22 Oct

Tea and Cake with Twigg Studios

It's the final of the GBBO tonight, but that's not the only reason we've got cake on the brain - we've been chatting to our favourite food blogger Aimee Twigger from Twiggstudios

We've long been fans of Aimee Twigger's blog Twigg Studios and all her lovely making and baking. If you're tempted by any of her delicious cakes, just click the image and you'll be taken through the recipe! 

When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in 2011. I started by sharing craft tutorials from things I had made like cushion and home decor and over time I have edged towards baking and sharing recipes I decided to start my blog so I could share the things I had made with others.

How much time do you get to dedicate to making, writing and taking photos for it?
I dedicate alot of time to blogging and spend time every day either baking something and taking photos or linking up to other blogs or using pinterest and other social media to find inspiation. Im lucky enough to work part time at the moment so I have alot of spare time to create things and spend time online.

Earl Grey Macaroons

Your recipes look super scrummy – where do you look for inspiration for your bakes?
I spend alot of time on pinterest getting ideas for recipes - it's my favourite place on the Internet to search! I also love watching TV shows like the Great British Bake Off and I like to buy magazines. I own alot of cook books and my mum has alot too so we share each others. I try to use the basic idea of a recipe then put my own spin on it. Reading other blogs is also a great way to find inspiration.

Which are your favourite recipes and crafty tutorials on your blog?
I love baking bread. There's something relaxing about kneading dough. I made some pretzels the other day, using a basic pretzel recipe from the Hairy Biker's Cookbook but changed it from a savoury recipe to a sweet one by adding apple puree into the dough and coating them in cinnamon sugar. It's had a lot of interest. I also have some paper flower tutorials that I loved making. I have always been a crafty person so I really enjoy creating things. Christmas is my favourite time to make stuff - I love making decorations.

Pumpkin religieuse

Does anything you make not make it onto the blog?
Yes, all the time! Sometimes I will make something that looks amazing in real life but I just cant get a photo of it looking as good and so I wont put it on my blog. The other day I made some amazing doughnuts but I just could not get good photos of them because the weather was dull and the photos didnt look good - though it gives me an excuse to make them again when the weather is better! Sometimes it's the other way around and things taste better than they look or a craft just wont turn out how I'd planned. It sounds silly but I'm my own worst critic.

Your photography is so beautiful, what do you think is the key for making crafts shine when taking photos?
Taking good photos is so important for bloggers as its what makes people want to read the article. I try really hard to get a good photo with the little equipment I have around the house. Taking photos in natural daylight seems to bring the best results especially for food photography. I like to stage a photo with props - I have lots of vintage baking equipment and cutlery that I use when I'm taking pictures of food or for crafts like paper flowers I have a bottle and jar collection that I use as vases. I've collected most of it from charity shops. I like to take a few photos to see how it looks then I edit it using Photoshop Elements. Sometimes I will take 40 photos and only use four of them for a post, but to make a photo really shine I think setting the scene is important. 

Fresh cream layer cake

What’s your favourite thing about being a blogger?
I love blogging its such a great way to meet new people and share the things I have made with others. I can't imagine not blogging now its part of my daily routine.

You take part in link parties online a lot, why do you think it’s important to connect with other bloggers?
Linking up with other blogs helps put your work out there for others to see its a great way of supporting one another and helps build a following. Also it's great to meet other bloggers who share the same passions.

Chocolate Bundt cake

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