Nike Training Day Activity

There is nothing I like better than a challenge so I was thrilled to hear from Nik who wanted something unique. He told me he worked for a company called nike. ‘Ah yes, I’ve heard of them’, I replied. He wanted a bespoke event created that would stimulate some great brainstorming. This gave me the chance to create some fab edible trainers (Nike obvs), football kits and world cups. They would use the cakes instead of a mood board and then pitch their concept. The themes they were given were; ‘Woman’s World Cup’, ‘London Marathon’ & ‘Nike Air’. Let’s just say that some of the deliveries were more successful than others and the stand out pitch was not for the winning presentation. But the first pic below shows the winning teams brilliantly executed design. They showed great focus and team work as well as an impressive technical ability with the actual piping and decorating. For me there design stood out as cohesive and well realised. The girls were thrilled with their prizes of Cookie Girl cake decorating kits.

Gingerbread man workshop

The company Allmeds had been supporting the fantastic work done by Variety children’s charity for a few years. This year they decided to do something more involved than simply donating money. So they had the fantastic idea of creating a fun filled family day to treat a group of deserving children with. They got in touch to ask if we could create a gingerbread decorating workshop for them and we were very happy to do so.The kids had a great time in the biscuit decorating workshop. They did really well with the piping and loved the fact that there were sweets to decorate them with. At the end of the event they took there gingerbread men home to share with their families.

Cake Making Birthday Party

Camilla wanted to celebrate her birthday by getting together with her best friends and having a cake making workshop. They had a great time. Firstly they learnt how to bake the cakes from scratch using organic eggs and real butter as well as fair trade sugar and flour. I explained how much better ‘mouth feel’ and flavour you get using real butter rather than margarine which I really don’t think is good for you. I try and use organic and free range whenever possible in my baking lessons. There was plenty of time do chat over a glass of bubbly whilst the cakes baked. We even put on Heart FM for more of a party vibe. They were a really interesting group of girls. All of them lawyers in different fields and at different companies. Some of them want us to go into their offices to host one of our popular cake making team bonding, client and networking events. We’ve worked a lot with law firms over the years. They seem to really like how well are events work as icebreakers and bonding experiences. Once the cakes were baked I showed the girls how to trim the cakes using a cake cutter (a bit like a cheese wire) and a bread knife. Then I demonstrated filling and crumb coating the cakes. Finally I taught them how to ice the cakes with a palette knife and some different styles of decorations they could finish decorating the cakes with. As you can see they each did something totally unique in the cake class They were really thrilled with the end results and excited to take them home to show to their family and friends. What a great cake making birthday party Camilla had. And who knows, perhaps I will be seeing her soon at a cake making company event in her offices!

Healthy Granola Recipe

It’s been ages since Ive posted a recipe. The thing is I’m so busy keeping you up to date with all the team building and conference activities, hen parties and cake making lessons there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

However, I’ve come up with this recipe and I just think it is too good not to share with you! It’s really healthy and we have it most mornings. Also the kids love it which is great as there is no sugar in it! Feel free to use whichever milk, nuts, seeds and sweetner you have in the store cupboard.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Agave

1 tbsp Sunflower Oil

300 ml Rice Dream

500g Organic Rolled Oats

100g Cashew Nuts

2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

Mix together the Agave, oil and milk. Pour into a large bowl. Add the oats into the bowl and mix until all oats are covered in liquid. Tip the oats into a large baking tin (it doesn’t need to be oiled) and spread evenly. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minus until it’s golden around the edges. Take out the tray and turn the mixture, pulling the edges into the centre. This will allow it to cook more easily. Bake for another 10 mins. Take the tray out and turn the mixture again and then spread on the nuts, seeds and coconut. Bake for another 7 minutes. Take out and allow to cool. Once cooled keep the granola in a kilner jar. It should last for a good couple of weeks although it doesn’t hang around for long in our house! Serve with yoghurt, rice dream and berries.