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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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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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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