Many thanks to Dave Darwent hosting us at his National Gardens scheme garden …tho Storm Hannah kept us inside. He sells his delicious cakes at these open garden events to raise money for charity .
We baked to a Spring Florals theme, here are our yummy cakes.
Dave made a Chamomile & Elderflower cake . He made a bake off one first but it was far too dense , as it used 8 , yes 8 eggs …so he made this version 2 with his trusted 4 egg Bero Victoria sponge with chamomile ( chopped finely in a liquidiser ) & elderflower essence ( very gloopy) from Waitrose.
Karen made a Rosemary & Orange Drizzle cake. The rosemary was home grown. The sponge was all butter & had 1/2 teaspoon of finely chopped rosemary in it . Using 100g of castor sugar, the juice of an orange & rosemary sprigs boiled then cooled ..the syrup was spread across both sponges & on the top, once the butter cream & orange filling was added. The recipe was from the BBC Good food website.
Carolynns Orange & Poppyseed cake had cream cheese icing. She made beautiful fondant icing flowers … then said it was the first time she had ever made them !!
Vickys cake was Chamomile & Lavender sponge with Elderflower buttercream. She made & strained chamomile tea, put this into melted butter & mixed with the rest of the ingredients. The buttercream used Elderflower cordial. The cake sponge had a delicate chamomile taste.
We sampled all the cakes whilst discussing herbs & plants we used in the bakes , and how to grow them. As usual some great tips & suggestions for cafe & garden visits . Tips for herbs were
-Coriander & flat parsley .. sprinkle on the soil. Pour boiling water over to assist germination, cover lightly with soil … stage your planting as the herbs can bolt.
-Ginger buy some root ginger, slice it like you would slice a carrot, and plant slices in pots end on … they will shoot from each cut side … then are hardy enough to plant outdoors.
Join us for our next events or host us !!
Sat 25th May Venue TBC 1 till 3
Sat June 29th as part of Walkley Festival … Gluten free cakes theme. Also bring your books to donate plus lots of cook books to buy ( 2nd hand )
Sat July 13th at Stannington carnival … we are judging the cake competition & you can enter too.
No event in August
Sat 21st Sept Cakes inspired by Designers 2.30 till 4.30
Do let me know of any venue of theme suggestions & come & bake with us .
Karen www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk or follow me @fabcoach on Insta & Twitter