Having taken part in the cover reveal for this book and then met the lovely Daisy at the Edinburgh Authors and Bloggers get-together in June I was thrilled to have the opportunity to host her on my blog. Due to my own personal circumstances this post is a little later than planned but well worth a look despite this. Enjoy!
“When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cake!”
I’m an avid baker. One of the best parts of researching my brand new novel – When Only
Cupcakes Will Do – was experimenting with new recipes and exotic ingredients. A rainy
afternoon spent in the kitchen, elbows deep in flour and sugar, brings back many happy
childhood memories of doing exactly the same thing with my grandma during the school
holidays. My sister and I would stand on a little wooden stool mixing, stirring and beating –
and then came the best bit – being allowed to lick the bowl. Are we even allowed to do that nowadays?
Whenever I indulge in a baking session in my own kitchen now, the fragrance of warm
caramel and melted chocolate sends my thoughts zooming back to those carefree times of
butterfly buns and jam tarts made from left-over pastry from my grandma’s apple pies that
she made with fruit from the garden.
For When Only Cupcakes Will Do I tested out a more contemporary selection of cupcakes
such as coconut flavoured sponge with chunks of dried pineapple topped with rum-infused
buttercream, raspberry cakes with prosecco icing and edible petals and blackcurrant
sponges with vodka-tinged toppings. I also experimented with a twist on the carrot cake
recipe and made beetroot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – a sort of red velvet
version. I wasn’t sure about those, but they still disappeared within minutes of coming out
of the oven. There’s never a shortage of willing samplers in my house!
As the main character, Lucie Bradshaw, is an Italian pastry chef by profession I also had to
create a number of Italian desserts, so I called in the experts – my friends Gino and Kate. My favourite was Cannoli – a thin, crispy shell made by wrapping the biscuit around a broom
handle – crammed to bursting with sweetened ricotta cheese which can be flavoured with
whatever takes your fancy. I added fresh cherries and white chocolate chips to mine.
If I haven’t already whet your appetite here’s a lemon drizzle cake that’s just come out of the oven.
Fancy a slice?
The delightfully heartwarming romantic comedy from Daisy
When life gives you lemons, make lemon-drizzle cupcakes…
Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she
accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…
Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness?
Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!
Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…
Many thanks to Daisy for lovely, mouth-watering post. When Only Cupcakes Will Do is out now as an ebook and can be purchased here.