A fortnight ago I was invited along to something rather exciting: my first blogger event. Invited does imply that I was selected to attend, when in actual fact since the inception of our Twitter I have been all but begging the very enterprising Ellie ( of Little Ellie Mae) to add me to the guest list.
This event could not have been better suited to my personality: it was an informal picnic, where people brought and shared snacks with a baking competition at its core!!! I Love baking, it is honestly one of my favourite things to do, and as any of my close friends and colleagues can attest I’m not too shabby. I also have a signature bake: Chocolate Brownies. So I was in my element.
As far as baking goes I’m organised to an extent, but I also tend towards “making do”. My entry for the competition was a batch of: Triple Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownies. This was due to two reasons: I forgot to buy fudge, and Id accidentally made too much caramel the week before. So I substituted the fudge for caramel, and not only did it taste amazing, I think adding the caramel to the chocolate butter mix caused the caramel to taste “salted”.
When it comes to event day, I was feeling slightly nervous; I knew none of the other bloggers and was attending the event stag, both Sally and my other blogger friend were unable to attend. When I found the location (which was so beautiful, your typical “English Park”) I popped my offering with the rest of the food on the picnic table, and sat under the gazebo with the other bloggers. Who were some of the nicest, most welcoming people. Very friendly and happy to chat with a new blogger, I honestly felt like I’ve made a few firm blogging friends. It was a very welcoming event as well with a few of the bloggers bringing their children or families with them.
It was a lovely event with everyone chatting about a previous week’s event at Lush Plymouth, beauty, style, local life, musicals. Anything and everything. I also wasn’t the only blogger to arrive slightly late, Kim arrived a little while after me with a bake that stole the show.
One of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen, the level of detail and skill that went into this bake. I was very in awe of Kim’s ability. And this beautiful cake tasted so good, between the multiple layers of cake there was buttercream and raspberries, with the same to ice the outside. Its probably one of the best slices of cake I’ve ever had. (I feel a bit like Tamal from last weeks bake off talking about that sandwich). It was a well-deserved win of Star Baker, the sheer amount of time and planning that went into the cake deserves an accolade.
After the cakes and snacks had been devoured, everyone packed up to go to various events (lunches and cider festivals) to take some outfit photos, or just get on with their days. If you’re a Plymouth based or local blogger I recommend dropping Ellie a Tweet or DM to find out about the next one. I could not recommend attending it highly enough.
If you want me to do a post on my Brownie Recipe, let me know in the comments!
If you wanted to read some of the posts from others on the pic nic:
Ellie: Plymouth Bloggers Picnic
Megan: Plymouth Blog Meet Picnic – 05/09/15
Shula: Plymouth Blog Meet and Frog Cupcakes Recipe
Kim: Lemon + Raspberry Flower Celebration Cake
Nicole: Plymouth Blogger Picnic