I believe healthy cakes can exist and be good for wellbeing! I started baking when I was ill myself so I have always been an advocate for the curing power of baking.
I discovered baking with lavender which I love especially as lavender is such a good herb for its calming properties. It tastes delicious in cakes & biscuits when you get it right. (Tricky as you have to get the right balance to avoid it being soapy!)
I was then given Harry Eastwood’s cookbook of natural cakes made with vegetables and discovered a recipe for chamomile cupcakes.
My idea of “Beck’s Apothecary of Buns” was born (with thanks to Paddy Lund from Krysalis for the title over drinks in the pub!)
I love the idea of a range of cup cakes – or buns as they are called here in Yorkshire- with positive wellbeing qualities: lavender for stress; chamomile for sleep; rosemary & lemon for memory etc.
It stayed as only an idea until I got together with Jenny from Active Eat who is a qualified Nutritionist. We have started working together on making healthy cakes. Yes they really can exist! I’m also working with Mina from Msitu Forage & Feast and baking gluten free cakes for her sales page on Facebook Mina’s Gluten Free Posse. Mina is a wild food expert and very knowledgeable in the healing power of wild plants.
Jen and I used some of Mina’s foraged Lime flowers to create a healthy cake recipe which is gluten free, low sugar, vegan and still tastes darn good. I have played around with it some more and come up with 2 wellbeing cupcakes which are the start of my Apothecary of Buns range:
Good night’s Sleep Bun: Lime flower with almonds & figs. These gorgeous cupcakes are perfect for a good night’s sleep or just a spot of relaxation. Lime flower & almonds are both good for sending you off to sleep. Figs are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Also soluble fibre which makes them great for including in cakes for diabetics as they help lower blood sugar & the cake contains very very little sugar
De-stress Bun: Lime flower with lemon & barberry. These delicious cupcakes are great if you are feeling stressed. Limeflower is great for relieving tension & anxiety whilst Barberries help in boosting the body’s immune system. The home made lemon & orange peel & the lemony barberries tone beautifully with the citrus flavour of Mina’s foraged Limeflowers. Also low in sugar, gluten free & vegan so a guilt-free treat
Both currently available though Mina’s Gluten Free Posse on Facebook.
What other cakes that do you good would you like to see ?