Baking runs in my veins. From when I was knee high to a grasshopper, I was standing on chairs in the kitchen helping my Mum, with whatever cake, traybake, or scones, she was whipping up that day. Kitchens full of the smell of freeshly baked cakes, breads, and buns fill my childhood memories.
At about age six I made my solo first sponge cake. I'd found an old and peeling children's recipe book, that I could just about follow, it had belonged to some aged relative, and I drived straight in. Mum thinking I was in the playroom, must have known something was going on with the sound of mixers, and the clattering I can only imagine I was making in the kitchen. But she left me alone, and was very so proud of me when I showed her my first cake. She helped me decorate it with sugar, and we served it for tea to my Gran, brother and dad.
Since the success of my first cake, I have spent hours in the kitchen baking.
Making cakes filled with love.
Creating quite a mess at times it has to be said, but making the most delicious cakes in all shapes and sizes - letters, hearts, spaceships - that one was cooked in a glass bowl - castles, fortresses, elephants, dolls houses, monkeys.
Again and again, I have worked on recipes, eventually beginning to write my own in the teen's. Today, I love nothing better than to bake for other people. I adore just thinking about what sort cake would suit them, are they - lemon polenta, or rich coffee, ultimate chocolate, or wee buns - there are so many options.
Cakes like people have personalities so it is important to get it right, in my book, any old cake will never do, it has to be the right one.
I made this cake with love, for my brother Brian's birthday. It gives a light crumb with a rich moist taste. It is the easiest cake to make, and once you have made it, you will feel like a master of your kitchen. I can tell you now you will make it again and again. It is a failsafe recipe.
I've linked up with Darcy's P52 today, why don't you do the same.
What is your favourite cake?
That's it for now ...
Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable