Glasgow Baking Club turns one! The Report

Since Alison is very busy with her little bundle of joy who arrived just last month, she asked me to take the photos at the latest club meeting.  Of course I was happy to and offered to do the write up for her as well.  I’ve been to every meeting of baking club and am so glad I discovered it as I’ve enjoyed every single one!  Huge thanks to Alison and Kirsteen for starting it up and organising the meetings so well.  I’d just like to apologise in advance for what will probably be excessive use of photos!  It’s something I’m guilty of on my own blog (I’m Bex from The Olive Dragonfly by the way!) and just can’t resist sharing an abundance of pictures.

On Friday evening we had our 5th Glasgow Baking Club meeting to celebrate a year since the inaugural event.  Since it was our anniversary, the theme was Birthday Party and there was a wonderful array of celebration cakes, nibbles, biscuits, cupcakes and muffins…

Sour Cream & Chive Muffins - Bex

Sour Cream & Chive Muffins – Bex (recipe on my blog on Monday)

Banana Loaf by Roz

Banana Loaf by Roz

Chocolate Truffles - Kirsteen

Chocolate Truffles – Kirsteen

Chocolate Cake - Natasha

Chocolate Cake – Natasha

Birthday Treats - Lucie

Birthday Treats – Lucie

Opera Cake - Diana

Opera Cake – Diana

Peanut and Chocolate Cookies - Ruby

Peanut and Chocolate Cookies – Ruby

Honey Chamomile Cupcakes - Kirsty

Honey Chamomile Cupcakes – Kirsty

Smoked Salmon Gougeres - Frances

Smoked Salmon Gougeres – Frances

Raspberry, Rose & Pistachio Eclairs - Frances

Raspberry, Rose & Pistachio Eclairs – Frances

Peanut Butter Squares and Coconut Fudge Brownies - Shalini

Peanut Butter Squares and Coconut Fudge Brownies – Shalini

Rainbow Cake - Linsey

Rainbow Cake – Linsey

Princess Cake - Tracy

Princess Cake – Tracy

The venue this time was Patisserie Francoise which is a beautiful French style cafe on Byres Road.  Kirsteen brought along some birthday candles to place in each bake and we heard a little from the French owner of the Patisserie, Francoise Cocozza.  She opened the cafe 35 years ago and it’s now run on a day to day basis by her daughters, Yasmin and Natalie.  Her son runs their bakery in Bishopbriggs.

After a short but interesting talk from Francoise, we all dug in to the delicious birthday treats!

Birthday bakes

Birthday bakes




All the bakes were absolutely delicious!  (I can’t vouch for the peanut cookies or peanut squares due to my allergy though.)  It was nice to have such a range of things, including savoury bakes to have a break from all that sugar!  We forgot to get a group photo but I took a few of individuals as they explained their bakes.







Cassie, Ruby's beautiful guide dog, looking hopeful for crumbs

Cassie, Ruby’s beautiful guide dog, looking hopeful for crumbs


Roz and Lucie






Kirsty and Tracy

Natasha and Tracy

The amazing dippy cheese (Creme de St Agur) which goes wonderfully with the savoury muffins.

The amazing dippy cheese (Creme de St Agur) which goes wonderfully with the savoury muffins.


The inside of the impressive Princess Cake

The inside of the impressive Princess Cake

And the thing we were all dying to see – the inside of Linsey‘s stunning Rainbow cake!…

Rainbow 2 small

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

It was a brilliant evening, thanks to everyone for coming and making such lovely bakes and thanks to Patisserie Francoise for allowing us to take over their cafe for the evening!


Birthday Party – April 19 2013 (19.00-21.00)

Birthday candles

Well, it is nearly time to meet again, so here is the list of attendees and their chosen bakes for the meeting next week…

In just 1 week we shall gather together at a location in Glasgow’s West End to share our birthday party-themed cakes, bakes and banter!
Once again, we are pleased to welcome back some familiar faces, and are thrilled to welcome some new faces to our cake-loving group!

Spaces have been allocated on a first-come/first-served basis.

If you are no longer able to make it on April 19, or if something comes up which means you can’t make it, please do let me know ASAP.

The Glasgow Baking Club – April 19 2013

Kirsteen Oliver Truffles
Becky M Savoury Muffins
Diana Halvey Opera Cake
Ruby Shah Cookies
Tracy Bradley Princess Cake
Sarah TBC
Paula Moore Ginger Bread Cupcakes
Barry Mayers TBC
Lucie Moran ‘A Little Tray Of Birthday Treats’
Kirsty Montgomery Mini Honey Chamomile Cupcakes
Roz Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting
Frances Auty TBC
Natasha Johnston Chocolate Cake
Linsey Robertson Rainbow Cake
Shalini Dykes Mini Coconut Fudge Brownies & Peanut Butter Squares
Sheila Jones TBC
Ani Shah Scones

Please do not hesitate to let me know if there are any errors in the list above, and can all those with TBC beside their names please let me know their choice of bake ASAP.
Look forward to seeing you all next week.
I’ll be sending out an email later with the location and what to bring…

Happy Baking!