Tuesday, 23 April 2013

When life gives you lemons, bake a lemon cake!

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I had the most gorgeous lemon cake in a cafe at Betws Y Coed over the weekend, so lovely in fact that I decided to make one myself!
The recipe I used was found online, but I think I'll change it a little next time. 


125g soft butter
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 large lemon grated rind of (I'd definitely use more next time!!)
65ml of milk

For the lemon syrup
3tbsp granulated sugar
juice of lemons used for rind 

Grease and line a loaf tin. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together and place the mixture in the loaf tin.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Make the syrup by heating the lemon juice and dissolving all the sugar. Once the cake has cooled a little, poke your skewer all over the cake and pour the syrup mixture over the cake.
Leave the cake in the tin until it's cold.

Take your cake out of the tin, slice up and enjoy!


Monday, 15 April 2013

Life Lately...

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I really don't post often enough on here...
Huge apologies for being completely hopeless! 
Anyway, it seems I've actually been rather busy these past few weeks. Not just 'busy doing nothing,  time flies and I haven't managed to do a thing' either... A few weeks ago, I offered to help out the lovely Jane at Jane Rose Cakes. I've been taking some photographs of her beautiful cakes, and I've been truly happy with the results (pictured above!)

I've also been spending a lot of time knitting. I have a few tea cosies on the go (all for birthdays coming up!!) Although this blog post doesn't contain any knitting photographs, believe me, I don't think I've ever knitted so often in my life! I have another knitting club session tomorrow, and I'm hoping to finish the other side of my cosy ready for a birthday next week. The pattern was shared on here last week, so if you've managed to get your head around it, let me know!

I think this week is about some quiet time, some time to read and finish off my knitting projects. I'm hoping to go charity shopping on Saturday for some bargain hunting. I told myself two weeks ago I'd go charity shopping, and I still haven't been yet! I must go...

Anyway, I hope you've all had a very lovely weekend.


Monday, 8 April 2013

Knit a tea cosy!

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Lately, I've been obsessed with knitting tea cosies! Ok, so I've only knitted two of them so far, but I'm intending on knitting more - as a 'change' from the others, and as gifts for people.

I found the pattern on Ravelry, I'd seen some other similar ones, but the pattern completely confused me. I still get confused by them, but I'm tackling them one at a time! It's extremely rewarding once you get the hang of something. This pattern requires a lot of crossing over at the back, which helps with the pleating, but also creates an incredibly warm almost double knitted cosy.

Pattern can be found here
Be sure to let me know if you decide to knit one!


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Q&A Jane Rose Cakes

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I've been absolutely obsessed with Jane's cakes for so long - when I got those gorgeous cupcakes on my birthday, I fell in love even more! I've recently been taking some photographs for Jane for social media purposes, we both have similar tastes and styles, and it's been a pleasure to work alongside someone so talented!
Anyway, I wanted to get to know her a little bit more, so she decided to be a part of a Q&A on my blog! Here's what I asked her....

Introduce yourself!
My name is Jane and I am the owner of the wedding cake company ‘Jane Rose Cakes.’ I run the business full time along with my celebration cakes company ‘Tea Time’. I specialise in traditional sugar craft which is the art of making botanically correct flowers from sugar.

 What inspires you?
I am inspired by all areas of design, especially fashion and textiles. I read fashion magazines and blogs to stay aware of what’s current.  Inevitably what’s in fashion translates into wedding themes and ‘looks’ which I interpret into cake design. Additionally nature is a constant point of reference. I often buy flowers and visit my florist friends when I need an inspiration boost!
So, what did you study at university?
I studied for my Fashion BA in Manchester and then my MA specializing in womensear knitwear in the Royal College of Art London. I then went on to work in the fashion industry for a year, before moving back to North Wales to study sugar craft. 

How or why did you start making cakes?

It’s strange really, it happened quit randomly. I ran an antiques stall on brick lane and Greenwich market and ended up making little cakes to sell alongside the antiques. The cakes sold better than the antiques and it was then that I made the decision to start my own cake business.

What's it like owning your own business?
Its brilliant! I love it! I suppose the worst thing is never really having a day off, especially since I work from home.  I wouldn’t have it another way though.
Which project did you enjoy the most?
Probably the sweet table I made last May, which was featured on the Whimsical Wedding Wonderland blog. Mari and Tom were married in a beautifully decorated marquee at Mari’s family home. It was a unique and personal wedding which I was honored to be a part of.

So, what's next for Jane Rose Cakes?
The next step for Jane Rose Cakes is to re-locate. I would like to expand and as the business grows find a bigger, more suitable space. (My kitchen at home never feels big enough!)

Any advise for others wanting to start their own business?
I would say the most important thing is to be prepared to work very very hard. Its not easy but the rewards are huge. I have often worried that I don’t have enough time to fit everything in, or finish a really complex cake but I soon realized that you just HAVE to make time.  Even if it means staying up all night!


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