April Treacle Market!!!


Easter has arrived at CocoaNoko's with Bertie the Bunny hoppity skippiting all the way to Plum's Kitchen in Macclesfield!!
Easter has arrived at CocoaNoko’s with Bertie the Bunny hoppity skippity!

Well Easter has been & gone, I can’t tell if it was early or late or right on time this year. I know the school holidays were a little askew, which I admit has been a little confusing, I know I’m not the only one! I’m probably not the only one that feels a little cheated too, I mean there we were, Easter Monday, beautiful sunshine & then Tuesday all back to normal!! Just like that!!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, taking the perfectly formed shape of Treacle Market, well at the end of the week to be precise! What could be more perfect than that! Weather wise, it looks like it could be a mixed bag kind of day, a bag for your umbrella, one for you raincoat, a waterproof & sunshine proof one or two or three for your Treacle Treasures, that kind of day! I’m currently contemplating foot wear, I may just to err on the side of caution bringing out the snowboots, I do get cold feet! But then again it could easily be a flip-flop kind of day, don’t you just love the British Weather!

And so on to the cakes & bakes I have in store for you! I’ve decided to be defiantly Easteresk & use up all the mini eggs I have left, (this has the added bonus of them not be in the cupboard, calling to me & tempting me & given my weakness for all thing chocolate this has been a difficult decision, I feel most grown up!!) Talking of chocolate though, we have a new Dark Chocolate supplier, only Pure Origin Chocolate of course, another wonderful Treacle Market regular! I can think of one particular customer who will be very pleased!!!  Of course there will be the usual suspects, blatantly tempting you but there’ll also be a few specials, & may involve rhubarb as it’s in season at the moment! There will also be the most wonderful Treacle Cake, making a return! Apparently this could be better than the legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle… So I’ve told, I couldn’t possibly comment either way of course…

As for the Gingerbread, we shall be celebrating a little this month, so not only will there be the usual hilarious Moustaches & Hearts & Flower Lollies, there will some lovely crowns, a nod to ole Queenie who celebrated her 88th birthday this week & of course the Dragons are back for St Georges Day!!

ROOOAAAARRRRR!
ROOOAAAARRRRR!

Anyways, on with the Menu!!

Lots of delicious mouth-watering flavours as always, so do pop by Castle Street, on your Treacle Travels, where I’ll have my stall strategically positioned to tempt & tease. Given I’ve not been to Treacle since February I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, even more than usual! So wrap up warm & bring shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

‘First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!’

You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like!

All Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. 

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

Gluten Free Simples – Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Double Trouble – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

FAIRY CAKES

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess!

Silly Vanilly – Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Sticky Toffee – Sticky toffee sponge with oodles of dates, liberally swirled with brown sugar, toffee buttercream

Luscious Lemon – Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

I Should Coconut – Unbelievably moist Coconut Cake with lashings of Coconut Buttercream with snowy white Sprinkles!

Lemony Ginger – Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute as button Gingerbread!

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

Rhubarb & Ginger – Lightly roasted fresh British Rhubarb & ginger sponge, topped with delicious Vanilla buttercream

ChoccyCaraHoneyComb – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream & home-made honeycomb

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

  SLICES 

 £1.50 per slice (or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough!

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Sticky Treacle Cake – Delectably sticky ginger & treacle cake, with bursts of tangy orange!

Batty Battenburg – Lovely almond sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread Hearts that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches & Crowns

 Hearts & Flowers Lollies

Dragon Lollies

All Gingerbread will be priced individually!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

* (As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

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Happy Mother’s Day


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I think receiving something hand-made by my offspring for Mother’s Day is just the most precious thing. I have a box (ok maybe 2.. 3, ok a room!) brimming with hand-made creations. Beautiful cards, crazy surrealist paintings & drawings, heaps of pictures of cars & rabbits, all made just for me. Each one a nugget of love. And in turn I love them all. And just because I give the appearance of being a ‘growd up’, doesn’t mean I should stop making crazy, slightly surrealist, brimming with love creations for my Mum either. It’s something my siblings & I have always done, from things made at school when we were little nippers, to full-blown theatrical productions, my poor brother only occasionally being made to dress up as a girl. There were some very ambition projects undertaken, just for our Mum, I think she liked them…

These days I would normally bake something I know my Mum loves, and she is very much allowed to scoff whatever it all to herself but she never does, she’s generous like that. And I have to say, it’s an easy thing to do (especially when you bake for a living), but it’s not all about cake here at CocoaNoko Makes you know, especially last week! Being ill the lead up to Treacle Market & Mother’s day was not my finest moment but what can you do? Well, what I can do is make things & having a bit of time on my hands, I decided to hide away in my very neglected work room & make a little something for my Mummy for Mother’s Day. I’m glad did it, I’m very pleased with my efforts, to me it’s perfect, I know she’ll see how much she is loved.

To My amazing Mum
To My Amazing Mum

It may sound a little smug, but making your Mum happy, to show she’s loved on Mother’s Day is what it’s all about isn’t it? To each their own…

I hope Mother’s Day was a beautiful moment for all yesterday. In our busy, non-stop lives, those little moments of unconditional love make all the difference. A simple, single thoughtful gesture, that cuts through all the commercialism, through all the lifestyle pressure, time constraints, distance & family politics, can make all the difference.

So love & be loved, create, eat cake, drink tea! And stop…. Take a moment…

February Teen Treacle!!!


Love is all around & made of gingerbread...
Love is all around & made of gingerbread…

I feel like I’ve experienced a moment of déjà vu whilst I’ve been creating the menu for February Treacle Market. Here I am again, wondering what the weather will hold, still conscious I’ve not had a stall at what has become the normal bustle much love Macclesfield Market, and being slightly nervous of all of that, again!!! The weather was awful last month wasn’t it, so much weather in one day was enough to try anyone.  It was amazing to see the hardy Treaclers & stall holder braving the elements & sad to see the damage the weather took on some of the stalls, it was a brave day for all…

But it’s a new month, a month of LOVE!! Love has been all around during February around Macclesfield, thanks to the hard work of the Totally Locally Team!  Lovely Hearts of love have been popping up everything, declarations of love of all things Macclesfield! So it’s only right, logical & really about time the much loved Treacle Market returned for another outing don’t you think! Oh Treacle Market what incentives have you for us this month! Well let us count the ways! Well, there’s the amazing inaugural Teen Treacle market in St Michael’s church yard, brimming with young entrepreneurs! I’ve heard on the grape vine there’ll be  design technology students from Fallibroome Academy, showing off their skills, Macclesfield Community ArtSpace be there will some fab creative activities, the amazing Macc Youth Club will be there & Macc College! Plus all the amazing stalls with an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, clever creations, must have treasures, to die for/can’t live without artisan edibles to list but a few, something for one & all. There’ll be spanking brand new stalls, old favourites, new favourites, yet to be discovered favourites, all there to make an amazing day out, what’s not to love!

Which brings me neatly & predictably to Cake! Lots of delicious mouth watering flavours for you this month, so do pop by Castle Street, on your Treacle Travels, where I’ll have my stall strategically positioned to tempt & tease. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, wrap up warm & bring shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

‘First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!’

Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. (You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like! 

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

Gluten Free Simples – Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Double Trouble – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

FAIRY CAKES

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess!

Silly Vanilly – Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Sticky Toffee – Sticky toffee sponge with oodles of dates, liberally swirled with brown sugar, toffee buttercream

Luscious Lemon – Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

I Should Coconut – Unbelievably moist Coconut Cake with lashings of Coconut Buttercream with snowy white Sprinkles!

Lemony Ginger – Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute a button Gingerbread!

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

  SLICES 

Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! £1.50 per slice (or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

Sticky Ginger & Blood Orange – Delectably sticky gingercake, with bursts of tangy orange!

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread Flowers that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons – 50p each, 3 for £1.40

Hearts & Flowers Lollies – £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

Moustaches – 30p each or 5 for £1.40

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

* (As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

The Year that was a Rollercoaster…


It was about this time last year when I had a moment of literal fluidity, spouting all things New Year-ish, declaring how exciting the prospect of the forthcoming rollercoaster of a year that I envisioned landing on my doormat would be. Turns out it was exactly that, and more bumpy than I could ever have imagined & I am most definitely glad 2013 has almost waxed & waned its last.

But before 2013 finally chimes out to make way for 2014, I’d just like to have a nosy as some of the highlights!  Very proud to have been a small part in some spectacular events this year, very special birthdays, a wedding or two, plenty of Treacle Markets, lots & lots of Crazy Caramel Fairy cakes headed out for breakfast, dinner & tea, indeed lots & lots of cake! Quite a few little gift boxes headed over to Blue Buttons too. And then there was Barnaby 2013 of course, who could forget our magnificent Parade! So despite the moments of unimaginable sadness, unexpected illness & other such bumps, there have been some gems… And every cloud has a silver lining, including 2013.

There is another silver lining to 2013, somewhat invisible but there all the same & that’s the wonderful collection of people who have been a part of my rollercoaster year. New folks, old folks, lost & found folks, family folks & friend folks, wouldn’t/couldn’t do without folks, all cherished… To you all I wish for a prosperous, inventive, aspiring, rewarding, positive & productive 2014, may you find happiness in the weirdest of places, & as always love & be loved.

So with that I look forward to 2014, not with as much excitement as last year perhaps, I hope for the usual summer sunshine, a filing system that repels those that interfere, definitely no rollercoasters, but possibly a nice pot of tea & a slice of ever so tempting cake…

Happy, Happy New 2014 to all!

Autumn Light


Autumn

I love Autumn! It’s such an amazing season, so much change, so much colour & so much seasonal yumminess! We’ve got three pears on our tree in the ‘orchard’, 2 fruit trees make an orchard don’t they? They’re hanging on in there, it’ll be our first ‘crop’, too excited for words!  The alleged ‘Pink Sparkle’ apple tree is having an amazing year with a bumper crop, I’m growing inpatient waiting for them to be ready to pick & it seems so are the squirrels! This may be war!!  The brambles have been making a run for it, they are prolific growers are they! I thought I had it all under control, relegating it to a patch under the fruit trees, but no, they are EVERYWHERE!!! Given that my gardening ethos runs along the lines of ‘the natural look’ with the emphasis on ‘slightly wild’ it really should come as no surprise! The benefits are a bountiful crop of rather delicious blackberries!! Once again I’m thinking impossible thought of growing my own, of working the ‘land’ and the book on self-sufficiency is out again… Maybe it will get done… Maybe..

Blackberries!

The season of Autumn brings with it a change in our needs & wants with regards to food.  No more calling for refreshing salads, thoughts turn to hearty soups, veg laden stews & streaming hotpot, of crumbles & pies, syrup pudding & custard, & treacle pie & custard, of wholesome things & filling stodgy – warming, cosy comfort food & custard! And lets face it Autumn has well & truly arrived, like a switch, suddenly it was here! Cold, wet & cloudy, outdoor adventures to be rewarded with cake & hot chocolate & indulgence – it’s chilly, we need the extra calories to keep warm! Yep, of course we do…

The first crumble of the season has been made & it was divine! Apple, pear & blackberry with lashings of fresh homemade vanilla custard! It was the food of kings, with just enough let over for breakfast! The perfect amount made! I did forget the oats, but it just means I needs make it again to aim for perfection, with custard.

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The change in flavours brings about a change of menu too & I’ve been having great fun, looking for old Autumn recipes, mouth drooling as I work and now I have the daunting task of putting it all into the menu.  Simply, there’s just too much loveliness to choose from. Old favourites such as sticky toffee are back with a potentially explosive twist, apples feature hugely starting with apple & cinnamon & ending with Queenies!! And Treacle, Autumn without a mention of Treacle is just wrong! Or pumpkin! Lovely, squishy, squashy pumpkin with hints of spice! Are you drooling, you should be! I haven’t even mentioned gingerbread yet, my utter delight! I LOVE to make gingerbread, & my modest (ahem..) collection of cutters is ready & waiting to tease into fantastical shapes & things, if only for my amusement!Silly Moo

Hugely looking forward to the traditional activities, the Autumn season creates, Harvest, gathering in the fruits of our labours! So pleased to see this becoming something we talk about again.  It seems to have become something taken for granted over the years, but with the resurgence of interest in where our British food comes from, it’s logical Harvest should now get a mention! The glorious taste of carving the pumpkin, although I remember it being a swede when I was youngun! How things change! I can’t wait for Hallowe’en & Bonfire Night!! And all the food & yumminess associated with them! Glorious feast of apples & spice & treacle!! I just can’t wait!

So I will try my best, to create the best Autumn Menu I can, full of warmth & delight, of morish mmm’s, & magical morsels, perfectly resplendent in the lovely Autumn light! Ready & waiting to tempt you at Treacle Market, at this seasonal time of year!

Pumpkins

JULY Treacle Market Menu!


Luscious Lemon Drizzle

Luscious Lemon Drizzle

JULY Treacle Market Menu!

This is the intended menu for July’s Treacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday! 

FAIRY CAKES 

Gluten Free ~ Simples ~ Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Crazy Caramel ~ Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home-made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel!

Simon’s Coffee ~ Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilli ~ Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon ~ Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate ~ Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

Minty Chocolate ~ Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterBy ~ Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with chocolate secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Summer Strawbs ~ Fresh British Strawberry laced sponge with vanilla & Strawberry buttercream topped with chocolate coated Strawbs

Raspberry Rumble ~ Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with seriously gorgeous white chocolate buttercream – delish!

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle ~ The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Regal Victoria Sponge ~ layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

Batty Battenburg ~ Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons ~ Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! 

Queenie V Cakes ~ Individual Victoria Sponge Cakes with a Royal Twist of Lemon

(£1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread~- Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Prince George & the Dragon Lollies £1.50 each

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

And in honour of the new Royal Baby Prince George – Gingerbread Crowns!

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

(*Menu subject to change)

(Please note produce is created in an environment where Wheat/Gluten, Dairy & Nuts are present)

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON TREACLE SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!

Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market Menu!


Deepest Darkest Chocolate!
Deepest Darkest Chocolate!

Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market Menu!

This is the intended menu for June’s very Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday!

FAIRY CAKES 

Gluten Free ~ Simples ~ Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Crazy Caramel ~ Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel!

Simon’s Coffee ~ Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilly ~ Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon ~ Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate ~ Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

Lemony Ginger ~ Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute a button Gingerbread biscuit!

Deepest Darkest ~ Chocolate sponge with gorgeous dark chocolate ganache swirls topped with chocolate treat!

Minty Chocolate ~ Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterBy ~ Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with choclate secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Summer Strawbs ~ Fresh British Strawberry laced sponge with vanilla & Strawberry buttercream topped with chocolate coated Strawbs

Sticky Toffee ~ Seriously yum sticky toffee sponge with Treacle & brown sugar butter cream

Raspberry Rumble ~ Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with seriously gorgeous white chocolate buttercream – delish!

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Regal Victoria Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

Homely Honeyed Fruit Cake ~ Old fashioned fruity honey cake – perfect with a cup of tea!

Batty Battenburg – Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

MUFFINS

Triple Trouble Chocolate ~ Bursting with decadent Belgian Chocolate – perfect partner to a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

Strawberries & Cream ~ Summer sunshine in a muffin!

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Summer Flowers & Hearts £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal) 

Dragon Lollies £2 each

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON TREACLE SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!