Happy 2016! This year I want to try my hand at different things and find creativity in new forms. My sister is an avid baker, always creating delightful
cakes. So, what better place to try something new, than in the kitchen? I would love to say my culinary expertise extended to cooking, as well as
tasting. Alas...it doesn't. When I told her that I intended to bake some cakes, there was a 'that'll be the day' expression. That day had arrived, where
it was time to get the ingredients, pots and pans out! Let's get baking.
I started by measuring flour and ingredients with precision. I soon realised it was a little more fun to be carefree with it. A splash of milk here; a
tablespoon of cocoa here! Easing myself into the new experience, I found myself mixing ingredients like colours on a palette. There's a baking
scene in Sleeping Beauty which suddenly sprung to mind. The fairy waves a wand to have the eggs dance across the table and self crack, with the
mixture whipping itself. I really could have done with that help as I reached the vigorous batter-stirring stage. Now, where did I put that wand....
Threadesses appear in cocoa powder dresses. The chocolate mix, or paint in this case, created striking silhouettes against the creamy vanilla. The
mixture trailed off the spoon, forming a wave of billowing hair. A part of me contemplated baking the cupcakes with threadesses adorning the
surface. Another part said let's continue experimenting with the design! The design was twirled for a marble effect.
There's an abundance of tempting treat recipes online, where such delectable delights are pinned for inspiration.
Freshly baked, the golden surfaces blended with cocoa swirls. The moment of truth was upon us. The cupcake connoisseur that is my sister, was
ready to sample my baking efforts. She was very excited and as soon as it touched the cooling marble, it was up in her fingers. I hadn't even had a
chance to decorate the surface. With swift movements, the case was prised away. It was a promising sign when I saw the crumbly, soft sponge
inside. Breaking a piece off, she allowed a moment before delivering a verdict. 'Hmm...' she replied, as I waited with bated breath. A big grin told me
all I need to hear! You can have you cake and eat it too.
I watched the Great British Bake Off fondly over the last series, amazed by indulgent feats created in a short period of time. I thought about how if I
was on the show, the allocated 5 hours would probably be consumed by rolling out icing! The perfectionist in me wants it to be exactly that. Yet, as I
found with baking, the joy is in seeing how something can change, not over-thinking it, and allowing ideas to take you to new places.
Will I be baking again anytime soon? Well, as much as I enjoyed having a different medium to create with, I may be hanging up the oven mitts for a
while...she said, whilst distracted by a Victoria Sponge recipe.