Healthy eating and a baking blog don’t really go hand in hand…but if I’m going to fall off the healthy eating bandwagon for a cake, I’m glad it was with this cake.
Since baking I have been looking for my next excuse to bake again… not good for a girl on a health kick. I’m that obsessed with this cake I’m even thinking about making a healthy version just so I can have it time and time again and not feel horrendously guilty.
My first bake post of 2014 is my Blackberry Daiquiri Cake. Perhaps a little naughty for January as most people (me included) are on a health kick but as Nigella says a little bit of indulgence makes you a better person. I’m pretty sure Nigella would say that anyway…
I actually baked this cake for the last Clandestine Cake Club gathering way back in September, the theme was “Have your cake and drink it”. This was perfect for me and my friend Dawny, over at Infusapalooza, if we’re not talking cake, we’re usually talking drink…..cocktails to be more specific.
By now everyone who has any sort of interest in baking is aware the Great British Bake Off is back! This year has kicked off with some amazing bakes and some equally amazing disasters (poor Toby and his salt mix up)! The 2nd episode has been and gone and I’m still catching up with the first challenge.
Whilst watching the first episode and seeing the buzz on Twitter, I thought it would be great fun to follow the series by baking some of the challenges the contestants face (hopefully then one day I’d be brave enough to enter myself)!
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of change! The biggest and best was the arrival of our beautiful godson, Little Roo! He joined us in May and from that point onwards I have been mesmerized! When we arranged a family get together I wanted to create a quirky cake to match my quirky best friend’s (Steph, Roo’s mum) personality. I happened to have some beetroot in our veg box so I thought using it in baking would help build Steph’s strength to face the challenge ahead. Of course, I also needed to fulfil her chocolate craving at the same time!
Six weeks have passed and now it’s time for the next Chester Clandestine Cake Club, this time the theme was British Tea Party. As soon as I found out the theme I began researching and I was looking forward to the challenge!
My initial thoughts were to do a Rose Garden Cake but rose is not my favourite flavour so I decided to go down the more seasonal route, strawberries came to mind instantly and to give it a twist I added in elderflower.