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Shameless Plea For A Vote!

Hello lovely followers, I’m writing to ask you a favour. I need your vote!

I have been shortlisted in a competition by Electrolux to win a Michelin Stared meal! I am one of 5 finalists for the UK and the entry with the most votes wins.

The competition involved uploading a food photo which linked to a film title. My entry is for the film ‘Layer Cake’.

I will be eternally grateful to anyone who votes for me. You need a Twitter account to vote and it’s a very simple process. Just click on the link below and scroll down to the entries. Click on my entry (number 5) and that’s it!

https://d1rts87l9itzp2.cloudfront.net/electrolux/flavour-of-film/index.html?region=uk

Voting closes on Thursday 30th at midnight.

Thanks in advance.

xxxxx

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Cupcake Week 2012: Who Makes The Most Beautiful Cupcakes?

To celebrate cupcake week 2012, I am going to create a cupcake gallery of beautiful handmade cupcakes. Whether you are a professional baker or a keen amateur, whatever your age or your style, I need pictures of your cakes.

All you need to do is send me your photo, your name, the name of your cake and a link to your website or social media page if you have one to be included.

I will feature all of the cakes in the gallery and then I will shortlist the best and put it to you to vote for Your Last Mouthful’s Most Beautiful Cupcake 2012.

You have until the Friday 21st September to send me your cakes. Please email them to me at nikki@yourlastmouthful.com

Get decorating!

There are going to be some changes around here…

I would like to start by thanking everyone who reads my blog, everyone who has subscribed and all of my followers on Twitter and Facebook.  I am very grateful for the support and input with the blog.

As you will know, I also have a website- yourlastmouthful.com which the blog feeds into. The website and the blog are similar and currently both feature reviews of local food businesses in Cardiff as well as news from events that we have been to.

The website is doing very well but there is a lot of ‘doubling up’ so I have decided to make some changes…

The Website

Nothing will change with the website. If you are looking for reviews on food businesses in Cardiff and a list of the best, the website is where you need to be! The website is run by myself and my husband (Mr V) and we have a small team of reviewers. We have a ‘Green Spoon Directory’ where we list all of the businesses that have been reviewed and received a green spoon. We also have articles on the latest foodie events that we have attended, foodie news and anything local to Cardiff along with a monthly competition and exclusive deals.

You can subscribe to the website to get regular updates similar to those you receive from the blog via the home page or by emailing ‘subscribe’ to nikki@yourlastmouthful.com

The Blog

Historically this blog has been specific to Cardiff and largely made up of reviews. I have a passion for all things food related and I feel that just writing about Cardiff is restrictive so going forward the blog will cast the net a lot wider and will include reviews from anywhere I visit as well as recipes, informative pieces and general food related ramblings.

I hope that you will continue to subscribe to the blog and to the website as well.

Nikki. x

The Great Roath Bake Off!

Last weekend, I was very happy to be a judge at the extremely successful Great Roath Bake Off! After meeting organiser Wayne Courtney at an event recently, I was thrilled to be asked to be involved and it really was a fantastic event and one that I would love to be involved in again.

Leading up to the event, there was quite a lot of hype on Twitter and Facebook but I had very little idea how popular the event was going to be and how many people were going to enter so when I arrived on Saturday to endless streams of people bringing in their baking creations I was shocked!

The event was held at The Coffi House in Roath. Organiser Wayne Courtney raves about this quaint little cafe and it is often the venue of choice for other events he holds to promote independent businesses and causes in Roath. I can see why. The owners and staff were lovely and the Coffi House was perfect for this type of event as it is so laid back and the whole evening had such a wonderful friendly community feel.

I watched eagerly as the cakes and bakes continued to pour through the doors until there was nowhere left to put them. The place was packed to the point where some people just couldn’t get in! My fellow judges and I (Sarah from the Cakehouse, Matt from Roathcardiff.net, and student journalist Emma Gilbertson) took our seats and the competition began!

A selection of the cakes and bakes

We judged on three categories: Taste, Presentation and Originality. With 35 entries in total, there was a lot to eat! There was a real mixture to work through from a beautifully decorated cake resembling The Coffi House, some prawn canapes (someone misunderstood what baking is), pasties, cupcakes, a ‘penis cake’, tarts and many many cakes. Some were delicious and some not so…

The Coffi House Cake

We picked three winners with first place taking the money from the entries and the raffle. We also awarded a special prize to 6 year old Silas who impressed us with his ‘weird cake’ which was smothered in chocolate and green on the inside. Very creative!

And the winners were……..

THIRD PLACE– Stefanie Lehman – Pineapple Praline Creme Torte.

This lovely cake gave us some much needed freshness after eating so many cakes. It was beautifully sweet and moist but also fresh thanks to the pineapple.

Third place- Pineapple Praline Creme Torte

SECOND PLACE- Lisa Watts – Sticky Toffee Walnut Tart

For me this one was very close to being a winner. I liked it because it was different so it really stood out. The walnuts went beautifully with the toffee in what is traditionally more likely to be a toffee and pecan tart. Lovely!

FIRST PLACE- Kate Lloyd Hughes – Earl Grey infused Chocolate Cake

Kate’s cake was a unanimous winner. It was one of the first ones we tried but it stuck in our minds. The subtle tea went beautifully with the chocolate and the moist cake was baked very well. A lovely cake.

Wayne Courtney

All in all this was a fantastic event. Wayne Courtney certainly has a knack for this kind of thing and I hope he does it again next year. Wayne will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t cook and prefers eating out so this really wasn’t something he would usually do but he was a fantastic host and organiser. There were also some great decorations from Crafty Cakes. It was a wonderful thing to see a community come together and to have such a range of people attend. I might even enter myself next year!

Leftovers!


WIN! Tickets to the YOUR LASTMOUTHFUL launch party!!!

WWW.YOURLASTMOUTHFUL.COM is officially launching on Tuesday 7th February.

To Mark the occasion, we are having a launch party at the prestigious Park House Club!

The party will start with a cocktail reception and canapes designed by Head Chef Grady Atkins and will include a chef demo as well as the opportunity to find out more about yourlastmouthful.com. There will also be the chance to network with other foodies and food businesses in Cardiff.

…….and I want you to come……………..

I am going to be giving away pairs of tickets to the launch this week starting now!

There are three ways to enter.

I want to find out what your ultimate last mouthful would be!  The best answer wins!

Tweet it!

Follow @urlastmouthful and tweet ‘I want to go to the @urlastmouthful launch party! My last mouthful is……………………’

Facebook!

Like our page and add to my page ‘I want to go to the Your Last Mouthful launch party! My last mouthful would be……………..’

Mailing List!

Join our mailing. Email Nikki@yourlastmouthful.com with the title ‘I want to go to the Your Last Mouthful launch party!’

In the email, tell me your last mouthful.

Why not do all three and have triple the chance of winning! Each entry must be different.

Competition closes Friday 3rd February at midnight. A winner will be chosen at random. Please only enter if you can make it to the launch party on 7th February at 6pm.

COMPETITION! Win a box of delicious Brownie Boo Brownies!

Following the success of my Pieminister competition, I have another one for you! This time you can win a box of delicious brownies posted straight to your door by Brownie Boo.

I was lucky enough to sample some of these last week and they are seriously good! Arriving beautifully packaged in a box and wrapped in pink paper, these would make a lovely present for someone. They taste fantastic too. They have the essential soft and moist inside which is important in any brownie but these go a step further as they are so squidgy and chocolatey.

Brownie Boo deliver all over the UK with Free Delivery and they are a great alternative to sending flowers. Not only are they at a much more reasonable price point than a bouquet of flowers, which in the current times is really important, but they are also great for sharing, so perfect for the whole family. They can be sent for birthdays, to say thank you to friends for a great weekend, to say sorry for a bereavement and congratulations to a family welcoming a new baby as well as much more. They are great for any age, male and female alike.

So how about winning a box?

There are three ways to enter this competition.

Tweet it!

Follow @urlastmouthful and tweet ‘Deliver me a box of Brownie Boo heaven! RT and follow @urlastmouthful to win’

Facebook!

Like our page and update your status to ‘deliver me a box of Brownie Boo heaven! Like Yourlastmouthful’s page to win-
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Last-Mouthful-Cardiff/164656550288939′ (don’t forget the link).

Mailing List!

Join our mailing. Email Nikki@yourlastmouthful.com with the title ‘Deliver me a box of Brownie Boo heaven!’

Why not do all three and have triple the chance of winning!

Competition closes Friday 20th January at midnight and is open to UK residents only. A winner will be chosen at random.

Competition Crazy!

WOW! What a response I had to my Pieminister competition! Over 500 entries! I have drawn a winner so please see my post above for more details.

You obviously love Pieminister Pies!

Due to the success and popularity of this competition, I think this will need to become a regular thing, starting with a new competition next week so make sure you keep up on Facebook and Twitter to see what and how you can win!

 

GOOD LUCK!

Tweet and Eat competition – Winners review!

If you haven’t entered one of my Tweet and Eat Competitions yet, keep your eyes open for the next one. Here is a review from one of my winners. Hannah entered my Tweet and Eat competition in association with Angel’s Cakes. Here’s what she won.

Hannah says:

I recently won my choice of a Giant Cupcake from the wonderful blog Your Last Mouthful.  I’ve been a fan of the blog pretty much since it started so I was super happy to have won one of her wonderful competitions!  My prize was to be made by Angel Cakes UK , a Cardiff Bay based company run by a lovely lady called Angela.  

 

I was told I didn’t have to use the prize straight away and that I could save it for a special occasion, which was perfect as my boyfriend’s birthday was coming up in September.  To celebrate we were going to New York so I called Angela with an idea of a Big Apple themed cake being made for our return. 

 

That was literally the extent of my ideas and I left it totally in her control to come up with whatever she could think of! 

WOW! did she deliver!  I received a HUGE cupcake filled with vanilla sponge, strawberry jam, cream AND Rolos, Minstrels and other yummy goodies!  She had come up with a brilliant idea of putting Hershey’s chocolate in the middle to continue with the USA theme but unfortunately I can’t bear the taste!   Awesome idea though! 

 

The decoration was amazing!!  The Giant cupcake was intricately iced with blue, white and red stars and spangled with edible glitter!  Surrounding the cake was a personalised birthday message, a Yankee’s shirt, a big apple (geddit?) and an American flag.

 

The cake came wrapped in a mass of cellophane and a huge bow – the perfect gift!

 

Last but not least all I can say was the taste was divine!!!  The sponge was so soft and tasty and although there was a lot of icing it wasn’t too much because it was the buttery kind which melts in your mouth.

 

I’m definitely going to be getting a cake from Angela at Angel Cakes UK again.  Thanks Your Last Mouthful!   

 

There are lots of competitions planned for the new year so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Win! I Want To Bake Free goodies!

I WANT TO BAKE FREE COMPETITION!

 

Win BOTH Great British Bake Off cookbooks

Series 1 [2010]

and

Series 2 [2011]

courtesy of I Want To Bake Free!

The fabulous I Want To Bake Free has a stand at the Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre ‘Festive Food Fair 2011’  on Saturday 10th December with all profits from sales on the stand going to the charity  LATCH .

I Want to Bake Free will be selling cakes, bakes and gifts, putting a festive twist on some old tea room favourites!

COMPETITION!

YOU CAN WIN… all you have to do is enter anytime on

Saturday 10th December 2011

TOP PRIZE A Copy of the Great British Bake Off Series 1 and Series 2 Cook books

along with an exclusive ‘I Want to Bake Free’ apron, teatowel, cotton bag and pin badge!

3 Ways to Enter: (TIP: Increase your chances by trying each one)

IN PERSON

Visit the I Want To Bake Free Stand

Leave your email address

AND

ON TWITTER

Follow  @want2bakefree  and  @urlastmouthful

Tweet  “I Want to Bake Free! so do you?  @want2bakefree

AND

ON FACEBOOK

Like on Facebook  http://facebook.com/iwanttobakefree

Share COMMENT, which will appear at 8am on

Saturday 10th December, to your page

The Winner:

We will be writing down everyone’s names and putting them into a hat to be drawn on Sunday 11th December by an independent adjudicator. The winner will be notified on Twitter/Facebook/Email on Sunday 11th Dec. The prizes will be posted out on Monday 12th Dec by Parcelforce 48 hours so should arrive by Wednesday 14th Dec (Well in time for Christmas).

Runners Up:

The top 5 runners up will get an EXCLUSIVE  SIGNED ‘I Want to Bake Free’ Teatowel posted to them

Everyone Else:

If you enter you will get one ‘I Want to Bake Free’ sticker! As this is raising money for charity (and trying to save money to set up a tea room) all that is asked is that you send a SAE [Stamped Addressed Envelope] I  Want To Bake Free will DM you an address on or around Saturday 10th Dec.

Cupcake week coming soon! Calling Cardiff cupcake makers!

I LOVE cupcakes! Who doesn’t? The flavours and designs are endless. Like little sugary works of art and what is better than art that you can eat?!

For those of you who agree, you will be excited to know that 12th-18th September is National Cupcake Week! A whole week were it is perfectly acceptable to over-indulge in these little sweet treats.

To mark this fantastic week, I will be celebrating by giving you 7 days of cupcake news and fun. Expect reviews of local cupcake businesses, recipes, features, info on cupcake providers in Cardiff and maybe even a competition or two.

If you are a local cupcake business and would like to get involved, please contact me for more info. I am putting together a directory of all cupcake companies in the area so if you want to be included, I need your name and contact details.

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