This afternoon, I had one of my special baking sessions with Little Miss. I love baking and whilst my Mum was never a home baker, my Grandma instilled in me a love of baking. ‘Our’ recipe was cherry scones, but at her funeral I discovered that she had taught each of her grand daughters different recipes. I love that she did this so that her skills and special recipes live on in all of us. The other key baker in my childhood was my Godmother, Auntie Helen, Grandma’s youngest daughter, her marble cake was amazing and never bettered. Growing up, I was always the keen baker at home and my Dad an appreciative consumer, my favourite recipe was a fruit cake from an old black and white recipe book, the magic ingredient being a little melted chocolate. Being a mum has only developed my passion, I now have more keen tasters and exciting projects, I love a cake for all occasions and have a brilliant Pinterest cakes board for inspiration. I spend months planning for birthdays, this year we had a Spiderman cake and a Frozen themed cake. it did feel quite bizarre, making snowflakes on one of the hottest days of the year.
Today our recipe was for simple butterfly cakes. I want to keep baking easy and fun so Little Miss can learn the basics and enjoy the process. I am very careful that it is her work and relax with the presentation. Little Miss had a lovely time baking this afternoon, perfect Mummy and daughter time and she was so proud of her cakes. She went up to bed tonight with one of my recipe books looking for our next project.