home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Friday, 26 October 2012

Vanilla Frost Vintage Tea Parties

Over the last year or so, with the help of my mother and her charity shop rummaging, I have built up a lovely collection of vintage crockery and linen. I have decided to combine this with my love of baking and offer a travelling vintage tea party service. A stylish vintage tea party is the perfect way to celebrate all manner of special occasions, such as birthdays, baby showers and hen parties. It is also great for a book club get together or just a catch up with friends.



My customers can have their tea parties delivered to their homes, where I will set the table with beautiful crockery and a delicious selection of finger sandwiches and home baked sweet and savoury treats. I have created three lovely menus with different price options, and can also offer bespoke menus to suit individual tastes.




I hosted a tea party at my house a couple of weeks ago and invited some friends over to give me some feedback. Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter has written a lovely review on her blog. Do pop over and take a look. My Vintage Tea Party page on this blog provides a few more details and some sample menus.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Halloween Cupcakes

The days are growing colder and shorter and so it must be time for some Halloween baking. I made these last week and will almost certainly be making some more over the next fortnight.




I tried to sneak my daughter's witch's hat and cloak out into the garden for a little cupcake photo shoot, but she caught me and demanded a cupcake as payment. Thankfully she didn't eat a spider cake, as I think that black teeth should be for Halloween only. Some of these were red velvet which is perfect under a bloodshot eyeball.





Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A Muppet Show Birthday Cake

Things have been a little busy around here lately and I have something of a backlog in terms of pictures to post on the blog. I will begin with this one, a birthday cake for a Muppet Show fan, but then who doesn't love the Muppets?

I started by making Animal, as I thought he would be the trickiest of the four characters. My husband, who is normally quite disinterested in anything to do with cake, took notice of this one and even took a few pictures of Animal taking shape. He mentioned taking more pictures the next day, of Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear coming to life, but unfortunately his interest had waned by then.

As predicted, Animal was a tricky little so and so, but aside from losing a little hair here and there, he turned out OK.


 
 



I used Rice Krispie Squares to make my drum kit. They are lighter than solid sugarpaste and don't need much time to dry out as there is only a single layer of sugarpaste to cover the Rice Krispie Cakes. They do need to be squeezed a bit before shaping to crush the Rice Krispies and get rid of the lumps and bumps, but this was the first time I had used them and they worked out well.




This cake was great fun to make, and I hope I get the chance to do another one. Fingers crossed that no-one asks for Gonzo though!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Dan Lepard's Double Chocolate Lamingtons

Every Saturday afternoon, on the way home from my daughter's dancing classes, we stop at our local shop and pick up 'Saturday sweets' for the kids and the Guardian for me and the old man. Without fail, the first page I turn to is Dan Lepard's recipe page. I don't often find the time to try out the recipes, but I have a big pile of them in a folder awaiting my attention. However I did try one out not long ago, and I can highly recommend it to anyone who likes chocolate cake.

Mr Lepard's double chocolate lamingtons are a delight. The recipe is easy to follow and though I did manage to cover most of my kitchen worktop (and much of myself) in chocolate sauce and coconut, I would happily do it again. The chocolate cake has a lovely flavour and is very moist. Chocolate and coconut are a favourite combination for me, so this is a real winner. My only comment would be that my lamingtons were plenty big enough, but I cut them smaller than the recipe stated.

The recipe can be found on the Guardian website.