What’s it all about?

Hi, I’m Jen and I love to bake. Most things really, but cakes are a firm favourite. This is me:

After spending many-a-time flicking through my iPhone photos saying “I made something like that once…”, I decided it was about time to step things up a level and put all my creations together in one place.

So here we are. A lot of cakes, a lot of photos, and behind the scenes one very sticky kitchen, shared with a boyfriend and two ever-hungry kittens happy to taste anything sent their way.

The kittens in question – although born in August 2011 they’re pretty much fully fledged cats now – are probably my biggest fans. Or at least, they spend the most time staring at me with adoring eyes whenever I’m in the kitchen! As with a lot of pets, they are fully-fledged hoovers, and will try anything that falls onto the floor during cooking.

They are called Chilli and Pepper – Chilli is the black and white to the right, and Pepper is the grey tabby on the left. 2 sisters who we adopted from the brilliant RSPCA in Derby.

They also enjoy tea with their cake – and you can see how teeny they were when we first got them:

And this is Rob:

He too, eats most things. Sometimes he stares at me adoringly too. He is a painter and decorator, bass player in a band, and certified cake tester. Dislikes: cleaning the kitchen after I’ve been baking; buying ingredients (and supermarket shopping as a whole).

I hope you enjoy my blog – maybe find some inspiration, learn something, or just enjoy what we’ve been up to. If you’d like to get in touch I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment below / on one of the posts, contact me via email bakearama – at – hotmail – dot – com, or find me on twitter: @bakearamauk.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. kerrycooks says:

    Blogger meet up August 25th? Thinking new CK shop will be open by then!

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    1. bakearama says:

      Sounds great!

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      1. kerrycooks says:

        Yay! I will see if the made do ladies can make it

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      2. bakearama says:

        Hooray! What time is the fete on Sunday? Do I need to bring anything – cakes or otherwise?!

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      3. kerrycooks says:

        Hooray! Its 11am to 3pm. If you’d like to bring a cake along that would be lovely! Otherwise, just yourself!

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      4. bakearama says:

        As if you even have to ask! Now I just have to decide what to make… 🙂
        Have you seen the food & drink festival is starting today as well? Hoping to pop in for a bit on Sunday too!

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      5. Lynette Pinchess says:

        Hi Jen
        I’m a feature writer at the Nottingham Post and I’ve just stumbled across your blog. I’m looking for keen bakers who can contribute a one-off cake recipe (can be from a book as long as we credit them in some way) and photo for a column I have to fill each week.
        one. Not sure if you live/work in Derby or Nottingham though? Would you be interested? Thanks Lynette

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      6. bakearama says:

        Wow thank you, yes I’d absolutely love to! Am Nottingham born and bred and we live in Long Eaton at the moment 🙂
        Do you want to email me your details and we can talk more? Address is bakearama (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  2. Nice!! I really like your intro. Looking forward to seeing the cakes and hearing more about Chili, Pepper and Rob, not necessarily in that order. Lol Do you bake to sell to others or for pleasure? Have you been baking long? Baking is my first kitchen love! I’m really excited to learn from you! Keep up the blogging! Loved your piece on the thea cafea too! Looks like a really cool place. Thanks so much for dropping by my place the other day AND for following! I hope never to disappoint but to inspire everybody to get in the kitchen. It’s a great place to be, right? Blog on my dear, blog on!

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    1. bakearama says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments!

      In answer to your questions, all my baking is for pleasure, but most of it is for other people – birthday cakes, presents, parties etc. You’d be surprised how many occasions I can come up with for making a cake! 🙂
      I have been baking since I was little. My grandma was a great baker, my brother and I used to spend a lot of time with her after school and in the holidays, while my parents were at work.
      My parents too like to cook – whenever we had guests over, we’d get the recipe book out so there were some nice treats waiting, and why change the habit of a lifetime!

      Thanks for following as well – hope you continue to enjoy, I will certainly bake and blog as much as my time and kitchen let me!!

      Hope to hear more from your kitchen soon too – it sounds as though you have a large family to cook for which must keep you busy?

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  3. Carine says:

    Kitchens with cats are the best 😉
    Thanks for following my blog 🙂

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    1. bakearama says:

      Apart from when a stray cat hair finds it’s way into your icing, plays havoc with piping 😉

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  4. Hi there I wanted to thank you for following my blog 🙂 nice intro will be back to view your cakes!

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    1. bakearama says:

      No worries and thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks for visiting The He Said She Said Experience and liking our post about Babycakes Cupcakery!

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  6. notedinnashville says:

    I have nominated you for a Liebster Award at http://notedinnashville.com/2012/12/26/liebster-award/.

    If you don’t wish to accept the award, just let the offer dissolve into the World Wide Web. I’ll still be your blogging buddy. 🙂 -Anita

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  7. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

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  8. notedinnashville says:

    Hi Jen!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a blog award at http://notedinnashville.com/2013/02/08/the-big-thumbs-up/. If you don’t accept awards, no worries. I’ll still be your blogging buddy. I truly enjoy your work, and I hope 2013 brings you lots of success. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Thanks for checking out my blog and my Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Bars! I hope you get a chance to try a recipe or two from my blog sometime. I look forward to following your yummy posts in the future!

    -Christine

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  10. Dave says:

    Jan, love your cheerful blog – thank you for sharing your wonderful creations.

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  11. Winnie says:

    I am very interested in your silver service afternoon tea cake stand. Where did you get it?

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    1. bakearama says:

      Hi Winnie, thanks for stopping by! In which post is the cake stand featured?

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  12. Hi Jen and thank you for stopping by my blog! I remember stumbling upon your site over the holidays and enjoying those Christmas Lights cupcakes you had made. Today I actually looked deeper into your blog and you are so talented at decorating cakes. Anyways, have a great night. =)

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  13. Chaz says:

    Hi Jen would love for you to come and check out my place for your next blogger meet up its Devlicious Cakery, 33 Melton Road Leicester, we specialise in eggless cakes so do come and try us

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  14. Hey, I just wanted to say I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award, I know you’ve been nominated for blogs before and don’t have to do anything but I just wanted to pass it on again!! http://goodfoodseeking.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/blog-awards-2/

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  15. Hi Jen! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award. Feel free to answer the questions and pass it along. =)

    http://dessertsforsharing.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/the-liebster-award/

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  16. fudgingood says:

    Congratulations! You have been nominated for the Versatile blogger award. Please collect it at

    https://fudgingood.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/thank-you-for-my-veratile-blogger-award/

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  17. Lily says:

    Hey Jen, big fan of your recipes and photography, do you want to join our WP group board on Pinterest? Here’s my post about it http://wp.me/p4eIMh-dV Let me know if you are interested. Would love to have you:)

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    1. bakearama says:

      Thanks Lily! I’m not big on pinterest but would like to be – will see if I can figure it out a bit more 🙂

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  18. Shari says:

    Hi, Just wanted to stop by and say hi. We have a love of baking cakes in common. I actually like to bake all kinds of desserts as well. I look forward to checking out your recipes.

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  19. Your kittens are adorable and your description about your boyfriend is humorous! I look forward to following your blog. I’m not a big baker so your recipes will come in handy!

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    1. bakearama says:

      Thank you! Let me know how you get on with any of the recipes.

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