I absolutely love baking and try out a new recipe whenever I can. I do swear by the Hummingbird Bakery books as their recipes always turn out well; very few alterations are needed and those that I do make are marked with a small post it note. Recipe books as well as special family recipes are key to good tasting puddings and sweets.
In addition, every good baker needs the right equipment and also exquisite serving boxes, dishes or stands. West-country based company, Stevens Cornish Slate, sent me one of their handmade slate cake stands to showcase my baking goodies! I must add, I have been going to Devon and Cornwall since a very young age so it was a pleasure to come across a Cornwall business (my parents are also now based down there).
This photo really does not do the stand justice. The slate stand is made from Delabole which is considered to be one of the hardest wearing (slates) available and is only available in Cornwall. This is good news if you want to invest in a long-lasting item to your baking collection and are keen on British made goods.
So what do I love about this design? The material used is eye-catching, it definitely stands out from the crowd in comparison to the other plastic, metal or china cake stands I have had in the past. The rough chipped edge makes it look rustic and my friends loved the weightiness of it. The slate formation also means that no two pieces will ever be the same (definitely a USP)!
I must mention that Pat and Anne make up this two-person business and are based in the beautiful surroundings of Redruth, Cornwall. Typically their products, which range from coasters, side plates, placemats, cake stand and trivets to mirrors, clocks and picture frames, are sold to the hotel and restaurant trade. However I think these make ideal Christmas or birthday presents or for a wedding or party. They will add a certain touch of sophistication to any do!
They have also been ever so kind to offer a generous discount code to you (my readers). Simply log onto www.stevenscornishslate.co.uk and enter RC20 to redeem 20% off your entire shopping cart. This offer is only valid until 13th December 2013, so be sure to take advantage.