And now I am going to attempt to adopt another hobby; cake making, well more specifically, cupcake making. I toyed with the idea of cake decorating i.e. large cakes but I much prefer the simpler, daintier cake variety.
Sooo... to prepare for my new hobby this weekend, I went shopping for the neccessary equipment. It wasn't a completely blind venture, as I have been subscribed to a few cake/cupcake websites and blogs now so I know the general jist but the first thing on my list was a cupcake cookery book. Waterstones, here I come! (WHSmiths are useless by the way, why don't they alphabetise their titles?!) I spent a good hour in Waterstones, completely undecided on which one I should get; there are so many good ones out there. But I settled on this one; 'Cupcakes' by Sue McMahon;
The cupcake on the front looks so yummy for start ! It comes in a quaint little A5 ringbinder style book - so the pages are easy to turn - with simple, easy-to-follow recipes, hints and tips and great cupcake designs. It also has a section for gluten-free, diary-free and low fat recipes, etc. All for only £9.99. I was very happy with my purchase and excited to get started!
Onwards and upwards in my quest for cupcake baking equipment...
I managed to puchase a piping bag with 8 different nozzles, so I can do different styles on icing topping; a wooden rolling pin and er... yeh that was as far as I got! Oh no wait, I got some flavourings and food colouring. I still have a bun-hole cake tin, cutters, paper cases and ready-to-roll icing to get and then I think I'm all set to get cupcake baking!
I think tonight is the night too...
So watch this space people, I shall share my trials and tribulations of my new found hobby; cupcake baking!
p.s. I also have an awesome present in progress for my mom's birthday on December 4th (but it has to be a little secret right now). All I can say about it is, it's a race against time to get the present finished between now and then. Fingers crossed!