Sunday, 29 September 2013

Vanilla Sponge with Matcha Buttercream

Growing up, I was always interested in Japan and Japanese culture, and after living with a host family and attending a university in Japan, I fell in love with Japanese food too.

Recently, I've been inspired to make a few Japanese inspired recipes. I love Japanese green tea - it's bitter flavour contrasts brilliantly with sweet things!

Sweets are always served with green tea in traditional tea ceremonies, so I was inspired to balance the bitter flavour of the tea with the sweetness of a vanilla sponge.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Guest Post - Carrot and Cardamom Cake from Little Bertha Bakery

Recently, I was contacted by Ivy who works with Little Bertha bakery based in Melbourne.

Ivy and Little Bertha were keen to share one of Little Bertha's most popular cake recipes, so without further ado, here is their Carrot and Cardamom cake.

The Famous Carrot Cupcake from Little Bertha Bakery

Thursday, 26 September 2013

An Evening at Vinny & Vito, Village Hotel Leeds North

Recently, I was also invited to dinner at the newly opened Vinny & Vito at The Village Hotel, Leeds North, situated just outside Headingley. I was really excited to go and it was great to be able to take the Mr along too!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Window Shopping Wednesday - Vintage style Pie Dishes

There's no guest post for Window Shopping Wednesday this week, so I'm afraid you'll have to make do with me! Next week, there will be another Guest post - I really can't wait to see it!

With the weather turning autumnal here in the UK, I've been starting to think about heartier, more autumnal bakes. With apples now in season, it got me thinking about pies - what is more autumnal than a nice fruit pie?

An evening at Iron Cupcake: Leeds

Recently, Charlotte from Iron Cupcake:Leeds very kindly invited me to visit Leeds' very own monthly cupcake competition.

I first found out about Iron Cupcake:Leeds around a year ago, but I wasn't brave enough to enter! Charlotte's invite was the perfect opportunity to go along and see what Iron Cupcake: Leeds was all about - I couldn't wait to go!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Window Shopping Wednesday Guest Post - Cookie Cutters by Samantha

Welcome to the first Window Shopping Wednesday Guest post!

Hi there! I'm Samantha from PlanetBakeLife and I'm honoured to be doing a quick guest post for Kate today.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Window Shopping Wednesday - Cake Turntables

If you've decorated a cake before, you probably noticed that there is quite a lot of cake manoeuvring involved. You need to be able to turn the cake as much as required, and also stop it sliding away from you while piping or smoothing the sides.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Update No 3

There are a few things that have been going on in the background since my last post that I wanted to share with you all.


Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for taking my little blog up to 10,000 page views. I really appreciate all of your support and lovely comments!
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