Are you a Good Bitch? I am. In fact, I’m one of many.
I’m not telling you this to show off, but to get you to join us in a kind of sweet revolutionary movement. Good Bitches Baking is an attempt to make the world a better place via the medium of cake and biscuits. It’s been set up by two amazing women, Marie Fitzpatrick and Nicole Murray, who recognised the value of the little things (and cake) in tough times.
Since September, they’ve harnessed a miniature army of around 80 keen cooks in Wellington alone who bake for people in times of strife. Recipients here so far include hospices, refuges, City Missions, a soup kitchen, boarding houses and the Neo-Natal Trust.
If you are a Good Bitch and you need ideas for easily made, easily transported, easily consumed home-style baking, then this list is designed to help. Here goes…
1. Big Fat Ginger Crunch
This is an excellent GBB bake, because the not-so-pretty edge pieces can find their ways into lunchboxes the next day. I use this Spicy Ginger Crunch recipe most of the time, though Chelsea Winter’s Oaty Ginger Crunch is pretty great too.
2. Wholesome Fruity Muffins
These super-popular muffins are a not as heavy as those bran bullets of old, but they’re not pretend cakes, either. This recipe is vegan, but I’ve been making them recently with regular milk and two eggs instead of the banana.
3. Double Chocolate Beetroot Cakes
Having said all that, these are definitely cakes in muffin form – a big hit of antioxidant-rich beetroot, chocolate and a fluffy hat of cream cheese frosting. This recipe makes a big batch so there may be some left over for your at-home testers…
4. White Chocolate And Lemon Bars
I can only ever make this if I know I am giving it away immediately – otherwise I’d probably eat the tray in an afternoon, all by myself. I use this Lime And White Chocolate Bars recipe, but often switch out the lime for lemon, and add dried cranberries or apricots. SO good! This recipe is also great for steamy summer/autumn days, when slaving over a hot oven makes you feel bitchy (not in a good way).
5. Old-Fashioned Fruit Loaf
Alice Arndell has a fantastic old-fashioned fruit loaf recipe in her book ‘Alice In Bakingland’ – it makes two big loaves, freezes well and tastes great. I can’t find a link to it online anywhere (you should buy her book, it’s really useful for GBB weekends – the melt ‘n mix banana cake is also a lifesaver) but this Juicy Fruit Loaf is always a winner.
Happy baking, everyone. In this case, charity really does begin at home!