About lovinghomemade

Rachel Bray Lovinghomemade

Welcome to Lovinghomemade!

Do you like to spend your spare time baking when you can? I spent hours baking as a child and a teenager but as life got busier and I got older I lost the habit. And then life changes, sometimes in ways you’re not expecting, and different things become more important.

Priorities shifted and I found myself baking again. It served various purposes in my life (and not just as a source of cake) and I started blogging when I realised I needed to stop texting photos of my creations to my friends and find another outlet. So I baked and blogged for fun and creativity, and at times it became a form of therapy.

Since then I have been sharing my recipes, thoughts and experiences in my blog posts and I went from being a hobby baker to professional cake maker. I spent a year making the cakes and desserts in a local pub kitchen and then made cakes, cupcakes and desserts to order from home, as well as teaching others how to bake.

These days I am working as a freelance copywriter and have put the cake making on the back burner again (pun intended). Baking is now much less in my daily life but as life continues to shift and evolve I know it’s something I can come back to whenever I choose.

I’ve decided to take this blog in a slightly different direction from where it was going, to my reflect my own interests in baking with health and wellbeing in mind. Food and nutrition, and the science behind it, has always fascinated me.

While you’ll find plenty of traditional recipes on my blog I hope to concentrate more on healthier alternatives going forward.

It doesn’t matter how long you have been baking, there is always more to learn. I’m constantly learning and this blog is my opportunity to pass on some of the things I have learned along the way. I would love to hear from you and what motivates you with your baking..

So, welcome, and thank you for stopping by. And if you like what you find here why not check out my posts on rachelbraywriting.com too?


55 replies

  1. Thanks for liking my blog! What a lovely place you have here-your foodie endeavours are inspiring.

  2. Dear ‘Loving Home Made’,
    I have nominated you/your informative/creative blog for the Liebster Blog Award! Congratulations!
    Pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:


    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  3. Hi, I’ve recently discovered your blog and have just nomimated you for the Family of Bloggers Award! Find out what it’s all about here:


  4. Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. If you are interested in participating you can pick up your badge icon and the rules here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/10/31/the-sunshine-blog-award/
    I hope you will be willing to participate.

  5. Hi Sweetie,

    I nominated you for the Liebster award!
    http://eatbreatheyogini.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/awards-awards-awards/ โ€Ž
    Keep up the good work!

    – Jenn

  6. Dear โ˜… Loving Home-Made โ˜…,
    I have nominated you/your inspirational blog, for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
    Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    Wonderful Holiday Season to you and yours!
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  7. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year Award 2012. If you are interested in participating you can access your badge icon and rules at http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/22/blog-of-the-year-2012-award-2nd-star/. I hope you will participate! Teresa

  8. Dear โ˜… Loving Home-Made โ˜…,
    I have nominated you, a wonderful supportive Blog Friend for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!
    Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at: http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/
    Have a Fantastic New Year 2013!
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  9. Congratulations! Here’s one more! I’ve nominated your blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you wish to participate you can pick up your badge icon and rules here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/23/super-sweet-blogging-award/ I sure hope you will participate. Teresa

  10. Happy Holidays โ™ช

    Dear โ˜… Loving Home Made โ˜… ,
    I have nominated your generous blog with one more โ˜† Blog of The Year 2012 Award!
    Congratulations, and thank you for your continuous support of passing on the nominations!
    Information/rules on the award is at:

    Enjoy!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  11. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year Award 2012. I hope you will receive your star for this award. For access to the rules and badge icon, please see this post here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/26/blog-of-the-year-award-2012-3rd-star/

  12. Hi! Just stopping by to say I really enjoyed following you in 2012 and have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If youโ€™re interested in accepting, pop by http://missmarzipan.com/2012/12/31/100th-post-today-with-belated-yet-grateful-responses-to-18-award-nominations/ for more details. If not, no worries :)- I gave you a nice shout-out in any caseโ€ฆ and I wish you a very happy 2013!

  13. Hi Rachel, I know you are busy… and please don’t let this rush you into anything… I just believe that you should have 6 stars!
    Congratulations, you have received a โ˜† for Blog of the Year 2012 award!
    Other than adding another โ˜† to your current badge, I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass it on). Just enjoy the additional star.
    Your blog has been awarded at:
    Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  14. Congratulations Sister ! ๐Ÿ˜€ )))
    You are nominated for Sisterhood of the Bloggers Award!
    You are awarded at:
    Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fae.

  15. Hi Rachel, I have mention your yummy white chocolate cream cheese icing in my latest post!

  16. Iโ€™ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Canโ€™t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

  17. if you think you can, you can; and if you think you can’t, you can’t; just believe in yourself coz I can see you are VERY CREATIVE. You have some wonderful cakes and photos here and I do love your blog. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your creativity.

  18. Hello my friend! Just wanted to write a quick note to let you know that your blog is lovely! You’re definitely (like everyone else has said) a true creative and I love the fact that you tackle hard recipes, rather than just sticking to really easy, blogable stuff! Definitely want to try your Victoria Sponge method. It’s something that I can never get consistently right… so frustrating. Yours looks perfect!

  19. Hiya! Just wanted to let you know that I have recommended your Blog on my page http://sugarandspicebaking.com/recommended-blogs/

    Hope it’s ok!

  20. Love love love your blog! Homemade baking is one of life’s greatest joys! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Hi there, just want to let you know I’ve nominated you for an award. The details are on my blog post today.

  22. Congratulations! You have been awarded:
    Dragonโ€™s Loyalty Award
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
    Mama Miyuki

  23. Hi there, I have nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award. No pressure to do anything with it, I like to direct people to blogs I enjoy. If you do want to pass it along here’s how: http://ourgrowingpaynes.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/most-influential-blogger-award/

  24. What a lovely blog! I need to learn baking and you have amazing recipes!!


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  3. Wonderful Team Member Readership Award « Fae's Twist & Tango
  4. Blog of the Year 2012 Award… 2nd Star! « Fae's Twist & Tango

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