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Mirror online ~ Robin Campbell was shocked when the Icelandic bank she worked for went bust almost overnight.

Suddenly she was unemployed but with six months’ salary in her pocket she saw it as the chance to pursue her dream of running her own business.

“Initially I was nervous but then I realised that a massive decision to leave the world of banking, where I’d worked since university, had been made for me,” says Robin, 28.

“I’d always vaguely imagined I’d end up doing something involving food, possibly running a delicatessen.” Read more…


I need cornflakes, milk, chicken and oh yes a wedding cake…

British Brides who are on a tight budget need worry no more. Both Asda (a grocery store) and Marks & Spencers are offering sweet options in the shape of affordable wedding cakes.

Asda has created an Extra Special line which includes “…rich moist fruit cakes bursting with juicy plump sultanas and raisins, glace cherries, candied orange and lemon peel, walnuts and pecans, laced with French brandy and decorated with sweet marzipan and soft icing.” The cakes are offered in three different sizes – small, medium and large ranging in price from £7.00 – £13.48.

However with the rolled fondant surface, brides will have to call on creative friends/relatives to add the requisite swoops and swirls to complete the look or they may opt for a simple and stylish design using fresh flowers.

On the otherhand, Mark and Spencers has gone several steps further by offering six cakes and cupcakes (Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate – £35.00/48). Their Traditional Wedding Cake is not only covered with marzipan and soft icing but also decorated with simple piping that can be ready for collection in just seven (7) days! It serves 26 and ranges in price from £12.00-£55.00. The collection’s flavour options include fruit and flavoured sponges such as all-butter or chocolate decorated with e.g. white chocolate curls. They all look beautiful!

Tiers come in three (3) sizes so you can mix and match or even opt for just one tier for an intimate wedding. Each tier comes on its own cakeboard and can be stacked using pillars and dowel rods (sold separately).

Everyone should be able to afford a wedding cake for their special day so I’m impressed that Asda and Marks and Sparks have tapped into this niche. These are both very convenient options but I wonder about their taste. If anyone has tried either of these cake collections I would love to know your thoughts. In the meantime Bon appetite!

The Jaffa Cake war

MailOnline ~ McVitie’s Jaffa cakes are almost as British as the tea time to which they provide a perfect accompaniment.

But the country’s third biggest-selling biscuit, after Kit Kat and the chocolate digestive, has come under fire from a company claiming to be the ‘adult version’.

With England still smarting after the humiliating defeat by Germany in the World Cup, Hanover-based Bahlsen will seek to add insult to injury tomorrow with a major advertising blitz to undermine McVitie’s position.

The six-figure television campaign aims to steal market share from McVitie’s  –  part of United Biscuits  –  with the slogan ‘the future is oblong’, referring to its biscuits’ elongated shape.

‘We’ve looked at our range and decided that of all our products the Messino is a jaffa cake and that needs no introduction for the British,’ said Bahlsen marketing manager Jon Dance.

‘Without wanting to sound pretentious about what is basically a biscuit, our position is about being continental, more indulgent, more interesting and more stylish.’

Bahlsen’s choco Leibniz is already established on shop shelves and its Messino jaffa cake made a low-key arrival at the end of last year.

Madeleines + Macarons Summary ~ The Messino Jaffa Cake, a square version of the round Mc Vities Jaffa Cake, has also copied the colour scheme of McVities packaging in its attempt to use its stylised version to increase its market share with an expensive ad campaign. End of story.

P.S. LOL! Can you tell that I’m McVities fan?

World’s biggest cake melts in Paris heatwave

PARIS — A towering cake vying to be the world’s biggest lasted one day outdoors in Paris, brought down not by ravenous sweets lovers but a sweltering heatwave in the French capital, organisers said Friday.

It seems the so-called “Tour sans Faim” (Tower without Hunger)”, standing 7.82 metres (25.7 feet) tall, had to be taken down because it was starting to look more like the leaning Tower of Pisa.

A temperature of more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) made the big pastry tower rather soft and unstable.

Chef Gilles Stassart and architect Jean Bocabeille brought together a team of pastry chefs, architects, engineers and other artistic specialists to build the huge cake, hoping to make the Guinness Book of World Records.

It was unveiled Thursday at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris and was supposed to last four days. Fortunately, a representative from the Guinness book was there to record the short-lived creation.

It took 628 kilos (1,385 pounds) of flour, 508 kilos of sugar, 350 eggs, 18 kilos of butter to make the bricks of cake used to build the pastry tower.

Actually, the huge cake is not edible and will be turned into fertilizer.

Still, some pieces of the towering cake will be on display in an exhibition at the architecture centre until Sunday.

Canadian compromise helped to determine size of Centennial cake

A month before July 1, the telephone rang in my office. A woman from the Centennial commission asked if my company, Morrison Lamothe, would cater Canada’s 100th birthday and make the birthday cake for the 1967 event. It was to be an eight-foot dummy cake installed at the base of the Parliament Buildings that the Queen would cut on July 1. I said we’d be honoured to be part of the proceedings.By chance that evening, I met for the first time with Secretary of State Judy LaMarsh, who was responsible for the happenings on the Hill. When I told her the commission had ordered an eight-foot birthday cake, she reacted with horror. “Why, a cake that size will look ridiculous in front of the Peace Tower! I want a 30-foot cake!” I was a little taken aback and said I would only proceed when I had confirmation by telegram of the exact size.

Three weeks later, eight days before July 1, the telegram arrived confirming the birthday cake was to be 20 feet high. A typical Canadian compromise! Read more…