Author Archives: Cal Cakestall

About Cal Cakestall

About 20 years ago, I was asked to run the cake stall at a fete. I started to make cakes, jam, chutney, and other food to sell. Then I was given a very nice hamper at Christmas and realised that (1) I could make just as good a hamper myself and (2) all my family and friends had most things they needed, and would prefer to be given hampers instead. Along the way, I've picked up a lot of tips about what works and what doesn't work. And I enjoy trying things out and learning new tips.

100 people for an open-air tea party: baking and tips

Cakes, scones and bakes for a party for 100 people

Cakes, scones and bakes for a party for 100 people

I was delighted when Woodlarks, the camp site for people for disabilities, asked me to provide cakes for their party for the opening of their new swimming pool changing rooms. Continue reading

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Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville oranges: I love their bitter, strong flavour, and bought some at the market without any clear idea about what to do with them. Then this month’s AlphaBake challenge letter was Y, and I love yoghurt in general and yoghurt cakes in particular. And I’ve longed to make Smitten Kitchen’s grapefruit yoghurt cake. And I love lemon curd…

So a whole lot of ideas came together. I’d make a Seville Orange curd, and turn the cake into little drop cookies, and sandwich them together with it. And I did, and  they’re delicious. They look rather ordinary, but trust me: a lovely sharp orange flavour makes them light but distinctly moreish. Continue reading