Good heavens, where did April go?! This year is just flying by! Just thought I would do a quick round up of what I made in April - nothing was particularly inspiring or exciting, but since I want to document everything I make it's only right to include them (even though I'm dying to rush on to my next post, but patience, patience!)
Firstly, my mum's birthday on the 9th meant a second outing for the Marbled Mocha Cake
since my Mum is also a coffee cake fiend (there is a lot of them about!). It was exactly the same recipe but this time decorated with chocolate curls and Maltesers. It was just as good on the second run, and I felt the marbled effect was more apparent, but I don't know what I did differently - perhaps was just less enthusiastic with the skewer!Secondly, was Easter. I feel quite sheepish posting my Easter bakes since I have seen so many gorgeous Easter bakes that are in a completely different league to mine. If I'm honest, I was quite lazy - I mostly wanted to chill out over the long weekend(s) and spend less time in the kitchen, so I played it safe.
I had a huge bag of cornflakes left over to use up so went for classic chocolate cornflake nest cakes. I ummed and ahhed about whether to just simply mix melted chocolate with cornflakes but ended up using a recipe including golden syrup and butter. The first batch was made with plain chocolate and I did a second with milk chocolate - the milk chocolate batch were definitely better! A lot less sharp tasting - I struggled to eat the dark chocolate ones.
I also made plain vanilla cupcakes and decorated with buttercream, chocolate eggs and chicks. Again really simple (and the same as last year) but I wanted a big failsafe batch to give as Easter treats for my parents and in-laws.
After seeing what lovely things others had created I definitely have some bookmarked to try out next year. Hopefully Easter will be a bit earlier as this year I was already caked and chocolate-d out after the barrage of birthdays in March/April.
And then finally, THE WEDDING! I had such big plans for a baking extravaganza and had intended on making 3 types of cake plus scones, but in the end I ran out of time so the scones didn't happen, and I ended up just doing some patriotically decorated vanilla cupcakes and the old faithful pineapple upside down cake. I did a bit of an afternoon tea buffet for my Dad and family and so I thought it added to the slightly retro feel. Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of our union flag adorned living room, or any of us in our posh wedding frocks/suits (my dad stole the show in a sequinned union flag tie!), but here is one of the table!
In April I was also nominated for the Kreativ Blog Award by Natasha from Rambles and Shambles - thank you! I was so chuffed with this especially knowing how many infinitely more creative bloggers there are out there, and with that I am going to do my blog award duty and nominate 7 bloggers - in the creative spirit of the award I'm going to choose some baking blogs / bloggers who bake that inspire me (and fill up my bookmarks folder!):
1. Natasha at Rambles & Shambles (back at you! Is that allowed?! Recent favourite: Easter Rabbit Cupcakes)
2. Chele at Chocolate Teapot (Recent favourite: Strawberries and Cream Scone cake)
3. Kara at Butter Hearts Sugar (Recent favourite: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes)
4. Maria at The Goddess's Kitchen (Recent favourite: Lemon Meringue Cheesecake)
5. Ruth at The Pink Whisk (Recent favourite: Tea Cup biscuits)
6. Helen at Afeitar (Recent favourite: Malteaser cake)
7. Nic at Nic's Notebook (Recent favourite: Red Velvet cupcakes)
8. The Caked Crusader (Recent favourite: Royal Wedding baking)
OK so I couldn't possibly restrain myself to 7 and I had to pick 8! If I've nominated you, please don't feel inclined to do this aswell, but I just wanted you to know that I love reading your blog and am grateful for you sharing your creations!