The end of the year is always a good time for review and to make plans for the new year ahead. 2015 has been an incredibly busy one for me as I set up my cake business in a new area. I’ve been amazed and inspired by the lovely people I’ve met and support I’ve received, it’s been an exciting as well as challenging year.
My year of baking has been one of using mainly tried and tested recipes and improving on these where possible to give my clients the best possible tasting cake. However, experimenting has been minimal and my blog has been a little neglected. Plans to bake my way along with The Great British Bake Off were side-lined as wedding cake orders became priority. I’ve learnt a lot more about baking but still want to try new recipes. So one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 is definitely more baking (yes, I am obsessive) and more blogging.
What I love about baking and blogging is the creativity and sharing. Baking something delicious and sharing it is one of the most rewarding things for me and blogging and sharing recipes is the same. The following are my favourite recipe posts from 2015 from lovely bloggers who have inspired me to bake more…..
1. Gluten Free Copycat Chocolate Hobnobs by The Culinary Jumble
I love this blog as it features a mix of English and Swedish recipes and so many scrummy bakes, some traditional, some new and many gluten free. It’s difficult to choose from all the mouth-watering pictures but these cookies just look divine and I can’t wait to eat some!
2. Healthier Brownies with Cashew Nut Butter by Tin and Thyme
Another of my favourite blogs with recipes and writing from a Cornish kitchen. There are loads of chocolate recipes but these stood out for me as they sound really healthy and yet look so scrumptious!
3. No Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake by Jane’s Patisserie
‘Caramel creamy cheesecake filling on top of a delicious buttery biscuit base drizzled with an extra bit of caramel and packed full of Rolo’s’ Yum. I just don’t know what else to say. No baking I know, so a bit of a cheat but the gorgeous pictures make this look totally irresistible!
4. Plum Limoncello Tart by Kat The Baking Explorer
Kat is an incredible baker who did what I failed to do – bake along with The Great British Bake Off. Her stunning bakes would wow Paul and Mary and this was one which caught my eye. The posts also include a roundup of each week’s bakes in the Bake Off tent during August / September.
5. Crostata di frutta profumata: The Venetian-Mediterranean spring dream cake by La Venessiana
Such a pretty cake, perfect for a summer tea party, and the blog is beautiful, full of gorgeous pictures of Venice and Venetian recipes.
6. Banana Cupcakes by The Botanical Kitchen
I love this blog because there are lots of bakes using seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. These cupcakes are banana with cinnamon which work so well together. The frosting sounds deliciously complementary to the bananas with lemon juice and cream cheese. Yum.
7. Best Ever Gingerbread Biscuits by Charlotte’s Kitchen Diary
Charlotte is a trained chef and food writer and I was lucky to meet her several times when she ran our local Clandestine Cake Club. Her bakes are always delicious and as I love ginger these are definitely on my ‘to bake’ list.
And finally this is one of my own favourite bakes from the year – Blueberry, Lemon and White Chocolate Cake
Here’s to 2016 and lots more baking, blogging and sharing!