Tiers of the Cake

A tasty slice of inspiration...

Hello foodies,

A huge warm welcome to Red Velvet Baking, the blog! I have been baking since I can remember and I have always wanted to share my experiences and tasty flair beyond the walls of my own home. In summer 2011 I launched this little blog. I blog as a celebration of my achievements and dedication to my culinary passion, alongside an overflow of my enthusiasm, with a few added delicious recipe ideas. Pictures and tips galore, sure enough to sink your teeth right into and to get your mouth watering. Delicious beautiful baking can put a smile on anyones face.

Summer 2013 saw me train for a month at Leiths, gaining a distinction in practical cookery and last summer I ran a culinary arts course in the USA, specialising in baking.

I am now back in the UK, writing for my blog from sunny Yorkshire. 2015 is going to be a big year for Red Velvet Baking, so keep posted!

Keep calm, enjoy and most importantly BAKE!



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Find the missing sprinkle...

Monday, 29 April 2013

Manchester Cake & Bake Show :)

Evening munchkins!

Thought I would give you a quick tour of the Cake & Bake show that I went to in April, in Manchester. It was like being in heaven, for me anyway! Cake and cake utensils, equipment, paints, tasters, anything and everything you can imagine, along with a lot of cake fans and professionals.

I went down with my best friend, Beth,  and we scouted out our favourite stalls, planning our purchases (to save our hands from carrying.) On the way down, from Sheffield, we drove down snakes pass, with the beautiful, blue sky and beaming sun.

At the show, I took cakespiration photographs, take a peek below. There were a beautiful cakes of art, in all shapes and sizes. Makes my mouth water just thinking about them!

Wedding Cake Selection...

Gingerbread Garden...

 Cake Catwalk...

In the middle of the shopping madness, we took two break for seminars with some well known professionals. I attended a class in vintage decoration, with Juliet Sear.  It was rather refreshing, seeing in her action, making a mess! She created some beautiful little vintage buttons, dusted in pearlised lustre, cascading down a two tiered, iced sponge. See her in action below...

Also, I attended a masterclass on cake sculpting and airbrushing. With my birthday being this week, I have asked for a Dinkie Doodle, pink of course, airbrush. I am so excited and sat on the front row in the class, so I got the first go making swirls and testing the machine. With a little practice, to make perfect, I can imagine this to be one very exciting venture! Take a look at the amazing ice cream cake below...

I came home with a wealth of knowledge and online offers, contacts and a hell of a lot of free goodies. I bought a range of new sugarpaste colours, floral paste and modelling chocolate. Invested in some tylo powder to stiffen fondant, which is fantastic for home made petal paste, and a collection of new painting and sculpting utensils. 

Below is a picture of one of my favourite cakes on the day...

I thoroughly enjoyed the Cake & Bake show and would recommend it to any cake or food fanatic, whether at hobby/interest level or professional. There is always new stuff to buy and to learn. My aim is to have my cakes on their beautiful catwalk next time round, so watch this space. Onwards and upwards!

Keep calm and share your experiences...

Love, as always, 


Nom nom nom...

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Courtesy Catch Up...I've Missed My Foodie Fanatics!

Evening my beautiful foodies, 

Long time no blog. I know, I know, it is shocking! It has been a rocky few months of up and down, cakespiration and life evaluation, but I am back and fingers crossed, I am here to stay. You guys voted for more foodie tips, lets share! Caketastrophies to fabulous successes, sharing is caring and food is love.
Me, little miss piggy in Costco!

The past few months I have been tested a little, I've tidied my cupboards (hooray!), experimented with new sugar craft designs, invested in new tools and written my first few press pieces, about myself! It has been a total rollercoaster. I visited the fantastic Cake & Bake Show, in Manchester, buying my body weight in sugarpaste and attending tutorials, with a blog soon to follow, including tips, and was invited to my first press product launch, in LONDON! An amazing, new, delicious product - stay tuned for the blog!
Dragons & Bears...

My tidy cupboards!

I completed another order, with a request for cats, furniture and eyebrows - on a cupcake! Made me smile and the clients were very happy! Take a peek below...

And some little mini cupcakes for my fellow Brand Booster Bitesize Course finale...

Not forgetting Mother's Day...

Family of chocoholics...if you hadn't guessed!

In addition, this month I had my first official photo-shoot and pictures taken for the paper! I wasn't looking my finest, having eaten some beautiful Easter treats from Hotel Chocolat (pictured below). I tried a Salt and pepper chocolate - mind blowing, but obviously delicious! The official pictures and newspaper story will be online soon!

 Hotel Chocolat Egglet Bliss!
Paint the roses red <3

My Nan's traditional chocolate yogurt cake! Recipe soon to be in Sheffield Papers!

Sadly, this month saw the tragic and sudden passing of the beautiful Gabi Smith, aged 12. I have been fortunate to work with her amazing, strong mother Faye and spent time with Zach, her brother and her. After the initial guilt, the amazing funeral and the heartfelt send off, with balloons, Faye & Zach are sure she is partying in heaven, with her earthly and heavenly father. I made chocolate cake, Gabi's favourite, to celebrate her wonderful life. Rest In Peace Precious Gabi <3

More to come my sweets! Keep posted, as things are hotting up in the Red Velvet kitchen.

Love and warm wishes this cool spring,

J xox