It’s been a mad few weeks again – juggling full time work and lots of bakes and I feel like I’ve not had a moment to sit down and write up blogs on each bake I’ve done recently, so in a bid to get everything written down before I forget, I’ll cram it all into this one blog. Not ideal, but it’s the best I can offer at the moment!
First up was some birthday cupcakes for a friends daughter. She loves Olly Murs (don’t we all?) and the requirement was chocolate cakes with blue icing and Olly on them. Unfortunately I don’t have access to the man himself (and if I did I wouldn’t share) so the next best thing was Olly cupcake toppers. Combined with the blue icing they worked really well.
The next round of birthday cakes were ordered by Adam for his girlfriends birthday with the theme ” strawberries and cream”. I decided to make the cakes with a slight strawberry flavour, iced with vanilla buttercream and topped with halved strawberries. They were so pretty, I really wanted to eat them myself!
I always try to bake some different things on a weekend to increase my range of items and to practise new skills. I LOVE cinnamon and you can’t beat some cinnabuns so these were definitely on the list to be baked. They rose so much they were huge!
I’ve always wanted to try and make some treats for my dogs as I’m not convinced the treats I buy from the shops are the best for them and I knew it couldn’t be that hard – after all they are just biscuits, aren’t they? I found a really basic recipe which consists of wholemeal flour, chicken stock and an egg. That’s it. I mixed it all together and rolled out the dough. I have some dead cute dog bone shaped biscuit cutters so used those and decided to stamp the names of the dogs on the bones for a little personal touch! Pippin and Dillon absolutely loved the biscuits – when ever I move the box that they are kept in, they sit with tails wagging waiting for a biscuit.
I’m not a lover of Oreo biscuits, but my daughter Lucy loves them. She mentioned Oreos covered in chocolate one night and I thought about making chocolate covered Oreos. I used a silicone mould, poured some melted chocolate in the bottom, placed in the Oreo and covered with more chocolate. When they had set, I piped melted chocolate over the top. Lucy and my husband both agreed that the Oreos were amazing and I got thumbs up from friends who have bought them from me also.
On Monday 6th April (Bank Holiday Monday) I had a stall at the Vintage Market held in Newbiggin by the Sea and hosted by Artily Events. The Vintage Market was part of a three day event being held to show how Bank Holidays used to be and should still be.
Along with the Vintage Market, events over the weekend included dance classes, vintage makeovers, a swing ball, competitions, a seafood festival, ice cream and chocolate festivals, vintage car rally, live bands, beach activities and a heritage treasure hunt.
My daughter Lucy helped set up and man the stall for the day. There was steady flow of people all day and we had a great day – we even managed to catch the vintage car rally too. I decided to sell my cupcakes in a jar and have them a “vintage look”. Along with the cupcakes in a jar, I also sold coconut ice (this was a particularly good seller!), brownies, chocolate lollies and rocky road.
One of my collegues, Lucie turned 30 the other week. I also work with Helen and she ordered some cupcakes for Lucies birthday. Lucie loves fruit so we decided to go down the route of Fruit Salad Cupcakes. I did a mixture of vanilla and chocolate cakes, piped with vanilla buttercream and topped with strawberry, raspberry and kiwi fruit. A light dusting of icing sugar completed them. In Lucies words – “OMG”!