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Ascot Farmers Market launch

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Sunday saw the launch of my market stall at Ascot Farmers Market! I was feeling a whole lot of emotions, excitement, anticipation, nervousness… Would anyone buy my cakes?! I had a mega bake-a-thon all day Saturday, I started at 8am and didn’t finish until 10pm. I was like a stroppy toddler by the time I finished, tiered and covered in icing sugar. I had a couple of mishaps along the way (adding salt instead of sugar…) and ended up in a self-induced sugar coma thanks to the gratuitous amounts of cake mix hanging around. The alarm went off bright and early on Sunday morning and I bounced out of bed to pack up the car. The lovely BF was with me all through the weekend to lend a helping hand, he also designed some amazing flyers and banners for the stall which gave it a really professional look…

Carrot cake with spiced cream cheese icing

Carrot cake with spiced cream cheese icing

Vegan cupcakes plus my nifty boxes!

Vegan cupcakes plus my nifty boxes!

I have been collecting display materials for my stall over the past few weeks so it was great to finally see it come together! I decided to bake my favourite carrot cake, gluten-free mud cake, lemon and poppy seed cake, rye and honey chocolate hob nobs, pistachio and carrot gluten-free cupcakes, vegan coconut and vanilla cupcakes and courgette and coconut gluten-free cupcakes. I focussed on natural looking decoration using coconut flakes, nuts and fruit. The gluten-free options went down a storm and I sold out of hob nobs and mud cake within the first 2 hours so I will definitely be making extra of those for the next stall. Not a single vegan cupcake was sold but it was my first time so I need to give it time for word to get round the locals of my vegan bakes as it isn’t something you would expect at a cake stall. There was a real mix of people, everyone from kids with mums to elderly shoppers who had been visiting the market for years. I met some lovely people who I hope will make a return trip to see me and buy next time too. At the end of the day, I had made a nice little profit! I would have been happy just to break even on my first one but to make a little something extra was glorious. I will be back at the market on 15th November with some special winter bakes, pop down if you can!

Gluten free mud cake

Gluten free mud cake

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