September | 4th Birthday Party

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If ever there was a group of people that could do a birthday party in style, then it would be Aberdeen Bake Club.

As we mentioned last month, our previous birthday parties have always been great fun, and our Fourth Birthday was absolutely no different.

Because we’re a group of mature, sophisticated adults, there was only one way to kick off the celebrations – with a game of pass the parcel. Thank you so much to Iain for kindly organising this – we’re expecting to see the cookie cutter surprises used at future ABC events!

We had a whopping 22 attendees at our birthday party, so following our party game, and obligatory “OMG WHAT’S HAPPENING TO GBBO!” chat, we got stuck in to the bakes. No dillydallying – we all come for one thing – FOOD!

For this event, we kept our theme open and we saw a really great mix of sweet and savoury. It amazes Holly and I that after four years of Aberdeen Bake Club we still get new and exciting bakes every month. Our bakers really outshone themselves this month, both those who have been attending for a while, and those who popped along for the first time to see what the fuss was all about.

THE SAVOURY

Personally I (Colene, hi) was delighted to see so many savoury bakes. Not just because of the inevitable sugar wall we each hit each month at ABC. More because I was the weird kid that hated getting ice cream and jelly at birthday parties, and I still am the weird adult that hates trifle. On the other hand, I could LIVE on savoury party nibbles, and let’s just say not many of the items below made it home with me…

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Colene’s Pork Gyoza with Sesame Soy dip
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Ruth’s Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Rolls
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Shiv’s Cheese and Bacon Biscuits
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Iain’s Black Pudding and Walnut Sausage Rolls
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Holly’s  Pizzas – Goats Cheese and Prosciutto, and Olive and Anchovy

THE SWEET

Poop. There’s a word I never thought I’d see on an ABC Description Label.

Thankfully the poop in question was pastel sprinkles, which appeared when you snapped open Corinna’s Unicorn Pinata Cookies. Here we were bereft at the thought of no Disco Hedgehog, and along comes glitter-pooping mystical creature cookies.

Elsewhere in our Sweet loot were a number of childhood favourites, including Traffic Light Biscuits and Top Hats. Would it even really be a birthday party without Top Hats?

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Corinna’s Pooping Unicorn Cookies
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Andrea’s Malteaser Cookies
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Andrea’s Malteaser Traybake
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Morag’s Brownie Bites
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Maree’s Jam and Nutella Donuts
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Ruth’s Traffic Light Biscuits
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Rocky Road
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Lesley-Anne’s Salted Caramel Brownies

 

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Ellen’s Birthday Cake Cookies
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Lauren’s Butterfly Cakes
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Nicola’s Jelly Slices
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Gillian’s Anzac biscuits
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Nazma’s TopHats
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Nazma’s Apple Pie Bites and Caramel Dipping Sauce
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Sarah’s Chocolate Brownie Cookies

 

AND THE CAKES… 

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that one of the rules of Aberdeen Bake Club is “No Competition”. Believe me, there were no awards or medals handed out at our Birthday event, but some of the cakes brought along would easily have claimed Star Baker on GBBO.

The work that went into these was insane, and it won’t come as a surprise that there weren’t many slices left to be had at the end of the night.

Particular mention has to go to Katy who made the beautiful White Chocolate Drip cake below, adorned with macarons and chocolates. Katy is getting married very soon, and is doing ABC proud by baking a different cake for the centre piece at EVERY table at her wedding. We can’t wait to hear how it all goes, and wish her the best of luck.

But back to birthday cakes..

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Katie’s White Chocolate Drip Mocha Cake

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Rachael’s Top Hat Surprise Cake

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Julie’s Rainbow Cake

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Jenna’s Party Pinata Cake

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Iain and Nicole’s Coffee and Cream Cake

Our next event is our annual GBBO Final meet. We ask bakers to either use inspiration from the themes from this year’s GBBO, bake one of the contestant’s recipes, or even take on one of the technical challenges

If you fancy heading along, hop over to our Facebook page and click attending so we can make sure we’ve got enough plates and cutlery. As we’ve never had this event in Soul before, we still need to work out TV logistics, but will update you on what’s happening on social media.

Thanks again to all who made our birthday party a success, and to those who continue to support Aberdeen Bake Club after four very fast years.
Hip hip hooray!

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