On Learning Stuff

Last week I went to a sugarpaste decorating class. I’ve never used sugarpaste before and it seemed like it was about time I did, if not just for fun, then to increase my general cake decorating skills – which, I have to say, are slowly but surely improving (as in, I can ice a batch…

Autumn Baking

I love autumn. Autumn autumn autumn, you are my favourite season by far. Cycling in to work on crisp, bright October mornings makes me happy. Leaves changing colour, winter setting in. But the best part is the fruit. Autumnal fruits – blackberries, apples, plums, pears (as well as many more) are fruits which I associate…

Poppy Seed Cake

So, moving house happened, and now it’s time to get down to some baking. I’ve finally begun the process of registering my business, which involves frightening things like tax returns and hygiene procedures. Still working without an internet connection in my house until next Thursday, so I won’t be getting that far with it before…

Emergency Chocolate Cake

It’s 8am and my house is filled with the smell of delicious melted dark chocolate. Finishing off a cake that was requested by Catherine yesterday for today. She didn’t ask for anything specific, and I didn’t have anything in mind either. That was when I remembered that a couple of weeks ago I made a flourless chocolate…

Foodie Penpals #2 & Guinness Cake

I always seem to be running late with these posts. It seems inevitable that on the last day of the month when I’m supposed to write these, I am busy doing something else. This time it was preparing for my trip to Stockholm (tomorrow!) So my second Foodie Penpals parcel was from Cara. I got…

Farewells

My most excellent friend Laura is leaving for Paris in a couple of weeks to do a masters at Sciences Po. Today she left Cambridge to go back home to Gloucester for a while before she leaves for good. Her leaving party was originally meant to include cake, which I unfortunately failed to make, and…

Foodie PenPals #1

So, slightly belated, as I was supposed to write about this two days ago (I’ve been celebrating the fact that I just found out I got a 2:1 for my degree!). I signed up for Foodie PenPals at the beginning of July, and so received my first parcel a few days ago! It came from the…

Herman: complete

So I finished making my Herman cake. That was…almost a week ago now, but somehow, time has slipped away from me once again, between birthday and interviews and seeing people, a week has passed.    I never got around to taking a photo of Herman. There are still pieces of him left, but it’s just…

Brownies! (and a Herman update)

Another incredibly busy week has passed. I have made brownies for a reading that was taking place at the bookshop I run, and I made red velvet cupcakes as well (which didn’t turn out so great, and I didn’t have time to ice them, so they weren’t taken along to the reading) There were plenty…

Meet Herman

So it’s been a busy week. Yesterday I went down to London to visit some friends and visited the recently opened Cannon & Cannon shop on Market Row in Brixton which my wonderful friend Jordi manages. The Cannons (Joe and Sean), as well as Jordi and her colleagues are all incredibly enthusiastic about the produce…