Solstice Cake

SO I just invented the Solstice cake. it’s haf Orange & Ginger, and half Chocolate.

make a single layer of chocolate cake (mine has almonds and brandy in it)

make a single layer of orange and ginger cake (I added almonds so that the cakes would be roughly the same consistency)

cut each layer in half crossways and stick back together with the ganachy stuff the chocolate cake recipe demands.

Put the second layer on at 90 degrees to the bottom, using the ganache stuff again, so that you have 1 corner all chocolate, 1 corner all orange & ginger (apart from the ganache)  and 2 corners with both, so you have a winter (or night), spring (dawn) summer(noon) and autumn (dusk) segment making up the cake. Never let a cake come between you and a meaningful time symbol!

Smother with more ganache and hope it sets enough to take decoration, despite having forgotten to add brandy to it.This cake has everything in it. butter, gluten, nuts, alcohol… there is a gluten-free chestnut chocolate yule log as well, bu that has eggs and cream in, I’ve yet to make a vegan cake I was happy with.

It’s not finished yet, still at  ‘waiting to see if it sets’. Extra chocolate may be required.

There MAY be a sun of some kind on that by tomorrow morning, there may not. Find out at Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath at Noon tomorrow!

 

 

Crowd fund reward: Cake

Nine days to go…This is strictly for people within easy reach of South London.

A cake baked for you by Arachne Press baker in chief, Cherry Potts. Delivered personally or you can collect.

Here are some past launch and celebration cakes. They aren’t generally very glamorous but they taste good!

Cake can be dairy (but not egg) free (I’m not that skilled), and/or gluten-free (my gluten free cake is chocolate swiss roll). This is a one-off. Book your cake from our crowd fund

Lop-sided Liars’ Cake

Gingerbread cottage meeting its fate copyright Russell Potts

Dusk crowdfund reward 4 – Cake

This is strictly for people within easy reach of South London.

A cake baked for you by Arachne Press baker in chief, Cherry Potts.

Here are some past launch and celebration cakes. They aren’t generally very glamorous but they taste good!

Cake can be dairy (but not egg) free (I’m not that skilled), and/or gluten-free. This is a one-off. Book your cake from our crowd fund

copyright Russell Potts

Lop-sided Liars’ Cake

Ghillian Potts cutting launch cake

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The Old Woman From Friuli‘s house, in gingerbread form. Author Ghillian Potts cuts the launch cake.

copyright Russell Potts

It’s Publication Day!

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, is now available from bookshops. Go and get a copy!

To celebrate there has been cake making. Apple, obviously.

Pictured, as getting it to the venue in one piece NOT Guaranteed – the chocolate writing won’t STAY on the rice paper – Why NOT!?

Hopefully tastes alright. Despite testing the recipe it came out different, owing to forgetting the baking powder in the test version. I think it worked better without!

 

Launch Cake for Liberty Tales

2016-11-17-12-20-58Carefully hiding the scale of the decidedly modest Coffee & Pecan Liberty Cake: ‘one slice and all your rights are enshrined in law…’ shame it takes a bit more than that. Might work on the decorating a bit if there is time. Wine and beer cooling in fridge. Glasses packed. What else – ah yes, the BOOKS. It is a launch after all.

See you at 7.30 sharp, folks. West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.

 

On the Write Track – Ilkley Fringe

on the write track flierIn the run up to Peter Cooper and Louise Swingler‘s all singing all dancing event at Ilkley Fringe Festival, On the Write Track, a little taster …

You are Invited to Arachnefest: Arachne Press’ First Birthday Party

We’ve been a bit arbitrary deciding on a date for the anniversary (it took a good six months of planning to get to the point of registering the company, but it was registered at the end of July 2012, and we do have an event planned, so let’s make it a party.

Join us at Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UH on THURSDAY 18th JULY 7pm, for cake and readings from all our books including the two due out in September.

London Lies: Martin Pengelly‘s Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore, read by Phil Mulryne.
Stations: Rosalind StoppsHow to Grow Old In Brockley read by Carrie Cohen.
Lovers’ Lies: Bobbie Darbyshire Something Missing
Mosaic of Air: Cherry Potts, Penelope Is No Longer Waiting
and
Weird Lies: Nichol Wilmor, An Account of Six Poisonings

Lopsided cake – how can you resist?

Lop-sided Liars' Cake

Lop-sided Liars’ Cake

It may not be the prettiest cake, and it certainly the least symmetrical that I’ve made, but its got chocolate and brandy and almonds in it, and its celebrating Lovers’ Lies. You may be able to recognise the passing resemblance to Annie Rickard Straus’ fish from the cover…

lovers lies fishI was going to ice on Lovers’ Lies but decided that freehand icing writing was beyond me and might do serious damage to my already bumpy icing.

So long as you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients, you might like to try a slice, it is an epic among cakes.

Cake available for one night only, at Daunt Books 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB. Almost opposite Hampstead Heath Station. Oh – and some wine and nibbles – and good company from some of the many authors whose stories are featured in the book – I did mention the book, did I?