Let Them Eat Cake! Rocking Dog Bakes

No Calorie Cake, Rocking Dog

No Calorie Cake

Very occasionally I put my “Heaven’s Cake” hat back on and agree to do a little bit of catering. So this weekend I am indeed going to be baking for a hundred hungry folk. Our lovely builder and his siblings are throwing a surprise party for their Mum to celebrate her eightieth birthday. Added to the cake, scones and tea surprise, unbeknown to her, one of her sons and family will be popping by from New Zealand! Recovering from a very recent hip operation I am sure this bash will be a restorative tonic for her.

The cooker will be going full pelt to produce Buttermilk Scones, Chocolate Brownie, Gilded Chocolate Caramel Slice, Sloe Gin Rocky Road, Raspberry Mascarpone Cake, Macaroons etc….

It will be lovely for the house to be filled with the aroma and heat of baking, for, the original purpose of the house was a village bakery. There are many census’s with Ludwell bakers and visiting journeyman bakers listed at our address, and part of our kitchen is double height, it’s purpose a towering flour barn. There is even a tethering ring for a horse next to our larder cupboard! The last of the Ludwell bakers emigrated to New Zealand at the very start of the 1900’s. They must have anticipated that a motorway was going to be roaring past their business one day. In 2000 we were fortunate to meet some of the Hambrook bakery ancestors in Rotorua. Anyway I mustn’t get started on ancestry it’s ALL about the cake!

Lovely cakes deserve lovely china, so I will be dusting off boxes of pretty vintage china. There’s homemade floral bunting, a cricket pavilion venue and forecasted sunshine…… perfect! I’m sure this plucky octegenarian will be truly touched that her children have hatched such a thoughtful and cunning plan.

Talking of cake, I was at Bakers & Co with a friend on Wednesday, and their cakes were sublime. We sampled Caramel brioche sticky bun ( a guilty second time pleasure for me!) and a Raspberry and Almond Financier. Yum Yum Yum! As ever attentive friendly service, a sunny table watching the world go by and the most amazing freshly made Beetroot juice. The juice felt so detoxifying that we almost ate the cakes (and gorgeous sour-dough sandwiches) guilt free!

Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope there is a delicious piece of cake involved! Best wishes to one and all.

English Cream Tea, Rocking Dog

English Cream Tea

Free Range Baking, Rocking Dog

Free Range Baking

For A Vintage Birthday, Rocking Dog

For A Vintage Birthday

Bakers & Co Bun, Rocking Dog

Bakers & Co Bun

Bakers & Co Yumminess!, Rocking Dog

Bakers & Co Yumminess!

Over Gilding The Lily!, Rocking Dog

Over Gilding The Lily!

Moist Macaroons, Rocking Dog

Moist Macaroons

For Drizzle!, Rocking Dog

For Drizzle!

Archive Cake By The Dog, Rocking Dog

Archive Cake By The Dog

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