Hello! I hope this post finds you all happy and well! Any resolutions for the new year? I’ve loved reading about my fellow bloggers’ resolutions but I’m a little ashamed to say that I haven’t come up with anything particularly profound of my own. The usual applies I suppose… read more, do more yoga, try and appreciate my time at uni as much as possible!
It’s worth mentioning that I have five university exams on the horizon, and whilst ‘procrastibaking’ is a skill I’ve honed over GCSEs, A levels and first year, my head is firmly focussed on passing those rather than baking up a storm this month. I hope that you’ll forgive me!
It’s with those sentiments in mind that I have a different sort of post today. I do love a good inspirational post – particularly in the depths of January – so I’m sharing a quick list of the bakers that inspire me most. It’s by no means exhaustive – I find new favourites, particularly on Instagram, all the time – but these ladies are ones I’ve been following for a long time. Their new posts are ones that I always look forward to. You may have heard of all of them, or none; I hope they provide some inspiration if that’s what you need, or a new source of food porn if nothing else! 😉
Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction
|Photos from Sally’s Baking Addiction and Instagram (@sallysbakeblog)|
Favourite posts: funfetti cookie cake; triple chocolate cake; classic ‘yellow’ cupcakes; chocolate chunk cookies
Blog: Sally’s Baking Addiction; Facebook: here; Instagram: @sallysbakeblog
Linda of Call Me Cupcake
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Favourite posts: strawberry elderflower cake; vanilla bean cake; chocolate swirl meringues; blackberry cupcakes
Blog: Call Me Cupcake; Facebook: here; Instagram: @linda_lomelino
Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land
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Vancouver-based Lyndsay was a relatively new find for me but I was very quickly won over! She is the queen of adorable animal cakes as well as beautiful 90s-inspired neon numbers and edible floral creations. Swoon.
Blog: Coco Cake Land; Facebook: here; Instagram: @cococakeland
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Steph of Raspberri Cupcakes
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Raspberri Cupcakes was one of the first pro baking blogs that I found, and was probably my gateway blog, now that I think about it! As Steph is Sydney-based, I love that many of the recipes have an Australian twist, incorporating ingredients like TimTams, Milo and Mint Slice biscuits.
Favourite posts: purple sprinkle ombre cake; penguin macarons; fried chicken cookie pop cake; blueberry swirl cake
Blog: Raspberri Cupcakes; Facebook: here; Instagram: @stephcookie
Jennie of Scarletscorchdroppers
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Some of my favourite recipes on Tolley Bakes have been originally from Jennie’s blog (chocolate and orange cake, anyone?). Her blog is effectively what I hope mine will be like some day! She’s been travelling from Hong Kong back to the UK over the past few months, but has still been posting beautiful recipes.
Blog: Scarletscorchdroppers; Facebook: here; Instagram: @jenniecranberry
Caroline of Nectar and Stone
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Another relatively new find for me, but when I look at my ‘liked’ photos on Instagram, they’re predominantly from this feed. There are the signature little pyramid chocolates in every colour, as well as macarons, cakes and biscuits. As it’s summer in Australia currently, you can also drool over the stunning summery desserts, flowers and fruit, as well as the beach photos! Caroline has recently announced that she will be opening a cakery in Melbourne so that Nectar + Stone will have a permanent home; next time I’m down that way I’ll be sure to check it out!