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Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Thursday, 25 October 2007

There are some weeks when I seem to be baking 24/7 (other than when I am at my desk working) and this week is just one of those weeks! This is not a complaint as I love baking! Here are the 125 cupcakes I made last night which are being sold for Children in Need at Barclaycard today. Today is my husband's birthday - Happy Birthday Sacha - and he has asked for 80 brownies to take to work tomorrow (him being at home today due to a perfectly timed train strike falling on his birthday) and on Friday I am making a wedding cake! By Saturday I will have used 49 eggs and 98oz of flour, sugar and butter!
Today's offerings (from left to right) are spiced chocolate marmalade cupcakes, double chocolate chip cupcakes, cherry and vanilla cupcakes and lemon meringue cupcakes! I like the look of the cherry ones best, although the chocolate marmalade cake batter tasted the best! Sadly they have all gone to be sold so we will never know how they tasted!

10 comments:

Magic Cochin said...

Oh wow! Your cottage is a cup cake factory! They look fantastic. You must REALLY LOVE baking!
Last night I baked 8 pumpkin (home grown squash actually), raisin and pecan muffins in black paper cases - and felt really chuffed. They tasted good too!

Celia

vida said...

Yippeeee, a photo, I am content now, thank you!!!!! Vida x

Joanna said...

Hannah they are beautiful ... happy birthday Sacha ... and hope the wedding cake goes well - will you post a photo in due course?

Joanna

Rita said...

Happy Birthday Hannah's hubby! The cupcakes are beautiful! So detailed as always! You must have a serious system going and be well organised. Thanks for sharing it!

susan said...

Happy Birthday Sacha --Now what sort of cake is Hannah baking for you? Susan xx

Hannah said...

Susan you made me chuckle as I am not baking him a cake!!!! Am I an awful wife??? I am making 80 brownies for him to take to work so am not feeling too bad at not baking a cake for him! He is a mad liverpool fan so I have him a liverpool cake from tescos for tea this afternoon - this is probably not something I should be confessing!

Thank you all for your lovely comments - a wedding cake photo will be posted assuming it goes ok - it is going to be similar to the maypole cake but three tiers and gold and white....at least this is the current plan!

Celia your muffins sound lovely - will you post the recipe on your blog? Hope so!

Rita said...

"He is a mad liverpool fan so I have him a liverpool cake from tescos for tea this afternoon - this is probably not something I should be confessing!"

Yeah!!!! Hannah is normal!!! :) :)

Marie said...

Lovely looking cupcakes Hannah! and Happy Birthday to your hubbie! I know what you mean about cooking weeks being hectic. Some weeks at work I am almost bored with lack of . . . but then other's I am raced off my feet. Never mind, it's all good! It evens out in the end.

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