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We’ve been quiet for some time, but don’t let this fool you; we’ve also been outrageously busy! This summer has seen us perfecting our baking skills, building even more stock, refining our menus, and moving house amongst many other things. However here are a few highlights for us:

We hosted our first event, a baby shower, whose expectant mother gave birth a couple of weeks ago, it was an enormous success and was enjoyed by a group of ladies of all ages (even a one year old!).

baby cupcakes

We discovered cake lace!! I know, I know, not something that rocks everyone’s world but another string to our bow and an amazing way to decorate celebration cakes and cupcakes!

We baked, baked and did a bit more baking, perfecting our skills, trying new recipes and enjoying others sample the fruits of a labour.

We (or rather I as Fiona was on holiday) had an inspirational demo at the local WI from The Yummy Yank, an amazing woman who taught us how to make the most divine cheesecake / cake combo, to which we customised and came up with this mouth-watering Red Velvet New York Cheese Cake. Truly scrummy and pleased many a guest with it.

We were invited to The Topsy Turvey Tea Party, an Alice in Wonderland inspired event to raise awareness of mental health issues. In return for a spot to display our wares we simply had to supply a ‘depressed cake’ or a cake that represented ‘living with a mental health condition’. This was by far the hardest task I had ever faced. I do pretty cakes, not grey or depressed cakes!! After a good couple of months agonising over an effective representation of theme theme I decided to stick with what I knew best and went down the ‘pretty’ yet twisted route. And here was the outcome… a rose amongst thorns, a ‘lost in the forest’ idea. Hope it came across.

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The cake went down well and our display went down an absolute storm, we used a good friends sweet cart from Sweet Affection and themed everything up Alice in Wonderland stylee. Was beautiful, even if I say so myself.

Over the past couple of weeks Fiona and I have been busy in the kitchen, preparing for autumn and with one eye on Christmas. We have made jams, pickles and chutneys galore. Plum, blackberry and sweet chilli jams (all separately) pickled onions and red cabbage (again separately), green tomato chutney and spiced apple and fig chutney. Anything that might accompany a spot of afternoon tea!!

Plum jam

Its been a busy time and with more bookings in, the WI annual cupcake competition and some more foraging and preserve making its going to be a busy October!