I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… the Early Adopters

A quick thank you to start the week – and this can’t be a bad way to start any week – to those who have already subscribed to my new podcast, Fantasy Bakes.

The idea to launch a podcast came in Edinburgh last November. I was in town for Foodies Festival and one of my amazing chefs in The Cake & Desserts Theatre had brought a friend to film her demo.

This cameraman got chatting to Chris and suggested that I should get into podcasting. That was it, the ideas started flowing. Over dinner that night, Chris and I batted ideas across the table and they would not stop coming. I ordered a really good quality microphone from Amazon at 6am the next morning.

The fabulous chef in question, Michelle Maddox from Clootie McToot Dumplings, to whom I am very grateful

I was up at 6am as my brain was firing on all cylinders with more and more ideas for a podcast series expanding upon these Monday blog posts.

We had both agreed that the best ideas come in Edinburgh (the last good idea being to curate and host a truly exceptional sweet counterpart to The Chefs Theatre at Foodies – hence the idea for The Cake & Desserts Theatre exactly two years before!) so I set the practical stuff in motion.

My first port of call was with my design and internet technical guru, Jason Kahl at Jason Kahl Design. Jason had already created the perfect image for the podcast – a cartoon of my face, eyes closed, with the Aladdin Sane lightening bolt painted across my face en homage to my love of David Bowie – so was able to make this into a gorgeous piece of square artwork for iTunes. Jason also held my hand through the technicalities of getting a podcast online.

Artwork by Jason Kahl Design

Thanks so much, Jason!

In fact, the theme music for the podcast was also created by Jason’s band, Unquiet Dead. The moody synth sounds were created by Lora Maze and have that Low album side two quality that I adore (sorry, that’s a reference for the Bowiephiles).

I obsessed over the editing of the intro episode and have vowed not to obsess as much over future episodes! I’ve done this myself and hope that the quality is all OK. I’ve taken notes from close friends and tried to make my stream of consciousness as comprehensive as possible!

Episode two will be available for you on Wednesday but, until then, I want to thank each and every one of you who has listened, taken the time to send me a nice message, shared the link with your friends, and subscribed to the podcast on iTunes. It really does mean the world to me. I may be putting myself out there as a cartoon but I’m really just a very human being and your support and kindness is appreciated more than you know.

The real me, photographed by Jez Brown Photography and styled by Sarah Dunn at Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos

I will be trying to get the podcast on Google and Spotify as soon as I can figure out the technical side! Don’t ask! Spotify should have been easy but has been a pain in the ass so I’ve put a pin in that for a few weeks!

If you haven’t heard Episode One, you can listen at any time by clicking here or on any of the pictures in this post. Please do hit the subscribe button if you have an iTunes account and maybe also rate the podcast with a 5 star rating – this all helps more people to see the podcast when they search for new content.

Not that I’ll know… I still can’t figure out how to see how many subscribers I have! This is all a massive learning curve. I would love to bake a cake for you all.

Here’s to learning new things, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, and trying new ways to be creative. I wish you all the most fabulous week.

Stay gorgeous!