Remember the last time you had a bad cold and lost all you sense of smell and taste, food just seems unimportant, you no longer desire food. According to Dr Hayley Willacy we need our sense of smell to determine whether we are in danger. Before my husband puts anything in his mouth, he sniffs it. I hope it’s not because he is concerned that I am about to poison him but more of a way to tantalise his taste buds.
So how do I tantalise your taste buds?
My aim for every cake is to ensure its recipient feels special and loved that they are salivating at the idea of eating it. The best way I know of doing this is to sync my cakes with their happiest, proudest moments and taste and smell is a great way to do this. Try sitting with your eyes closed for a moment, recall memories of the favourite meal that your gran made for you or your favourite chocolate bar you had as a child. You can’t help but bring a smile to your face. I hope that the flavourings I use in each of makes will take people back to those special moments.
What are flavourings:
Flavourings have been used for centuries and can take a variety of forms including,
herbs, spices, oils, extracts, adding ingredients such as fresh fruit, salt or cocoa or adding a drop of artificial food flavourings.
As I look back on my life I can reflect on the change of flavours that were popular at the time, in the 80s it was black forest gateau and arctic rolls, into the 90s I remember falling in love with the smell of a vesta curry and the taste of a curly wurly. Then I discovered the wonderful taste and aroma of Turkish delight, a favourite of mine ever since. It recent years there has been a rise in modern creative flavours such as Biscoff, peanut butter and salted caramels.
My favourite flavours:
The flavour I simply can’t stomach!
Like everything in life, as well as the things you love there is always something you dislike and for me that is definitely coffee. I love the smell of fresh ground coffee, but I would never thank you for a coffee and walnut cake a coffee biscuit or a coffee revel. It’s a taste I simply cannot stomach.
Experimenting with flavours:
The beauty of being a cake maker is the opportunity to play around with flavours and so this month I am going to try my hand at turning my husband’s favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding into a Sticky Toffee cake. Watch this space and I will let you know how it goes.
I am always interested in hearing about new combinations of flavours, let me know your experiences with flavourings and your share your favourites.
Before creating and flavouring any cake the priority must be on running a hygienic kitchen. Tomorrow I will share with you all my top cleaning tips. Until then have a peaceful Sunday.