Never Say Goodbye To Cake…

Never Say Goodbye To Cake…

I have pondered and thought about whether I should write this for some time…

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When I began this blog, I never had any idea what direction it would go in, but I just found the whole cake / bake phenomenon so interesting (and yummy), and I could always appreciate a good cake! My love of cake stemmed from childhood, but my true joy of baking has really come into play in my adult years. So I began this blog to chart my cake journey chronicles, and it has opened my eyes and mind to more than I ever expected.

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However instead of my enthusiasm and interest in cakes dwindling – it has only got bigger, and my desire to get better at baking has only increased. So now I’m at a stage where there is so much going on life-wise and cake-wise, and whilst I would like to continue writing this blog, I’m very aware that I lack the hours and energy to maintain an up to date record of all my cake delights and findings. So I’m going to continue my cake quest through other social media: instagram (@Reas_Bakes) and Facebook (Rea’s Bakes facebook page).

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Thank you for reading my ramblings over the years, and I hope you have enjoyed seeing samples of my cake escapades!

Love & Eat Cake!

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I’m Telling Everyone To Say It With Cake

I’m Telling Everyone To Say It With Cake

So I’m finally taking the plunge (more like a dip) and offering my cake making services to friends and family…

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As many loved ones keep saying that I should let more people taste my creations, I have agreed to start making cakes that others (outside of the inner circle) can also enjoy! I am offering the selection above, plus any other new flavours that I bake-up in the coming weeks. I am also happy to create new flavours with any interested parties!!

So I’m basically telling everyone that whatever the occassion (birthdays, congratulations or good luck) – Say It With Cake (By Andrea) 😉

A Choccywoccydoodah Birthday!!

A Choccywoccydoodah Birthday!!

So this weekend was my birthday -woohoo! And I wanted to do something different (from any other birthday)…

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Initially I was going to go on a “Cake Crawl”, but after a visit to the world famous Choccywoccydoodah where the very friendly and charming staff gave me a tour of their “Secret Garden Room”, I couldn’t resist having my birthday there! So off to Choccywoccydoodah we went…

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And they did not disappoint, from the moment that my guests and myself arrived, we were treated to the most amazing chocolate and cake bonanza you could ever imagine! The dedicated room was decorated channeling the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” vision including toy rabbits and sheep and had masses of artificial flowers and greenery – so you felt like you were in a magical outdoors. Even more enticing was the long tables laden down in all of the chocolate and sweet treats – honeycomb, chocolate brownies, blondies, chocolate plumpies, jelly beans, nougat, tiffin, biscuits, chocolate buttons, marshmallows plus endless flavours of chocolate cakes!

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I don’t think any of my guests were prepared for the magnitude of chocotastic offerings that were on offer and there were points during the party that they couldn’t believe that there was even more to come including my very own (and very big) ice cream cake! Everyone was also treated to strawberry champagne ice cream shakes, tea, coffee and other soft drinks – we wanted for nothing! Our host – Annette was very nice and accommodating and my guests spoke highly of her too.

I loved the idea of this place and seeing it in reality was truly awesome -thank you for a great time Choccywoccydoodah! 🙂

Hello Spring…Goodbye Winter’s Treasures (Cakes)!

Hello Spring…Goodbye Winter’s Treasures (Cakes)!

Despite the cold days and dark nights, winter brought many pleasures in the cake / dessert form…

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As I am never one to miss out on a good dessert, this has still been one of the niceties that I have enjoyed during the winter months. And as well as baking A LOT more in recent months, I have enjoyed my fair share of sweet cuisine made by others. Here’s a few of the favourites which have included cupcakes from Buttercup Cake Shop, cookie dough cake from Bella Italia Restaurant, Levi Roots’ ginger and pecan brownies, salted caramel and chocolate torte and chilli chocolate brownies from The Manor House.

You can probably see there’s a theme of chocolate in a lot of the tasty treats that I’ve had, and I would say that chocolate is definitely an attraction for me, but then I expect a lot from that dessert because of it! Now that we’re having warmer days and nights, my sweet palate will only get intensify – it will now be that time of year when cheesecakes and eton messes will make a grand appearance – hooray!! 🙂   

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

It was that time again, when  we don’t need an excuse to enjoy cake…

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The plan was to visit Forest Gate local – Coffee 7 this time. However on a stroll in the sunny climes before meeting the Cake Clubbers, I came across this secluded and very inviting cafe across the road –Familia Cafe! So the club made the decision to take advantage of this little place, where they promised we could lounge in the garden, while we sampled their sweet homemade treats!

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The cafe did deliver as promised a tempting and well presented spread of cakes, brownies and muffins. The small garden provided the perfect escape from the generic hustle of the main road, and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. I chose the carrot cake and red velvet cake, and others opted for the cheesecake and meringues. Although there wasn’t resounding cheers for everything chosen, I was very happy with my choices and even got treats to go!

It was a lovely find for a sunny day, and everyone was pleased with the location – definitely somewhere I would go again!

CAKE CLUB RATING: 3/5

Cookies & Cream Brownies – Recipe

Cookies & Cream Brownies – Recipe

This recipe is a hit with any oreo cookie lover…!

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I recently needed a “quick” brownies recipe, and rather than sticking to my tried and trusted Hummingbird Bakery recipe, I turned to another favourite chef – Lorraine Pascale. The idea of the oreo cookies submerged in this chocolate moistness seemed ideal! Although in reality this recipe wasn’t much quicker, it did still please the hungry brownies crowd, and made a nice change with it’s slight twist! 

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Ingredients
165g/5½oz butter, plus extra for greasing
200g/7oz dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped
3 free-range eggs
2 free-range egg yolks
1 vanilla pod, seeds only (or alternatively 2 tsp vanilla extract)
165g/5½ oz soft light brown sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch salt
154g/5½oz pack chocolate biscuits, such as Oreos, broken into quarters
icing sugar, for dusting

Equipment
You will need a 20cm/8in square baking tin.

Preparation method
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm/8in square baking tin with butter, then line with baking paper with the paper overlapping the sides a little.

Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the grated (or chopped) chocolate. Leave to stand for a few minutes, or until the chocolate melts, and then stir together. Alternatively, you can put the chocolate and butter in a bowl and melt in the microwave in 25-second blasts, stirring well each time.

Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a large bowl until the eggs begin to get light and fluffy. Add the sugar in two additions, whisking between each. Pour it around the side of the egg mix so as not to knock out the air that has been whisked in. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes stiffer. Once the egg mixture is ready, pour the chocolate into it – again around the sides so as not to knock the air out.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and a third of the biscuits and stir until fully combined, then pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Scatter the remaining biscuits over the top, pressing them in slightly. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 25–30 minutes. The middle should be very so slightly gooey. Leave the brownies to cool in the tin – the top will sink and crack a little.

Pull the brownies out using the overlapping paper and cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar.

Club Cake: Amour De Gâteau (Cake Love) at Nice Croissant!

Club Cake: Amour De Gâteau (Cake Love) at Nice Croissant!

The Cake Club were treated to a delightful range of cakes and mouth-watering pastries at Nice Croissant (Wanstead) recently…

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Once again we were given a taste of a continental life at this french patisserie! We enjoyed the home-baked goodies prepared on the premises by the very charming and accommodating chef and staff.

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The chef was so keen on our club gathering that he gave us samples of his best cakes (see above), and they were indeed so moreish that the entire group bought treats to take home. The other show-stopper of the day was the “Ultimate Sausage Roll”, and  this was in such huge demand by all the visitors that it had sold out before we had even finished our delicacies.

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My toddler was a honorary and “very welcomed” guest at Cake Club this time, and approved greatly of the chocolate brownie (see the evidence below).

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This place was a gem of a find, and somewhere that definitely requires more than one visit…! 

CAKE CLUB RATING: 4.5/5