Orange sunshine and lemonade..

6 May

Studio Cake Saturdays

Hellooo! Happy Friday!!

I’m very excited to be able to share my Studio Cake Saturdays cake today!

I am a big, big fan of baking : ) For Christmas I got lots of baking themed gifts including a beautiful red shiny mixer *swoon* and a lovely baking book called A Year of Cake by The Clandestine Cake Club.  I chose to bake an Orange Sunshine Cake cake out of this book for my Studio Cake Saturdays.

My bake was the last day of spring term and in my book it said that this cake celebrated the beginning of the school holidays so I thought it was a perfect fit. Also the cake is covered in sweets. Win.

The recipe suggests this be a gluten free cake but I didn’t want to do that so I just substituted with regular flour. I’ve made a few gluten free cakes but I always find they end up gritty. Maybe I’m not sing the right flour – any flour suggestions would be welcomed!

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Recipe:

170g unsalted butter
170g sugar
3 eggs
170g plain flour
Grated zest of 2 oranges
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking powder
Red, orange and yellow sweets to decorate

Butter cream:

45g butter
140g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp orange juice

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My baking tips are:

* Always sieve your flour – I do it 3 times!

* Add eggs REALLY slowly

* Always use salted butter.

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The recipe suggests you use Jelly Tots to decorate – which looks completely beautiful in the book.. But Jelly Tots are so hard to find!! Tooting had none. So because it was nearly Easter I decorated with Jelly Baby Bunnies – which tasted lovely but looked nothing like bunnies!! The book also suggested you serve the cake with ice cold home made lemonade. The dream. So I took a bottle of cloudy lemonade in and we drank that with our cake.

Thanks for reading!

xx

Nothing says celebration quite like a Ferrero Rocher!

29 Apr

Studio Cake Saturdays

Happy Friday!!

Welcome to another Studio Cake Saturdays post!

Today is Tamla’s turn, who wowed us all with homemade salted hazelnut brittle. Yowzers! Over to you Tamla…

I choose this recipe, as nothing says celebration quite like a Ferrero Rocher!

The cupcakes:
So, I used an 8:8:8:4 cake recipe as the base of my cupcakes (8ozs flour, sugar and butter, 4 eggs) then added 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, I teaspoon of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. I creamed the butter and sugar, then added the vanilla essence and eggs, all using an electric whisk. Then I folded the dry ingredients in using a spoon. I made sure I used gold cupcake cases (very important!) and filled them about a third full, then baked them for about 20 minutes at 170 (I think) in a preheated oven.

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The icing:
I don’t really have measurements for this, as I kinda made it up as I went along. All measurements are guesses!
I creamed 200g butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence and 2 tablespoons double cream together. Then I added icing powder, a bit at a time, until it felt like the right consistency. It was a lot of icing sugar. I also added Nutella (about 2 tablespoons), next time I would add more Nutella and less icing sugar!

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The salted hazelnut brittle:
I used this recipe, but added way more nuts than they suggest, as I like my brittle dense! It took longer than the recipe says for the sugar to turn brown, you just need to watch it, so it doesn’t burn.

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I like to bake, but haven’t really had the time recently, and wanted to make up my own recipe(ish) as normal I follow recipes from books. Next time I’d bake the cakes closer to the day (I had to make them in advance), and I’d add more Nutella to the frosting!

Thanks Tamla! Your cupcakes were magnificent!

xxx

Celebrating Sparks!!!

22 Apr

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Studio Cake Saturdays is back!!

Hooray!

Studio Cake Saturdays is a project I started a couple of years ago where all of the people I work with on a Saturday take turns to bring in cake. There is nothing better than finishing a workshop and eating delicious cake. Yum.

This term we have a very exciting theme – ‘Celebration!’ Because Studio Film School has rebranded to Sparks! And what better way to celebrate than with CAKE!!

So first up we have one of the Sparks company directors – Dan..

“I picked a recipe that I’d done before. It’s from the Hummingbird bakery who tend to advocate using a food processor to beat everything together – which is always a win in my book”

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“I chose this bake because:
– I once made these as part of a wedding present
– they are red and white – the colours of a show my partner has been working on that opened that week
– I once attended an American Halloween party dressed as Strawberry Shortcake”
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“I’d made the cakes before so I didn’t have too much trouble – but the mixture didn’t seem to make very many cakes – I was surprised by how little battle batter there was – so maybe I didn’t mix it well enough?”
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“Also, the cream cheese icing didn’t keep very well in a tin over the tube – it was very runny. So maybe I should have put more sugar in”
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The recipe Dan used can be found here.
Thanks very much Dan! Your cakes were LOVELY!!
xx

I Love Lists! Girl Power!

8 Mar

Today is International Women’s Day!

In honour of this I wanted to share some of my very favourite films that are directed and/or written by women.

In the world of filmmaking women are massively under represented. In the past 10 years only ONE female has been nominated for an Oscar – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010. That is it! One!

A recent study from the ‘Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film’ looked into the top 250 films of 2015 and found that only 9% of directors and 11% of writers were female.

These statistics are really appalling. There needs to be more women working in the film industry.

Below is a list of 10 wonderful female filmmakers. I find these women and their work continually inspiring, if you haven’t watched these films I urge you to do so! Support women in film!

Ok.. Lets go..

Susanne Bier

One of my all time favourite directors. Her films include ‘After the Wedding’, ‘Brothers’ and very recently on TV ‘The Night Manager’.

 

Jennifer Kent 

Director of The Babadook which is genuinely the scariest film I’ve seen in a very long time. I actually hid under a cover while watching it!

 

Mary Harron

Director of ‘American Psycho’ – a seriously brilliant film. What else can I say – it’s a classic!

 

Miranda July

I love Miranda July, she is a writer, performer and filmmaker – so a real inspiration to me! She wrote, directed and starred in ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ and it is a awesome film!

 

Ana Lily Amirpour

Ana Lily Amirpour describes her directorial debut ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ as an “Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” Brilliant! It’s a beautifully shot film and it’s black and white which I completely love!

 

Lena Dunham

I adore her early work – her short films and her feature ‘Tiny Furniture’ which she wrote, directed and starred in alongside her mother and sister who played.. her mother and her sister. Also for composition geeks Lena Dunham does the ‘rule of thirds’ beautifully!

 

The Soska Sisters

They are a real inspiration to any female who wants to get into making horror films. As life long fans of the horror genre they started their career as actors but were disheartened by the type of roles they were offered as twins (I can only imagine..) So started making their own films. ‘American Mary’ is fantastic.

 

Amy Sherman-Palladino

Creator and writer of ‘Gilmore Girls’. I love Gilmore Girls and I have watched the whole series over and over and over. It is hilarious and really cleverly shot – the show LOVES a long take!

 

Jennifer leigh 

I saw ‘Chained’ at Fright Fest 2012 and was blown away. It was my film of the festival. I wrote about it here. Watch it, it is awesome.

 

Tamra Davis

‘Crossroads’ is a great, great film. I must have watched it 20 times the year it came out! What can I say I love Britney!!

So that’s my list! Thanks for reading : )

Go watch these films if you haven’t already!

Sheena x

The Ditch – World Premiere!!!

9 Dec

Sheena and Henry

 

Amazing news!! My short film The Ditch has got its world premiere screening! On 14th January at The Hackney Picturehouse as part of the wonderful London Short Film Festival!!

The Ditch will be screened at an event called ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ alongside other short films which I am very excited to watch!

Full details of the screening are here.

What a brilliant start to 2016 this is going to be!!

x

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The Ditch is finished!!

14 Jul

The DitchStephen (Producer), Sheena (Director), Lucy (Nina), Henry (Producer)

Yes! You read correctly! My short film The Ditch is finally finished! Look at those smiles! We are all so happy with that news!

Stephen and Henry arranged a lovely cast and crew screening for us at Odeon Covent Garden and it was incredible to watch the film on the big screen! Actually it was a bit emotional…

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The Ditch

Stephen said a few words about the long and bumpy road we have been on while making The Ditch. Can you believe that in the end it took us 3 years to make?!

It was a long, long journey for all involved and the film has not ended up as we thought it would in the beginning, but as I said to Stephen the other day; I would not change a thing about the film! We have all put our heart and soul into it and I am so, so proud of everyone and of the finished product.

The DitchPhoto by Lee Guilliland

We are now submitting The Ditch to film festivals worldwide… It’s a nerve-racking time!! Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Sheena x

Odeon Covent Garden

Photo by Lee Guilliland

Photographs, Jelly Teddies and Strangers…

8 Aug

RehearsalsDirector Dan Ramsden

My great friend Dan Ramsden has been directing a play this summer and it is being performed in Putney this week! Details here.

A couple of weeks ago Dan asked me to go along to one of his rehearsals and take some photos. I LOVE taking photos of rehersals!! I’d say it’s one of my favourite things to take photos of! I just love all the behind the scenes stuff and the making of.. Awesome.

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I take a lot of behind the scenes photos as part of Drunken Chorus. Some of my favourite examples are here and here. Anyway, I just wanted to share a couple of the photos I took that night, so please enjoy! : )

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Mucho love xxx