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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! ‚̧

 

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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.

 

 

Any excuse for a sparkler…

Ah, sparklers. I do love them so and use any excuse to light one up… : )

This is a Yuppiechef recipe from their recently launched online baking course – The Art of Baking. I jazzed up their easy espresso cake with mocha buttercream by adding a crispy meringue layer and a sparkler. Makes for quite a festive tea time treat!

To register yourself for the course, visit: http://www.yuppiechef.com/cooking-school.htm. Alternately feel free to follow my progress through the course by checking out my other blog posts.