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.
This is the cake I did for my friend Donna Aplin who’s mum was getting married today! Although this morning was pretty murky, thankfully the sun came out for them this afternoon. There wasn’t much of a brief to work to except that she wanted lemon and orange featured in the colours and this is what I came up with. A Summery treat with the top layer being coconut caramel and the bottom layer is strawberry and white chocolate.
Nobody wants to read a depressing blog but everyone has rubbish weeks. And I have had one of them. I’ll spare you the gory deets but it has been pretty grim. I’ve been rolling around in my own self pity and snaffling comfort food. I know I have it bad because when I was buying lunch the other day, I ordered a slice of cake. I never order other peoples cake (unless it is a highly worthy reason). I’m always certain my own cakes are better than everyone else’s and I would only be disappointed and waste the calories. Sometimes though, there is a space that only a slice of rhubarb crumble cake will fill. I was just too critical though as per and ended up doing a full critique which was good in a way, it gave me something else to think about for 10 minutes.
Happy new year cake lovers! What better way to destroy your good intentions than by baking this delightful and delicious celebration cake! I did this nutty little number to take to a NYE party thrown by my gorgeous couple friends, Jona and Eilis (who can be seen taking a mahoosive bite out of the cake a little further down this page). The party was great fun, too much fun considering I didn’t get out of bed again until midday on 2nd January… Opps!! Now I’m sitting on the sofa with only one day left before I have to go back to work and normal life resumes. I am totally sulking. Big time. I love my job, don’t get me wrong but I really love lying in bed till silly o’clock, planning my days around what I’m going to eat next. 16 days ago I sat thinking, wowza, I have 17 days off!! 17 days! 17! Days! Whole days! 17! I had so many plans to do amazing things, finish off making cushion covers for the BF’s flat, make my first dress, write loads of inspiring posts for this blog, go on lots of long walks to burn off the Xmas calories. Did I do any of this? No. I felt like it would never pass and I would be on an eternal holiday, I constantly put everything off because I had SO much time to get it all done! Surprisingly, it passed… Turns out that having fun makes time go really quickly. Bring on Christmas 2015 when the boy might finally get his cushion covers…
Check out my latest cake commission! This gorgeous number was for a friends office party. Two layers of brown sugar sponge sandwiched a layer of rich chocolate cake, bonded together with a nutty peanut butter cream. I decorated it with a rich caramel drizzle and milk chocolate shards scattered with toasted chopped hazelnuts. Reports confirm that it tasted as good as it looked! Please use my contact page if you want to order your own cake creation from Hollylovescake.