My first encounter of baking was when I was around 6 or 7 (and no I won’t say how many years ago that was). I was at my Grans house. I cannot remember what we made, although I think rock cakes may have been one of our first attempts.
Although I don’t remember much of the experience, thanks to my Gran documenting our entire childhood on camera, the picture of me and my younger sister covered in flour, shows that we were very proud of ourselves.
But like most things life got in the way, anything from friends, boys, college, university, to jobs and then marriage. Who thought any of these things were a good idea! Last January I moved to Cornwall and got a proper 9-5 job, which left me with a lot of spare time on my hands, which I have filled with all things pretty and creative.
I started with easy cupcakes, which colleagues were happy to do the ultimate taste test for me, these went down well so I then thought I would get more inventive.
A few weeks later we held a house warming party to show off my excellent party planning skills. The theme was ‘H’ for Helston (where we lived). Everyone was instructed to wear something beginning with H and all food and drink began with H. We had Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Humous, Hawaiian pizza alongside a lot of other food. (I’m not sure how we thought of so many things beginning with H). The outfits were creative we had a Harrier Jump Jet, a Hitchhiker, Hugh Heffner and two Hulk Hogans. But the highlight of the party (for most of the guests anyway) was, yes you guessed it my hedgehog cake.
Made of chocolate, chocolate butter cream icing and chocolate buttons, this went down a treat. So much so that it was requested by my friend as her leaving gift and I have since had more requests for me to bake it again.
I’m still experimenting with my baking and I have now been given a lot of stencils and molding utensils, cake tins, baking molds, piping bags etc etc so I can experiment a bit further. So watch this space, one day I might even give you the recipe!