Another bank holiday Monday, another baking club round up! If you’ve just landed on this page and are wondering what this baking club malark is, head to the official page to read everything you need to know and sign up at the top of the page! The quick version – we are a group of cake enthusiasts who bake according to a certain theme every month and share our recipes and results with each other. This month our theme was ‘Spring has Sprung’ and luckily, for the most part at least, the weather played ball and we got some sunny weekends to make baking spring treats a little of an easier task.
I really enjoyed this month, and I think we had more contributions this time than ever before so perhaps a slighter looser theme is better to get everyone involved? For most of us it seems, spring baking centres around all things fruity, zesty and fresh and after I kicked things off with my mini lemon meringue tarts, we had everything from rhubarb cakes using rhubarb straight from the garden to ginger cheesecakes and mojito cupcakes from the rest of the group.
Seeing as I’ve chosen each month’s theme up until now, I thought I’d hand the reigns back to the club in time for June and pick one of their suggestions at random. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at all the fab bakes from the last thirty days – great inspiration for bakers everywhere!
My recipe for mini lemon meringue tarts
Lime and coconut loaf – Tolley Bakes
How good does this look? Hannah, who blogs at Tolley Bakes had a similar idea to me when it came to spring and went for the citrus flavours. This loaf is a lime and coconut – two of my favourites! Loaf cakes are so versatile, you really can switch up the flavours to anything you like and they’re also a pretty quick thing to whip up and go a long way when sliced so ideal if you are having friends over.
Mojito Cupcakes – (Hummingbird bakery recipe)
On a similar lime theme, my lovely friend Laura joined in this month with mojito cupcakes. Laura first made these for my birthday a few years ago and we’ve never stopped talking about them since – they were THAT good. So you can imagine how pleased I was when she recreated them for the club, and even more so when I saw her this weekend and she brought them with her – mmm!
Gluten free rhubarb and orange cake
Rhubarb Polenta Cake – A Lady Bakes
Rhubarb was another popular choice this month and I can see why. There’s something really homely about rhubarb and my Mum even plucked hers straight from the garden so you can’t get more ‘spring has sprung’ than that. We had a gluten free rhubarb and orange cake from Linda and a rhubarb polenta cake from Sophie, who blogs at A Lady Bakes. I’ve never tried polenta cake before but after seeing how lovely this one turned out it’s definitely on my list.
Raspberry and Almond Victoria Sponge
You can’t much more spring than a classic slab of Victoria Sponge, and this one got an upgrade with the addition of icing, raspberries and almonds. Doesn’t it look great? What a good rise. The keen baker behind this is Lyndsey and she made it as a birthday cake for her hubbie, in between feeding their new little arrival so major props to her for being a total superwoman.
Mint Choc chip cupcakes – Only Crumbs Remain
White Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes
Cupcakes are definitely a bit of a spring themed treat – perfect for picnics, afternoon teas and the ideal base for spring themed decoration. New member Angela, who blogs at Only Crumbs Remain, joined in with these sweet daisy themed mint choc chip cupcakes, and I urge you to take a look at the recipe on her blog and read the inspiration behind this bake – very sweet. White chocolate and raspberry might be two of my favourite ingredients so Cat, who baked the delicious numbers you see above, definitely had my interest peaked with those!
White chocolate and Blackberry crumble cake – The Betty Stamp
Talking of white chocolate, take a look at this whopper from Betty, who blogs at The Betty Stamp. Not only has she combined cake AND crumble but she made this masterpiece so tall it wouldn’t fit in her fridge (perfect excuse to eat it all in one sitting right). It’s three tiers of sponge with white chocolate icing and blackberry and crumble topping. I’m drooling.
Cherry Crumble – Food and Drink
A more traditional use of crumble came from Chloe, who had me the minute she posted this pic of her mini crumble baked in a tiny Le Creuset pie dish. Cherry crumble is totally an ideal Sunday pudding for me, but from now on I’m baking all of mine in individual dishes – too cute.
Nadine is a new member and kicked off her baking club adventure with a delicious cheesecake. One of my favourite desserts, there’s no doubt that cheesecake is a spring favourite. I’ve never attempted it myself, and I definitely wouldn’t have thought of ginger, so I’m adding this one to my baking to-do list promptly. If only I could just spend all day, every day baking. Sigh.
Lemon Drizzle Sponge Cake
Last, but definitely not least is another citrus number made by Natalie and doesn’t it look delicious? It’s a lemon sponge with cream cheese frosting and lemon drizzle icing – total zest fess!
What a great month huh?
So what’s next for the baking club? Well I handed it over to the club and posted in our Facebook Group asking everyone to make a suggestion. We had some really good ideas – from free from and sugar free, to Father’s Day, Wimbledon and Picnic themed, to cookies, biscuits and even bake something that begins with the first letter of your name (I liked that one!) but after picking one at random from a hat (or bowl – much more baking appropriate) the winner was…
We had a few suggestions for this theme actually so hopefully this is one that everyone can give a go. Gluten free, dairy free or sugar free – it’s a bit of a trend right now so let’s give it a go right? Look forward to seeing what you all come up with!