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Depressed Cake Shop comes to London

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Events with tags , , , , , , , on 21/07/2013 by libbyplummer

Gloomy Grey Lemon MacaronsThe Depressed Cake Shop is a pop-up shop that aims to raise awareness of depression and well as making some cash for a mental health charity in the process. All the baked goods in sold in the shop will be grey on the outside.

The first shop will open on 2 August in Brick Lane, London, with plenty more pop-up shops planned all over the country. The project is also set to go global, with bakers already lined up in the US, Australia and Malaysia.

Depressed Cake Shop

The splendidly grey-tinged, fundraising idea is the brainchild of Miss Cakehead, who’s previous projects include the gruesome Eat Your Heart Out shop for Halloween, the Katy Perry-themed Cakey Perry afternoon tea and the Cakes for Japan shop which raised money to help rescue efforts following the 2011 tsunami.

Among other things, the Depressed Cake Shop will be selling Gloomy Grey Lemon Macarons from Dainty Bakehouse, Misfortune Cookies from Miss Insomnia Tulip, and Life’s Taken a Bite Out of Me Biscuits from Laura Fortune.

Life's Taken a Bite of Me biscuits

For more details, head over to: The Depressed Cake Shop

If you want to get involved in the project, join The Depressed Cake Shop Facebook group or  contact emma@misscakehead.com

Eat Your Heart Out 2012

Posted in Baking, Cakes, Events with tags , , , , , , , on 28/10/2012 by libbyplummer

EYHO 2012Eat Your Heart Out 2012 was the latest project from Miss Cakehead, whose previous projects include the kitsch Cakey Perry afternoon tea and Cakes for Japan – a cake-based series of fundraising events to raise money for victims of the 2011 tsunami.

I went along to Eat Your Heart Out 2010 – the world’s first 18+ cake shop, so I as soon as I got word of Eat Your Heart Out 2012, I stuck it in the diary and booked my (free) ticket) faster than you can say “make mine a polycystic ovary cupcake”.

EYHO 2012

The EYHO pop-up shop was open for three days over the weekend before Halloween with the pathology museum at St Bart’s hospital in London providing the perfect venue for the macabre cake sale.

The gruesome treats on offer included aorta cupcakes (with rum syringe shot!) from Leshie Loves Cake, lung cancer cookies from Nevie Pie Cakes and polycystic kidney cake from Cakes by Victoria.

EYHO 2012

You can check out the full EYHO 2012 menu here.

While designed to shock, the baked goods also carried a serious message, many of which were displayed to raise awareness of the conditions that they represented, like the prostate cancer truffles and mole cupcakes.

EYHO 2012

It’s testament to the artistry of some of the bakers involved that their cakes simply looked too horribly realistic to buy. While I appreciate the edginess of the STD cupcakes, stool sample cakes and limoncello cocktails disguised as urine samples, I simply couldn’t bring myself to try them (although I’ve no doubt that they were very tasty).

EYHO 2012

Instead I opted for some macarons shaped to look like internal organs (kidneys and lungs) from Miss Insomnia Tulip and a ‘wounded bakewell’ from the All Mine Patisserie. As you do.

EYHO 2012

Bravo, Miss Cakehead – I do hope you’re planning EYHO 2013…

EYHO 2012

Cakey Perry afternoon tea

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Events, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03/08/2011 by libbyplummer

Katy Perry cupcakeMy chums and I had high hopes for the recent Cakey Perry afternoon tea and we weren’t disappointed. Created by Miss Cakehead, whose previous projects include the Cakes for Japan pop-up shop, the world’s first 18+ cake shop and the Will & Cake royal wedding pop-up shop, the event ran over three days at Prangsta in SE London and was inspired by Katy Perry’s California Gurls video.

Cakey Perry cake

First up, Miss Cakehead herself made sure that we had plenty of refreshments in the form of toffee-flavoured vodka topped up with ginger beer (a surprisingly moreish concoction), before presenting us with a round of scones decorated with green glace cherries, complete with clotted cream and jam.

Cupcake-stuffed strawberry

Phase one complete, we moved onto cupcake-stuffed strawberries before sampling the mini Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg cupcakes. After a short rest we moved onto heart-shaped biscuits with candy floss before completing our sugary feast with a massive slab of awesome rainbow cake from Leshie Loves Cake.

Leshie Loves Cake rainbow cake

We couldn’t finish it all, so we ended up taking the rest away with us, along with some rainbow-cake push pops and a doughnut-shaped cake pop from Molly Bakes.

Molly Bakes doughnut cake pop

All of the food was fantastic (with my personal favourite being the rainbow cake), and the venue’s decorations – including a Love Heart sweet encrusted table and exquisitely painted biscuits from Nevie-Pie cakes – were also superb.

Cakey Perry cake

I probably should have snapped more pictures and taken the time to use the correct settings rather than the autofocus, but frankly, I was far too busy quaffing vodka and snaffling cakes. Our sugar-heavy afternoon was rounded off neatly with a sharpener in the boozer. Special praise goes to Smithy for requesting a wine list in the Hobgoblin pub. Strangely, the barman found this somewhat amusing.

Cakey Perry afternoon tea coming to London

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Events, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13/07/2011 by libbyplummer

Cakey Perry afternoon teaCakey Perry is an afternoon tea that’s set to tickle the taste buds of London from 29 to 31 July 2011 and is inspired by Katy Perry’s California Gurls video.

Described as “a high tea to melt your popsicle”, Cakey Perry is the brainchild of curator of cakes and chaos, Miss Cakehead, whose previous projects include the Cakes for Japan pop-up shop and the world’s first 18+ cake shop. The kitsch menu will include Molly Bakes‘ Perry Pops, Gummi Bear martinis and Edd Kimber‘s raspberry and chocolate macarons. You’ll also be able to help yourself to a mini candyland featuring peppermint patties, candy canes and flying meringues.

Snoop Dogg cookie

Me and my chums have already got our tickets – the lure of Snoop Dogg cupcakes was too strong to resist.

For tickets and more information, head over to Cakeyperry.com.

Will & Cake royal wedding cake shop

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, English food, Gifts, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26/04/2011 by libbyplummer

Mini Royal Wedding cakesIf you want to celebrate the upcoming royal nuptials though the medium of cake then get yourself down to the Will & Cake pop-up shop at Maiden, 188  Shoreditch High Street, London.

William and Cake

The brainchild of Miss Cakehead, the shop will be open for one day only on Thursday 28 April 2011, the day before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. You’ll be able to take your pick from a wide range of sugar-coated regal treats including Will and Kate cake pops from Molly Bakes, mini replicas of William’s McVities Chocolate biscuit groom’s cake from Black Cherry Bakery and Mini Wedding Cakes from Leshie Loves Cake.

See Will & Cake for the full menu and to get your orders in.

Via: Maiden
Via: Miss Cakehead

Photos: Nathan Pask

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

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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