My Baking workshops are back after a little break to accomodate covid and baby-having!
Last Saturday, 18th September, I welcomed five new bakers to my vegan baking workshop, Let's Bake Vegan! in Caerwent's village hall. We had a lovely afternoon baking, chatting about vegan issues and sharing tips, and playing vegan inspired games.
My bakers went home with six buns from each of these three delicious recipes...
- Coffee Cake
- Cherry and Almond Cake
- Banana Coconut Cake
They are all simple recipes you can replicate at home (recipes plus a bonus one in the goodie bags went home with the participants), and the ingredients are pretty 'normal', things you will probably already have in your cupboard at home. Nice and easy!
The goodie bags were a hit and overall, and even though a couple of bakers slipped and put too much apple cider vinegar in their buns, my bakers rated this workshop 10/10. So pleased!
HUGE thanks to Suzanne, my glamourous potwash/oven watcher/fusebox finder helper for the afternoon! ♡
Keep your eyes peeled for more workshops coming soon!
For Goodness Cake
Sustainable September is a month-long exploration of sustainability in every form it comes in - even in the form of cakes!
I love a national month or awareness day... and what better than the environmentally friendly ones? It got me re-considering the impact For Goodness Cake has on the natural world and how I can reduce it further.
1. My cakes don't come wrapped in plastic.
I used recyclable cardboard cupcake boxes (still looking for good cupcake boxes which don't have a plastic window though...) and cardboard cake boxes and boards. If I do need some sort of wrap, I always use foil which can be recycled very easily.
2. Vegan customers (and therefore vegan cake) are my largest audience.
These cakes - obviously - have no dairy in them, which makes their carbon footprint that much smaller. Cows and dairy farming are significant contributors to global warming, so using non-dairy milk reduces this.
3. All my food waste is recycled via the local council's scheme.
Fairtrade (which in itself is beneficial to the environment in its way) banana skins, pistachio shells, strawberry tops... in it all goes!
4. My home and business base is powered by a green utilities supplier - find yours here!
Also, on an energy theme, I try to use the oven just once a day, often baking my cakes just before putting the dinner on to save re-heating the oven.
5. I deliver and also shop (where possible) locally...
... doing all my errands and cake deliveries in one hit, reducing the need for individual trips. My brother has an electric Mini, which I am insanely envious of, but for now, my super unleaded Corsa will have to do. Could be worse... could be better!
6. All my recyclable waste is put in our recycling containers.
From empty plastic jars of coconut oil to glass jam jars, I make sure everything I can recycle is recycled. Thanks Monmouthshire Council!
The protection of the environment is a very important aspect of my life and I am proud to have established a relatively 'green' and thriving business.
If you're after more environmental awareness weeks or days, take a look here!
Happy Sustainable September!
For Goodness Cake
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