CHARITY EVENT: The Aga Shop

Wednesday 30th September  2015 6pm – 8 pm
The Aga Shop, Drumsheugh Place

ALL MONIES TO IT’S GOOD 2 GIVE

The Aga Shop

The Aga Shop

Summer is almost behind us and what better way to break into Autumn than eating cake for charity! Join us for another cake filled evening to support the fantastic Its Good 2 Give. This time we will be hosting the event in the Aga Shop, where we will be treated to a baking demonstration and have plenty of opportunity to chat and enjoy cake while raising money for a great local charity

HOW IT WORKS

There are 25 places available for this event, which is smaller than our usual sell out events, so don’t delay in booking your place.

As this is a charity event, we would like to ask for lovely volunteers to pledge a cake for the evening. Please let us know at the earliest what type of cake you’d like to pledge (minimum size = 8 slices). We need 10 cakes to make this evening a success.

There will be two types of tickets available for the event, an eater and a baker/eater. Each ticket will entitle you to 3 slices of cake to eat (or takeaway) from our cake menu, plus tea or filter coffee.

Baker / Eater Ticket – £10 includes entry into our raffle
Eater Ticket –  £10

Every penny goes to It’s Good 2 Give and to help out families affected by cancer.

AND THERE’S MORE…….

  • Opportunity to purchase cake – all remaining cake will be on sale near to the end of the evening. Why not buy some for your family, or treat your office colleagues the next morning? Bring a box with you to carry your cake purchases home…or in the unlikely event that you cannot eat all your three slices of cake!
  • Some great raffle prizes will be up for grabs on the evening!

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PLACE

Tickets are on sale now with ladies, gentlemen and well-behaved children welcome. Remember places are limited to 25. If the number of people requesting a place exceeds 25, a waiting list will be created.

CAKE PLEDGERS: For those who wish to pledge a cake. Email us now at – edinburghbakers (at) gmail (dot) com with the name of the cake you wish to pledge. We will then send you details on how to make payment for your ticket. Tickets must be paid for within 4 working days, otherwise we may not continue with your ticket request.

EATERS: Email us now at – edinburghbakers (at) gmail (dot) com with your full name and the number of tickets you would like. We will then send you details on how to make payment for your £10 ticket. Tickets must be paid for within 4 working days, otherwise we will let your space go.

HASHTAG

The hashtag on twitter for this event will be #agacake

Its Good to Eat Cake!

Its Good to Eat Cake!

DISCLAIMER

If you attend our event, it is your responsibility to ensure you read the label of the cake and ensure that you’re not allergic to any ingredients i.e. nuts etc. If in any doubt, please choose another cake. We have had no incidents of illness in the hundreds of cakes we’ve eaten so far.

It’s always good to eat cake, but even better when it’s for charity.

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Edinburgh Bakers at the Edinburgh Food Festival, Sunday 2nd August

Summer social and charity event at the Edinburgh Food Festival.

Sunday 2nd August, from 12 noon until we sell out!

For one day only, the Edinburgh Bakers are running a stall at the inaugural Edinburgh Food Festival in George Square (Assembly Festival venue).

The festival runs from Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August, but they’re saving the best for last as we ‘pop-up’ on the Sunday.

Entry to the Festival is FREE for everyone.

Popping up on Sunday 2nd August

Popping up on Sunday 2nd August

This is going to be a charity event (with all monies going to It’s Good 2 Give) and we would love your help to make it happen.

It will also be our summer social, so come along, meet and chat with other Bakers and of course, have some cake!

Other stalls taking part include: Well Hung and Tender, Khushi’s, Pisa Pizza and Pad BKK.

The Festival opens at 12 noon each day until the wee hours in the morning. There is also a great selection of talks to attend (free, but ticketed).

At 2pm, we will have local magician and Fringe performer, Elliot Bibby performing at our stall and he’s promised us amazing tricks with cake! We can’t wait to see what he does.

How to help

You can help in a number of ways:

1. Amateur bakers – pledge a cake. You donate a cake to us and we sell it. All monies go to It’s Good 2 Give. We are open to what you bake but we need to control how many full size cakes we have for serving up. We welcome traybakes, brownies and cupcakes too. These are easy to stack for selling. Also items like tablet and macarons.

Unless organised direct with us, we would like you to drop your baked goods at the venue at some stage between 12 noon – 4pm(ish). It means we will have a rolling cake selection to sell.

2. Professional bakers – pledge a cake. We are looking for local cafes to donate cakes to us too! You’ll get a warm and fuzzy glow knowing you’ve helped raise money for children with cancer and we’ll give you a special mention in our hall of fame. We understand you may be ‘open’ that day, but we can arrange a cake pick up in the morning.

We will be happy to display your business cards beside your bake so people know where to head for some more!

There will be two tables of cakes at the event, one clearly marked amateur and the other marked it’s been made in a certified kitchen.

3. Volunteer on the day! – We need people to help man the stall throughout the day and help give our main volunteers breaks.

4. Come and eat cake! – This is a very important role. We need people to come with their friends and family and buy some cake! Perhaps you’ve been an eater at one of our past events and aren’t so fond of baking. This role is perfect for you!

Whatever role you choose, we would love to see you at our first public event to support us and It’s Good 2 Give.

Email us

If you are choosing to pledge a cake or volunteer, please email us on edinburghbakers (at) gmail.com so we can keep an eye on how many cakes are headed our way.

If you are choosing to volunteer, please state what times you are available so we can create a rota.

Items like brownies are ideal

Items like brownies are ideal

Please note

In the event that we do not sell out of cake by the end of the evening, you are welcome to collect anything that is left of yours, or we will hand out on your behalf. We are hoping that the event is a success and the weather plays ball!

If it is a complete wash out with torrential rain, you can text us on the morning of the event to see if it’s still going ahead.  A contact number will be given in an email.

If you have any other questions about the event, please drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!

There is a Facebook event page.

The famous Malteser tray bake will be making an appearance

The famous Malteser tray bake will be making an appearance

RECIPE – Lemon Meringue Cake by Barbara Crawford

Lemon Meringue Cake

Lemon Meringue Cake

This recipe for a Lemon Meringue Cake was submitted by Barbara Crawford, who made one for our Edinburgh Larder event.  We can confirm it is very tasty and we hope she makes it again!

Lemon Meringue Cake (Cuts into 12 slices- Prep 25mins cook, 35-40 mins)

Ingredients

For the Cake
grated zest and juice of 2 unwaxed lemons
200g/ 8oz softened butter
200g/ 8oz caster sugar
4 eggs
250g /8 oz. self- raising flour
1 heaped tsp. baking powder
3tbsp milk

For the Meringue
2 egg whites
100g/4oz caster sugar

For the Filling
250g mascarpone
2tbsp sifted icing sugar plus a little extra for dusting
half a jar of good quality lemon curd

Method

1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3
2. Line the bases of two 20cm sandwich tins with non  – stick paper
3. Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl, then beat for 2-3 mins until light and fluffy.   Spoon evenly into the tins, level the tops.
4. Whisk the egg whites until stiff then gradually add the sugar, whisking until the meringue is stiff.
5. Spoon half over each cake and spread to within 2 cms of the edges, swirl the meringue  with the tip of the knife.
6. Bake the cakes for 35-40 mins until the meringue is crisp and golden and the cake is firm.
7. Test by inserting a skewer through the meringue – if just a few crumbs stick to the skewer, the cake is ready.
8. Cool in the tins for 10 mins, then invert each cake onto a folded tea towel, and invert again onto a wire rack so the meringue is uppermost.
9. Leave to cool completely.
10. Beat together the mascarpone and icing sugar then swirl in spoonfuls of lemon curd.
11. Set one cake on a plate and spread with the filling. Top with the other cake and dust lightly with icing sugar

Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades

Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades

Afternoon Tea at The Colonnades

It’s no secret that we love cake, and we have also been known to enjoy an Afternoon Tea or two. So when we were invited to the launch of the Colonnades at The Signet Library we jumped at the chance. The Signet Library became a favourite of ours when it opened its doors every August, but now you can enjoy this pleasure all year round.

The ColonnadesThe ColonnadesThe Colonnades

We were seated for the main event and some fizz was poured by the immaculate staff. We were served a little amuse bouche of gourgeres, which we can safely say we could have eaten over and over again.

Fizz and Mocktails

Fizz and mocktails

Our stand of savoury delights then arrived and we were blown away by the variety and the presentation.

The savouries

Savoury stand

The usual suspects of sandwiches were present, but a delightful selection. Egg mayonnaise topped with a quails egg and caviar (for that luxurious touch) and a Ramsay’s of Carluke honey roast ham with Arran mustard mayonnaise.

The savouries

The savouries

The other savoury items were equally as good. A light and fresh prawn cocktail, a mini Aberdeen Angus burger, smoked applewood cheese and celery tart, a mozarella bocconcini and sunblush tomato, a goats cheese mousse and finally Edinburgh Gin infused smoked salmon on oatcakes.

The savouriesThe savouries

With the bar set high with regards to quality we eagerly awaited the arrival of our stand of sweet items, and it did not disappoint.

The Sweet Stuff

The sweet stand

From the top we had a rhubarb fool, blood orange jelly and a very moreish lemon meringue tart.

The Sweet Stuff

Sweet treats

On the next layer there was a Belgian chocolate and sea salted caramel tart, a strawberry mille feuille and a passion fruit and mango eclair, which was the highlight for us.

The Sweet Stuff

Sweet treats

On the bottom were two lovely scones (served warm) with jam and clotted cream. Our final treat came as a surprise, a palate cleanser of lemon sorbet and was a lovely way to finish a magnificent afternoon tea.

Lemon Sorbet

Lemon sorbet

We washed all this down with fizz and fabulous teas blended in Scotland from The Wee Tea Company.

Tea from The Wee Tea Company

Tea from The Wee Tea Company

The afternoon tea can be made to suit various dietary requirements, including gluten free, with advanced notice.

The Colonnades opens its doors on the 4th June 2015 and we think this is one afternoon tea you should definitely try for yourself.

Other menus are also available if you’d like a snack and/or drinks. A full afternoon tea is £30 per person.

Highly recommended from us.

The Edinburgh Larder

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The Edinburgh Larder

On Tuesday evening we held our latest event at the lovely Edinburgh Larder on Blackfriars Street.  Fifteen of us gathered to chat and eat lots of cake, and this time there were some very special cakes!

Thanks to everyone for coming, there was a great mix of old and new faces, and the new joiners certainly set the bar high for our expectations of cake at the next event! A big thank you also goes to Eleanor and her team at The Edinburgh Larder who let us host the evening there, and kept us supplied with drinks.

We had a great evening and here are some of the delights we tucked in to.

Louise's Raspberry & Honeycomb Layer Cake

Rachael's White Chocolate & Pistachio CakeAdele's Elderflower BundtLorraine's Lemon & Lime CheesecakeWendy's Yellow DogsWendy's Chicken Pizza RollsAlison's Rolo Malteaser TraybakeJasmin's Hugo CakeSasha's Iced BiscuitsLainy's Fruit CakeLou's Lemoncello CakeIsla's Victoria SpongeBarbara's Lemon Meringue CakeLucy's Lucky Irish PotatoesJen's Chocolate, Cherry & Amaretto Cake

Keep an eye out on the blog and social media for details of our next event, we hope to see many more of you there.

Spring Bakes at The Edinburgh Larder

The Edinburgh Larder Cafe, Blackfriars Street

The Edinburgh Larder Cafe, Blackfriars Street

We have eventually come out of our sugar coma from our Charity Cake Event at the Virgin Money Lounge last Wednesday night, and are now planning our next cake meeting!

This time we will be paying The Edinburgh Larder Cafe a visit on Blackfriars Street on Tuesday 19th May from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Theme

The theme this time with be ‘Spring Bakes’.  Feel free to bring any bake of your choice – sweet or savoury, come along and have a good old chat over a cup of tea and some cake.  As always please do not worry about the level of baking skill you have – we welcome (and encourage) all levels of bakers!.  New Members are very welcome.

There are only 15 places available for this event, so don’t delay in requesting your place by emailing us at edinburghbakers@gmail.com by 7pm on Tuesday 5th May.  Don’t forget to include in the email what bake you would like to bring.

If places are oversubscribed, names will be selected by random draw and a waiting list put in place.

The event is free to attend, but drinks will be purchased from the venue at your own expense.

We would like to thank Eleanor and her team at The Edinburgh Larder for hosting us, and we hope you will be able to join us.

Our Birthday Party

Amazing Birthday Cake from Loulabelle Bakes

Amazing Birthday Cake from Loulabelle Bakes

We are now officially FIVE years old!  We have been eating cake regularly and for Charity for five whole years, so what better way to celebrate than have a cake filled Birthday Party.  On Wednesday evening 50 cake lovers gathered at the Virgin Money Lounge on St Andrews Square to help us celebrate this milestone.  We had a great evening of cake and fizz, a perfect way to celebrate.

The all important cake table!

The all important cake table!

We would like to give a huge thanks to the Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh for letting us host the event there and also to the G&V Hotel for donating the Prosecco and a fabulous prize for our draw.

Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you all had a great evening in a wonderful venue and enjoyed the cake and fizz.  We are pleased to say we raised £1100 for It’s Good 2 Give, through the ticket sales and prize draw – which is a fantastic amount, so thank you!

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, those who donated the amazing cakes and also donated raffle prizes, especially Lou from Loulabelle Bakes for her Fabulous Birthday cake, covered in cake memories from previous events.  Thanks also to Rich Dyson who photographed the evening.  Here are some pictures of the cakes we tucked into on the evening.

Lemon Funfetti CakePecan & Maple CakePink Champagne CakeRolo Malteaser TraybakeBaked Cheesecake with Rhubarb CompoteYellow DogsChocolate, Almond & Blueberry BundtCoffee CakeGreek Orange CakeSummer Fruit CupcakesLemon Drizzle CakeRazzle CakeSmartie CakeDark Chocolate & Cherry CakeRaspberry & Chocolate CakeBanoffee Cheesecake

Here’s to many more happy years of cake eating!

Our Next Event

We will be releasing details of our next event very soon, so keep a look out on the Blog, Twitter and Facebook for the announcement.