North Northamptonshire based food blogger who is obsessed with good food and proper cooking. I'm part of the Midlands Blogging team for the BBC Good Food Shows. This is where I share my own recipes and carry out recipe development and product reviews for brands, including food and wines. Please contact me using the link below.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Most Marvellous Chocolate Cake

I was recently contacted by Vanessa Kimbell, the author or Prepped who asked me if I'd like to take part in a baking challenge that she was putting together entitled The Most Marvellous Chocolate Cake Bake Off.  We will be making something that looks like this gorgeous creation that Vanessa made.

She was enlisting some local (and some not quite local) food bloggers/cooks to each test out the same recipe but with the ingredients being purchased from different supermarkets to see how they compare on taste/price etc.  Does a more expensive/high end supermarket own brand product give a better quality result than the so called budget supermarket? What exactly are the price differences to produce the same end result?

The cakes are to be judged next Sunday, 1st April 2012, by William Sitwell (TV Presenter and Editor of Waitrose Kitchen) as well as Helen from Fuss Free Flavours at Most Marvellous in Northampton and the results will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Northampton at 10am. (She didn't tell me that bit when she asked me and I agreed! LOL).

Obviously I can't tell you which supermarket I bagged as the cakes are to be blind tested.  The rules are strict and must obviously be adhered to.  The cakes will be priced as a whole and per slice, based on each cake being 10 slices.

You can see Vanessa's post on her blog {HERE} for more information.

Along with Vanessa, my fellow Marvellous creators of Chocolate Cake foodies are:

I'm really looking forward to this and to meeting the other lovely bakers for a slice of cake, a chit chat and hearing the results.

Please take a moment to visit the bakers to show them your support and don't forget to tune in to BBC Radio Northampton at 10am next Sunday, 1st April 20121, to hear the results.

See you then!


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Exciting times ahead....

This cake that I created for my daughter's friend's birthday at the weekend as well as two I made for my neighbour's children on Saturday received lots of praise, interest and compliments.  So many in fact, that it has given me the confidence and boost that I needed to start a proper little business making and selling my cakes.

Lots of internet surfing, phone calls etc. have followed and I can now officially say that I am a bona fide Cake Maker who is registered with Environmental Health.  Although I don't HAVE to have Public Liability Insurance or a Food Handler's Certificate (cakes are deemed to be low risk food items), I'm doing this properly and I'm getting them both sorted and under my belt.

All I need to do now is to sort out my business name and a logo to match.

Any ideas or help from anyone?

If you're local and want a cake, please give me a shout.


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