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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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! 🙂

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake

With the last of the summer holidays on the horizon, I wanted to  add the recipe for the Strawberries and Basil cake that I made for the recent Cake Club. Everyone was taken by the flavour combination and pretty colours!

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g olive oil
  • 25g fresh basil
  • green colour paste (optional)
  • 100g strawberry jam
  • 150g vanilla frosting
  • fondant icing (to cover) or you could use vanilla frosting

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 6″ cake tin.Strawberries & Basil Cake - batter
  2. Blend the basil leaves with the olive oil until you  have a paste consistency.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and basil paste – fold together gently.
  6. If you would like the cake to have a stronger “green” colour then add the paste at this stage and mix thoroughly into the batter.
  7. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before icing.
  9. Divide your cake into 2 or 3, layer and stack with vanilla frosting and jam then cover with fondant icing or vanilla frosting.

Cake Club: A Slice Of Summer & More!

Cake Club: A Slice Of Summer & More!

The summer sun has arrived and before the Cake Club took it’s annual summer break, we indulged in an afternoon of cakes (yay!)

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Following my latest cake decorating class, I wanted to practice my new icing skills and practice it certainly was! I also wanted to bake a new and different flavour cake and after some summery thoughts, I decided I wanted to incorporate strawberries. This lead me to think about what went well with strawberries…and basil sprung to mind! Strawberries and basil cake it would be (recipe to follow in a separate post I promise)!

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Everyone made a terrific effort in their cake ideas, and as well as my strawberries and basil cake there was a choice of chocolate ganache cake, coconut cake, disaronno cheesecake, cupcakes and scones (with jam and clotted cream). We all enjoyed the offerings and I think everyone likes the idea of not knowing what will be on offer at each (home) Cake Club.

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Once again we weren’t without topics of conversation and as the next Cake Club won’t be until the Autumn there will be a lot to discuss by October 😉

Amazingly Stunning Cakes!

Amazingly Stunning Cakes!

Although I haven’t been getting cake crazy – I did come across these little beauties recently…

Kit Kat Cake

Yes this is actually a “Kit Kat” cake! The Good Food Website have a gallery of this amazing artistry in cake form…

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I think some of these cakes would definitely make my cake wish list, and I would definitely love the opportunity to learn how they are made / constructed.

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