I make cakes. A lot of cakes. Too often we throw cakes away that I have made as we haven’t managed to eat them. But, it is an unequivocal love for me, making cakes, pastries & desserts of any description really.
I love how melodic baking is and the smell & sheer anticipation whilst they are in the oven & then the finished article (most of the time) is worth the wait. I say most of the time as sometimes I can do everything right & I’ll pull out a tray of brownies that are flat & rubbery, a Bara Brith (Welsh tea loaf) that you could build a house with it its so dense (in-fact I actually made a Bara Brith for my husbands grandfathers funeral & it was embarrassing it was so bad!) And then other times, magic happens!
My love of baking started when I was really young. My fondest memories are of icing the top of fairy cakes when they were cool enough & putting sprinkles on them & sticking my finger in the bowl when my aunt wasn’t looking! I was always so proud of these little masterpieces.
Then other times, much like nowadays, kitchen disaster would strike! I remember my mum making a Jam Roly Poly & leaving me stood on a stool watching over it whilst she answered the door. She heard me shouting & ran back in, low & behold the poor Jam Roly Poly suffered a timely end at my hands. Whilst putting my ‘helpful’ hat on, I decided that what this Roly Poly needed was some flattening. I got the rolling-pin, rolled the poor thing flat until all the jam came out! Needless to say it was ruined & never got to fulfil it’s jammy purpose!
So, because of my love of baking cakes, and eating them, every year on my birthday my husband bakes me a cake! He always lets me choose what cake I want, last year it was a Persian Love cake, a beautiful chiffon cardamom sponge with a rose-water cream. It was the single best thing I have ever eaten in my entire life.
This year I requested a Nutella cake & boy has he pulled it out of the bag again! It is amazing & I cannot wait to eat it later & share with friends.
This is possibly my favourite tradition of ours. Personally, baking & cooking is such a wonderful way to show people you care.
So, no recipes this time round, however I hope I have inspired you all to indulge & treat yourself & eat some cake this weekend, be it Persian, French or a good old Victoria Sponge, just cake in general! I will leave you with a little picture of what I will be enjoying later this evening courtesy of my ever so patient and wonderful husband 🙂
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In my next blog I will be sharing a recipe for Lubia Polo which is a lovely green bean & tomato rice so stay tuned!