One of the things I get asked quite frequently is where to buy or get cake boxes.
Because we all want to give our baked creations away or take them places but don’t want to lose our plates (I’m dreadful at this, I forget I’ve left them. I’m sure I’ve left a trail of platters and plates all around the world!).
So I’m putting together a cake box template and tutorial.
But I’m wondering, what would you like on it? I’ve a few ideas to decorate them, but would you like something specific? An image? Quote?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to include it! #cake #cupcake #template #tutorial #yellow #stripe #spot #latergram

One of the things I get asked quite frequently is where to buy or get cake boxes.
Because we all want to give our baked creations away or take them places but don’t want to lose our plates (I’m dreadful at this, I forget I’ve left them. I’m sure I’ve left a trail of platters and plates all around the world!).
So I’m putting together a cake box template and tutorial.
But I’m wondering, what would you like on it? I’ve a few ideas to decorate them, but would you like something specific? An image? Quote?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to include it! #cake #cupcake #template #tutorial #yellow #stripe #spot #latergram

Gluten-free Raspberry Friands

New Baking Blog: Gluten-free Raspberry Friands

I had an itch. I needed to bake. It had been so long that my Kitchen Aid had a light coating of dust!

The cover of What Katie Ate has been giving me cravings for friands for quite some time. They don’t exist here and certainly not in gluten-free form. The delicious raspberries in season provided me with the perfect excuse.

As I don’t have a friand tin I decided to use a cupcake pan and they…

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Our inaugural #Munchkin/ Mummy #crafternoon had some fun results! Here’s DMs #birthday cake with chocolate #decorations by Munchkin. The cake is a #Glutenfree #Chocolate #Cake with Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Swiss #Meringue #Buttercream #Frosting

Our inaugural #Munchkin/ Mummy #crafternoon had some fun results! Here’s DMs #birthday cake with chocolate #decorations by Munchkin. The cake is a #Glutenfree #Chocolate #Cake with Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Swiss #Meringue #Buttercream #Frosting

We’ve people coming round for afternoon tea. I’d planned on making a caramel slice but at the last minute changed my mind. I made a vanilla butter cake with cherry jam and cream instead. #IHopeThereIsSomeLeft #IfSoImClaimingItForBreakfast #CakeIsHealthy #ItContainsFruitEggsMilkFlourEtc #GivesYouAllDayToWorkOffTheCalories #cake #vanilla #butter #baking #glutenfree #cream #sunday #afternoontea #igers

We’ve people coming round for afternoon tea. I’d planned on making a caramel slice but at the last minute changed my mind. I made a vanilla butter cake with cherry jam and cream instead. #IHopeThereIsSomeLeft #IfSoImClaimingItForBreakfast #CakeIsHealthy #ItContainsFruitEggsMilkFlourEtc #GivesYouAllDayToWorkOffTheCalories #cake #vanilla #butter #baking #glutenfree #cream #sunday #afternoontea #igers

Today is my friend Po-Chi’s birthday.
Po-Chi is a very special gentleman I met when I started the Lausanne Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. He’s one of the best knitters I know and is my go-to guy for the times my knitting looks like macrame (he’s the reason I know I’ve been knitting ‘backwards’ all these years!).
We bonded over a love of porcelain and a trip to the Salvation Army to pick out random pieces of china for his new house. And our friendship was cemented when we discovered  mutual love of baking, alcohol containing bubbles, unusual head wear and British films.
Po-Chi makes fabulously extravagant cakes and doesn’t shy away from recipes that would have me rocking myself and sobbing in the kitchen corner after a mere read; let alone attempting them! So it was with trepidation that I went looking for a cake recipe to attempt for his birthday (we celebrated it yesterday).
I stumbled upon the Martha Stewart’s birthday cake and knew instantly that this was the cake required!
The cake uses a whopping 21 egg whites and 900 grams of butter as it consists of a vanilla sponge, brushed with sugar syrup, covered in swiss meringue buttercream with a final layer of Swiss meringue! No candles are required for this cake as it’s given a final toasting with a kitchen torch.
Inside it’s cut into four layers, two sandwiched with buttercream and one with jam. I messed up my layers a little as I had to make the sponge on Friday morning and freeze it until Sunday morning. As I was running dreadfully late for lunch and furniture shopping with my husband, I didn’t cut the layers in beforehand. Cutting it frozen was painful (I shall never attempt it again) and I wasn’t happy with the overall look inside. 
As per usual; I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I used Schar gluten free flour and gluten free baking powder, I replaced the amaretto with a small dash of Calvados, only added 1 teaspoon of almond extract to the Swiss meringue buttercream and I didn’t add any to the Swiss meringue, and finally I replaced the apricot jam with raspberry.
This was one of the richest cakes I’ve ever baked. I was very glad it co-incided with International No Diet Day! I packed off the remaining cake for others to share with their families and Po-Chi took a slice home to eat for his birthday breakfast today.
But wonky layers aside, it was a lovely afternoon full of gorgeous friends, bubbles in all colours and levels of sweetness and a very opulent cake. I finished the day a little drunk and very high on sugar!
I’m now looking forward to a sugar free week in the lead up to cake and tea in London next weekend!!

Today is my friend Po-Chi’s birthday.

Po-Chi is a very special gentleman I met when I started the Lausanne Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. He’s one of the best knitters I know and is my go-to guy for the times my knitting looks like macrame (he’s the reason I know I’ve been knitting ‘backwards’ all these years!).

We bonded over a love of porcelain and a trip to the Salvation Army to pick out random pieces of china for his new house. And our friendship was cemented when we discovered  mutual love of baking, alcohol containing bubbles, unusual head wear and British films.

Po-Chi makes fabulously extravagant cakes and doesn’t shy away from recipes that would have me rocking myself and sobbing in the kitchen corner after a mere read; let alone attempting them! So it was with trepidation that I went looking for a cake recipe to attempt for his birthday (we celebrated it yesterday).

I stumbled upon the Martha Stewart’s birthday cake and knew instantly that this was the cake required!

The cake uses a whopping 21 egg whites and 900 grams of butter as it consists of a vanilla sponge, brushed with sugar syrup, covered in swiss meringue buttercream with a final layer of Swiss meringue! No candles are required for this cake as it’s given a final toasting with a kitchen torch.

Inside it’s cut into four layers, two sandwiched with buttercream and one with jam. I messed up my layers a little as I had to make the sponge on Friday morning and freeze it until Sunday morning. As I was running dreadfully late for lunch and furniture shopping with my husband, I didn’t cut the layers in beforehand. Cutting it frozen was painful (I shall never attempt it again) and I wasn’t happy with the overall look inside. 

As per usual; I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I used Schar gluten free flour and gluten free baking powder, I replaced the amaretto with a small dash of Calvados, only added 1 teaspoon of almond extract to the Swiss meringue buttercream and I didn’t add any to the Swiss meringue, and finally I replaced the apricot jam with raspberry.

This was one of the richest cakes I’ve ever baked. I was very glad it co-incided with International No Diet Day! I packed off the remaining cake for others to share with their families and Po-Chi took a slice home to eat for his birthday breakfast today.

But wonky layers aside, it was a lovely afternoon full of gorgeous friends, bubbles in all colours and levels of sweetness and a very opulent cake. I finished the day a little drunk and very high on sugar!

I’m now looking forward to a sugar free week in the lead up to cake and tea in London next weekend!!

There are some benefits to having a husband who does international travel for work. Whilst I often complain as he flies off. I’ve usually wave goodbye and promptly take a book and a glass of wine for a long luxurious bath and enjoy not having to cook for two.

But occasionally I get to go along too and for the price of my ticket and an extra night or two of accommodation we get to spend weekends in wonderful places.

So when Husband had a conference in Amsterdam last month, I promptly booked my ticket and arranged to meet him there on the Friday afternoon. We’d been to Amsterdam previously, had loved it and wanted to go again.The last time we went it was at Christmas and so very cold, so this time we were looking forward to a time when we could wander around comfortably and enjoy the fleeting moments when the sun came out.

When in a new city husband and I tend to grab a map, pull on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and go for a wander; only using the map when we get very very lost or as a guide to get us back to the hotel.

Whilst we were wandering this time we stumbled upon the Pompadour Patisserie. This was perfectly timed as I’d just started to complain about sore feet and we needed an energy boost before we made our way back to the hotel (to collect our luggage and head to the airport for our trip home).

The 18th-century interior is exquisite and apparently imported from Antwerp. They sell an amazing array of handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts for consuming within the tea room or taking away.

Not expecting to be able to consume anything but in desperate need of a cup of tea we entered and rest our weary feet. But we perked right up when advised that they had a gluten free dessert available. An unbelievably rich, creamy chocolate mousse surrounded by sticks of chocolate macaron and dusted in cocoa. My husband and I shared it along with a pot of peppermint tea (a lovely light contrast to the very heavy dessert).

It was a wonderful pit stop on our trip. So if you find yourself wandering around Amsterdam… I suggest heading towards the Pompadour!