Tuesday, 4 August 2009

ABC Wednesday - The Letter C

I love cookery books and have over 40. Here are some of my favourites, well used and worn, these are the ones I usually look through first when I am searching for something new to try.

I also have quite a collection of books on cake decoration as that is another hobby of mine.

Below are some of the celebration cakes that I have been asked for over the years.

Christening cakes

Celebration Cakes for Couples (wedding cakes)

this was for a Christmas Wedding

And some Christmas cakes

These are my favourites to do as they are fun, I'm not usually under any pressure and they are either gifts for family and friends or a donation as a raffle prize.

To look at more "C" contributions - click here.


gone to the dogs said...

My goodness those cakes are beautiful. I always know which are my favorite recipes in my cook books as the pages are often stained. this was a great idea for C.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh it's a ME TOO Anne! I love cook books and some of my favorites are the ones I got when we lived in England! Cookery books...I love the term and I think you need to win some awards for those cakes!

Babooshka said...

Creative use of the c and a delicious one too.

Maggie May said...

My Goodness, those cakes are too good to eat!
Brilliant use of *C*
Love the way the cook books are well worn.
You could set up a business with those cakes, you really could!

Mara said...

Those cakes look absolutely scrumptious! I got hungry just looking at them.
My favourite cookery books: The M*A*S*H cook book and the Muppets cook book. I've never actually made anything from them, but the recipes are fantastic to look at!

Joy said...

Those cakes are wonderful, so much imagination and skill.

Carol said...

Cookbooks and cakes, two good Cs. Your cakes are beautiful.

SquirrelQueen said...

The cakes are beautiful, you are quite talented. I especially like the little reindeer cake it is just so cute.

Leslie: said...

Oh you are SO talented! What gorgeous cakes with so much detail. I'm afraid I'm not much in the kitchen but I do appreciate the work of other people.

Roger Owen Green said...

Great cakes, but what struck me was the term "cookery books"; always fascinated by the geographic variations in the language. In the US, we'd use "cookbooks".

Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent cakes! Congratulations dear Anne, you are so blessed!

Regina said...

Quite a lot. You must love cooking.
Nice post.

Jay said...

Oh, I LOVE your Christmas cakes! The traditional white-icing-and-flowers (or cute stuff for kids) leaves me unmoved, but there is true creativity and lively art in those Christmas cakes!

I particularly adore 'The Night Before Christmas' with the reindeer coming in a close second. You are very talented!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Gone to the dogs - mine too, always a giveaway. A

Sandi - As I wrote it I remembered that they are referred to as cook books in US. (Cook books could mean something completely different here)! A

Babooshka - Thank you. A

Maggie - Thanks for kind comment - too good to eat? - they are only sugar! Well worn books give quite a clue don't they. A

Mara - I don't know the M*A*S*H and Muppet books - must look them up. A

Joy - thank you - I had a really good teacher. A

Carol - thank you. A

SquirrelQueen - I like the reindeer one as well - fun to do so will probably do it again this year. A

Leslie - kind of you to say so. A

Roger Owen Green - I could have used the term recipe books but then it wouldn't have been a "C". A

Leia - thank you so much. You are very sweet. A

Regina - yes I do - thank you. A

Jay - many thanks for kind comments - I had a really good teacher who always came up with good ideas and of course, I take cake magazines and found the instructions for the "Night before Christmas" cake in one of those. My teacher/friend inspired the reindeer cake. A

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Not into cooking but even I can appreciate the beauty of the cakes!

cheshire wife said...

Like Maggie May I think that you could go into business making cakes. They all look very professional and I am sure that they were delicious to eat!

Tumblewords: said...

I'm fascinated by the cakes - you do fine work!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Ken - thank you - I appreciate your kind comment. A

CW - thank you - I have given it some thought in the past but it would mean too much pressure. A

Tumblewords - thank you for visitng and kind words. A

Denise said...

Anne I am so impressed with your cake decorating skill. Absolutely fantastic!!!!

Pam said...

Blimey, aren't you talented! I wish I had the gift but alas, I do not.
I have been wondering which cookbooks to buy though and it looks like Delia might be a good bet?

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Denise - thank you - I had a wonderful teacher and I do love doing it. A

Pam - there are so many cook books to choose from aren't there. Delia Smith is a favourite of mine because the recipes are always good but I love the way Nigella Lawson writes - it makes me want to cook. A

Titania said...

The cakes look fantastic. Edible works of art! I love cookbooks too, and love to cook. Just renovated my kitchen. On "threemonkeys. I also love deco and collect embroidery books.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

SJA...your cakes are wonderful! I agree with Maggie...there is a business in there if you wanted that. (Just think of Jane Asher.)

May I commission one - one day...? (I'm just being cheeky I know...but just in case....) :)

mrsnesbitt said...

Beautiful! You know the last time I iced a cake was when I was at school! Hmmm! Will have to think about that one!
Thanks so much

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Titania - I think I have so many cookery books because I just like to read through them (as well as use them of course).

Hadriana - thank you for kind comment about the cakes, but it is more of a hobby. If you are ever in need of one .... well you never know! A x

Mrs Nesbitt - yes do think about it - it can be very relaxing and is a lovely hobby. A

Heather said...

I agree your cakes are just beautiful.......Heather