High Tea at The Cape Grace

For my birthday last year my precious friend, Marisja, treated me to the treat of all treats – High Tea at The Cape Grace. I prepared for the occasion by having a very light breakfast and then setting my alarm to arrive at the hotel arrive bang on time – we had to maximize our cake eating and tea drinking time! ūüôā

We had the most wonderful time together… soaking up the atmosphere – ¬†beautiful proteas everywhere, the fire cracking in the corner, the piano music playing in the background and then, of course, the ¬†decadent spread waiting for us on the buffet table – just perfect!

The Cape Grace’s High Tea starts with a tiered stand of tartlets, finger sandwiches and savoury scones, and to drink you choose from a whole array of ¬†loose teas.¬†The choice of teas were amazing ¬†but the only downer was that some of them were at an additional fee. It would be great if they were all included especially when you are paying so much anyway. It doesn’t detract from the experience in any way as there are still lovely choices included in the price.

After your plated food is cleared away, you are welcome to help yourself to items from the buffet table at your own leisure and order anything more to drink.

We made our first round of choices ¬†and then sat and chatted before returning to sample a few more items. The cakes were all very decadent but so delicious.¬†It was a wonderful afternoon and one which we have pinky promised to return to Cape Town and repeat in 50 years when we are old and grey! ‚̧

 

Tool Box Cake

I was called by a lovely lady who wished to order a cake to celebrate her father’s 90th birthday. After a relaxed consultation during which I got to hear many stories about her dad’s life, I suggested we build a cake around the theme of a tool box. There were going to be some grandsons at the party who would love nothing more than an iced cookie shaped like many of the tools their granddad used to own.

This cake was challenging in working out what materials to use to make it look the most realistic, but the part I loved the most was taking all the memories and stories I had written down during our chat and bringing them to life on and around the cake. I make some decorations out of fondant and iced some other pictures and words in buttercream.

Happy 90th birthday Garnet, I hope you had a wonderful celebration surrounded by those most dear to you!

Woodlands Themed cake

A past client contacted me about making her birthday cake. She wanted a woodlands theme and, after a consult and cake tasting, we decided on a coffee sponge with a strong espresso icing. The cake was to resemble a tree stump and then have all the little plants and creatures you’d expect to find in a forest scattered around – toadstools, bracken, acorns… and, of course, fairies and their little friends (they are quite camera shy so you might not be able to see them in the photos)

This was a fun cake to make and all the hard work of shaping the little creatures paid off as I placed them on the cake – it really did look like a magical world.

 

 

Rusk time

After a fabulous summer that held on for as long as it could, the temperatures dropped suddenly and just like that thick socks, extra blankets and 5-cups-of-tea-before-9am were the order of the day. Winter had arrived! The¬†single digit temperatures kicked me into rusk-making gear and after a few weeks of cold, our huge Tupperware container was well and truly full – ¬†to Kevin’s delight.

I am busy working on some new gourmet  flavour combinations so keep your eyes peeled for their launch. In the meantime you can order 500g bags of rusks by emailing hellosugardoodle@gmail.com. Flavours available are: Buttermilk, Buttermilk Choc-chunk, Buttermilk with cranberries, white chocolate and toasted almonds and Bran.

Holiday Fun – Gingerbread House Kits

Ah, Christmas Time! Even though I land up sweating buckets in Cape Town this time of year, it doesn`t stop me from heading into the kitchen to bake up some Christmas treats. This year I decided to put together some Gingerbread House Kits which include everything you need to make your very own gingerbread house. The house pieces are cut and pre-baked and are all wrapped up with a cake board, icing sugar, piping bags, a whole bunch of sweeties and, most importantly, very detailed instructions to help you along.

This is a great holiday activity for families and it makes a lovely centerpiece for your Christmas Table. If you`re interested in getting your hands on one of these kits, just drop me a line on hellosugardoodle@gmail.com

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