• Its been a while……

    Weeeeell, hello there stranger! How are you? I know, I know, it’s been a while, but you wouldn’t believe how busy I’ve been. Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s been happening since I spoke to you last. My dream of owning my own tea-room and cake shop was screaming louder and louder at me, so on December 4th I handed in my notice from a full-time career, to take a part-time job, which would allow me to spend more time making and selling cakes. I had a month before starting the new job, so as it was coming up to Christmas I thought I’d get some shopping…

  • Waitrose Raspberry Cupcakes

    Inspiration for baking comes in many forms. This week I got a text from my Mum. It read ‘Did you get the recipe from waitrose for cupcakes to enter their competition to win a cookery course. Thought you should enter that!! xxx’   Well no I didn’t, and yes I should. So in the age of technology, she photographed the recipe card she got through the post and texted it over to me……my Mum may be retired but she is a bit of a techie, and the main form of communication between us is either text or messaging on our iPads. So armed with my 2 text messages (one for…

  • National Cupcake Week

    Did you know this week is National Cupcake Week? Have you rolled up your sleeves and baked anything, or are you more a cupcake purchaser? Whatever your preference, this is the week to indulge in little sponge cake parcels. Cupcakes are great. They are your own personal cake that you don’t have to share, because there is only ever enough for one. They’re easy to make and great to make with your children. In fact they’re great to make with your Mum too, and I think the best times I have in the kitchen has been when me and Mum are baking together. The cupcakes on this post were made…

  • Strawberry Blondes

    Summer appears to have arrived in Surrey…..not sure for how long, but we’re being positive and saying it is NOW summer!   I’m ignoring the small blip of the torrential rain and thundestorm earlier, which I’m calling a ‘summer shower’, as the sun is again shining, the dogs are panting and we’re slowly melting (but not complaining….honest!!) So, with the arrival of summer the supermarkets are now full of bright and colourful soft fruits. Punnets of strawberries, raspberries, peaches and nectarines, blueberries and cherries greet you as you walk into the fruit and veg aisle and invite you to eat healthily.   Of course, after filling the trolly with fruit,…

  • Grown-up (Italian Meringue) Buttercream

    There are few things in life I can say I ‘need’. My family, my dogs, my own comfy bed….yep that’s about it. However, there are many things I think are necessary to help make life happy including a job you enjoy, a car that doesn’t break down, a food mixer and an oven AND Italian Meringue Buttercream. Italian Meringue Buttercream is frosting for grown-ups, and is close to being put into the category of things I need in life. It should definitely be on everyones list of the 10 food things you HAVE to try!!! Seriously, once you’ve tried it you won’t ever look back. It’s light, its bright, its…

  • Diet Cola Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cola Frosting

    How many times have you gone for a takeaway, ordered a mahoosive burger, a portion of chips and diet drink and then realised how ridiculous your meal looks – lashing of fat, but hold the sugar! But the diet drink makes the burger more angelic…..doesn’t it? That’s you having will power….right?   Well these cupcakes are just like that! And I mean they actually have a diet drink in them, which means you need less sugar (lets forget the butter content eh?) These cakes came at the end of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, where we had had a house full of guests, some with sore heads in the morning and…

  • All in 1 Cake Bars

    Firstly I must apologise for being MIA for nearly 2 months. My ‘proper’ job has been crazy busy, but hopefully it’s now all calmed down (well for the time being anyway). Anyway, now I’M BACK!!!!   I love being busy, but there is a down side – the lack of baking time! Baking is my relaxation, so on top of being busy, I feel extra stressed because I haven’t had time to put on my pinny, roll up my sleeves and get the mixer out. To celebrate getting back in the kitchen I have made something, quick, easy, yummy, crumby and colourful. Quite often I see recipes which include a…

  • Titanic Apple Meringue Cupcakes

    One hundred years ago, on this day, hundreds of people in the city of Southampton were waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones. My Great Nan was a child one hundred years ago today, so hopefully knew little of the distress her mother was going through, as she waited patiently for news of my Great Great Uncle, Mr Christopher Light, who had 3 days earlier checked in for work aboard Titanic. I am originally from the Southampton area, as are most of my ancestors. Coming from the area, it is little surprise that my family were touched by the disaster of Titanic, as nearly 600 people from the area…

  • Victoria Sandwich for One

    Last year I entered a Victoria Sandwich into a local horticultural competition and was disqualified!! Yep, you read right…..disqualified!! And what was the awful deed I did to be disqualified……..I put buttercream between my layers of sponge and dusted icing sugar on the top. Shock! Horror!!!! The competition was being run according to the Women’s Institute rules, and they don’t allow buttercream or icing sugar…..can you believe that?!! Surely it says in the British constitution that a Victoria Sandwich must have a thick layer of Buttercream between two layers of cake!!! What was particularly gutting was the comments on the cards were all great “lovely moist sponge” ” “nice and…