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: 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

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… England’s Lionesses

I have watched more football over the past few weeks than I have done since I was forced to as a child. I grew up in a football-loving household and, with the full Sky Sports package in my teens, my Brother would manage to find football to watch every day of the year. Whenever Aston Villa weren’t playing, there were … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: RuPaul

As host of the Emmy Award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul has done so much over the past decade to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people and issues on TV. As a cis-gender straight woman who sees herself as an ally, being afforded the chance to peak behind the velvet curtain and learn is something that I am grateful to … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Or, the Notorious RBG as she is so appropriately sometimes called. If you have yet to meet this wonderful woman, allow this post to act as a little potted biography; Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits as a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (pleasingly abridged to SCOTUS, though I seem incapable of pronouncing that without a superfluous R). … 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… Jackie Collins

Last week, I donned my very best leopard print and heading deep into the basement of Waterstones Gower Street to join a cult. That cult was similarly shrouded in animal hide and gathered to worship the wonder that was Jackie Collins. (My cape is from Iconic Dresses… find them on Etsy!) A relatively new convert to the ways of Jackie, … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Emma Thompson

“I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out – like me – do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Louise Wener & the Women of Britpop

The soundtrack to my adolescence and the last of the great British analogue music scenes, Britpop was a movement in which being a girl in a band started to feel normal. I would love to bake a cake for… Louise Wener and the women of Britpop. This podcast also features an interview with the legendary DJ, Steve Lamacq. Strong female … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Elle Woods

My public service announcement for the week is that Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001) is available to stream on Netflix. For many years now, this has been my ‘comfort movie’ and been there like a cinematic cuddle from a warm cup of cocoa as the world whirls around me. I love this film so much that it was my go-to … Read More