Floral Fancies

Hello lovely people,

As so many do, I adore the autumn: the feel, the colours, dark cosy nights, pumpkin spice fudge from The Fudge Kitchen. (Yup, stomps all over a Pumpkin Spice Latte!)

However, I sadly don’t have any beautiful autumnal cakes to share but I do have a couple of pretty pink flowery numbers for you, if you would be so kind as to let me share them… Yes? Lovely!

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’til next time,

Vicky

Me again! Or: Things I have learned in the past 6 months

Oh my gosh and goodness, it is that time of year again. The time of year where I find some breathing space to write and try to apologise and explain where the heck I have been for the past 6 months.

Well, let me tell you, I have not being sitting idle! As usual the spring and summer have been busy and I have been working full on for the last 6 months.

‘But, Vicky’ I hear you cry, ‘You’ve worked for English Heritage for 5 years. Shouldn’t you know by now that you are super busy then and get more organised?’

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And then I hang my head in shame, say yes I did know that, and apologise profusely for being so disorganised.

I started this cake business just two years ago and am constantly learning. I never imagined I would be as busy as I have been (and for that I am so so thankful to anyone who has ever order a cake from me) and I had no experience on running a business, let alone managing it alongside a job.

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I’ve had 6 months of chaos, some wonderful, some not so much. But what exactly have I learned?

1. You can’t do everything

Oh but I think I can. I think I can fit in that extra cake, or use that technique for the first time ever and expect it to work perfectly, or do 5 wedding cakes in 4 weeks. (Oh, wait I did do that!) It’s taken me 6 months but I have finally realised that I can say ‘no’ and I can be selfish and take time off. It is allowed!

2. Quality over Quantity

Yeah, I do know that already but this links back to number 1 and thinking I can do everything. It’s better for me to take on less work and put my heart and soul into it. That’s how I make something I am truly proud of.

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3. Rest time is important

I love making cakes and it started out as a hobby and sometimes I still feel like it is. But as I am doing it more often I have realised it is a business and sometimes that means I need to take a break from it. Like with any other job, I can give myself holidays!

4. Patience is a virtue

Not my patience. I am not a patient person; I need to do something right and I need to do it right now. I mean the patience of the people around me. My mum, who puts up with my little idiosyncrasies…Who am I kidding, they are strops and tantrums and fits of hysteria. But she deals with it in her calm, practical, no nonsense way. And my boyfriend who shows unwavering understanding when I am super busy or when we make time to watch a film and I fall asleep after about 5 minutes. I am surrounded by good.

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5.  It’s never ok to put yourself down

As a baker, I can be quite needy. I put my heart and soul into what I make and get (overly) emotionally attached; I just want the customer to love the cake, and always want to be better. That’s fine. But, and this is my toughest lesson, it’s never ok to be mean to yourself, and it’s never ok to get so upset about a cake that a customer has to assure you that it’s all going to be ok because it’s probably not going to kill anyone…

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So shall I see you in a year and see if I have taken my own advice?!

I must say I have missed the writing and sharing part of this job and I hope you will stick around while I get myself organised… But not totally organised because where’s the fun in that?!

Much love,

Vicky

Baking Nostalgia: Glo Worm Biscuits

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In February I experienced a bit of nostalgia when making this Shufflie’s Castle cake for my manager’s daughter, and, in this 30th year of my life. decided to revisit a few of my childhood toys and transform them into something edible. March was the month for Glo Worm biscuits!

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These were cute little cuddly toys with not so cuddly, plastic faces, which lit up when you squeezed them. Doesn’t sound like such a thrilling toy but I think their purpose was practical rather than fun; they are just what a child who is scared of the dark needs – a plastic glowing head in their bed. Although I do not remember being scared of the dark of scared of the Glo Worm so maybe they did work. Or I was so traumatised I have repressed any such memories…

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The most challenging thing about these biscuits was not eating a full one because they were HUUUUUGE! Don’t get me wrong, I could have quite easily have eaten a full one but then I would have felt sad and that’s not the purpose of the Glo Worm. Instead I ate a half and then went back for the other half later (10 minutes later.) All the restraint.

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Anyone else remember these? Did you have one?

Vicky x

 

 

This week In The Bakery – 23rd – 29th March

 

 

 

 

 

Good Evening lovely people!

How are we this disgustingly cold and wet Monday? Hopefully the cakes I worked on last week will cheer you up. We got chocolate-galore, Disney, all the colours and some cupcakes that helped raised a few pennies. Lovely.

Let me tell you about the fundraising cupcakes: they were made for my delicious cousin and Godmuppet, Sam, who asked for some cakes to sell at school to help raise money for Autism Awareness Week. After assuring him he would be allowed his own cake to eat (runny icing, not buttercream, obvs) he was a little star in selling all the cakes. So we are all super proud of him.

Through Autism Awareness Week, the National Autistic Society campaigns for a better world for people with autism and offers valuable support to the 2.7 million people in the UK who are touched by it in some way. If you would like to give a little something to help support such a great cause you can do so at their website.

Now for the cakes…

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See you next time,

Vicky x

You’re My Favourite

Hello!

How are we all doing today? I am doing just peachy, thank you so much for asking.

If you like my page on Facebook, you may have seen that I recently went on a bit of a rampage updating my cake albums. (And if you don’t like my page, you know what to do… [click here]) For some reason I just don’t seem to be able to update them as I go along and that is very naughty of me indeed.

I do enjoy going through them when I do update them, it’s nice to see how far I have come in these two years and think about how far I still want to go. So with that in mind, I have picked out a few of my favourite cakes to share with you today!

Erm… Yes, I am very aware that the majority of my faves are Disney themes but what ya gonna do?

I hope you like them!
Vicky x

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Taking Breaks

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At the beginning of this month I decided to give myself a bit of a holiday because I have had very little time off in the last two years. I am definitely not complaining about being busy but I was really getting the urge to just do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Staying in bed all day, binge watching Netflix and taking as many naps as the cat kind of nothing.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

However, it got to day 4 of my 14 days off and I started to feel a bit yucky; a little bit like I was getting a cold. I thought maybe I had just been running on adrenaline for so long that stopping had just caused me to crash. This cold didn’t come to anything though and instead just stretched into a week of me seriously doing bog all and feeling tired and down and downright disgusting.

I had lots of plans for what I was going to do with my time off: cook, bake for fun, brainstorm, write, but absolutely none of it got done, possibly because the more I did nothing, the more I didn’t want to do anything. I got stuck in a vicious circle of laziness and it was not good. I don’t think I realised just how much creating cakes has become a huge, defining part of my life and soul that I would be so lost without it.

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I was so lost that when I did have a cake to do I finished the decorating within 5 hours (trust me, that’s quick!) And in myself it instantly made me feel better.

This week I have been back to work with cakes and I have done it mindfully and with gratitude. I have appreciated using my hands and creating something, I have welcomed knowing I am getting faster with experience, and I have basked in the smell of a freshly baked sponge cake.

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul…” – Dieter Uchtdorf

I am sure, sometime in the (probably very near) future I will be exclaiming that I am so tired and I just want a rest and why have I taken on 50 cakes when I am working full time and what am I doing with my life, really? but I know it will pass and that, in the end, I kind of thrive off pressure. Now that’s probably not so good for my health but it seems to be pretty good for my soul.

See you next time,

Vicky x

P.S. Don’t tell my cat I have used some other cat from a stock photo on this post, she will be so cross!

 

Last Week in the Bakery: 23th – 28th February

Hello everyone!

Can I just say I am super excited this week because I think I might have nearly nailed this organised thing! 7 cakes last week and I only had one slip up: I scheduled in some free time that I couldn’t end up taking and that made me a bit sad.

Also this week I got up super early to make some fresh-on-the-day scones and realised the smell of freshly baked scones on a morning makes my heart happy. That may have to happen again and include actually getting to eat said baked goods.

So here is what I have been up to this week:

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I know this is only 6 cakes. Cake number 7 was a horse riding cake that is dwelling somewhere on my mum’s phone.

’til next time,

Vicky x

 

The 30th Anniversary Of…

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It seems like a few things are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year: Eastenders, Back To The Future, Tetris, Prince’s Raspberry Beret, the final episode of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, and me and my fellow 1985 babies!

30 years old… At this moment in time, I’m not feeling as terrified as I thought I would be at hitting such a big number but then again it’s only March – I’ve got another 5 months to contemplate my up coming departure from my twenties.

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So, in the meantime, I have decided to celebrate with a bit of nostalgia. This was inspired by this cake that I was asked to make for my Manager’s daughter, who turned 30 this weekend. Remember Shufflie’s Castle? No, I didn’t either when I heard the name but when Barbs started to talk about it, I realised it was the same awesome toy I remember having when I was little.

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Then it got me thinking about all the other awesome stuff I used to love when I was little: My Little Pony, Care Bears, Thundercats, Muppet Babies. Polly Pocket… So, having such good fun making Shufflie’s Castle, I am going to celebrate this 30th year with one nostalgic edible creation a month. Hurrah!

So I hope you enjoy the castle and do let me know what your favourite childhood toys were!

Ta ta for now,

Vicky x

 

This Week in The Bakery

Hello Lovely People!

Here we are again; another week, another load of cakes. I do promise I do have other ideas for blog posts lurking in the back of my mind but at least I am being consistent with this one and that is an excellent start!

It’s been a busy week again this week with a lovely variety of cakes leaving the kitchen at the weekend. So without further ado, here is what I have been up to:

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Loves,

Vicky

This Week In The Bakery

Hello lovely Ladies & Gentlemen!

Are you as happy as I am that January is now over? I know it’s supposed to be the time for new beginnings and good intentions but to be honest it takes me a while to get going after Christmas and I’d rather think of January as a rest month before the year starts for real.

That’s not to say I’ve not been productive! This week I have made babies heads. baby feet and my 1 millionth Frozen cake. I whipped a football shirt cake for a charity race night, which was hosted by my Uncle to raise some funds for Marton Football Club’s under 9s, 8s and 6s.; the cake was part of a raffle that was drawn on the night and helped make some pennies. Hooray for helping! There has also been a super chocolatey cake, a magical healing ‘get well soon’ coffee cake, and a flower pot cake that almost caused my first nervous breakdown of the year.

So, without further ado, here is a look at what I’ve been up to:

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Ta-ta for now!

Vicky x