Prepare yourself for a shock. This is a no-recipe post (oh no!) but here’s a photo of a delicious British classic: the Coffee and Walnut Sponge. I love it and so does most of my family, especially my sister-in-law, who will invariably put in a request for this cake when I visit them in Birmingham. Happy to oblige (and eat).
But why just a photo? Where’s the recipe, you ask? Very sorry, will post it soon. Special circumstances I’m afraid. No, I’m not on a top secret mission for the government, I’m on a blogging course (hello fellow 101 bloggers!) and my first assignment is an intro. So here goes:
Lili’s cakes is about sharing a passion for making, eating and looking at cakes. I hope to include recipes, tips, cake stories, reviews and some pretty photos to make your mouth water. Even if you don’t plan to make cakes you might enjoy this blog! 🙂
I’m British, though I’ve lived all over the world, currently in Barcelona. I love French patisserie (and my French mum) but I also enjoy discovering and trying cakes from all around the world. And mixing it up to develop some fusion cakes, which is why I like the idea of ‘World Patisserie’ or ‘cakes sans frontières´.
I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘professional baker’ but I’m trying to create professional-looking, classic or interesting stuff. Not with all the sculpted fondant icing, but with different textures and layers. I’ve done the basic course with the Cordon Bleu in Paris and spent many years making and eating cakes (it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it) but there’s still so much to learn and perfect. I share my cakes and some are loved more than others – who hasn’t had a baking disaster? Reaching out with a blog beyond a circle of family and friends is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Posting recipes opens you up to more objective criticism, which is good. Patisserie is about passion and the constant desire to explore and improve on your creations.
So I could call this blog Lili’s Cake Adventures. It’s an adventure not only into the world of cakes, but also into blogging, food photography and healthy living, three things I started working on in December 2014. Food doesn’t usually move, but it’s hard to photograph well! As for healthy living, well you might need a sugar-free cake now and then.
Your body will thank you and feel better but then you’ll be dying for some really rich and decadent cake, so why not enjoy an occasional slice of heaven?
Yes, I’m trying to balance this blog like my cakes, alternating healthy and naughty stuff. And slowly joining an online community, to share recipes and experiences.
So welcome to this space! Let me know what your favourite cake in the world is. Is there a special cake from your country that I should try?
Hi Lili. Finding your site was one of the best things about taking Blogging 101. I enjoy the style and energy of your writing and well…the subject matter – my poor vocabulary does not provide me with the words to describe my feelings about baked goods.
My wife is a vegan and since I do almost all of our cooking, I’ve become a de facto vegan cook. Over the past year I have begun to experiment more than ever with vegan baking. My goal with vegan baking, as with all my cooking, is to create things that stand on their own and aren’t just “replacements” for more traditional items.
You’ve already inspired me to have a go at your lemon and cardamon drizzle cake and I look forward to spreading the word about your wonderful blog far and wide!
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Hi Karl, Thank you! I am very touched by your kind words and happy you enjoy the blog. I have been so glad to meet fellow bloggers who love baked goods, like yourself. I wish you luck with your experiments creating lovely vegan and healthy bakes – I’m finding it an interesting and satisfying challenge despite a few disasters! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the lemon drizzle cake – let me know how it goes. Thanks again for your lovely comments and happy blogging and baking to you! 🙂 Oh, and I love the colours and visuals on your blog – your painting of the tomatoes, with the combination of colours, is just beautiful.
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Hello Lili, I am a dog, so I cannot eat your cakes, but my People think they look delicious. Your writing style is very charming.
My People have two different favorite cakes: the Lady says her favorite is Tres Leches Cake, and the Guy’s favorite is not actually a cake at all, but bread pudding.
Hello Albert the Dog, and you seem a very intelligent dog! I really appreciate that kind of feedback cause I’m very curious about what kinds of cake people like. I’m going to look up the Tres Leche Cake, and think about doing a bread pudding recipe one day, because I like it a lot too. Thank you again and also for the lovely comments! 🙂 P.S. Shame you can’t eat cake…
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