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Things happen quickly, don’t they?

Environmental Health called me back and said that as soon as I have booked my inspection and food hygiene course, I can start trading! They said that because my business would be considered “low risk,” it may take longer than 28 days for the inspection but they said that as long as I have a basic foundation of cleanliness knowledge then I can get on with it in the meantime.

A lot of it is common sense and I learned about food labelling when I worked in various pub kitchens. I will get some separate utensils for business use.

I am so excited! I have got a first draft logo drawn up which friends are looking at for me to help get it looking top notch.

What do you think?


I have spoken to the local market about getting a stall on my days off from my regular job and that seems like it could be a goer once I have all of the certificates and inspection done with – that will be in time for Christmas too. They did say that they have had a couple of applications for baked goods stalls so there could be competition. The application is judged by a panel of 3 people so I’ll just have to make sure I stand out enough to make them want me!

In the meantime, I am coming up with a menu. Suggestions for flavours would be much appreciated!



I’m going to do it…


…I have called the Environmental Health people to see about getting registered with them, I am going to book on a food hygiene course for October.

I have decided on a name, I just need a logo now.

Follow my baking business blog at http://bakeuppayourcake.wordpress.com¬†and wish me luck! I’m going to need it! ūüėÄ

The Verdict.


The verdict is in on the red velvet cupcakes of yesterday:

“You must, must, must open a cake shop! All thought that they were shop bought . Abs loved the decoration as well.”

Well! That’s quite¬† the praise. My fella and¬†I shared one last night and I have to say they were pretty yummy.

I never use electric mixers etc. when baking, I do it all with good old fashioned elbow grease. Do you think that makes a difference to the results? Has anyone ever compared both methods? There’s something about it that I love; mixing it and really putting yourself in there. I guess it’s a more personal experience for the baker. Who knows. One thing is¬†that if I were to start baking from home I may need to consider electric tools. Or perhaps the fact that they are made without could be my selling point.

All that mix making has got to be good for getting rid of bingo wings, right?

My first proper cupcakes!



Red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I don’t get to try any so hope they work out!

Boredom-induced ‘Break a leg’ muffins!


I am slogging my way through my week off. Currently on Day 5. Today will be housework related. The weekend is jam packed of fun times so I am really looking forward to it!

Yesterday, I got bored. We were off to Dartmouth to see The Inn Theatre Company‘s production of¬†Twelfth Night which was fantastic! Having been on stage with them for the last three productions, it was really odd to be sitting in the audience but it was an utter delight to be so thoroughly entertained.

I decided during my afternoon boredom that I would bake some muffins for the cast and crew to share. I’d never made them before so was a little apprehensive. I think they turned out ok. They didn’t rise up as much as I had hoped but they tasted good!


I followed this recipe by the Hairy Bikers. I love those guys! http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemon_and_blueberry_11428

The first batch (with lemon curd) are above. I found the batter was quite thick and wasn’t sure why. Then I realised I had forgotten to add the milk! I ate one – just to make sure they weren’t awful – and was pleasantly surprised, despite the lack of milk.


My lemon curd went all over the place and the cases got super sticky but, hey, that’s part of the fun!

I decided, after the dozen lemon ones without milk, to make another half dozen without lemon curd but with the milk! The batter was much better this time around and they looked a lot more pleasing to the eye than the sticky ones.


They were really different from the ones you get in coffee shops etc. But the insides were so pretty!



Overall, I didn’t think they were bad for a first try!

They went down really well with the theatre guys too – as soon as the kids that were in the play heard the word ‘muffins,’ they swarmed in like a plague of hollow-legged locusts!





Today is the first day of my week off. It has been a lovely one.

Domesticity, laundry, bakery, filmery!

I got some laundry on first thing and changed the bedding. There’s nothing like fresh sheets.

I, once again, had some over-ripe bananas and you know what that means! Cake. Tasty cake. Mmm, cake. I tried to find a recipe that I wanted to try but couldn’t, so I decided to let Google image search be my friend. I found a photo of a cake that looked delicious (thank goodness computer screens are lickable is all I can say) and decided to try the recipe. This is the recipe I tried:¬†http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/afternoon-tea.html

Banana and walnut cake. It is scrumptious. I’m not sure why my cake is so much darker on top – maybe I need to have it lower in the oven or something. (Any baker¬†aficionados¬†have any thoughts on this?) I said it on Facebook and I will say it again here:¬†I still maintain that the best thing about being a (currently) childless adult is that you get the spoon and bowl all to yourself after baking.


I was worried that there was too much cake mix but I needn’t have.

Then, of course, the all important taste test. Cue one cup of coffee and a big slice of cake.

The cake is light, moist and tasty. Fab recipe, easy to follow. Highly recommended!

This afternoon, I watched ‘Psycho’ for the first time. We started watching it last night but there was something else on so I went off and bought the DVD this afternoon. It is utterly spectacular. Awesomely creepy, atmospheric and incredible. It as instantly entered into joint first place of my favourite movies of all time – next to the 1922 film ‘Nosferatu.’

Tomorrow, I’m not sure what I will be up to. I might tackle those housework bits that seems to get forgotten – cleaning skirting boards, doors etc. May as well! Off to the cinema tomorrow evening to see ‘Ted.’ Should be fun!

Ripe bananas. I love ’em!


I had four over-ripe bananas left in the fruit bowl today. The result? One banana and carrot cake and twelve banana buns.

They are all in the oven as I type this…Pics to follow later!