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Cookie Girl launches new cupcake book 23 March, 2010

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The sweet-toothed residents of Notting Hill have loved her from their first delicious mouthful and she now has the likes of Annie Lennox, Take That, Russell Brand (‘I’m in love!’), and Grecian Princesses amongst her fanbase. Even Scrooge will be licking his lips before Christmas. No, it’s not Mother Theresa’s cook whisking up good cheer, but Cookie Girl taking the world of baking by a buttercream storm.

Cookie Girl and her new cupcake book

Image credit: Ebury Press

Otherwise known as Xanthe Milton, (above, left) Cookie Girl started off by donning Alice in Wonderland-esque costumes and knocking on the doors of Notting Hill. To cut the story short, since then her success and popularity has risen as perfectly as her delicious cakes. (I’ve gobbled a few myself so this analogy is spot on, believe me).

She’s just launched her very first book, EAT ME! – a self-confessed ‘stupendous, self-raising world of cupcakes and bakes’. mydeco got in touch to ask her about the launch’s Alice in Wonderland theme: ‘I couldn’t think of a better venue than the Paradise By Way of Kensal Green pub with its over sized lampshades and whimsical interior; it was just magical and fitted with the book’s fairy tale style.’

delicious Eat Me! cupcakes by Cookie Girl

Image Credit: Eat Me! cupcakes from Ebury Press

‘At the launch I read a couple of pages of scene setting [from the book] which made people realise that this was no ordinary recipe book,’ enthused Xanthe. And it really isn’t – from the cocktail inspired (pina colada, margarita), to desert inspired (tiramisu? Yes please!) to seasonal Easter nests – there are 80 delicious and imaginative recipes to drool over.

‘What made it extra special was having so many people there that know me as ‘Cookie Girl’ from back in the days when I was knocking on their doors selling them cookies,’ she added. ‘It felt like we had all been on this journey together.’

chic cakestand by Undergrowth Design at design boutique

Image credit: Undergrowth Design at design boutique

When you embark upon your own cupcake journey, make sure the presentation of your delicious wares do the Eat Me! recipes justice. mydeco has a huge selection of cute and stylish cake stands and our design boutique cake stands, (above, by Undergrowth Design) are my favourite.

Food glorious food 18 September, 2009

Posted by katykimbell in Uncategorized.
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Can you remember baking your first ever cake? I certainly can, I was about three years old, with a very patient grandmother at my side. What a sticky, glorious mess it was – and made all the more delicious, when I was allowed to lick the bowl at the end!

Ever since my first cooking experience, I have always loved concocting exciting new recipes. Admittedly, as my friends will no doubt agree, I can be overly experimental when it comes to preparing food, but despite the occasional culinary disaster, my interest in food goes all the way back to childhood.  So I find myself agreeing with the chubby faced legend that is Jamie Oliver; it is very important to get kids involved in cooking from an early age.

It seems that House of Fraser has cottoned on to this new wave of thinking with its launch of a fantastic new product range of cooking equipment for kids. The Miniamo range, meaning ‘to love your little ones,’ is quite literally the sweetest thing on the market, with a whole host of miniature products to die for.

Here at mydeco we have picked our top three products from the Miniamo range. There’s the Pastel Pink Mini Colander, with a sweetly embossed heart design, the multicolored vibrant whisk and the blue spoon and spatula– ideal for those moments of weakness when it comes to licking the bowl.

House-of-fraser-childrens-cooking

Image credit: House of Fraser

The products are attractive, safe and serious value for money. It’s guaranteed that with these nifty products to hand, your bambinos won’t want to get out of the kitchen!