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London Baking: best of 2011

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Recipes, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31/12/2011 by libbyplummer

End of year blog posts tend to be lazy and self-serving and in keeping with tradition, this one is no exception. It’s basically a hastily constructed round-up of my favourite London Baking blog posts from 2011, with some nice piccies along the way. A fitting tribute to the last year or simply a piece of cakey propaganda? It’s up to you.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! Let’s do it all again next year.

Irn Bru cupcakes for Burns Night:

Irn Bru cupcake

Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Rings:

Rock 'n' Roll Party Rings

Cakes for Japan raises £2,000:

Cakes for Japan cakes

Anarchy in the UK cupcakes for the Royal Wedding:

Royal wedding cupcakes

London Baking Batterberg cake:

London Baking Battenberg

Han Solo in Carbonite chocolates:

Han Solo in carbonite chocolate

Kendo Nagasaki cake pops:

Kendo Nagasaki cake pops

Peanut butter plectrum biscuits:

Smashing Pumpkin cupcakes:

Smashing pumpkin cupcakes

‘Razor Blades in Candy’ red velvet cake:

Razor blades in candy red velvet cake

Syrian Victoria sponge cake:

Syrian Victoria sponge

Star Wars Holiday Special chocolate and brandy buttercream cupcakes:

Star Wars Holiday Special cupcakes

Happy new year!

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Kendo Nagasaki cake pops for SugarSlam 2011

Posted in Baking, Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on 11/07/2011 by libbyplummer

Kendo Nagasaki cake popsThe three people that I told about my plan to make Kendo Nagasaki cake pops probably thought I was joking. I wasn’t. As well as being a cakey representation of cult ’70s and ’80s wrestler Nagasaki (and possibly some sort of cry for help), they’re also my entry for the wrestling-themed SugarSlam 2011 bake-off run by Natalie over at Bake & Destroy.

Kendo Nagasaki

For the uninitiated, Kendo Nagasaki was a masked wrestler who used to dress as a Japanese Samurai warrior, complete with ‘hypnotic’ powers, despite being a bloke from Stoke-on Trent called Peter Thornley. No 1980s Saturday afternoon was complete without watching a bout involving Nagasaki, Giant Haystacks or Big Daddy on ITV.

Kendo Nagasaki cake pop

My somewhat ham-fisted baked versions of Nagasaki are cake balls made from red velvet sponge and cream cheese buttercream icing, covered in red candy melts and painted with white cocoa butter. Whatever next. Giant Haystacks cake, anyone?

Update: Voting for the SugarSlam 2011 People’s Choice Award is now open so if you like my cake pops please do head over to the Flickr gallery and vote for me by leaving a comment on my picture. You can check out all the entries here. They are amazing. 

Update: Voting is now closed. Check out the winners over at Bake and Destroy.

SugarSlam 2011 – Whisks of Fury

Posted in American food, Baking, Events with tags , , , , on 27/05/2011 by libbyplummer

Sugar Slam 2011

Being a huge fan of any kind of non-twee baking, I was pleased to see that my favourite US blogger, Natalie at Bake & Destroy, is once again running the SugarSlam wrestling-themed bake-off.

Having grown up in 1980s England – the era of rather non-glam contenders like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks – my knowledge of wrestling from the other side of the pond doesn’t go far beyond Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Rowdy Roddy Piper.  I’m still tempted to enter the competition though. Kendo Nagasaki cakes, perhaps?

There are two titles up for grabs – SugarSlam 2011 Champion and People’s Choice – and there’s a massive stash of prizes on offer. The contest is open now and runs until 11 July 2011, so there’s plenty of time to get your bone-crunching baked goods in order. For more info, check out the official rules over at Bake & Destroy.

Via: Bake & Destroy
Artwork: Betty Turbo