Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The Village Fete and it's Cake Lovers

Wow! I really didn't think it would turn out this way, but in 3 short hours we sold every single cupcake, brownie and cookie we had and could have easily sold twice that. It was amazing and so much fun to meet the local people and talk to them about cake! They were so enthusiastic and even came back for seconds and thirds!

We brought 400 lovely baked treats to sell and wham! Now you see them.....

And now you don't!!!

Very happy ladies, on a very happy day! Thanks to all that came out, it was a really great success and we will be doing it again soon!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Summertime and the livin's easy...

There is something about summer when the pure joy of being outside can make you even more excited (if that's possible) about food. BBQ's, Pimm's and Tennis not withstanding, I think the best bit about summer is all the gorgeous fruit you can use to make cakes! Above is my twist on the classic Strawberry Shortcake. The sauce of strawberries, mint and Cointreau served on the side, make for a cool treat to be the heat.

I think even Uncle Sam would be proud of this! Happy 4th of July to all who are celebrating today and especially to Pam, who wouldn't have her dessert any other way than Star Spangled Fabulous ;-)

Even the brownies get a make over in the summer... swirls of cool vanilla cheesecake to temper the rich, dark chocolate. These have been described as 'crack' as they are so addictive, which we of course take as a serious compliment!

Then there is Lemon Meringue Pie..... so refreshing, even during the crazy heat we have been having in London lately.

My personal favourite, Cherry Vanilla Upside Down Cake. I look forward to making this every year just as the short cherry season starts and try not to make it for myself every week until it's over. It's really that good!

Some vanilla cupcakes topped with fresh whipped cream and summer berries... perfect for a picnic!

Hope you all are having a great summer so far, enjoying the clear blue skies, warm weather and the beautiful gardens we are so lucky to have here.