Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Baking cupcakes with a bun in the oven

Since I have dedicated this blog to my favourite pastimes, baking and motherhood, it seems fitting that my first post should pay equal attention to both.

This morning as I was looking for some suitable photographs to add to my blog, I came across these pictures of some cupcakes I made almost 2 and a half years ago, when I was just over 8 months blooming with my daughter. I was already living in Cape Town at the time, but I flew to England, 34 weeks and counting, to have my baby back in the motherland, where I was in the safe and reassuring hands of my own family. There, my wonderful sister and sisters in law planned a baby shower, and naturally, I took it as an opportunity to spend a disproportionate amount of time making tiny marzipan roses for cupcakes. Squint and you can see them in the pictures, on the bottom tiers.

To others, my time and effort spent making these little blooms is just, well, a waste of time, especially when you consider that they can be ready-bought for a reasonable price (Squire's Kitchen have a fantastic range). But for me, back then in particular, it was therapeutic. Sitting there, crafting miniature flowers in blue and pink for the baby that hadn't arrived yet took away the anxiety that most first time mothers-to-feel, amidst all the smiles and excitement. Of course I was quietly fretting about the impending pain of labour ("it's not called labour for nothing" my midwife soothingly told me) but the moments I took to enjoying my little hobby, breathing in the calm before the storm, helped me to think and look forward to all the beautiful moments to come, and whilst I couldn't exactly stop and smell the flowers, I got to eat them...with cake.


  1. Well done Aminah! This is brilliant :) I can't wait to read more of your blog! I love the format and background too! Very nice work, keep it up. Lots of love and hugs xxxxxxxx

  2. This is so beautifully written! I can picture you as you write this.

    I will definitely be keeping track of your advnetures..

    Write on! :)

  3. Bless you both for the encouragement! Thank you so much, keep reading as there will be recipes to follow soon...

  4. Masha-Allah Amiena, that was really beautiful. I think being pregnant really makes you want to do alot of things. I to loved baking when I was pregnant. I cannot wait to read more and to see all the exciting recipes that you have to share.

  5. ooo what a great idea. its me hubbi's bday today..i think i'll whip some up for him!! cute blog!!l

  6. ooh yes make them! I'll be posting some cupcake recipes soon on the 'recipes' page!

  7. Salaams.

    hee hee

    You backed, and I knitted.

    6 woolie hats with matching booties, and countless sweaters, of which 2 sets still remain unworn, as 2/5 of them were born in the Summer:)))

  8. when i bought my house throught costa rica homes for sale i wanted a great kitchen with a big space to put a big oven. Now i can baking every kind of cakes in there.

  9. Big kitchens are the most wonderful things in the world! We're currently renovating our house as my kitchen is pretty tiny (it's not the kitchen in the photos above, that's my Mum's kitchen!) but I hope to have a nice spacious kitchen by the end of the year. Thanks for checking out my blog!


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