Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Welcome to my (almost finished) new kitchen

Hello 😊

As promised, here are some pictures of my new kitchen. I’m no photographer, and they’ve only been taken on my phone, but I love love love it!

This is what I call the ‘kitchen’ end of the room. As you can see, the upstands and splashback still need adding (note makeshift cardboard ‘splashback’)

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And this is my ‘office’, where all the cake preparation and decorating will be going on! The worktop in front of the window has deliberately been put in as a separate piece, so that it can be retrofitted as a ‘rise and fall’ area in the future if needs be. At the moment, the stool I got from OH is height adjustable, which is fine for now 😊

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And now (drum roll please) My first cake from the new kitchen. I’ve incorporated a few techniques (watched far too much YouTube tutorials in the past month!) so I did watercolour buttercream effect, then tried a Russian piping tips, which I was reasonably pleased with for a first try. The last ones are a bit flat, as it was hot yesterday and the buttercream went a bit ‘floppy’ towards the end. Then I tried the ‘brushstroke’ technique….hmmm, did I mention it was hot yesterday? I literally had to take one out of the fridge, apply it, then grab another! More practice needed obviously, but here it is. It’s a lemon sponge with raspberry buttercream 😜❀🍰

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For this I kept things simple and went for a basic Victoria sponge which I flavoured with a naturally concentrated lemon paste. The ratio for the buttercream was 225g butter and 500g icing sugar, with 2 tablespoons of double cream and a tsp of meringue powder for stability. I always use Lakeland brand natural raspberry flavouring. I haven’t found anything that tastes remotely as nice! The chocolate shards I made by melting white chocolate, colouring some of it pink (Wilton gel colour) then spreading it with my spatula on to baking paper, but like I said, more practice needed!

That’s all for now

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀


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