The Aga Shop

The Aga Shop

The Aga Shop

Wednesday night seen us back after the summer break doing what we do best; eating cake for charity! Our venue for the evening was the beautiful Aga Shop on Drumsheugh Place.

Bakers and eaters started to arrive, we chatted, drank tea (and maybe the odd glass or two of wine!) and got ourselves settled for a baking demo from Verity who first of all showed us how to make a Raspberry Bundt Cake, which looked delicious. After a break to eat loads of cake, she then showed us how to make Gin & Tonic scones, which we were then able to tuck into and top with the Roddas Cream and Tippings Jam kindly donated to us by The Cream Tea Society.

Verity's Baking Demo

Verity’s Baking Demo

It was a great evening in lovely surroundings, so a big thank you to Brian at The Aga Shop for the venue. Special thanks to Verity for the demonstration. Thanks also goes to Smashin Eggs who donated eggs for the demonstration and to some of our bakers, and to the Cream Tea Society for the Cream and Jam. As always we had a raffle and had some great prizes, so thanks goes to Pickering’s Gin, Cake & Bake Show, Foodies Festival and The Aga Shop for their prizes.

We also would like to thank everyone who baked cakes, helped organise and run the evening and of course a massive thanks to everyone who came. We are pleased to say we raised a fabulous £572.50 with every penny going to Its Good 2 Give.

If you would like to join us at one of our events keep an eye on the blog or social media for our next events coming up in October and November.

So finally, here are some cakes from the evening to make you drool over.

Vanilla Earl Grey Layer Cake

Vanilla Earl Grey Layer Cake

Jamaican Ginger Cake

Jamaican Ginger Cake

Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake

Tablet

Tablet

Tiffin

Tiffin

Bramble Cheesecake

Bramble Cheesecake

Guinness Cake

Guinness Cake

Maple Pecan Layer Cake

Maple Pecan Layer Cake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Raspberry Bundt

Raspberry Bundt

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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.

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

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.

CHARITY CAKE EVENT: Our Birthday Party!

It’s our fifth birthday!

We will be FIVE in April. Yes, we’ve been eating cake together and raising money for It’s Good to Give for five years!

To mark this momentus occasion we are having a party on Wednesday 22nd April at the Virgin Money Lounge on St Andrew Square. The event will be held from 6pm – 8pm. We hope you can join us for an evening of Prosecco, tea and cake to celebrate and raise money for Its Good 2 Give.

The Virgin Money Lounge will host our fifth birthday party.

The Virgin Money Lounge will host our fifth birthday party.

Listen to real piano music, allow our magician to amaze you with one of his tricks as he works the room and take part in an extra special birthday raffle which includes a champagne hamper and an overnight stay with dinner at the G & V Hotel.

The ticket price is £13 each or £25 for two and includes three large slices of cake and unlimited tea and coffee. If you don’t think you’ll eat three slices on the night, you can bring a box to take your cake home with you.

We do need a few bakers for this event to help make it a success. In reward for bringing a cake, you will be entered into the prize draw automatically (normally £5 per entry).

There will only be fellow cake lovers at this private event and remember every penny raised is going to It’s Good 2 Give with the added bonus of tea and cake!

Please email us at edinburghbakers@gmail.com to request your place and we will send you details of how to pay for your ticket and guarantee a spot at our birthday celebration.

The hashtag for this event will be #virgincake and you can also take advantage of the free wifi in the building to tweet and post pictures on the evening.

There are only 12 spaces left for this event as this is published, so don’t miss out and get your place today!