Oh my! I’m so thrilled with the photos from this smash cake shoot – Thank you so much to little Betsan the cutie pie model and Celynnen Photography
I’ve just had the pleasure of making yummy cake pops for a mummy to be for her baby shower .. I think they came out great and I don’t just do weddings, I’ve done Christenings, Birthdays, Hen Parties but a Baby Shower is a new one for me.
Everyone was really pleased with them so I thought I’d work on a range … What do you think?
Scrummy cake pops for your baby shower … Bloomin’ Marvelous and Ready to Pop. Chocolate covered balls of cake in either girl or boy colours or gender neutral if the sex is unknown. All can be personalised with custom tags with your name, surname, baby name, baby shower date or a different design of your own choice. Order yours here or drop us a line
I’m not saying your guests won’t be thrilled with an organza bag of sugared almonds (but they won’t) but wouldn’t it be fab to thank them for sharing your day with something cute or scrummy.
A very rare thing happened the other day, my lovely wife ventured into the kitchen and offered to help me with my baking backlog – not to make me a brew and not to load or unload the dishwasher – to actually help bake! Knowing how much she hates doing anything with food other than eating it, I was totally gob-smacked and supremely grateful. So, mindful of her ability and knowledge I asked her to prepare the biscuits for the tiffin and I gave her a rolling pin, three packets of rich tea and a huge bowl but unfortunately no instructions. Stupid, stupid me. Before I knew it the biscuits were mere crumbs and my wife had a huge grin ‘I really enjoyed that’ she said – I went nuts – I couldn’t stay calm – I had so much left to bake, no biscuits left and tiffin is my bestseller. I, not very calmly, explained that the reason I was so cross was that tiffin needs biscuits to be broken into small pieces, like almond size, not crumbs and my poor, much better half’s face just crumpled. The more upset she got the more of an arse I felt. Especially when she explained that she’d seen our son do the very same thing a few days ago so she was just copying – bless – he was helping me make cheesecake! Trying to rescue the situation (and the biscuits) I promised that I would make something lovely with the crumbs and that her hard work wasn’t in vain and I wasn’t really cross! Much!
Really, the best option when you have spare biscuit crumbs and a sad wife is cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake. so that’s what I made and wow was it yummy!
200g Biscuit crumbs – I had rich tea but I usually use digestives and you can use shortbread
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp icing sugar
150g melted butter
Mix all together in this order and press into a cling film lined 8″ loose bottom cake or flan tin and freeze while you make filling.
Then eat … Enjoy.
Today we’ve had our light and summery roast chicken salad tea alfresco. It was delicious and we were feeling very virtuous
|Roast chicken and mustardy low fat potato salad|
but a few hours later, well 1 hour later, we all wanted some pudding! What do you make when you’ve not much time, using only what you’ve got in and you need to satisfy that need for something naughty … Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies of course – easy, quick(ish) and deeply satisying.
I had a quick look on Pinterest well to be honest I was already on there, when am I not!? I’d already pinned this stunning looking brownie recipe
|Fab recipe from Jen’s Favourite Cookies|
and it seemed to fit the bill perfectly – no need to weigh anything coz its all measured using cups and it all goes into one bowl – simples. I tweaked the recipe a little bit – swapped out 2 tbsp of flour for cocoa and i swirled 4oz of softened cream cheese on top because DS had eaten all the chocolate spread.
It came out of the oven looking so lovely I had to pictures to show you! DS was not impressed at having to wait for his naughty treat to have a photo shoot before he could taste it and was quite vocal .. bless !
|my version – delish!|
Had a great Saturday selling DelliPops and cakes in Benllech. This week we’d made the usual bestsellers – ‘William’s Groom Cake’ and ‘diabetic friendly’ fruitcake as well as a variety of muffins and some really yummy chocolate fudge cakes. The most fun to sell though were the pupcakes – especially when the owners let the doggies eat them at the stall – its so cute seeing them sit up and beg or shake paws!
Its been a brilliant week – I’ve started supplying cakes and pops to my very favourite hotel – The Bulkeley in Beaumaris and I’m chuffed to bits about it! Delivering my cakes yesterday I felt like a proud mummy – silly but true! The Bulkeley have also asked if I’d like to be the wedding cake supplier at their wedding fair in October. I would absolutely love to do it and I’m sure it would be great for the business but bloomin heck its a bit pricier than the venues we used to do back in Crewe. It feels like a ‘must do’ though since that’s where we got married! Whats that saying .. speculate to accumulate?
We had a great day of sales on the stall on Saturday. Requests for next week so far are for a whole diabetic friendly fruit cake rather than just slices – lots of holiday makers staying for a week or two want to have a cake for the duration. And I need to double up on ‘Will’s Groom Cake’ portions – it all sold out by 10am!
Almost every other customer had a dog and as an excuse for a canine cuddle I was feeding them little titbits of oat muffins so next week I’m going to have some kind of cakey treat that’s healthy for our four-legged friends. I just need to get researching now all I know is that they can’t have raisins, grapes or normal chocolate. Time to get experimenting!
No need to create a special event just so you can order some DelliPops! – you can now just ‘pop’ in to the cafe at Treborth Garden Centre in Bangor and enjoy a scrummy cake pop with your brew.
Treborth are just trialling DelliPops at the moment but hopefully lots of sales will mean a long term committment – fingers crossed!