Hello there! If you’re reading this you’re probably a colleague, friend or family member who I have shamelessly plugged to/forced to read this blog. If you are, thank you so much for your support. Your bribe cookies are in the post.
If you have found your way here all on your own, then an even bigger thank you for reading and welcome to The Leopard Print Baker!
The idea for starting this blog came a few months ago after a friend’s birthday party. One of the guests came up to me and told me that my peanut butter cookies were one of the best things he’d ever tasted. Feeling super pumped I went home and made “elaborate” plans to start my own cake shop. When I woke up the next day and realized how much money that would cost and how I know nothing about setting up a business, my friends (very sensibly) suggested I start with a blog instead.
If you’d had told me five years ago that I’d be starting a baking blog I definitely wouldn’t have believed it. When I left my first job in Paris six years ago, my friends even bought me a cookbook as joke leaving gift – “O Mon Gateau!” if you’re interested. I still have it! .
Things started to change when I moved back to London. For a start, something called The Great British Bake Off had launched in the U.K and amateur baking was taking of. I also started working at an international company that amongst other things were famous for hosting pot luck lunches, where everyone brought in dishes they made from home. I soon became embarrassed that my contributions were always shop bought (and usually wine shaped).
Encouraged by my now good friend Candida of On My Kitchen Counter fame, I picked a dead simple recipe for something that I loved (banana bread, my very first recipe in the blog!) and practiced and practiced til I made a decent enough version to bring to the next company lunch. When people went up for seconds of my cake, it made me feel a strange sense of pride and satisfaction. Something I made actually tasted nice and made people feel good! From there my love and interest in baking was born.
Over the last few years, baking (along with running, which I’ll also mention in the blog) became a huge part of my life. From practicing in the World’s Tiniest Kitchen in the flat-share that I had with my best friend, to making more adventurous creations in my own house. My baked goods have been brought to birthdays, baby showers, and even funerals. It has provided me with alternative tasty sources of fuel during marathon training and was a form of therapy after my mum passed away.
Since deciding to start writing, I’ve been researching A LOT of blogs and Instagram accounts. Whilst I love and admire all of the wonderful photos and gorgeous shots of incredibly decorated cakes, I sometimes worry that the professionalism/high quality of it all may put some people off. The Leopard Print Baker blog, the photos that accompany it and the recipes are in no way meant to be professional. In fact, my recipes tend to be on the more simple side. This is just a chance for me to write and share about one of my favourite hobbies, whilst hopefully passing on some great tips for tasty treats!
Oh, and the reason for the name is simple. I wanted to combine it with my other passion – leopard print!