Posted on January 21, 2017
I know, I know…. whisky caramel. I really do spoil you. This is a recent discovery of mine and I’ve quickly become obsessed with it, on everything and anything. It’s inspired my next bake (hopefully to be blogged later this week, in time for Burns Night!) and I’ve baked several batches of brownies laden with it, as well as the gingerbread recipe it originally accompanied from April Carter’s book, Decorated. It’s honestly life changing. Read More
Posted on January 8, 2017
Well, a very happy new year to all of you! I love new years, it’s a great time for reflection, and thinking about what you’d like to achieve in the coming 12 months. I’ve got several goals for 2017, including writing more letters, travelling more, and expanding my business! It’s going to be a good one, I can feel it! Read More
Posted on December 21, 2016
I don’t know about you but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything that’s going on around Christmas time. I’d planned a bunch of festive bakes, but with working full time, seeing friends and spending time with my boyfriend, making and planning Christmas hampers and you know, sleeping, this month has flown by without me doing any of them! It’s fun to have plans but, it’s easy to forget important things. Like that dessert you promised! Nightmare. That’s where this super easy bake comes in. Read More
Updated on December 14, 2016
Like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. I’m trying to put together some delicious bakes to give as gifts this year, as well as trying to assemble hampers to sell. It’s been fun taste testing all the lovely things, and my Pinterest is overflowing with delicious ideas. There’s just not enough time in the day!
When asked by Wren Kitchens to create a recipe, themed around a ‘Christmas with a twist’ idea, my first thought was a sweet, cakey version of our family classic, nut roast. Growing up vegetarian, nut roast was a staple of every Christmas. My Mum’s recipe changes every year, and she generally just throws in whatever she has handy, but it’s always nutty, oaty, and delicious, and a real festive favourite for me. It’s got hazelnuts in it, but you could substitute them for any nuts you like. Same with the cranberries and fruit. You can bake it in a large loaf tin, or in little baby tins, which would make a lovely homemade gift! Check out all the recipes here! Read More
Updated on October 17, 2016
Here’s a terrible secret: I tried a pumpkin spice latte, and I wasn’t a fan. It was just far too sweet, sickly almost, and I found it quite cloying. That was last year. Now never call me a quitter, because I decided to try one again, but this time with half the syrup, and soy milk (my new best friend, as the proud owner of a burgeoning lactose intolerance). It was SO GOOD, and I’ve had at least one a day (ish) since. Yum! Cinnamon spicey with just the right amount of sugar. I’m a fan. As a baker I naturally turned to see if there was a cake version I could whip up with my stack of canned pumpkin, but to no avail. So I rolled up my sleeves, threw on my apron, and made this guy for you: my pumpkin spice latte cake. Read More
Updated on October 5, 2016
As I write this, it’s the eve of my favourite national holiday: cinnamon bun day. I’m obsessed with cinnamon buns. I love them! I’m constantly on a quest to find the perfect recipe. This one is pretty darn close. It’s yeasted, so you need to allow some time to prove. But, once rolled, you pop them in the fridge overnight, bring them out in the morning, and once they’ve come back to room temperature they’re good to go! They’re sticky, squishy, and delicious. Read More
Updated on September 18, 2016
So summer has been over since roughly May, and I am fully ready to embrace Autumn. It is, in my opinion, the best season. Cold but sunny days, wearing a scarf, crunchy leaves, hot chocolate, cinnamon on everything… these really ARE a few of my favourite things. Pumpkin bakes are ubiquitous on Pinterest and Tumblr at this time of years, and having recently embraced pumpkin as a yummy autumnal foodstuff, I’m happy to share these with you, my pumpkin & chocolate chip cupcakes, with pecan butter frosting.
Posted on August 10, 2016
Gluten, eh? It’s a troublesome little minx, now more than ever it seems. With gluten free diets seemingly the new trendy diet, it’s important to always have some gluten free options when considering what cakes to make for people. Read More
Posted on July 11, 2016
Lamingtons are lovely little bites of goodness from Australia. A dear friend of mine copied me the recipe, from a children’s baking book she’d bought when visiting Australia with her children when they were young. As if I’d need more convincing, she then baked some so I could taste them, and I was converted. Read More
Updated on June 17, 2016
I don’t know how up to date you keep to my social media activities (and if not, why not, eh?) but I’ve been lucky enough this month to supply the gorgeous gals at Lucky Dip Club with some cake for their legendary packing parties, awkward photo of me doing some cake assembly available on Twitter if you so desire. Lucky Dip Club make amazing boxes of surprise goodies, full of handmade fun by small designer makers, which come by post and the contents remain secret right up until you get it! So much fun. This months theme was ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ and I was allowed to let my imagination loose on some super fun and crazy cakes! You can see the picture over on their Instagram page. The two pastel coloured cakes are just vanilla sponge with food colouring (I used Sugarflair paste, they’re very good!) and the other one is salted caramel and popcorn, which is what I’m talking about here today!