home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Pudding Macarons

Time for a little seasonal blog post, before the big day arrives. We love macarons in our house, and chocolate is my favourite. I have added some simple decoration to these to make them a bit more festive, but not so much to take away from the delicious chocolate and almond taste. My preferred recipe is by Yotam Ottolenghi, as it consistently gives great results. I sometimes freeze the shells before filling them, and once they are filled, macarons will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. These would make a lovely Christmas gift, and they are great served with bubbles.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

West Six Garden Centre Cafe

I have baked a lot of gingerbread cookies over the last few weeks, and many of them have gone to the gorgeous new cafe at West Six Garden Centre in Hammersmith. This is the second of two lovely venues that I now supply cakes and biscuits to. The garden centre is situated on the edge of Ravenscourt Park, just off King Street, and the cafe is located in one of the railway arches, just at the back of the garden centre. It is a beautiful space, with bare brick walls, lots of greenery and a large wooden bar area in the centre. The furniture and little bits of garden ornamentation give the cafe an appropriate outdoors feel. 

The menu at West Six is locally sourced, with meat coming from Chiswick butchers, Macken Brothers, bread, pastries and cakes from Sally Clarke's Bakery in Kensington, and other cakes and biscuits from little old me in Hanwell. The menu looks delicious, and I can vouch for the pastries and coffee. There is a warm winter vegetable salad that I have my eye on for another time.

The garden centre often holds events, such as window box and wreath making. It also plays host to children's outdoor theatre shows, with performances of The Snow Queen scheduled for this weekend. More details are available on the West Six web site and Facebook page.

The cafe has only been open for a few weeks, but seems to be thriving. Do pop along if you are local, it's just lovely!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Drink Me Eat Me

Over the last few weeks I have started supplying cakes to a couple of lovely cafes in Hammersmith. The first of these is a gorgeous place called Drink Me Eat Me, where your coffee comes served in beautiful vintage style crockery, and they do a delicious hot chocolate! 

Drink Me Eat Me has a large room next to the cafe area where classes are held for adults and children, and there is often a pop up shop to be found, The space is also available to hire for children's parties, baby showers, hen parties etc., and the cafe hosts its own events there on a regular basis as well. More details are available on their website
Drink Me Eat Me is a lovely spot for lunch, or a slice of cake, including my Curly Wurly layer cake!