Do you have a serious passion for cakes? If yes, then you are going to love our Blogger of the Month Katy from Baking with Honey. We love her take on family cooking and useful baking tips so we wanted to share her story with you.
Katy is a London based blogger who loves developing new recipes and putting her own twist on the classics. She loves experimenting and building kitchen memories together with her daughter Honey. Katy creates not only award worthy recipes but also has great how-to-guides for home baking, shares what’s in her pantry and she is a go-to person for extraordinary birthday treats.
We reached out to Katy and asked her a few interesting questions. Some of the answers might surprise you so keep on reading!
- What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve been obsessed with baking and cooking for so long, I needed an outlet! When I’m not getting messy in the kitchen, my head is already buzzing with ideas for my next project. As well as sweet treats, I also cook meals for my family daily – I’ve been a vegetarian for 19 years so I am used to adapting recipes and being a bit inventive! I also love to write, so a blog seemed like the ideal way to combine everything I enjoy. The name ‘Baking With Honey’ came very naturally as I tend to call my daughter by her middle name, Honey – and as a (mostly) stay-at-home mum these days, baking with Honey is something I do all the time!
I also got tired of writing down recipes for family and friends who requested them – now they can just follow step-by-step instructions on my blog!
- Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
Everywhere. Some of my recipes are inspired by fond memories of something I’ve eaten somewhere exotic – such as my South Beach Shortbread, based on a key lime biscuit I ate in Miami! Other times, I will enjoy something like a particular flavour combination in an ice-cream, for example, and I’ll try to create a cake with the same flavour.
- What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?
Nigella Lawson started an avalanche of interest in my Peach Bellini Party Cake when she retweeted the original link to it last year. She was very kind and I was very grateful! It’s so hard trying to get your blog noticed when there are millions of others out there, so I am especially fond of that cake. It tastes pretty fantastic, too!
- What would be your dream destination regarding food?
Mexico or India. I’m mad about both types of food – and as a vegetarian, I’m spoilt for choice as both cultures are rich in dishes offering alternatives to meat. I’ve visited a few places in Mexico and absolutely loved them. India is next on my list!
- What is your most spectacular kitchen fail?
I’ve had plenty. As a passionate (but amateur) recipe developer, I consider failures to be part of the learning experience! Recently, I’ve been particularly interested in developing cool vegan recipes, which is quite challenging and has led to many kitchen disasters. One of my most epic fails happened last year, however, when I was making a five tier wedding cake for my friends. The middle tier was a carrot cake, and I managed to produce one with a completely raw centre. I was like a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Luckily, thanks to a local 24-hour supermarket and no sleep, I was able to do it again and all was well in time for the big day!
We hope you love this blog as much as we do, visit Baking with Honey to see for yourself. Also, check out our previous featured bloggers like Patisserie Makes Perfect, Culinary Canvas, The Kitchen Shed or Well Worn Whisk. Get in touch if you know any other bloggers out there who deserve a mention, simply comment below with your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in next month where we reveal the next URBAN eat blog of the month.