So my dad asked me to see if I could do a round-up of all the posts I published this year, and not being one to back down from a challenge, let’s have a gander, shall we?
I always like a good celebration cake, and I started the year with a knitting-themed carrot cake for my then-housemate Ellen and ended it with a salted caramel and chocolate cake for my now-housemate Alex. There was also a rich, chocolate Valentine’s Cake which featured my first go at Italian meringue buttercream, and a Katherine Sabbath-inspired watercolour drip layer cake which used it too alongside an array of food colouring and lollies from the sweet shop.
I was amazed when my version of the BBC Good Food strawberry, honey and mascarpone tart garnered me a mention in the magazine a couple of months later! Other fruity, summery bakes included a passionfruit and lemon syrup cake, a blueberry and lemon cake, a chocolate courgette cake and a lime and coconut loaf.
The odd savoury baked good popped up now and again, like these sweet potato and spinach samosas and cheese and Vegemite scrolls, although it’s fair to say that they’re not my forte nor my first choice when it comes to baking 😛
It’s also been a year of big personal change, which saw me graduate from university: I made iced sugar cookies to celebrate!
Getting a graduate job wasn’t just about being able to pay off those student loans – oh no 😉 – I could suddenly afford a KitchenAid so bought one in the brightest, most beautiful shade of blue and used it to make a blackberry ice cream.
In terms of the blog itself, 2016 was the first full year that Tolley Bakes has been hosted on WordPress – which I like much better than Blogger, in that it’s much more user friendly and has allowed me to try out a new look. It’s also made me feel much more ‘professional’ too as I switched to being tolleybakes.com rather than .wordpress.com or .blogspot.com. I’m still debating whether to splash out that little bit further and upgrade to get much more control over how the blog looks and is mapped out.
What a year, hey? Putting this post together has made me realise just how much I’ve baked, and it’s not even an exhaustive list 😛
Thanks for reading, and here’s to 2017!