After a glorious few days in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, I came home to Perth and the quietly lingering bronchitis took hold with a vengeance. The worst thing about being sick is that you don’t feel like doing anything, least of all making delicious food since you can barely differentiate between bitter and anything else. The kitchen cupboards really needed a massive tidying up too but my body (rightly) insisted on rest.
After a course of Klacid and a few days of sleep, I was ready to tackle all things domestic again. I wanted to bring in a nice tea cake to work but most of all, I was keen to try out the Cakesnake which I happened to learn about after playing Bakeware Jenga for the umpteenth time last month. If you look at my ‘before’ shot, you’ll see what I mean :( My Thermomix had to nudge itself in amongst all that too!
Cakesnake is the curious sounding invention of Elizabeth Procter, a Sydney mother of three and an avid home baker. Having accumulated an extensive collection of bakeware, she soon discovered the shortcomings of the average kitchen’s storage areas. Indeed, unless you have a modern kitchen with an abundance of deep drawers, storing and extracting flat bakeware is a challenge. With that in mind, and on enlisting the help of Elizabeth’s product designer husband, the Cakesnake was born.
Cakesnake is an unassuming, quiet achiever. It doesn’t plug in, doesn’t need batteries and blessedly doesn’t need to be assembled when it arrives either. The biggest job was removing all the bakeware in order to put the Cakesnake in place. Once that was done though it was just a matter of slotting all my trays, moulds and flat cake tins into each bend of the Cakesnake. It took all of two minutes! I found I had ample space leftover in the cupboard so my beloved Thermomix no longer competed for room.
Cakesnake is made of light aluminium but powdercoated for durability, which is important since I’m not particularly gentle when extracting trays during a whoopie pie making frenzy. If you’re in a similar situation with a kitchen full of deep cupboards, Cakesnake just might be the perfect storage solution for you. Even if you have drawers, Cakesnake can be used to make things even easier for you to locate bakeware.
With my cupboard super tidy, I felt sufficiently inspired to bake again. My pantry clean-up revealed a tin of Japanese azuki (sweetened azuki beans) which I teamed up with some browned butter to make a light tea cake. I finished the cake with a rich browned butter icing. Azuki is a highly nutritious food (a cup of azuki contains as much iron as a piece of steak) so I felt OK about adding the nutty naughtiness of browned butter. I’ll post about this separately :)
Clean cupboards and a slice of cake. What more could you want?
If you would like a chance to win a Cakesnake for your kitchen, please visit and ‘Like’ Elizabeth Proctor’s Cakesnake page on Facebook. Elizabeth and I will select a winner amongst her likers. If the winner happens to like Gastromony’s page at Facebook too then I’ll send a prize too :) Competition ends July 17, 2012 and is open to people who have an Australian postal address.