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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

Monday, 26 May 2008

I have baked so much cake this weekend that I am at risk of turning into a cupcake! It is a good job my hens are laying 9 eggs a day as I used 16 eggs in just one batch of cake batter! What would I do without them? This is the birthday cake I made for my sister in law Sejal who just turned 40. I had very little time to decorate it but was pleased with the result - it is amazing what you can do with a few fresh flowers and some pretty ribbon (I just fell in love with this Dragonfly ribbon the minute I saw it). I have also made a lot of cupcakes for children's parties this weekend - topped with flying saucers, dolly mixtures and jelly tots it was a real trip down memory lane of childhood sweets. When we were little my brother and I were given 10p every Friday to buy sweets - if we had been good! We used to plan all week what we were going to buy. Just thinking about this now makes me feel so old - I don't think you would get anything for 10p these days!

8 comments:

Sylvie said...

That's a beautiful looking cake Hannah, but I especially love all the different cupcakes!

Marie said...

You sure have an eye for decorating cakes and cupcakes Hannah! Each one is so beautiful!

milhan said...

Lovely cake Hannah! I'm sure she adored it.

The only place you can get sweets for .25 these days (which is what I am assuming is about the equivalent of 10 pence...) is at an elementary school bake sale! In addition to cupcakes and brownies, you can usually buy candy like lollipops and Twizzlers!

I used to love flying saucers when I was a kid :)

Gareth & Amy said...

Ahhh the memories

silverpebble said...

That cake is spectacular. How could she bear to eat it though? Even the little cupcakes look too good to demolish. Flying saucers on the top? Fantastic idea.

Shell said...

The cake is lovely. Oh those cupcakes!! They all look so yummy.I wish we had scratch and sniff on the internet.

Rita said...

Pretty cake Hannah! You are just amazing treating everyone with goodies specially baked for them!!

tessa said...

Hi Hannah -

I always love your cupcake creations and agree that Magnolia in NYC aren't the best. Just for a bit of inspiration here is a slideshow of some other NYC cupcakes if you need some inspiration. Obviously by your creations, that isn't necessary, but I just wanted to share:

http://nymag.com/daily/food/2008/05/beyond_buttercream_cutting-edge_cupcakes.html