Well. What can I say?? I've been long absent again, and this time there's good reason for it. I am about to make what is a very public (for me!) announcement into the wilds of cyberspace...and part of me is hoping that I don't get any interest or feedback on it whatsoever...
But the more honest and mellowing side of me realises that now is perhaps the time to be more open with myself, my friends, and even my family. I posted on the Fans of Cake Baker facebook wall this week...well...it was simply that...erm... Ok. Deep breath. And...here goes! Actually, wait. I posted in response to a comment from another focb, who had mentioned something similar to this. To divert slightly, for anyone who is in any way at all cake minded, this facebook page is the best thing ever. I swear. Ok, ok.
Now. Here we go. I have suffered from the very devil's devil that is depression for most of my adult life. The depression. Ahh, people say. And man, the looks! The sympathy, as if they don't know quite where to run to but are equally scared to meet your eyes. I'm not entirely sure what they'll find there - I am still the same Lorien! Eeeesh.
So, alongside all that ongoing palaver, I still go on with the baking and creating, and having the enjoyment that my kitchen and oven are giving me. I have been busy preparing for market stalls (Pangbourne Qaulity Market, in Berkshire) and then I had about 250 cupcakes made and sold at the Burghfield May Fayre - such fun! Mr Chill insisted that there must be an Oreo cupcake:
and true to his opinion (he's usually always right - I know, I know, a conundrum in itself...), they were very popular.
I also made batches of mint choc, raspberry with white chocolate, plain vanilla, chocolate with Bailey's, strawberry cupcakes and THE ultimate: honeycombe fudge. This was a cakegasm, if I can claim that word for my own? I insist. I MUST. Baker's rights!
It was a mouthful of caramelly, soft, light sponge, speckled with chewy bits of honeycomb (imported specially from Mullins Icecream in Northern Ireland) and chopped up dairy fudge.
Here are the slightly pockmarked (with honeycomb and fudge bits!) and wailing-for-buttercream cupcakes.
To finish the killer combo, I mixed fudge sauce with homemade buttercream, swirled away, and then topped a few decadent drops of fudge sauce on top.
And there you have it - the most delicious thing I have created in a looong while. People raved about it! (Some people even - although I am very sad to admit it - took pictures of the cupcakes too...) Suffice to say that all my cupcakes sold out long before I got home. Happy days!
So, to get you drooling - I'm heartless, I do know this - here's just a taste:
Ok. Cruelty over.
But I must confess that I'm curious about who's reading and peeking at my blog (if indeed anyone is...), so instead of posting the honeycomb fudge cupcake recipe right away, if anyone would like it perhaps you'd leave a comment below and I'll post it up? If not I'll have to torment you with more pictures of delish goods from my oven until you're demanding those recipes!
Thank you for reading - and I hope to catch you on here again soon.