Cotswold Cook is the brain child of Ryan Butler, a chef with 10 years experience based in Cirencester.

I’m happy to have the opportunity to interview Ryan and found out more about his new venture : Cotswold Cook.

When did you get into cooking?
I started cooking at 21 and became friends with a guy called Paul Mottram who inspired me to go to college and get a career

What chefs inspire you?
Tom Kerridge he’s a local guy and a phenomenal chef. Paul Motteram Hotel du Vin Cheltenham, Olivier Mulkerin Le Savours Exmouth, Ferren Adria, Heston Marco Grant Achatz I find inspiration in many

What is your style of cooking?
Modern British, French undertones but with modern techniques, the emphasis definitely on big flavours and bright colour.


Your favourite places to eat in the Cotswolds?
The Falcon Inn, Poulton is a great place. Great food and a really nice atmosphere; also Piazza Fontana is a wonderful little Italian

How did you come up with the idea for ‘Cotswold Cook’?
Food is massive business these days but surprisingly the Mother teaching her children doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should everyone is so busy so I wanted to bring back that togetherness really get people stuck in.


What events can you cater for?
I work full-time so this is still in its growth period but realistically anything
If your holding a birthday party but don’t have time to cater we can do it for you
If you and your friends want to eat restaurant standard food in the comfort of your own home.
We can do it for you
If you want to learn enough to cater for a dinner party and impress your family with your fresh cooked tart we can teach you

Any events coming up?
Possible pop up restaurant in january

How can we find out more about you?
You can follow me on Facebook : Cotswold Cook Facebook page



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! :-)