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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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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Did someone say cake?

The 6 cakes I made in the year 2015

The 6 cakes I made in the year 2015

Can someone explain to me how it is 2016 already?

Just as I was getting used to writing 2015 I’m going to have to change! Although it feels like 2015 went by in the blink of an eye, when I look back I’m filled with this warm sense of achievement at what I’ve done.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to let it get to my head, that thing is big enough as it is! I am, however, going to allow my self to feel a little proud of what I’ve done this past year. This year really was the start to my baking journey and I feel that I’ve come quite far, not only with what I have been able to make but also with the way I feel about it. read more

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Life’s too short, eat the cake!

I love food. It is as plain and simple as that, but it isn’t.

You see, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, however, this doesn’t mean that what I make is perfect. In fact, usually it can be far from perfect. Sometimes I’ve let my cooking disasters stop me from continuing, but I’ve realised that baking and cooking is a skill that needs constant development. So I have to practice, a lot! My family and colleagues have become my guinea pigs, they have to try everything and they have to be totally honest. I’m not perfect, I can accept that, but I’m not going to get anywhere by giving up, or doing it the same way next time. read more

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