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Cakes for Japan raises £2,000

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , on 21/03/2011 by libbyplummer

Cakes for Japan cakesFollowing the earthquake and tsunami that devestated parts of Japan on 11 March, blogger Miss Cakehead set about swiftly putting together the Cakes for Japan pop-up shop to raise some much-needed cash for The Red Cross to aid its efforts in the stricken area. Professional and amateur bakers joined forces to donate a range of Japan-inspired cakes and cookies for the pop-up shop, which was open for business at Maiden UK on Friday 18 March. All the goodies were sold out in just three hours, making £2,000 for charity.

Sushi cupcakes

There was a huge selection of grub on offer including sushi cake pops from Molly Bakes, cherry blossom cookies from Nevie Pie, green tea cupcakes from Leshie Loves Cake and choc chip cookies from Edd Kimber, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake-off. Using some awesome cookie cutters from Firebox, I knocked up a few batches of Pacman gingerbread for the sale.

Cakes for Japan shop

The London event has also inspired several similar cake sales which are set to take place throughout March and April in Edinburgh, Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester. If there isn’t a Cakes for Japan event happening near you, then why not set up your own? Check out the Cakes for Japan blog for more details.

Soot Sprite cupcakes

The pictures here were all taken by me, but you can check out the official images taken by professional snapper Nathan Pask on Flickr.

Red Cross donation

Cakes for Japan

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , on 13/03/2011 by libbyplummer

Cakes for Japan logoUnless you’ve been living on the moon then you’ll know all about the devestation caused in Japan by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami. In order to support the aid agencies working in the affected area, members of The Mad Artists Tea Party and friends will be holding a pop-up shop selling Japan-inspired cakes and goodies, with all profits going to charity. The Tea Party team is currently speaking to experts to decide on the best organisation to donate the cash to. In the meantime, you can donate directly through various agencies including The Red Cross.

The Cakes for Japan pop-up shop will be at Maiden UK, Shoreditch High Street on Friday 18 March (open 11.00 to 19.00).

Find out to donate a cake here, or simply show your support by going along on the day and spending as much cash as possible.

London Baking will be donating several batches of Pac-Man gingerbread biscuits and they’ll be plenty on offer from lots of other bakers. Please do come along and get stuck in.

Via: Cakes for Japan

Johnny Cupcakes London branch to open

Posted in Baking, Out and about with tags , , , on 05/03/2011 by libbyplummer

Johnny Cupcakes London ad

US purveyor of cake-themed clothing Johnny Cupcakes is set to open a London branch next weekend. Based at 10 Fouberts Place, just off London’s famous Carnaby Street, the shop will open its doors on Saturday 12 March 2011 at 1pm. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping they’ll be selling a T-shirt with the Union Jack-flavoured skull and crossbones logo that features on the store opening invite.

Via: Johnny Cupcakes

Best Valentine’s cakes in London

Posted in Baking, Cakes, Out and about, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2011 by libbyplummer

Best Valentine's cakes in LondonIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and that means more heart-shaped crap in the shops that any other time of year. Unless you’ve got the kind of partner who’s willing to splash out for a romantic trinket from Tiffany’s, then chances are you’ll be getting the textbook dozen roses or maybe a stuffed monkey toy proffering a heart emblazoned with a message like “You’re the one for me!”. Ahhhh, how sweet.

If you want something more practical, try dropping some hints for something you actually want – and what better gift than some baked goods. At least that way, you can get some enjoyment out of them and then move on to hemorrhaging cash on the next Hallmark day. Read on for some of the best cakes in London Town this Valentine’s Day…

Konditor and Cook
With six braches dotted around London, Konditor & Cook is offering plenty of special goodies for Valentine’s Day including a burning heart cake and anti-Valentine’s ‘Dodgy Jammers’, as well as its trademark Magic Cakes.

Konditor & cook Valentine's cakes

Hummingbird Bakery
Get yourself down to American-style cake shop, Hummingbird Bakery for a Box of Chocolates ( a selection of different chocolate cupcakes), a box of mini Valentine’s cakes or a heart-shaped red velvet layer cake.

Hummingbird Bakery Box of Chocolates

Lily Vanilli
Kooky baker Lily Vanilli is offering her red velvet Bleeding Heart cakes for people to send to their loved one this Valentine’s Day and the great thing is that 20% of the proceeds go to cancer charity Trekstock.

Lily Vanilli Bleeding Heart cakes

Primrose Bakery
Well known for its seasonal twists on cupcakes, the Primrose Bakery has pulled out all the stops for its Valentine’s collection with these awesomely kitsch cupcakes.

Primrose Bakery

Molly Bakes
Cake pop maker extraordinaire Molly Bakes will be offering a selection of handmade cake pops and cupcakes at Maiden in hipster central Shoreditch and you can even get a personliased message for just 50p extra.

Molly Bakes

Crumbs and Doilies
South London-based C&D offers boxes of cupcakes for all the big holidays and its Valentine’s selection is suitably covered in sugary lovehearts. Each box contains a mixture of vanilla, chocolate and vanilla rose cupcakes.

Crumbs and Doilies

Miss Cakehead
If you’re after something a little different, then get yourself down to the London Dungeon on Valentine’s Day where you’ll be able to get your mitts on a human heart cake, courtesy of Miss Cakehead who’ll be giving out hearty treats to the first 100 couples to turn up.

Miss Cakehead

Cox Cookies & Cakes
This edgy Soho bakery is a joint venture between shoe designer Patrick Cox and patissier Eric Lanlard. Its Valentine’s Day menu includes Lovelace cupcakes, A Dozen Red Roses (six triple Valrhona chocolate and six Red Velvet mini cupcakes in a presentation box), as well as Love Note vanilla cupcakes, decorated with a selection of romantic and slightly more-to-the-point messages.

Cox Cookies & Cake

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Human heart cakes for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Cakes, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , on 28/01/2011 by libbyplummer

Miss Cakehead at The London Dungeon
A dozen red roses? Cliche. Rom com at the cinema? Tedious. A romantic meal for two? Boring. If you like to do Valentine’s Day a little differently then why not get your teeth into a human heart? Not literally, you understand. Miss Cakehead, of Eat Your Heart Out cake shop fame, is teaming up with London’s scary wax work attraction, The London Dungeon, to offer some hearty cupcake-based fodder.

On 14 February, the Cakehead crew will be dishing up the gruesome morsels to the first 100 couples to turn up so get there quick, if you’ve got the stomach for it.

You can read about my visit to the Eat Your Heart Out cake shop here.

Via: Cakehead Loves Evil
Photos by: Nathan Pask

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Halloween weekend

Posted in Cakes, Out and about, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , on 01/11/2010 by libbyplummer

Well, it’s certainly been a busy Halloween weekend. As well as knocking up a batch of ghoulish cakes, and watching a selection of horror films including Night of the Demon, Halloween 5 and the BBC’s Ghostwatch, I also took a visit to the world’s first 18+ cake shop. The Eat Your Heart Out pop-up shop was open between 29 and 31 October and was located in the basement of Maiden in London’s hipster central – Shoreditch High Street. Each day, a selection of 666 gruesome cakes and biscuits were on offer to fans of slightly sinister food.

Among the delights offered by the shop were Lily Vanilli‘s red velvet Bleeding Heart cakes, Occult Jam from jelly experts Bompas & Parr and the particularly grim-looking Human Centipiede biscuits from Alice Rose Cakes & Cookies. I was also especially impressed by the Psycho ‘to do’ list cupcakes from CakeyPigg.

After spending a fair bit of time wandering round in the dingy basement, I eventually opted for a Wolfsbane cupcake from The Poison Series by Leshie Loves Cakes. Along with purple-tinged sponge and a handmade Wolfsbane flower decoration, the scrummy morsel was topped with black Courvoisier icing which, if I’m honest, is what swayed my decision.

Still high on a mixture of sugar and brandy-flavoured icing, I set about making my own batch of creepy cakes. As I still had a Halloween costume to make, and a dwindling amount of hours available, I decided to keep things simple by making vanilla-flavoured cakes with contrasting orange and black cases and icing (see main picture, and the one below).

A special mention must also go to my mum who whipped up a batch of red velvet Dracula’s Bite cakes from Lily Vanilli’s A Zombie Ate My Cupcake book. I’ll think you’ll agree they look suitably ghoulish.

After hastily lining my stomach with a champion’s dinner of toast and a homemade cupcake, I set off to my chum’s halloween party dressed as a zombie girl guide, as you do. Upon arrival, preposterous amounts of rum and diet coke were consumed.