Yesterday was Kathy Brown's Garden Open Day for the NGS. Despite the rainy weather a lot of people came - one man even cycled 3 hours in the rain to get there! I gave two cookery demonstrations to 140 people with talks about Masterchef and behind the scenes insider information! The demonstrations (toblerone tiramisu, strawberry chocolate and rosewater tart, lime and ginger cheesecake) were followed by rose petal cream teas including my glittery lavender shortbread (ok so the glitter is becoming a bit of an obsession but they looked really pretty!)
It was also our village church cream tea yesterday so in addition to the 160 lavender shortbreads, I also made 60 scones, 50 cupcakes and 36 fondant fancies (oh and a birthday cake for my Grandma). It's lucky that I enjoy baking! I have never made fondant fancies before so was really excited by how they turned out. Violet flavour with violet syrup in the icing and violet liquor. I hope that Tom from Fitzbillies would be proud of me as I made the fancies exactly as he showed me - cutting the cake into really thin layers that you separate using a metal sheet and then drizzle each layer with alcohol and a thin spreading of buttercream. Tom must have asbestos fingers as I kept burning mine on the hot fondant but it was worth it for the end result. I am sure that they will get better with practise too. And yes they were decorated with purple glitter!