Ever struggle with what to get for the baker in your life? If they’re anything like me they probably already have just about every baking related thing ever invented – OK, that’s an exaggeration, but, still it can be difficult buying gifts for bakers.

How about a hamper full of stocking fillers like baking supplies, equipment etc? I’d be happy to receive something like this and often ask for flavourings or piping nozzles in my stocking.

I’ve included the more unusual / novelty items in this list and tried to cater to all budgets.

imagePersonalised Wooden Cupcake Spoon £8.50

imageFerris Wheel Cupcake Stand £8.50

I LOVE and NEED this cupcake stand in my life (*hint* *hint*). Granted too big to go in a hamper but you could use it as the basis of the hamper and add little gifts to Ferris Wheel itself.

imageCheat Sheet Apron $18.95

imagePersonalised ‘Big Baking Bowl’ £34.95

I have a mixing bowl like this, it was my great nan’s and I love it… Again, this is too big to go in a hamper but could make a good container for the hamper?

image Handpainted Mini Rolling Pins £4.50 – I think these are really cute. :-)

You can also include things like:

  • Sprinkles
  • Boxed mixes, cookies, cakes, cupcakes etc. I prefer the novel ones like Scooby Doo pancake mix
  • Measuring cups or spoons
  • Spatulas
  • Oven gloves

Here are a few ideas of complete hampers.

Source: Pinterest (original source website no longer exists).

Source: The Tip Garden.com

Source: Capture the Moment

If you’re budget is unlimited or you’re looking for one main gift, how about one of these (of course check they don’t already own and will have use for it first!)…

KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer £449.00


Tomorrow is Ryan’s birthday (and Back to the Future day). Unfortunately, he’s working until 22.00pm so we decided to celebrate today.

There was presents, singing and of course, cake… I baked a vanilla sponge cake with chocolate frosting. He loved it. :-)

You will need
For the cake:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
20 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkles for the funfetti look
2 teaspoon water

For the filling:
Strawberry jam

For the frosting:
2 cup unsalted butter, softened (but not melted)
5 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon table salt
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons water
Chocolate; grated for topping (optional)


For the cake:

Preheat your oven to 180ºC

Combine together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Add the butter and beat until creamy and smooth.

Add the granulated sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and water.

Add the sprinkles and stir well – I didn’t use enough so it’s hard to tell it’s a funfetti cake!

Pour the cake batter into your cake pan.
Bake until the cake is lightly golden and slightly firm, for about 30 minutes.

Leave to cool then transfer to a wire rack.

Spread the strawberry jam over the bottom layer cake. Flip the second cake (bottom side up) on top.

For the frosting:

Cream the butter until creamy.

Add the confectioners (powdered) sugar and cocoa powder into the mixing bowl. Mix well.

Frost the cake (I used a pallet knife) and add the grated chocolate (optional).

Enjoy! :-)


October 2015 was the time Marty McFly travelled to the future in Back to the Future part 2. Specifically on October 21st, which also happens to be Ryan’s birthday.

I was lucky enough to attend the official 30th anniversary of Back to the Future reunion at London Film and Comic con this year, there was a lot of Back to the Future merchandise around (hoverboards (they didn’t hover though, so more like replica skateboards! Still cool though.), Marty’s jacket, Marty hats etc). Some stars of the films were there and we went to the Back to the Future talk. Got some free Back to the Future goodies. It was a amazing experience… Ryan had his photo taken in the Delorean!

The guests from the films were:

  • Michael J. Fox – Marty McFly(!)
  • Christopher Lloyd – Dr. Emmett Brown(!)
  • Lea Thompson – Lorraine Baines
  • Claudia Wells – Jennifer Parker
  • Marc McClure – Dave McFly
  • Frances Lee McCain – Stella Baines
  • James Tolkan – Mr. Strickland
  • Donald Fullilove – Goldie Wilson
  • Harry Waters Jr. – Marvin Berry


(Sorry for the blurry photo, it’s cropped – we were quite far back)

To mark the 30th anniversary and the fact that it’s Back to the Future day, Ryan and I are having a Back to the Future marathon – unfortunately, this will probably be on the 20th as he’s at work until 10pm on the 21st… his birthday.

I remember the first time I watched these films. It was in my college years (so mid 2000s), I was with Mark then and he couldn’t believe I’d never seen the movies, he was a fan. We went out and bought the complete box set on DVD and proceeded to watch all three films back to back. I was hooked.

I can’t choose a favourite Back to the Future film, but I do like MArty trying to get his parents together in the 50s and playing the guitar at the dance, the hoverboard chase in the second film and Jaws 19’s billboard. The western theme in the third one is very good and I love that Doc gets a happy ending. :-)