Fantasy Bakes: Dita Von Teese

She is the Queen of Burlesque and a style icon. If Dita Von Teese has made any other woman feel as good about themselves as she has made me feel – though her embracing of her looks and celebration of her body – then she deserves all the cake! You see, it’s not about how big or small, how tanned … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: The Cure

I’ve always lacked the nerve to meet my heroes and had always believed that you should never meet them. Then I met my Husband whose love of The Cure led to precious time spent with the band over the last 30+ years, which makes me question my stance on this. The Cure are icons and are also surprisingly lovely. I … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: She-Ra

She-Ra was something different; she was a girl like I was a girl. The 1980s original She-Ra may be far from woke but the overall image of a woman saving the day was a good one to grow up on. This is the story of She-Ra and of one little girl growing up believing that she too could defeat the … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: KISS

You wanted the best and you got the best… the hottest band in the world: KISS! I am a proud member of the KISS Army and joined my fellow cadets watching this amazing band bid a fiery farewell to worldwide touring. What is it about KISS that makes them so special? You will have to listen as I explain why … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Elton John

Or should I say, for Sir Elton Hercules John? I mean, if you’re going to give yourself a stage name, be sure to include a killer middle name. Last week I went to the cinema to see Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, 2019) and – you guessed it – I adored it! I’ve loved Elton John’s music for many years now and … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Marilyn Monroe

Loving Marilyn Monroe is bitter sweet; no-one can make me laugh like she can and I have wanted to look like her when I grow up ever since I can remember. I would kill for her wardrobe but I would not want to walk in her shoes. There are so many reasons why I would love to bake a cake … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… George R.R. Martin

I’d like to start this post with a joke. How can you tell if someone doesn’t watch Game of Thrones? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. (I’ve adapted this truism from a joke about vegans, which I feel can be adapted to suit most situations in which I find myself.) I, you will either be pleased or not to hear, adore … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Take That

As we celebrate 30 years of Take That, this is a love letter to a band that has been present in my life since I was ten years old. Take That have managed to anticipate every stage of my life and hitch themselves to that waggon. This is rare in a band. There has been music that has been present … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Elle Woods

She may be a fictional character but that makes her no less inspirational. The lead character in Legally Blonde, Elle Woods sets an example of working hard to overcome adversity, carving out your own space in the world, and being successful on your own terms. Her example proved invaluable to me when I slipped into a terrible funk a few … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… The Slow Readers Club

I have written a few times about my love of live music and of my local independent music venue, Bedford Esquires. I’ve been the girl who shows up with cake for the bands on more than one occasion. I’ve dedicated an entire blog post to the man behind Bedford Esquires in I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Gareth Barber … Read More