Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Positive Vibes Purple Baking Challenge

I know it's bad form to publicly admit you're bored, but sometimes it happens, although luckily Twitter came to the rescue on this occasion. I don't mean I spent endless hours trawling all the gossip, links, and general twit-chat people had been posting, I found something fun to get involved with instead.

Fresh from the oven, but not looking very purple!
The Positive Vibes project is headed up by RRS Counselling, and promotes creativity and the positive effects it can have on your well-being and mental health.

This could mean music, photography, art, baking and more. As someone who has, and still does experience mental health issues, I know first hand how wonderful creative hobbies can be, and how much they have helped - so when I saw a Twitter post asking for people to join in with a baking challenge I jumped at the chance.

Inspired by the 'Depressed Cake Shop' idea, which aims to raise awareness of depression through a pop-up selling grey cakes, this baking challenge, Positive Vibes wanted some baking bloggers to create something for a fun feature on their website. Thankfully the challenge this time was to create something purple (I really didn't fancy making a grey cake!) , and I knew right away what I wanted to make.

One Complete Purple Cake
My purple bake of choice was a yummy blackcurrant cake - the fruit goes purple when cooked, so I think that fits the bill. I also treated myself to some glitter icing tubes, and violet food colour gel for the decoration. I was a little nervous baking it, as I don't always have the best of success with cakes (sometimes they come out smaller than expected), but this one worked out pretty well, and judging by what's left, passed the taste test too. It was a lot of fun to make, and was just the distraction I needed on a Saturday morning. My icing skills are improving as well!

I don't get the chance to bake as often as I'd like - we don't always eat much cake, but it is something I can lose myself in when I am restless, and while I may not be a contender for Great British Bake Off, I think my purple baking has passed the Positive Challenge.

Obligatory taste test - nom nom!

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