Curveballs…


As life throws you curveballs every now & again, adjustments in that life are inevitable. Life goes on but in different directions, not always how you envision.  
But there are always silver lining, little rays of sunshine, new opportunities, new skills explored. For me, cake & baking was my world & now it’s not. It’s ok, I miss my stall at Treacle Market, I miss making luscious cupcakes & gingerbread for Plums Kitchen, but it’s ok. Life goes on, new adventures, new opportunities, new perspective.  

I miss tempting you all with the treats I made, of the kitchen messes & disasters, of stuff. I like writing about stuff & I LOVE taking photos of things, so I’m going to bring it here, share with you the things I like, things I think you’ll find interesting, stuff that’s useful – or not! Gardens, flowers, cake, pie, absolutely no cat videos under any circumstances, & cake. Maybe chocolate, for medical reasons & the odd obscure brew, & sailing or the view I get of sailing which if I’m honest isn’t as much fun as you’d think, but it’s gets you out & about. 

So new adventure…… With cake…. Anyone up for that??


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So Long GBBO, Thanks for the Memories


I’m genuinely sad The Great British Bake Off has finished now. It does irritate me sometimes & I don’t think I’m alone in that, but at the end of the day there’s a prolific love of baking oozing from this programme, which I personally love. You can’t beat a lovely well executed home made Victoria Sponge with or without buttercream, so much better than supermarket bought.

I think though it’s left the BBC on such a high, inspiring us all to bake more, bake better & be creative, which I think is a fabulous legacy!

This all sounds very final, & I know it’s not but without Mel, Mary & Sue, it’s just going to be a collapsed pavlova…

Perhaps it will be fine when it goes to Channel 4, it will definitely be different, no question there…. But it won’t be the same.

Let’s just wait & see what the BBC will bake up for us next. We all surely need new branded bakeware.

Well, enough sadness, I’ve a crate load of apples To bake into something! Apples pies, apple crumble, apple sauce, apple filling for apple pies & apple crumble. I may just need another freezer…

Waters New



I’ve not posted here since Christmas sadly. There’s been a lot less baking going on since then too unfortunately but I’ve been busy – sort of!

To document this new busyness I’ve started a new blog – Tales from a Sailors Mum just for fun like but you never know where words will take in my experience.

So please take a look, you may just be mildly amused! 

https://talesfromasailorsmum.wordpress.com/about/

❄️❄️❄️ Christmas Treacle Market Part 2 – The Finale!! ❄️❄️❄️


Christmas is Coming

As I write this I’m watching  Morcombe & Wise Christmas Special, kipper ties, wide lapels & Des O’Conner, oh & Angela Rippon now, its definite throw back to the 70’s, (not that I remember the 70’s of course, I’m purely guessing here you understand…) Either way, it definitely means Christmas is almost here! It’s very nearly almost time to hibernate & I really cannot wait!! But before all that (&  several more vintage Christmas Special of years gone by), there’s the very serious  business of the final, the very best till last, the amazing finale of the year, the last Treacle Market of 2014 & it’s going to be MAGNIFICENT!! It will be a perfect ending to a very busy year! So you’d best get out the trundles & trollies, bags & baskets, & fill your boots, you’re going to need it!

So if you’ve not been before & you’d like a heads up to Magnificent Stalls & local businesses (obviously I include myself in this list!) here’s a few of my absolute favourites!!

❄️ On Chestergate there’s the wonderful treasure trove that is Deja Vu! It’s a shop full to the brim with the curious, the gorgeous & the must haves, but hands off the cake plates – they’re ALL MINE!!! Mwhahahahaa!

❄️ Next is the wonderful Fudge Box to be found on Castle St, you’ll get the most amazing Cheshire fudge, the a tasty gift for Christmas!

❄️ The best Cafe by far is Plums Kitchen on the Market Place (opps the Library), the best food in Macclesfield in my honest opinion & they currently have the cutest Gingerbread House that ever was! (Ok, I admit to being utterly biased but it is cute don’t you think!!)Home Sweet Gingerbread Home

❄️ My lovely friend Doodle Lou is so very talented & she has a stall along with other very talented artists/designers, just out the entrance to the Grosvenor Centre, beautiful, quirky jewelry , cards & gifts!

There are so many more wonderful business I could go on all day & night & longer, but a few to look at anyways!

Right then.. CAKES!!!!!!

So Fairy Cakes & morsels are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00, gingerbread priced individually.

FESTIVE FARE

St Clements Cake – Oranges & Lemons – lovely zesty sponge with

Cosy Spicy Apple & Cinnamon – Moist & Spicy sponge with delicate vanilla buttercream dusted with cinnamon & a Christmas shaped Gingerbread Biscuit!

 Orange, Chocolate & Cinnamon – The King of the Christmas Menu, Zesty, aromatic & utterly Wonderful!

Mince Pie Cake – Warm & spicy Mulled spice & Mincemeat Christmasy Sponge – Christmas Perfection!

Vanilla & Nutmeg – subtly Spiced & slightly exotic – delicately flavoured buttercream – topped with perfect Gingerbread biscuit!

Christmas Trees – Decadent Chocolate Sponge with perfectly poised Christmas Tree Buttercream & Sparkly Sprinkles! (Natural food colouring)

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!

Doodle Lou’s Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, Vanilla buttercream & dusted with golden caster sugar! NEW!!!

FAIRY CAKES

Karl’s Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of dark chocolate & caramel

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

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake– Sticky toffee sponge with oodles of dates, liberally swirled with crunchy 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

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

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

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

ChoccyCaramel Cake – Moist chocolate sponge, a centre of creamy caramel, topped with Vanilla Buttercream & oodles of chocolate & caramel drizzle!

SLICES 

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

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

Batty Battenburg – Gorgeously moist almond sponge with oodles of raspberry jam & cosily wrapped with marzipan

Sticky MaccTreacle Cake – Deeply dark treacly, orange & ginger cake, utterly gorgeous!

MORSELS

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

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Best recipe ever!! 50p each!

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 Festive Mittens that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches, & Baubles 

Christmas Tree Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, a Very Merry Christmas to you All!

A Very Merry Christmas

 

 

Change is as good as a rest!


There’s lots going in the back ground at the moment, all things to improve CocoaNoko Makes, it’s quite exciting! The website is having an overhaul, new logo, & new tempting cakes to make you ooo & ahhhhhh & lots more! So please bare with me as I sort all this out! You can still order in the meantime, email me at cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk You can still purchase cakes & bakes at the following outlets in Macclesfield, Plums Kitchen on the Market Place, Serendipity on Chestergate & Food4MaccDirect online. Not forgetting Treacle Market of course!

Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the next Treacle Market, Sunday 31st August on Castle St, Macclesfield, it’s going to be amazing!

Upcycle a chair!


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ArtSpace has been donated a number of fine chairs, which we are offering for sale at £25 each. The frames are in good condition, but the fabric is slightly faded in places. However, see picture for how good they can look once recovered! Our friend Jennie Gaywood has done a fantastic job of giving this one a new lease of life: “2 1/2 metres fabric, a staple gun and a curved needle and thread. Lots of pins and a few hours of toil whilst watching Wimbledon, hay presto ! A new chair!”

Anyone like to have a go at doing their own? The chairs are on display (and on sale) at ArtSpace.

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Lane Cake


This sounds AMAZING!!! Perfect summer treat, I may just have to try this one out! Any takers for the taste testing team?

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Lane Cake

Wotchers!

This is my End-Of-Term post for 2014, before taking a short break over the summer to do Stuff™, and so I have chosen a cake that has been on my ToDo list for many a moon.

This is Ms Emma Rylander Lane’s Prize Cake, with which she was declared champion at the Georgia State Fair, Columbus in 1898. It is also the cake immortalised in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. When the novel’s narrator, Scout Finch, described the celebrations for the arrival of her aunt Alexandra, she declared:

Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny[1] it made me tight.

Miss Maudie later decides that a Lane Cake is in order when a neighbour is hurt on the night Miss Maudie’s house catches fire.

“Mr. Avery will be in bed for a week – he’s right stove up. He’s too old to do things…

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Summer Holiday Art and Craft Workshops


Macclesfield Community ArtSpace................................Charity No. 1153606

Summer Holiday Art and Craft Workshops @ ArtSpace

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th July,

10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm:  The Morning sessions will be more suitable for 5 to 11 year olds and the afternoon sessions for those over 11.  Children under 11 and those who might need assistance should be accompanied by an adult.

printing blocks

juggling balls
braclets???????????????????????????????

The workshops are Free however we would appreciate a small donation to cover the cost of materials.

Lift available for those who cannot use the stairs.

Contact Jane on 07709591703 or  janemhowie@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.

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