My favourite Christmas gift was a recipe book called "Bake and Decorate" by Fiona Cairns which is filled with gorgeous cake, biscuit and muffin recipes and then shows you how to decorate them beautifully too.
Everything in the book looks so wonderful i just wanted to make it all, so that's what i'm going to do... One cake every weekend - everyone will be getting a bespoke birthday cake this year!
I decided to start at the beginning with the Chocolate Celebration Cake, a simple but delicious recipe which could be used as a dessert too. This went down a treat in the office, but i'm sure my colleagues will be complaining about cake in a couple of weeks down the line!
I've visited Fiona Cairns' website which is beautiful too and has inspired me to put that much care and attention into my baking. I didn't quite have time to get to the decorate section on this one, but bearing in mind the attention to detail that goes into all of Fiona Cairns products i did make an effort with the presentation.
Hopefully by the end of my challenge i will have succeeded in making every recipe and master the art of sugar paste roses and edible flowers... Watch this cake shaped space!