers slave over. I think about it, but that’s as far as I get. Next thing I know, Sue and Mel are back with the innuendos and I’ve made nothing. read more

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