Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Remember to eat lots of cake over the holidays.
Merry Christmas!
With love from The Caker xx

Monday, December 13, 2010

Strawberry Cloud Cake


One highlight from my weekend in Hawke's Bay was strawberry picking; my sister and I brought back 6kgs of 'em! There are many uses for over ripe strawberries including jam, compote, and of course strawberry cloud cake. It's a non cooked meringue cake on a base of crushed tea biscuits with cinnamon and coconut. The simmered berries are mixed with lemon juice and incorporated into the meringue which is then chilled for 4 hours. The result is a sweet and airy pale pink cloud. I actually won't be making these for orders because they are very fragile and need to be kept in the fridge until the last minute before eating. But I can provide my recipe if anyone would like to make one themselves, it makes the perfect Christmas dessert.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Caker will be away...

In Hawkes Bay for the weekend! So I won't be able to take cake orders until Tuesday.
x

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chocolate Blueberry Cake (gluten free)


This week's 'cake o' the week' was a suggestion by my most favourite cake eater Scrap Wall. It's not a combination of ingredients I would normally think of trying, but it actually works really well. The juicy blueberries complement the flourless dark chocolate cake, which still melts in your mouth but each bite has an unexpected tang. This cake is topped with a simple sprinkling of icing sugar and a handful of fresh blueberries. 

Philanthropic Baking Day

Last week I collaborated with the amazing team at Stolen Rum to make Christmas Cakes for the homeless. We hired Maincourse Kitchen and spent the entire day making 18 big fruit cakes to be cut up into slices to make some less fortunate people's Christmas a little more fortunate. It was fun and made us all feel quite philanthropic. So thanks Jamie and Caroline and all the other great bakers who helped!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mass Production

Over the next month leading up to Christmas I'm the busiest baker I've ever been. I guess that's because cakes make such great gifts - relatively short lived but immediately enjoyable. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Three-Tiered Wedding Cake

I made my first ever wedding cake this morning. It's the same recipe as my Marie Antoinette cake from a while back - three layers of lemon and raspberry cake coated with rose water icing and decorated with fresh berries, gold balls and pink sugar. I don't think I would've even attempted a traditional wedding cake with that plasticky thick white icing, so luckily this one is for a small, informal wedding at an art gallery. 
Congratulations Sarah! x

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I love Sabato

Josh from Sabato was kind enough to offer me some beautiful Valrhona chocolate products to try in my cakes. I'm going to become a wholesale member so that I can use as many Sabato ingredients as possible - after all, my motto has always been quality ingredients lead to quality cakes.
Thanks Sabato!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Strawberry and Orange Cake with Meringue Icing




I like to keep my ingredients seasonal so that my cakes are as tasty as they can be. Right now strawberries are at their peak - red, sweet and juicy, so what could be better than a cake full of them? I also added some fresh vanilla bean seeds and some orange zest to the mixture. The result is a moist and light cake with a very fruity character.

I made 2 this morning so there is one going spare if anyone would like to order it!

Ingredients:

Butter
Sugar
Organic eggs
Vanilla seeds
Flour
Orange zest
Orange juice
Strawberries

Icing:

Egg whites
sugar
Cream of tartar 




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

UPCOMING CAKE OF THE WEEK

Today is my last ever exam, so tomorrow I'll be right back into the swing of being The Caker. Since the early Summer months have brought with them sweet strawberries, I have decided to make a seasonal strawberry cake with a hint of orange blossom water and fluffy meringue icing. 
Photos and ingredients will be posted tomorrow, but email me with your orders if you like the sound of this cake. It will be a winner. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Don't Forget...

To email me with your Christmas Cake orders!
I can't wait to start baking again x

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Caker Disclaimer


This is a little disclaimer to say that for the next couple of weeks I won't be able to take any cake orders. I have my final university exams coming up, which I REALLY need to do well in. So until the 5th of November, I will be studying and you will all be working up a serious appetite for cake.


Apologies!


x Jordan



Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Cake Recipe

Check out the RECIPE for our Christmas cake...and order away!


Model Eating Cake

This is my friend Jenny Albright. She's from Alabama but lives in New York and is over here modeling. She's the sweetest thing ever and agreed to be in a minute long film that I wanted to make to put on my website, which depicts her slowly and seductively eating a massive hunk of chocolate cake. I just thought it would be funny. This is a still from the film, the finished version will be posted soon.
Thanks Adam Bryce!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

THE CHRISTMASCAKER!

So, as strange as it may seem, Christmas is just around the corner. And we all know what that means...rich, fruity, rum infused Christmas cake! My good friend Ben King who shares my passion for cooking and baking proposed the idea that we join forces to make and sell Christmas cakes together. This collaboration between his food blog (www.nevertoofulltoeat.com) and The Caker happens to be the perfect match - Ben has come up with the recipe (delicious) and I can take care of the orders and deliveries.
We want to get onto taking orders quite soon because the longer a Christmas cake is aged for, the better it becomes. So orders should be submitted by November 20th for delivery the week of December 14th. I will post more information about it soon, but for now here's an image of a trial cake Ben made yesterday.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Saturday Lunching

photo / Katherine Lowe

Chocolate Chunk and Hazelnut Cookies for Zus & Zo

I decided to go with a chunky chocolate and hazelnut cookie for Zus & Zo. They contain large segments of dark Valrhona chocolate and whole roasted organic hazelnuts; they taste like something your grandmother would've made. I went in for lunch and took a batch of them as samples for customers to try and they were all gone by the time we'd finished eating. So I'll be making cookies each week now. Please keep sending through suggestions for what I can make!


not many left

Thanks Katherine Lowe for the photos

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

COOKIES and Zus & Zo


A great new cafe has just opened up called Zus & Zo (meaning 'this and that' in Dutch). It's at number 228 Jervois Rd in a beautiful old building with big windows and wooden floors and was set up by Joost, a really cool Dutch guy who has only been here a few months. He asked me if I'd like to supply the cafe with some sweet treats and of course I said yes. But I need help with deciding what to make! What are your favourite types of cookies? It has to be something that not every other cafe in Auckland is selling as has to make everyone simply demand to have one with their coffee.

Please comment with what you'd like to see in the cookie jar!



Friday, September 24, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rose Cakes

I made these vanilla lemon cakes topped with a cloud of rose water infused meringue icing today. They're decorated with fresh rose petals, pink sugar and gold balls. Aren't they pretty!

Monday, September 20, 2010

FASHION WEEK

While fashion and cake may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, it appears that sugary indulgences are all the rage this year. The Caker has been asked to supply Emma Cruikshank's Public Library showroom with a cake a day as an alternative to goodie bags. Guests can pop in to view the beautiful clothes while eating a slice of fashion inspired cake. For Natalie Smith's So Much To Tell You and Twenty-Seven Names party, I've been asked to supply 100 vanilla baby cakes with pale pink rose water icing and there will be rose syrup infused champagne to match. How delightful!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Have you eaten enough cake this week?

If not, you know where to send your cake orders...

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Caker on TV

video

Thanks!

Top 3 Cakes

So, I've been 'The Caker' for approximately 8 months now. I still love to bake. This all started out as a little idea that grew from a particularly successful caramelised banana cake that I baked one rainy afternoon, and has grown into my absolute pride and joy. I'm still learning and practicing and experimenting, but in the not too distant future I plan to dedicate a year of my life to truly studying the art of baking. 


I'm so thrilled with the response I've gotten from all the avid cake eaters out there. Thanks to everyone who enjoys my cakes and passes on my name to their friends; I love how word of mouth spreads like wild fire in a city like Auckland. Just in case you're interested, my three most popular so far have been:


Gluten free, flourless dark chocolate cake
Pear and fresh ginger cake
Gluten and dairy free orange and almond cake (with or without figs) topped with caramelised honey almonds


You can order any of these for the month of September!



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chocolate Cake Crumbs

I love to see one of my cakes well enjoyed.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cat Cakes

An old friend Janina, who works for Universal Music, asked me to make some interesting cakes for a new club evening she's hosting. These flourless dark chocolate cupcakes are themed around the Klaxon's new album cover and hence feature this amazing astronaut cat!