Showing posts from June, 2013

Pistachio & Lime cake

I don't really have much to say about this bake. It wasn't for any occasion, other than the fact that I had a baking itch that I really needed to scratch. I had a free day over the first May bank holiday weekend, so decided to make a cake FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON AT ALL. And my god did it feel GOOD!

This year has been mad busy so far and most of the things I've made have been for an event or an occasion. I love baking for any reason, but there's always an extra element of stress and panic when you know it's for something or someone special, and so I don't think I've had many opportunities this year to bake for pure pleasure.

In a brilliantly psychic moment, my Mum got me the Clandestine Cake Club book for my birthday - I'd entirely forgotten to drop any hints about it so was so pleased when I opened up that present! I just had to make the Pistachio and Lime cake that graced the front cover since pistachios had been on my mind ever since I got hooked…

Hen Do baking

It seems that I've hit that period in my life where everyone is getting married, and I've gone from never having been on a hen do before, to going on several in quick succession! Obviously I had to bring along something baked, and I can now blog about them at last because I didn't want the second hen to see any pictures!

For the first hen do it was planned we would have some fizz in the hotel room and get the bride-to-be all kitted out in her cheesy hen do attire before going out for the evening, and so I decided to make some cupcakes to fit in with the theme. As the dress code for the night was black and pink the cupcakes had to match! I made chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream which I thought would match the fizz nicely.

I ordered some cheeky cookie cutters and sprinkles online and was intending to make sugarpaste willies to top the cakes, but as the cutters were so big (!) I decided to just have one of those for the bride and the rest with just the sprinkles.…

Cakes Not From Kim: The Sugarplum Tea Room, North Wales

As a North Walian I'm probably biased, but I do think North Wales is just bloody brilliant. One of my favourite days out is blasting along the coast (well, usually - if the A55 and its persistent roadworks will allow) to Anglesey and hunting out a beach to wander along, or heading to South Stack to admire the view from the lighthouse. There's plenty of places to stop along the way, too - Talacre, Llandudno, Conwy, Beaumaris to name a few, with other places such as Betws-y-Coed, Caernarfon, and the Snowdonia National Park not too far from the coast either. There are also some great 'driving roads' around North Wales too, the most famous being the 'Evo triangle' near Llyn Brenig, so-called because it is one of the locations Evo magazine use to test the cars. If you'd rather not do battle with hardcore petrol heads though, just head off on any random B road and you're pretty much guaranteed to love it!

Another lovely part of North Wales is Ruthin, a gorgeo…