Well the last few weeks have been so busy with all the final preparations ahead of our launch, so this journal is very overdue, but it's nice to take half an hour to sit down (with a cuppa!) and take stock. There's been alot to do to get to this point, but it's been so worth all of the hard work and I can't wait to see what the next few months will bring.
There's been lots of recipe testing going on, with new flavours for the layer cake options coming soon and lots of new ideas for the afternoon tea menus. My favourite has to be the tiramisu cake created for a special order, with espresso chiffon sponge soaked in a whisky and coffee syrup, then layered with chocolate and espresso curd and a mascarpone frosting. The recipe testing has also been useful as a bribe to keep the kids happy during the school holidays!
Over the last couple of weeks I've been running a competition on our Facebook page, and I've been amazed at how successful it's been. The post was shared by over 120 people by the time we picked the lucky winner yesterday, and she'll collect her lemon and raspberry cake very soon. So many people have left lovely comments on the Facebook page too, it's been great to read them all. I'll definitely be doing more competitions this way in future.
A couple of weeks ago I spent the day on a training course held by the Cyrenians (www.cyrenians.scot). They're an Edinburgh based organisation who support people excluded from family, home, work or community. The course was held in their depot in Leith, where they take in food donations from major supermarkets and other local suppliers and then distribute them to charities and families in and around Edinburgh. It was great to see just a little bit of the work they do and the difference it makes, and also to get to know some of the other people attending the course.
With the schools back next week, it's time to concentrate on some wedding cake tastings coming up. I'm really excited about doing them, choosing a wedding cake must be one of the best bits about planning your big day and it's a chance to create some really delicious and special cakes.
I've added a couple of photos of some of the cakes from the last few weeks below. Might need to think about a photography course next...