Things are starting to get busier over at the Ever So Sweet bakery (aka my parents kitchen…) I’ve been cake baking, fondant rolling and macaron piping every day for what feels like forever! I’m not complaining though, just taking this desk job girl a little time to adjust to being on my feet all day!
The only downside, which I think I’ve mentioned before is that I don’t have as much time to bake for myself and to play around with recipe ideas. I do miss that side but once the business is more steady and I feel like I’ve got a schedule I’m certain I’ll be able to fit more in. I mean, I still have to eat.
Currently I have a batch of spiced treacle cookies in the oven and let me tell you, if they taste as good as they smell we are all in for a treat. I was going for autumn but I think I’ve over shot and gone straight for winter. Which is ironic considering we’re in the middle on an Indian summer. If they’re a success you’ll hear all about them next week but now, on to a round up of what else has been leaving my kitchen lately…
It’s my birthday! Well, it’s the blogs birthday anyway. One year ago today I hit publish on my first post and I must confess that I wasn’t completely confident it would still be going now. I had wanted to start a blog for a while, and have always enjoyed it, but I am the master of starting something and never finishing it, or not seeing it through. A major flaw but look at me now, 12 months and 98 posts later and we’re still here.
So to celebrate turning 1 I’m going to eat the last slice of this cake I made at the weekend. Thanks to everyone who reads my blabberings, who has tried my recipes, who has taste tested my recipes pre-posting and to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment. I thank you and here’s to another year!
One of my first attempts at chocolate and banana cupcakes wasn’t quite as successful as the delightful looking treats you see here today. I had brought some round to my friend Johns house for us to no doubt enjoy with a cup of tea…soggy is the word that springs to mind. It didn’t help that I’d carried them around in a plastic tupperware box all day. Wet, slimy chocolate frosting on top of overly moist banana cupcakes….not pretty. I daresay they tasted fine, they were certainly eaten up, but nice to look at they weren’t. (more…)
More pumpkin! These cute little cupcakes are super tasty and look great. The pureed pumpkin keeps them moist and with the addition of spices gives a perfect autumn flavour. I added in some white chocolate chips for extra sweetness and a touch of almond extract to balance the flavour of the icing.
Talking of the icing…it is definitely the best part of these cupcakes. Before now, my absolute favourite cupcake topping is peanut butter frosting. It is delicous, peanut butter at its finest. So I thought, why not exchange the peanut butter for almond butter, that could totally work. It does.
Time for another Glasgow Baking Club meeting! It felt like an absolute age since out last sunny picnic in the park meet up – gone are the bright evenings and warm weather – so it was great to see everyone again. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with good cake and good chat?
This months meeting marked full year since I first joined the lovely baking ladies (and sometimes gents) as we were back to our pink theme in honour of breast cancer awareness month. We also all put in a donation and raised almost 100, again not a bad effort for a Sunday afternoon! Earlier that day I had been out at Glasgow Green to watch a friend finish his 10k…so some of us run for charity, other eat cake for charity! As long as it’s for a good cause I don’t think it matters.
We all gathered in a fairly new (well, new to me since I don’t frequent those areas in a half mile radius of my old uni if I can help it!) cafe at St Georges Cross called No. 1 Chocolate Factory. It’s a really lovely cafe, really light and bright, as it takes up the full corner at Woodlands Road. The cafe also runs chocolate making courses which definitely sounds like something I should look in to. (more…)