Bake me something with Apples


My story starts with apples & some very unexpected pears.

I have in my garden a somewhat misshapen apple tree, variety unknown. Possibly, maybe Pink Sparkle? The apples it produces are very special, they have pink & red speckled flesh & every year, as Autumn approaches I get excessively excited at the prospect of their harvest. I’m not alone in this, it’s a family thing now, when it’s time to harvest, sheds are clambered on, squirrels are dueled with to get every single last one of these beauties. And there’s a waiting list of people wanting them… Hmmm…

This year to add to the excited, the pear tree has put forth some joyous bounty, something so rare, it’s only ever happened once since we became custodians of this miniature orchard. There were 8 at last count. but curiously there seems to be a few missing. More curious still was finding the very top & stem of a pear outside my French doors one day last week. I’ve either got squirrels with a twisted sense of humour (which would not surprise me) or invaders of the more human variety, either way, pear scrumpers! How very dare they!

There’s been a steady stream of windfalls this week, although some are beyond help, given they’ve bounced off the shed, the wall, possibly the back of the Mini, maybe the back of the house & then unceremoniously smashed onto the path, not even the squirrels want them. The rest have used for cake.

The problem I had though was which recipe.

I have I would say, the best part of 50 cook books, this is not a confession by any means, one should never feel the need to confess to owning large numbers of books in my humble opinion, especially in areas of interest. I feel the same about shoes too but that’s a whole different story! Getting back to cook books, I know I had a recipe for apple cake, for an 8″ tin, with sultans & wholemeal flour but could I find it? Well no…

I looked through my favourite – go to books , you know , Mary, the WI, Julia Duff, a few recipes but not the one I was looking for.

I looked through the files of my own recipes … Nothing

I even looked at Delia…. Zilch

We needed Apple Cake so I settled for a Dorset Apple cake recipe, very nice I’m sure but not the one I knew I had. Got distracted, had to make tea, apples were tucked up for the night.

But in the morning, something very odd happened.

I’ve been extensively sorting out cupboards (which boardly speaking covers the entire house). I was looking through a load of paper work, all sorts of stuff, pirate maps, children’s painting, drawings, birthday cards, coloured in table clothes, you know the usual stuff & there right at the back was a recipe I’d written years ago, for Apple cake.in the back of a box I hadn’t looked at in years. It was the one I was looking for… Spooky…

It was a sign, well a recipe, so I made it!

Really need to read through new/old recipes before I make something, although some of my greatest mistakes have some of best discoveries, but perhaps not this time…

Windfall apples for some reason tend to be on the small side at the moment, & complete buggers to peel, de-seed & chop. Note to self, maybe wait for larger apples. No just make the cake, MAKE THE BLINKIN CAKE!!!!

 

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Gathering of ingredients
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Pink Sparkle flesh chopped
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All battered up & ready to pop in the oven
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A very tense & impatient 2 hours later…

And the we wait… for what seems like ages…

So whilst we wait a little natter. Something that has happened a fair bit over all the time I’ve been baking is people asking for my recipes.  I must admit it’s not something I normally do, although I am always surprised & deeply flattered.

There’s lots of reasons why I don’t.  And you can ask any baker who has spent time developing their recipes, sometimes for months, sometimes years, that it’s very precious to them, something they have worked hard to create, to improve upon time & time again, to ultimately to perfect. I feel a little bit like that. I’m extraordinarily proud of the recipes I’ve developed over the years, my lovely lemon drizzle, my delicious chocolate sponge, & particularly my gingerbread recipe. I do get laughed at because they’re top secret & believe me they are! Especially the gingerbread but there is an other reason.

What if I’ve not written it right, what if I do something I’ve not written down, what if it ALL GOES WRONG!!! Now that, that is quite a scary prospect for me.

So for the time being, unless I write a book, of course, it will all remain quite secret! Well the bit I can remember because that’s how secret some of my recipes are, even to me!!!

Anyway, on with the cake. It’s cooled enough to cut, well not quite but I’ve waited long enough! I do my usual ‘hmmm, not quite right, needs more this, less of that, not quite sure it’s perfect’ make notes, eat another slice (bakers privilege) to just be sure.

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Morish, & moist!
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Just one more slice

Make another tomorrow.

And just to clarify & again in no way is this a confession but 50 cook books was a little on the slim side of things… Roughly.. er.. 128…

My name is Nokomis, I am CocoaNoko & I AM addicted to books!

 

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Christmas Treacle Market Part 1


Christmas is coming

 

So it’s the first Festive Treacle Market on Sunday, how wonderful!! That means 2 chances at getting your mittens on some rather wonderful festive fare, heaps of treasures, cart loads of beautiful pressies, there’ll be festive music, a carousel & oh so much more! But to keep your spirits up & your energy levels high you’ll some to keep you going, which brings me neatly to this months menu!

 

So it’s going to be busy & if you see something you fancy but aren’t planning to get to the market till later, you can reserve your order, so you don’t miss out! email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk or message me on Facebook, easy peasy! (I don’t get much in the way of signal at the market so best to reserve your goodies before midnight Saturday)

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

Cosy Spicy Apple & Cinnamon – Moist & Spicy sponge with spicy warm buttercream with suitably Christmas shapes Cinnamon 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 Vanilla biscuit!

Christmas Trees – Decadent Chocolate Sponge with perfectly poised Christmas Tree Buttercream & Sparkly Sprinkles!

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

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 – 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, bright & early!!!

 

 

Last bit of Summer… Let’s celebrate the Treacle Market way!


 

It’s alreadyAutumn beginning to feel like Summer has slipped away & Autumn is forcing its way in, causing all sorts of niggling & unrest. I mean there we were, enjoying blue skies, balmy days & balmy nights, bbqs & evening drinks on the terrace, & suddenly it’s Autumn! Don’t get me wrong, I love Autumn, all those magnificent colours, comforting plates of food, cosy nights in by the fire, but I just wasn’t ready to give up the summer dream… And apart from anything else, it’s still August, technically a summer month for goodness sake! It is pleasing to see the shops are still attempting to sell summery products though, bbq charcoal, not a hint of Christmas just, I don’t think they’d dare just yet! (Yes, I did write the ‘C’ word, couldn’t help myself!)

So I was thinking that, despite the turn in the weather, we’d have one last summery blowout & celebrate all this summer this August Treacle Market! The last Sunday of the Summer hols, & given the bank holiday just gone was a bit limp, then I see no reason to not be summery! (I may consider hunting out the snowboots, you know, just in case…). And anyway, September & October are going to exciting months for CocoaNoko Makes, this feels very much like the calm before the storm!

So what have we got for you, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, definitely rich, dark chocolate ganache (one good thing to come out of the cooler weather, don’t you agree!!!) a little something for our gluten free friends & not forgetting those addicted to lemon drizzle! A little something for everyone!

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

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, Gingrebread priced individually.

SUMMER SPECIALS

WIMBLY WOMBLES – Fresh British Strawberry & Vanilla sponge with lashings of Vanilla Buttercream topped with delicious Strawbs!

RASPBERRY RUMBLES – Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with Vanilla buttercream, dark chocolate & raspberry drizzle

LEMON QUEENIES – Lush lemon sponge Mini Vicki Sponage, with Lemon Curd & lemon Buttercream – Lemon Heaven

BLACK MACCFOREST – Deliciously Chocolaty sponge with Morello Cherry centre, rich Vanilla buttercream topped with dark choc & a cherry!

SUMMER FUN CAKE – A  little surprise perfect to celebrate the end of the holidays

Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!
Anyone for a Wimbly Womble, Summer Strawb!

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!

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

FAIRY CAKES

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 – 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!

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

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

The perfect tonic for a rough day...
The perfect tonic for a rough day…

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!

Infamous  & Luscious Lemon Drizzle

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  Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

Love is all around & made of gingerbread…

SEE YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!

Treacle Market is 4!! Let’s have CAKE!!


I’ve analyzed the weather forecast for Sunday’s Treacle Market & it’s not looking to shabby, not too hot, which is great for deeply dark chocolate ganache covered fairy cakes, they’re such delicate creations you know, but very naughty so we definitely need those, not to mention all the other not quite so naughty cakes available, we need those too! There looks likely to be a slight breeze & some cloud cover, all shaping for a nice day for ambling round the best market there is. You’ll all be there of course, because it’s treacle Market’s 4th birthday, party time, & of course CAKE!! So break out the party poppers, don your party hats, put a spring in your step & grab your Treacle Trolley, it’s going to WILD!

Right then, here’s the menu, as usual you can send me a message to reserve yours, which is sometimes quite a wise thing to do as they go-go-go!

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

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. 

SUMMER SPECIALS

WIMBLY WOMBLES – Fresh British Strawberry & Vanilla sponge with lashings of Vanilla Buttercream topped with delicious Strawbs!

RASPBERRY RUMBLES – Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with White chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate & raspberry drizzle

LEMON QUEENIES – Lush lemon sponge Mini Vicki Sponage, with Lemon Curd & lemon Buttercream – Lemon Heaven

BLACK MACCFOREST – Deliciously Chocolaty sponge with Morello Cherry centre, rich Vanilla buttercream topped with dark choc & a cherry!

Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!

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 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 – 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 serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

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

Fairy Cakes Galore!

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!

Infamous  & Luscious Lemon Drizzle

MORSELS

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

I Should Coconut Macaroons!

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

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

It's all about the buttons in Macclesfield!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

I’m not completely obssessed with cake you know, chocolate has it’s place & currently mint choc cones cornettos thingys from Sainsburys, life savers as far as I can see. My love for gingerbread is legendary too, & I do have a soft spot for proper old mini’s too….

Barnaby Festival (I may even wear a Hat) Treacle Market!!


It’s been a fabulous start to the Summer with Barnaby Festival kicking off in Macclesfield these last few weeks! There’s still an awful lot of things to see & do before the amazing festival closes on Sunday Night! Highlights so far have been the brilliant ‘Industry’ Parade on Saturday; amazing floats, toetapping music, visionary costumes & masses & masses of happy Parading folk (including me!)! It’s rumoured to have been The Biggest Parade ever! I like that!

Treacle Market Paraders! Thanks to Macclesfield Physio Pilates for use of this Excellent photo!
Treacle Market Paraders!
Thanks to Macclesfield Physio Pilates for use of this Excellent photo!

Other highlights have been Morella, Passages from a Gothic Opera at the hauntingly beautiful King Edward St Chapel, it was phenomenal! Given this is essentially a working project it really was fantastic & I cannot wait to see this again & possibly again! Tim Peaks Diner was great too, live music, great food & incredible atmosphere, & then there was Acoustic Sanctuary,  intimate, yet astounding gig with Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) & Stephen Morris (New Order – Macclesfield born & bred no less!) or so I’m told, sadly I didn’t get to go to this….The less said the better … Moving on.. So the Big Weekend was truly Big! I fear I may run out of superlatives to describe how amazing it actually was! I felt like I was on holiday, the sun shone, the atmosphere all over town was perfectly brilliant & I am in awe of the team who have created such a fantastic, fun filled, phenomenal festival! Hats off to you all!

Luckily for us all, there’s still a lot more to be packed into this weekend with the Music Fringe kicking off around town in all the superb pubs & bars – who needs Glastonbury! And then there’s Treacle Market, perfectly positioned & timed for you to forage & gather all the your favourite Treacle Treat to round off an truly spectacular fortnight of cultural fun!  Baskets, bags & Treacle Carts at the ready!!

Treacle Market!
Treacle Market!

Which invariably & inevitably brings your attention to Cake!! particularly CocoaNoko Cake of course! I shall be shamelessly tempting you with my wares on Castle St, who can resist!! See you on Sunday!

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. 

SUMMER SPECIALS

WIMBLY WOMBLES – Fresh British Strawberry & Vanilla sponge with lashings of Vanilla Buttercream topped with delicious Strawbs!

RASPBERRY RUMBLES – Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with White chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate & raspberry drizzle

LEMON QUEENIES – Lush lemon sponge Mini Vicki Sponage, with Lemon Curd & lemon Buttercream – Lemon Heaven

BLACK FORESTY – Deliciously Chocolaty sponge with Morello Cherry centre, rich Vanilla buttercream topped with dark choc & a cherry!

Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!
Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!

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 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 – 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

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

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

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

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

Fairy Cakes Galore!
Fairy Cakes Galore!

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!

Infamous  & Luscious Lemon Drizzle
Infamous & Luscious Lemon Drizzle

MORSELS

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

I Should Coconut Macaroons!
I Should Coconut Macaroons!

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

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

It's all about the buttons in Macclesfield!
It’s all about the buttons at Blue Buttons!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

Happy May Treacle Market!


IMG_0319It’s the final Bank Holiday of May, it’s the start of Whit Week & that means Spring Half Term! Holidays for the children & hibernation time for me!! I’m hoping the weather will hold, well one can dream! Talking of weather it has been quite wonderful of late, well it has in Macclesfield which obviously pleases me no end! The grass has been trimmed to perfection & by the sounds of things over the garden fence, it’s not the only lawn being rather noisily sliced into submission! The weeding is well underway, yes yes I’m sure everyone else is well ahead in the gardening stakes, producing veg & fruit in abundance already by now, well, good for you, I’m more the trim things when they a)get in the way, b)if they cause me a problems or c)try to garrote me, kind of gal, nature as nature intended. I definitely not the type to trim the lawn with nail scissors unlike some people I could mention. However I do dream of a little veg patch but I’m planning to do that next year, again… Or maybe the year after, well one day, I’m ever hopeful. . .

So that’s the lawns sorted (oh how posh, the lawns, really it’s just 2 patches of grass which is mostly moss & if I’m honest it’s not actually my job, I delegate this one to the boys… The lawn mover has wheels…) The laurels have been tamed(ish), they certainly don’t tower as much, so lots more lovely sunshine rains down on our little patch. I’ve been waging war on the suspiciously abundant dandelion too. Is it just me or is there a veritable riot of these much maligned weeds this year? They appear to be EVERYWHERE! (I cannot be blamed for this, I’m not one of those urban jungle gardeners, well not recently, there was one summer where I may have been a little generous with some poppy seeds, but nobody can prove anything & the less said the better…) Anyway, getting back to the dandelions, specifically in my garden, specifically you understand (what the wind does is none of my business), I see them more of a semi-cultivated crop, given we have a pair of particularly cute & characterful but essentially greedy pair of bunnies living with us, a win win situation don’t you think?

All this talk of gardening has made me feel a little peckish. What would be nice now would be a nice pot of tea & a small(ish) cake, but alas, the cupboard is bare, not even a crumb… Good job it’s Treacle Market this then! I’ve heard on the grape vine that this month, the Market will be even bigger & even better! Is that possible? Too blinkin right it is! It’s going to be rather smashing you know! So wend you way from the Market Pace, pop along Chestergate, scoot though the Grovensor Centre to Castle St, pop by my stall (of course!!), mooch down Mill St, all the way down to Exchange Square! You’re going to need lots of bags, baskets, trugs, small suitcases or even trailers, it’s going to be AMAZING!! Which brings me neatly & inevitably to my proposed menu! Here we go!

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

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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 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 – 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

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

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

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

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 & Dinosaurs

Hearts & Flowers Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

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

* (Please note morsels are created in an environment where nuts, wheat products, dairy products & eggs are present)

 

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.)

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.)

Tempting Treats for January Treacle


It’s been a while since I devised a Treacle Market Menu, the last one was back in August! Far too long in my opinion but better late than never & it’s so good to be back!

I’ve deliberately gone for a smaller menu for my first trip back, didn’t want to over do things and all that!  However, I think there’s something for nearly everyone, including copious amounts of my Luscious Lemon Drizzle, always a firm favourite! And the good news is this gorgeous cake is going to be created with some very exciting flavour combinations over the coming year! Definitely watch this space, I can’t wait, I do LOVE this cake!! There’s also an abundance of Gingerbread this month, with a small nod to the imminent arrival of Valentine’s Day! Life would not be the same without Heart Shaped Gingerbread Lollies would it! And never fear there will also be abundance of the very popular Gingerbread Moustaches!  I really must get Fred the Head to model some more of the designs for me! ! ! There’ll also be 2 Gluten Free creations too, ‘Simples’ & ‘Double Trouble’, you really can’t tell the difference!!

I guarantee each & every morsel will be delicious, possibly even more so, as that lovely phrase declares – ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ & the taste buds too!

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! 

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

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, wrap up warm & shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

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

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!

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!

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

Chocolate FlutterByes – 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)

Victor 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!

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!!

Small  Hearts – 50p each, 3 for £1.40

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

M0ustaches – 30p each or 5 for £1.40

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

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