Things don’t quite go to plan.

I’m struggling, my creative inspiration seems to have disappeared into thin air.

I wanted to bring you fantastic projects for Valentines and Pancake Day but nothing seems to be working quite right.

I made these…


and these…

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and these…

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but all have been deemed not quite up to par so they haven’t made it to the blog 🙁

I’ve been upto my eyes in the manuscript edit for my bread book out later this year, I’m permanently cross eyed! (note the obligatory cup of tea)


I’ve been helping eldest revise for his Science ISA exam, if you want to know how to plan preliminary experiments, create a reproducible test or write an argument to support a scientific hypothesis then I’m your girl.

The fridge packed up – an expensive disaster!

Not wanting to poison any of my lot I ordered a new one from Appliances Online, and before you ask it’s not a freebie to get a mention on the blog 😉

Ordered Friday evening and it was delivered on Sunday.  We had so many updates by phone and text to confirm the delivery slot, the driver even phoned me to say he’d be with me in half an hour.  Their service was FANTASTIC and I can’t recommend them highly enough.


This is probably the one and only time I’d be willing to share a photo of the inside of my fridge!

No sooner was the delivery van pulling out of the end of the road than I discover the freezer has too taken a death dive, I’m not sure my bank balance can take it!  Yesterdays tea was potluck plates, we all ended up with something different,  we’ve all done that trying to use up what’s in the freezer (or in my case the completely defrosted freezer.)  Boys are hoping for a better evening meal tonight.

So it looks like I’ll be back to Appliances Online to order a new freezer.

They say things come in three’s – two down, one to go, I just hope it’s not another expensive one.

But it’s not all doom and gloom I’ve been doing some fun stuff too:-

I was sent the very first copy of The Pink Whisk Guide to Cake Making – Brilliant Baking Step by Step.  It’s out in April – eeek!


I’ve been on shoot working on the photos for the bread book, hard work, lots of washing up but great fun, and some great breads too.  More days to do still but it’s getting there.


 I wonder if Appliances Online’s excellent customer service will stretch to rebaking all the bread I lost that was stashed in the freezer for this weeks shoot?

I’ve been filming some mini how to videos at home for The Pink Whisk Shop – tips and techniques for all sorts of products, I just have to psych myself up for the editing now.

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 Practising10 – Click on the link for a quick video of me forgetting completely who I am and what I’m doing –   I promise the finished videos will be much better!

And making a cake for a very wonderful lady to celebrate her 90th Birthday.


Ooh and a quick one to add in the end, the lovely folks at Lakeland have just sent me a Crepe Pan and Citrus Spray – I may just have to revisit those scotch pancakes…


So now I’ve regaled you with tales of normal family life hopefully I’ll be back with a recipe and project when I can create something that passes muster!

Ruth x

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Meet me down the aisles of The Pink Whisk Shop – for all sorts of cake decorating and baking delights!

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60 Responses to Sometimes….

  1. Wow! Looks like you’ve been a very busy lady lately! I don’t blame you for not being able to post those bakes – I’m not even half as busy and it takes me ages to post anything, and many more often go unblogged. Also good to know Appliances Online has such wonderful service, we hope to be moving soon so will keep them in mind when we need to order new appliances.

    Looking forward to your new books!

  2. Clare Revell says:

    I love the look of those love heart biscuits/cakes/whatevers. I write romance so they’d be perfect lol

  3. Hi Ruth I love reading your posts and you make feel like I want to bake, just wish I had all your energy. I have some freshh cream to use up so a fatless sponge cake in order for hubby. I also have used Appliances online and there service as well as price was excellent. Happy baking!

  4. Mieke says:

    oh dear, that video! I know the feeling, I feel for you girl!!!

  5. Maria says:

    Hi Ruth, sounds like a tough week, can’t help with much but I’m a science teacher if you/ your son needs any help, Isas can be tricky what with all the jumping through hoops you need to do. Maria x

    • Thank you Maria I wish I’d known! He took his second ISA last Friday, he got a D for the first one so asked for my help in preparing. Its not easy when you have to try and learn things to help him do better, hopefully this one went better for him, I know I’ve learnt a lot! xx

  6. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for showing us, that nobody is perfect 🙂 I am also struggling with a few recipes at the moment and feeling I that I am quite neglecting my blog… But as you have shown, things don’t always go the way we want them to 🙂 So thanks for being just as normal as any of us, haha!
    Take care, Rebecca

  7. Paula says:

    I look forward to both your books but especially the bread one as I love making my own.

  8. Jules says:

    You certainly have been busy! I think we’ve all had days like that. I know I certainly have things that will never make the blog. I was looking at Applicances Online for my new fridge & dishwasher yesterday. I’m glad the service was good.

  9. Chris says:

    I’m impressed that you had a plan- my husband would fall over in amazement if I started planning!
    Your cooking looks amazing – mine is always a disaster
    I do however share your enthusiasm for appliances online who answered a million questions before I ordered my cooker from them – delivery scheduled for next week as I’ll be home over half-term
    Love the blog

  10. Alison says:

    Hi Ruth your posts do cheer me up! 🙂

  11. Caroline Head says:

    I completely agree about appliances online, we had a tumble dryer from them. Updates a plenty and delivery on a Sunday too! Fabulous!
    Love reading your updates x

  12. Cookie K says:

    I love the cake you have made it looks so effective with the lilac and ivory. How do you get it to look so perfect? When i put the icing on it always looks lumpy and the shape of the cake shows through. Am i rolling out the icing too thin but then im frightened incase it cracks if its too thick. Help!!!!

    • I think yes your icing is too thin, the trick to it not cracking is warming it up enough through kneading, only roll out and cover once it’s supple enough, that should stop it cracking x

  13. Diane says:

    I bought my big drawer freezer from Appliances Online and also thought they were fantastic. Why is that everything happens at once. Things can only go one way now and thats up. And a bread book! Now that i can’t wait for. Take care. x

  14. Frankie says:

    Love and hugs Ruth, it’ll be ok, everything will sort itself out and quieten down soon. I hope the little parcel I sent arrives soon. Maybe keep a Lucky Charms bar for yourself as a little treat and sugar burst xxx

  15. Franziska says:

    Ruth, have a look at freegle UK. When mine packed up I found a fridge freezer that looked like brand new and works fine! And it’s all for zero money!

  16. Sarah says:

    That cake is beautiful! I’d love to read a post on that, looks v. complicated so maybe a simplified version… 😉

  17. Lorraine New says:

    Looks brilliant you should be so proud of yourself xx

    Keep up the good work nice to see someone doing something they love


  18. Louise Emere says:

    Wow! Where do you get your energy? Love the cake for the 90th. Very elegant. Here in South Africa we are watching reruns of the Great British bake off – I am loving it all over again and still think you should have won because you were the most creative. But hey, look at you now. Keep up the good work. I love your recipes and have a fab tomato tart that is so easy. I make it upside down in a flan tin. Put the tomato mixture in the flan tin and then cut a circle of puff and lay it over. Squish it into the flan ridge and add some more rolled out sausages of puff to build up the flan edge. when cooked (180 Degrees Celsius) one puts the pie on a plate and in one swift movement you flip it over. It is so beautiful. Tomato mix is romanato tomatoes olive oil and basil. With a little sugar and thyme. Caramalise a little in a pan before laying in the flan tin. Once pie is flipped sprinkle with crumbled feta and lots of basil leaves. Its quick and looks awesome. You can make the tart as little tartlets in a heart shaped silicon muffin mould. Flip it over and you have lovely red tartlets for Valentines! Hope you can make sense of my jumbled order for the recipe. Bake for as long as is required for tart pastry to looked puffed and brown. Byeee Louise

  19. Ursula says:

    Aww, your going through it Ruth! Hope nothing else packs up on you.
    I just had to google how to fix my fridge freezer a couple of weeks ago, I feel like Superwoman!

  20. Louise Brimelow says:

    Ruth Clemens has more mojo than any one I know!!!
    Just look at those love heart biscuits!! D E L I C I O U S
    Wish I had but half her talent!!
    I was privileged to watch Ruth at the photo shoot for the bread book last week.
    The time, care and dedication she puts in to making sure ‘each and every recipe’ is spot on……. is awesome!!
    And all so bakers like us can eat great food made at home.
    True inspiration. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Also Ruth, if you haven’t found your mojo by weekend, we shall have to have mojito to find the mojo!! Hic!!!

    Love me. Xxxx

  21. fiona taylor says:

    I have had a rubbish start to this year too, things can only get better… heres hoping for you as well. The Love Heart biscuits look really nice by the way. 🙂

  22. Grainne Redmond says:

    Those love heart biscuits look divine – are you SURE they didn’t pass muster????

  23. Alice Hassett says:

    those love heart biscuits look amazing I’d love the recipe for them 🙂

  24. Nadia says:

    Hi Ruth,
    Don’t despair! It’s great to see that even you have trying times like the rest of us. I’ve just enjoyed watching you again on the Great British Bake Off as they’ve repeated it again here in Australia and it’s truly amazing to see how far you’ve come. Never forget how terrific you are!! Can’t wait for the books.

  25. Nadia says:

    Oh, and here’s a suggestion for next year’s Valentine’s Day – heart shaped whoopie pies. I’ve just made my first batch of whoopie pies last weekend and I really liked them. If you can find a way of piping the mixture into a heart shape, they would be a perfect VD treat.

  26. Helen Atkins says:

    Hello Ruth, Just finished watching the first season of the Great British Bake Off in Australia. I know it must seem like ages ago but I am a bit slow to get to watch some TV shows. I really did want you to win but so happy you have created the Pink Whisk. Now to buy the books.

  27. Hang in there. It sounds like you are doing an absolutely amazing job to me.

  28. Laura says:

    Love heart biscuits look fab! I may try those out myself. How did you do the writing? It doesn’t look iced, but so neat like its written with a pen!

  29. petra norris says:

    I’m not surprised you are lacking inspiration, you work so hard and don’t deserve the double whammy of fridge and freezer doing the dirty on you. We will just have to wait for you to relax and allow your grey matter to catch up. Keep smiling Ruth 🙂

  30. Diane says:

    I hope someone will make me such a beautiful birthday cake if I’m lucky enough to reach 90!

  31. Stephanie says:

    I really enjoy looking at your blog. I feel your pain as my dishwasher packed in mid load half an hour before my dinner party at the weekend! I’m sure your bakes will be perfect once you get the kitchen back to normal!

  32. Sri says:

    Dear Ruth, I have been meaning to post to you since you wrote this but procrastinated, obviously you are rocking again but still wanted to write-

    I found your blog when I wanted to bake my own Xmas cake for the first time ( it was already the 1st of dec by then).. After reading through scores of websites, yours was the one that just stood out.. The quality of the writing, photos of every step, all the possible doubts I came up with were already answered in your post. Needless to say, the cake was an absolute hit and I got so many positive comments (I duly gave you credit and recommended your site:-)). Also this was our first Xmas away from home ( I m originally from India) and the cake meant a lot more – it symbolised us starting our own family traditions and making some great memories..

    Thank you & keep going strong xx

  33. Mary Watters says:

    Just thought you’d like to know that Colourworks do a pink crepe pan. Love your blogs and recipes. I’m currently trying out a few of the cakes from your book. It’s great.

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