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!


Jessica

xox

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Monday, 23 June 2014

APP REVIEW: Urbanspoon


Hey foodies, 

So recently I have been trying a few new foodie apps and looking forward towards the 2014/15 food app trends. In May, Urbanspoon launched and as far as I am aware, it is doing really well and to be honest, I was impressed too!

I really enjoyed trialling this app and also cannot wait to try it out in New York, this coming August. The app tracked my location and brought up all the local eateries in the local vicinity and as recently I lived temporarily in London and then came back up to Sheffield - it has been really useful!

You can browse restaurants by cuisine, dining time of day or price and there are selected picks of the “hottest in London”, “Nearest You”, “Celebrity Favourites”, “Bargain Gems”, “Top Picks” and “Picks from a Local”. I was able to view nearly all the restaurants within walking distance and plan for dining out experiences at places rated by professionals and locals. I think this is a really important feature, especially for places out of the capital, like Sheffield, as people tend to stick to chain restaurants, as it is what they know and it is such a shame!



 This app opens up a wide variety of choices for people to see reviews and recommendations of people who live in the area, encouraging people to choose more local, independent restaurants and cafes, which are fantastic and potentially better than chain restaurants, using fresh, local produce. I felt a lot safer choosing a new location, knowing it had been rated and reviewed by others in my position and felt more comfortable exploring the less established eateries in the area. 

My only difficulty was browsing other city locations, other than the one I am currently in. I wanted to be able to plan ahead for places in New York for example, before I get there. I think this is something that could be worked upon and may be a future feature, as the app is taking on more and more restaurants each day, adding to a vast catalogue of eateries around the world. 

I think this app has fantastic potential and cannot wait to take it over seas! It is FREE to download so check it out foodies!


Keep calm and get your Urbanspoon on.

Love, 

Jess xo

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Embarking on an American Dream

Hey foodies,

So the big day has come and today sees me jet to the USA for 8 weeks to teach culinary arts. After completing a course at Leiths last summer, I applied for the role with camp leaders and got accepted in January. How time flies as it's here already.

 I mean it was one of my goals...

I wanted to have the experience of a lifetime. To let you into my life a little more, I am the kind of person who likes to plan ahead and this was always on my to do list. People say that to...



I wanted to see a little more of the world and because I love teaching and sharing my knowledge, I wanted to share my passion for food with the kids overseas. I know in my heart that teaching in the traditional sense of the word, like state education, is not for me but I still wanted to exercise my desire to preach about the wonders and delights of fresh food and cooking. I also understand that after I get into a great job, I wouldn't be able to leave it for travel at a later date. This seems like the best time for me.

I kind of know in the short term where I am going, what my aims are and how I NEED food to be a huge part of my life, as it is what make me happy. But long term...


And being on my way is good enough for me! Trying to keep my passion at the heart of what I do, I know I will enjoy the journey and even more the unknown destination.

As mentioned above, I have been organised enough to set up a series of blogs for whilst I am away, so please don't be shy and keep in touch! I am taking a break from cake orders, clearly, whilst I am abroad, but I will be back in action on my return. To sweeten you guys up for my plans in September, I will also be sharing a few tasty treats on here, with the recipes to get your tantalise those tastebuds of yours!

As my old boss used to say...


So I will see you properly on the other side! 

Keep calm and lets get busy baking the dream.

Love, as always,

Jess

xox




Tuesday, 17 June 2014

It's My BIRTHDAY and I'm gonna BAKE!

So this May was my 21st birthday and being a big baker, I had to make my favourite! No two guesses needed that I'm a chocoholic, so check out my three layer sponge with white chocolate ganache filling and dark chocolate ganache coating. Not forgetting the homemade chocolate truffles dusted in bitter cocoa.








It was a huge hit - what do you think? Slices were pretty big! It was nice to have a relaxing bake on my birthday and it turned out pretty smooth too.


Let me know what your perfect birthday cake would be? If you're lucky I may knock up a few tutorials for you cheeky bakers with the best ideas!


Keep calm and cake on!

Love,

Jess xo

Monday, 16 June 2014

A Busy Bloggers Apology...

Afternoon my lovely foodies,

Just a little apology from me, for my lack of loving over the past few months. University intervened with assignments, exams and then work got intense too! I have scheduled a series of blogs for the coming months, so I am sure not to disappoint you with plenty of cake pictures and a few cheeky recipes. So promise to keep your eyes peeled...

Keep calm and keep on cooking.

Love,

Jess <3