Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.

Easter Bakes

One of my goals this year was to make a simnel cake.  I've never made one before and I used the recipe from Nigella Lawson's Feast.  This recipe calls for one kilo of marzipan!  I had several discussions with my friend, Hannah, about the number of apostle marzipan balls appropriate…

Christmas Makes 2012

So this is a few shots of the things I made for Christmas 2012.......Christmas stocking for our neighbours.Christmas cupcakes - recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake DaysBookmark for my MumGingerbread cupcakes - recipe also from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.  It's a good book for seasonal ideas!Old-fashioned chocolate cake (with…

Cake Pops

A while back I thought I'd have a go at making cake pops.I read this article about themBought one.Ate one.Purchased a book on the subject.Made the chocolate cake balls and refrigerated them.Stuck a stick in them and dipped them in melted orange candy melts.Dipped them in  orange sugar strands and…

Baked

So I've been trying to cut down on the baking. Creaming together butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy is one of my favourite things to do but the results are not so healthy. Here is a little taster of some of the baked goods that made it…

Cake Pops

One of my Seven Sisters Quilt Group friends gave me an article about cake pops recently.  Cakes on sticks!  She knows I like to bake and she thought I would be interested. I bought one from Waitrose reduced from £1.49 to 49p!   It was pretty and delicious. Nice idea for a gift,…

Blackcurrant & Cassis Cake

My friend Alison, who has green fingers, gave me a punnet of fantastic blackcurrants from her garden. I used them to make the Blackcurrant & Cassis Cake from The Big Book of Cakes and Cookies by Hannah Miles. Lovely marbled filling of mascarpone, icing sugar, crème fraîche, poached blackcurrants and cassis. I gave…

Strawberry Cloud Cake

Made my first Strawberry Cloud Cake!  Mmmmmmm..........  The recipe is from The Big Book of Cakes & Cookies by Hannah Miles who I think won Masterchef UK a couple of years ago.  Here's how you do it; make a meringue shell in a springform cake tin.  Then make a strawberry…