BAKER MAN began IN 2016 after a failed attempted in 2014. By failed attempt, I mean I literally didn’t post one single recipe because I got scared and signed out straight away.

Fast forward two years and I got the inspiration to do something different. My hobby of baking was becoming ever prevalent in my life and I needed an outlet – I needed to ensure this hobby grew where so many hadn’t. I needed to feel inspired by others and to learn continuously. I logged back on and changed the name of whatever my 2014 blog was going to be called to what it would then be known as: All Thyme Favourites.

Say what?! That’s not what site you’re on now you shout. Correct. Towards the end of last year, I rebranded to BAKER MAN – you can read why here if you’re at all interested (hint: it’s not interesting)

BAKER MAN has just passed it’s one year blogiversary – something I didn’t at all see happening and while I’ve had a very quiet past month, I’ve certainly not lost enthusiasm with this site and with the regular visitors and fans – thank you for coming back every time a new recipe goes online, it really does make it all worthwhile.

So, what so expect for 2017? They’ll be more cake (of course), they’ll be bread (omg all these carbs) and they’ll be some fancy-ass desserts now and again just to shake things up.

Thanks for reading.


I’m Cal.

By day I work at a publishing company in the Advertising dept. It’s a great job that I enjoy very much. I live in the UK with my partner and our dog – an enthusiastic, bouncy Collie cross, Oli. He’s an attention seeker, clumsy and a real joy.

I baked my first cake when I was about 20. It was the chewiest, most awful thing I’ve ever eaten and I didn’t bake again until 4 years later. Since then, I’ve caught the bug and as a result watch copious amounts of food-related TV, hundreds of YouTube videos and am thinking about new bakes and new techniques whenever I have a spare moment.

Self-taught in baking, recipe writing and food photography, I know I have a long way to go.  But isn’t that was this is all about: the journey to a place you’ll never get to. This blog and it’s visitors help me progress and urge me to continue to learn new things. I’ll never be happy with what I know. It will never be enough. And that’s pretty great.


Despite the name, I don’t just bake. You’ll find a fair few savoury dishes and a couple of cocktail recipes on the site, too.

While my real passion is baking – whether it be cakes, cupcakes, bread or pastry – I do enjoy cooking a good meal, too. I would say that as this is purely a side-project, the logistics of cooking a hot meal and photographing it is a lot more difficult – I cook for both my partner and I and so when I’ve spent that time in the kitchen, I just want to sit at the table and enjoy the food with him. That’s not to say there’ll be no new savoury meals uploaded at a later date, they are just few and far between.

I bake for people and for myself. I bake for occasions and purely because it’s a weekend. Cakes bring people together in a way a hot meal rarely does – it’s more fun. It’s less serious. There’s less importance placed on a cake because it’s not your main source of food for the day (although it would be no bad thing if it were, right?). And so people crowd around a cake – they take photos and choose their slice. They make sure the kettle is on because what is cake without tea. That is the mission – to bring people together with sponge.

The flavours vary – I of course have my favourites, like many people do – those being lemon and meringue and anything citrus. I also love caramel – salted, of course. I love taking something we know and love and deconstructing it and then bringing each and every element back together in cake form. I find the process of figuring out how to incorporate each element fascinating.

So that is what you can expect from Baker Man. Lot’s of sweet stuff, some splashes of savoury and a shit tonne of lemon.