The Dangers of Excessive Cake Baking

Yesterday to celebrate my brother’s continued existence (he is now a quarter of a century old!) I went on a cake baking rampage; I baked mini Hummingbird Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes with vanilla icing and Lemon/Lime cupcakes with a tangy centre. The cakes were well received but being so ambitious yesterday has left me exhausted.

I’ve been chronically ill for nine years now but I still get overly ambitious. I get excited when I have the energy to do something (like bake a lot of cakes), go overboard and then spend the next couple of days barely able to watch TV.

What’s not helping is that I’m incredibly stressed right now. I’m going back into hospital in June to finish my stem cell transplant which is scary enough but I’m also worried about my future. I have incredibly caring friends and family but I’m living in a world where you’re condemned for not having the foresight to be born without a genetic, immunological disorder.

Baking an excessive amount of cake isn’t enough to distract me from all of the above.

When I’m exhausted it’s easy to become negative but I’m going to eat a cupcake, skim my favourite Clement Attlee biography and hope that next week brings better things.

Jude xxx

Oreo Cupcake Goodness

I decided to fulfil my baking urges by baking Oreo Cupcakes for my workmates.

Yummy Cakes + Workplace = Good Times Had By All

Jude xxx

PS I got the cookies n cream style icing by mixing Oreo crumbs with regular butter-cream icing, but make sure the crumbs are miniscule otherwise they block the icing bag nozzle and it’s a bit of a bitch.

Pretty In Pink

Yesterday I made Hummingbird cupcakes (they have banana, pineapple and cashew nuts in them and taste like an exotic carrot cake) from my trusty cupcake recipe book.

I think that edible pink glitter might be my most favourite thing in the whole world.

Jude xxx

The Joy of Baking

Here is a box:

Now you may not think this box looks very interesting but you’d be wrong*, because look what’s inside the box:

Lots of lovely baking goodies, that’s what! Food colouring, edible pink glitter, white chocolate stars . . . and also the boring basics like flour.

I love baking, I feel a genuine sense of pride when I open the oven door and my cupcakes have magically risen and I actually don’t mind cleaning up afterwards (as long as I can play some poptastic music really loudly while I’m doing it). One of my (sort of) New Year’s Resolutions was to become a baking extraordinaire (see this post for further details) and I inched a little bit further towards my goal this week by baking not one but TWO batches of cupcakes**.

First up was some gingerbread cake for my mum’s birthday:

Secondly were some Coca-Cola cupcakes I baked on Thursday with my BFF Mel:

Despite a bicarbonate of soda catastrophe (I forgot to put it in at the right point, Lady Gaga was distracting me with her amazingness) the gingerbread tasted amazing with Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream and the Coca-Cola cupcakes just tasted amazing FULL STOP (I accredit any amazing tastiness to Mel and her beating skillz). Tomorrow a new series starts on BBC2 called Baking Made Easy. It looks really good and I’m hoping that by watching it I will improve my baking technique and there won’t be any further bicarbonate of soda catastrophes.

Here’s to another week of baking,

Jude xxx

*Of course you’d be wrong. The box is bright pink with white polka dots and a turquoise lid. Even if there was nothing inside the box it would still be an interesting box.
**The recipes for aforementioned cupcakes are in this book, pages 108 and 137