This week I had to make lots of cakes, which was great, as I love making cakes.  Really love it.

Cake getting it's crumb coat
Cake getting it’s crumb coat

My Mum asked me to make a cake as a surprise for her “Nitter Natter” group in Dungarvan. I made some sugarpaste wool and knitting to go on the lemon buttercream filled sponge.

Knitting sugarpaste prep
Knitting sugarpaste prep

I used two types of coloured sugarpaste, and borrowed some of my daughters knitting needles, with a note on the cake that they were not edible!

The Knitting Natter Club
The Knitting Natter Club

Then we had our final of the Waterford Riding Club Spring Show Jumping League in Ballinamona.  The last night is traditionally prize giving and we normally throw a bit of a “do”.

I made 2 loaves of sandwiches, one brown, one white, with a mix of cheese, ham, cucumber and salad.

Sandwiches ready for the jumping
Sandwiches ready for the jumping

Then I made a tray of vanilla sponge cupcakes, and decorated them with coffee buttercream and espresso meringues, and a garnish of chocolate.

Coffee Cupcakes
Coffee Cupcakes

For my sister in laws birthday on Friday night, I made an Ombré cake.  It looks so dramatic, and tastes really great, the sponge was filled with vanilla and raspberry cream, and the icing; raspberry and rose.  Pam Black had demo’d it on the Cake Course in Ballymaloe, and I was only DYING to try it.  I need to have better definition between the colours though I think.

Ombré Cake
Ombré Cake

Then finally, Sunday was the Leinster Orienteering Championships, and there was a cake sale in aid of the Junior Squad.  I was chatting to a fellow Ballymaloe student when deciding what to make from the cast array of recipes we had received for biscuits and traybakes.  These were Kaelin’s recommedations, and I was delighted with how well they worked out.  So, I made blueberry and cinnamon sugar squares,

Blueberry & Cinnamon Squares
Blueberry & Cinnamon Squares

Caramelised almond squares,

Ready for the oven, almond squares
Ready for the oven, almond squares
Golden yumminess
Golden yumminess

Raspberry and Coconut Squares

Raspberry and Coconut Squares
Raspberry and Coconut Squares

and finally some chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip cookies cooling
Chocolate Chip cookies cooling

PHEW!!! And as the phrase goes- I’m loving it!  Please contact me if you need a cake for any occasion.  I would be delighted to talk to you.

 

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