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Market day #2

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Every third Sunday of the month I have my Hollylovescake market stall at Ascot Farmers Market and yesterday was my second appearance. I had been busy in the kitchen all day Saturday, I had baked gluten free mud cake, gluten free pistachio and carrot buns, peanut butter and jam cupcakes, carrot cake, rye and honey hobnobs, white chocolate and coconut cookies and my special of the month, sticky ginger cake. The weather had been windy and rainy all day Saturday, perfect for creating chaos in the kitchen but not so great for a market stall so my fingers were crossed the rain would disappear! The rain did subside over night, however, the wind was still gusty (which broke my gazebo resulting in me throwing a bit of a strop). Thankfully it didn’t stop the shoppers coming out, it was another successful market day chatting to lots of lovely locals and plenty of cake nibbling. I took a look around and there are lots of other great stalls offering great produce, its a perfect way to start your Sunday morning and support your local producers. I will be there on the 20th December for a super special festive market!

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Ginger cake

Ginger cake

There is something I want to write about at the moment but just CAN’T. Because they are super top secret! Not just secret, totally utterly if-I-told-you-I-would-have-to-kill-you kinda secret. I know, it makes a pretty rubbish blog post me writing about something that I can’t tell you but I am unable to think about much else right now so all I can offer you right now is a rather delightful cake recipe and the promise that in the coming weeks hopefully I can divulge further information… Why is it that every time you have something you can’t speak about you just want to shout it from the roof tops?!

This weekend is the return of Hollylovescake to Ascot farmers market! I will be there from 9am-1pm on Sunday 15th selling my best selling gluten free mud cake, honey and rye chocolate hob nobs amongst others. This months seasonal special will be this weeks recipe, sticky ginger cake (I am loving the stall but I def need to fit in a bit better, buy a bum bag for my change, some fingerless gloves, a flat cap, develop a Cockney accent…?)

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Triple nut carrot cake

Triple nut carrot cake

October is the best month, it always has been! When I was younger it was because it was my birthday month but these days I just love the crisp Autumnal mornings, falling crunchy leaves and enjoying the extra hour in bed after turning the clocks back. October this year has been particularly ace due to my market stall launching (the next one will be 15th November, Ascot farmers market, be there or be square). Due to the madness of planning, setting up and baking for the stall I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to blogging (Seriously, where does the time disappear to?!) so to make up for my slack behaviour, I thought I’d share with you my favourite cake OF ALL TIME! It needs no technique, its pretty much fool proof and perfect for chilly afternoons with a cuppa.

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Baking Cake Celebration cake Chocolate Gluten free

Ascot Farmers Market launch

Hollylovesmarket

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… Continue Reading

Baking Cake Chocolate Gluten free

Gluten free chocolate mud cake

Gluten free chocolate mud cake

Just ONE week to go until Hollylovescake launches at Ascot Farmers Market! Could I BE anymore excited?! I have spent this weekend baking and creating a photo shoot for my business cards and flyers. This involved 36 hours of baking and buttercreaming 3 cakes and 6 cupcakes (plus one huge jam based disaster), three hours rearranging the front room to put the set together and an evening (plus the next morning) spent by the BF on Photoshop optimizing the pictures and getting the flyers ordered. Phew! The 18th October is the grand launch day and the 17th is my birthday so I will be chained to the kitchen (although I am now of an age where I don’t do celebrating, I will eternally be 30) on my special day(to be honest, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my day than being surrounded by cake. Plus no one ever brings me cake on my birthday on the assumption that I will bake my own. I won’t. BRING ME CAKE.) Dedication. I will be baking everything from a seasonal Victoria sponge (this will change monthly depending on what fruit is in season) to gluten free courgette and coconut cupcakes and homemade Hobnobs. Its been great fun finally putting together something which you have dreamed of for so long and so many people have been so supportive. If you are in the area it would be amazing to see you!

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Baking Cake Gluten free Vegetable

Gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes

Gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes

Sometimes, I have oodles of ideas spinning around in my mind for cakes. And then other days, meh, not so much. I was struggling a bit this week after spending the past couple of weeks lost in a blur of market stall planning. What shall I bake? What price should I charge? Will anyone buy my cakes? What font should I use on my banners? (For new readers, I will be launching my first market stall in Ascot on 18th October!) I think I have a good list of cakes I am going to bake, a nice selection of vegan and gluten free with one or two ‘normal’ cakes, perhaps a couple of cookie options too. Whilst making the shortlist of possible bakes, I revisited some old recipes from this blog and rediscovered these delightful gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes! I posted them over a year ago and since then my photography skills have come on in leaps and bounds. Since I was lacking in ideas, I though I would try them again but with way better photographs and wow, they did not disappoint! So much so, they made it onto my final list for market day!

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Baking Cake Celebration cake Fruit

Banoffee pie cake

Banoffee pie cake

It’s August. Apparently. But the weather is screaming Autumn already as I noticed from my window the apple trees heavy with fruit and the conker tree ready to drop spiky conkers all over the roof of my car. It has also been raining. A lot. I have had soggy feet all week and have used the weather as an excuse to curl up on the sofa and do very little at all except dream of cakes for my new venture… This week I had amazing news for Hollylovescake, I have been accepted by Thames Valley Farmers Market and I will be having my very own stall from October! Once a month on the third Sunday. I’ll be having a mix of gluten free, vegan and normal cakes so there’s something for everyone. Please pop down if you are in the area, mention this blog post and get 50% off a cake slice.

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Baking Cake Celebration cake

Condensed milk and brown sugar cupcakes

Brown sugar and condensed milk cupcakes

Hey y’all! I’m baaaack! I’ve had a bit of a mental couple of weeks so unfortunately, the baking has had to take a back seat. Sad face. For my fourth year, I headed off for the wild green fields of Glastonbury. I spent almost a week washing using baby wipes, going to sleep with the bass vibrating the floor from a giant fire breathing mechanical spider from the field next door and waking up every morning to the sound of someone doing a sound check. It is such a magical place but also incredibly hard work, you need another week off when you get back just to recover! I watched Pharell, Lionel, Years and Years (AMAZING) and Paul Weller to name just a few. There is something there for everybody and would recommend it to almost anyone. I recently decided to move down south as well which coincided gloriously with Glasto as the day I returned from Somerset, I had to start packing my life into boxes! Eugh. So last weekend I trundled my stuff all the way to the bottom of the M40 to start again as a Southerner. The most exciting part of all is that my new pad has a brand spanking new double oven *swoon*.

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