I've read Julie and Julia- how hard can it be to cook your way through a recipe book? Except, that was quite difficult, if I recall. And then I looked through the archives of HeavenlyCakePlace and realised that maybe this would be a bit more challenging than baking a batch of cup cakes every week. Not least sourcing and then caramelising cacao nibs. Eeek.
And then blog about it... ideally every week or at least twice a month, after you bake. This goal from the person who has never kept an annual diary past the middle of January; who seldom comments on the myriad of blogs I lurk; who has never blogged. And I assume it would be better with some photos, artfully shot, without a backdrop of cooking detritus (must remember to clean as I go, rather than just chant it.)
Except, all this brilliant realisation was after I had enrolled to be one of the Heavenly Cake Bakers.
Given that I am not keen on failure, I have given myself a stern talking to. I have baked loads of Rose's other cakes; I have made numerous multi tiered wedding cakes; countless birthday cakes. I live in London - I can source cacao nibs (maybe not bleached cake flour - but then there is always Kate Flour). I just have to juggle my 14 month son and husband with cake baking - neither of whom will complain about cake for dinner ... again. And finally, the internet is a fantastic thing: I can figure out how to work a blog; Rose's videos are there for techniques; I can source obscure (to me anyway) kitchen kit; there are at least fourteen other Heavenly Cake Bakers doing the very same thing. Peer pressure is a powerful motivator!
How hard can it be?
THE GOAL: To bake through "Rose's Heavenly Cakes"
- You must have access to a copy of Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
- You must have a blog.
- At the beginning of each month Marie of HeavenlyCakePlace - will post the recipes that will be featured for the month. Marie will bake one per week, but you only have to agree to bake at least two a month.
- Blog posts should be posted within 24 hours of the date detailed next to the recipes list.
- If you lose the will, let Marie know so she can remove you from the list - that way, only active bakers are on the list of bloggers.
- Recipes will not be posted on the blogs since everyone will have a copy of the book. (Our photos and tales should be a well of inspiration to you to purchase Rose's book.)
Now I just need Amazon and the Royal Mail to get on board and deliver my copy of Rose's Heavenly Cakes. Now.