Delicious Chocolate Brownie!

Day 10 of the virus lock-down and I think I’m settling into this quite nicely now! I’ve got my new routine, which is basically get up at about 6.15am, enjoy the sounds of the birds singing in the garden while I make my morning coffee, then sit and talk to Mr Cakes on the phone for a bit. The everything gets cleaned to within an inch of its life (no kidding, I’m starting to clean the metal off the door knobs and the paint off my kitchen cupboards!) and then it’s time for shower, clean the bathroom, washing in the machine and out on the line, and so on and so forth.

Around lunchtimes are when I try to do worky stuff, admin and catching up with enquiries (few and far between at the minute!) for an hour or two. In the late afternoons is when my sweet tooth comes knocking! Last week we made a cheap and cheerful swiss roll, today I think brownies, two lots, one to put in the freezer for Mr Cakes to take to work next week, and one to enjoy over the next few days. Also made this week – fresh bread using plain flour rather than bread flour, and tomorrow, hopefully, will be homemade pizzas!

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Emergency Swiss Roll!

Well it’s been four days since I closed my doors because of the virus lock-down, and so far I’ve deep cleaned the house, washed everything that can be washed and line-dried it all, made some homemade freezer meals for my husband (he’s an HGV driver so still working), tidied up the garden (hasn’t the weather been glorious?!), sown some carrots, courgettes, peas and cos lettuce seeds, done a load of admin…but now my mind is starting to hunt for things to do in the kitchen and my sweet tooth is looking for some emergency cake!

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My favourite vanilla sponge recipe and how to bake without clock-watching!

For me, a vanilla sponge cake evokes memories of baking with my mum, or my gran, or my great-auntie Elsie. It makes me think of licked whisks and scraped bowls, cosy warm kitchens, the smell of home baking and the taste of cream and jam sandwiched between two thick slabs of vanilla cake.

A good cake should taste like a proper cake – old fashioned, full of flavour and deliciously home made. Not for me mass produced sponge which is flat and tastes like it came from a factory, I want to evoke memories and stir taste buds! I want people to taste my cake and think “Mmm, that reminds me of the cake my gran used to make!”

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What to expect at your wedding cake consultation

So you’ve got engaged? Congratulations! Need a cake? Drop me a message! No idea what you want yet? That’s fine! This is my favourite bit! Let’s go behind the scenes and see what happens when you order a wedding cake and book onto your consultation!

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An Autumnal Woodland Themed Wedding

Photography – Scott Somerside |Venue – Singleton Lodge Country House Hotel

While all weddings are supremely special, the wedding of 2019 was, for me, our very own autumnal woodland themed wedding. As soon as the question was popped last year, I knew straightaway how I wanted our wedding to look, so the first thing I did (being the consummate wedding cake maker) was to design the cake! Once that was sketched out, I began to build the rest of the wedding around it. It also had to be on a budget, so I put my crafty nature to good use!

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Why do wedding cakes cost so much?

One of the most interesting yet mostly unspoken questions in the cake business is why DO wedding cakes cost more than birthday or christening cakes? It’s just cake, isn’t it? Surely it can’t be that difficult! Well, here I’ll cover some of the various differences between my birthday and wedding cakes, and why you really SHOULD expect to pay more for your wedding cake.

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Busting some wedding cake myths

While weddings are on my mind (when are they not these days?!) – planning my own wedding has led me into the murky world of Pinterest and bridal magazines. Why murky? Because they don’t always paint an accurate picture! I’ve seen so many “pins” or articles promoting “20 ways to save money on your wedding”, “90 things brides do to cut down on wedding costs”, blah blah blah. One thing they all seem to have in common is saving money on your wedding cake, so I’m going to bust a couple of myths:

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