Ayo’s Cakes and Bakes

  • Okoh’s Boudoir Wellbeing Series – Bake along with me!

    Hi Everyone, I hope this blog post finds you well. I’m very excited to announce that I will be doing a live Bake along on Saturday 16th May 2020, hosted by Okoh’s Budoir.

    Okoh’s Boudoir was founded by Elizabeth Okoh – a London based Creative Director, Photographer, Writer and Content Creator. Okoh’s boudoir exists to empower women & champion self-love through the art of boudoir photography. Given the current state of the world right now due to the COVID-19 outbreak, founder Lize decided to start a wellbeing series to cultivate a space where we can practice self care and heal/grow together as a community.

    She’s invited myself and three other super talented women to host different sessions in her private female only VIP community Facebook group. The schedule for these sessions is as follows:

    If you are a female and you would like to take part in the wellbeing series, you can join Lize’s private Facebook group by clicking HERE! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two sessions and can’t wait to for Renee’s tutorial on Wednesday.

    Once again, I hope you’re all doing well. We’re going through such an unusual/uncertain time right now. I hope you all stay safe and are finding a way to cope to what is our current normal.

    With Love, Ayo 🙂

  • Cadbury Creme Egg Soldiers

    Happy Easter weekend everyone! Today’s post is a sweet take on a classic English breakfast; (runny) boiled egg and toast soldiers.

    Thinking back, my earliest memory of egg soldiers is seeing an advert on the tv (for whatever product.. I honestly can’t remember.. maybe butter or bread?) and seeing the on screen family tucking into the same.

    It’s not something we ate in my household growing up (I think I had it once during my childhood), nevertheless, when thinking about an Easter bake it seemed like the perfect fit. Creme eggs are a seamless substitute for a runny boiled egg, and assuming you aren’t a fan, my biscuit/ sugar cookie recipe works deliciously on its own.

    Ingredients

    • 75g unsalted butter (room temperature)
    • 75g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 175g plain flour (plus a little extra for rolling)
    • Cinnamon

    Method

    1. Place the butter and caster sugar into a mixing bowl and cream together until smooth.
    2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
    3. Fold the flour (175g) into the mix until it forms a dough.
    4. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    5. Dust your work surface/kitchen side with a little flour.
    6. Knead the dough slightly, then roll and cut into rectangles and place on a baking tray.
    7. Chill for another 25 minutes
    8. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4
    9. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the cookies and bake for 16 minutes, turning ½ way through cooking.
    10. Once removed from the oven, allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray.
    11. Serve/ Enjoy

    Did you bake any Easter inspired treats this weekend and if so how did you find them? What were your favourite breakfasts growing up?

    I hope you were able to make the best of the Easter weekend, even though we couldn’t all be out as we would have liked.

    If you do bake the recipe, I would love to see your photos! You can tag our Instagram page @ayos_cakes and use the hashtag #BakingWithAyo. Happy baking 😉

    With Love, Ayo.

  • Welcome to Ayo’s Cakes and Bakes

    Hello everyone, and wishing you a warm welcome to ayocakes.com. For those of you who I spoke to at some of the events I attended in 2018, you may remember me mentioning that one of my plans/goals was to update my website.

    My previous site started off as a blog, which I tweaked slightly after I registered my cake business. It was ok, but my desire was to have a site that improved your customer journey, and made it easier to order from Ayo’s Cakes and Bakes.

    Fast forward to 4th February 2019, and ayoscakes.com was born. The addition of a blog to this site is somewhat overdue, however, with everything going on in the world currently with COVID-19, I am trying to use the opportunity to implement things I’ve had on my to-do list for a while. One of them being this blog.

    I logged back into my old site earlier today, and while I didn’t blog very consistently/often, it did serve as a lovely reminder to myself. I’m very much looking forward to starting up again and equally hope you’ll enjoy seeing what is produced as a result.

    Exctied for this new begninning and hope you all come along from the ride!

    With Love, Ayo.