Sunday 22nd November 2015

We’ll be at The Guildhall in Winchester this coming Sunday, getting into the swing of Christmas alongside some fabulous local makers and vintage suppliers. 
Doors open at 11am and its £2 to get in (under 12’s are free).

On the menu we have a selection of festive themed bakes alongside some customer favourites. 

We hope to see you there!

Lots of love

Martha’s Tea Party x

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Looking out at this dreary autumn day, the summer seems a distant memory. As the nights are drawing closer, and the central heating is being cranked up; settle down with a nice brew and a biscuit and reminisce with us. 

On the last weekend of August we attended a corporate celebration. 25 years in business – Glasto-style! As with all good festivals, the day started off bright and sunny. We’d had a rather exciting trip over to Surrey, travelling passed Hampton Court Palace and getting lost down some side streets. Disaster nearly struck as we turned into the festival site, a car behind us had clearly decided that it wasn’t worth paying attention to our indicator and overtook us AS WE WERE TURNING! We’ve mentioned the brakes before and to our surprise, emergency stopping is possible. Thank goodness! The site was already looking amazing with huge tents, a main stage, various bars and these huge flowers poking up out of the ground. We started setting up the “English Tea Garden” complete with white picket fencing and lollipop topiary.We had lots of delicious bakes on offer for the hungry festival goers:

* Chocolate Brownies
* Lemon Drizzle Cake
* Vanilla Cupcakes
* Scones with lashings of Clotted Cream and Jam
* Rocky Road
* English Madelines

All served with a choice of Char Teas or Pink Lemonade and served on our vintage China. The day was full of music, laughter, floral headbands, OppoSuits and smiles. It was really nice to see a company treating their employees to a celebration. Even though the rain eventually came, it was a brilliant day that we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thankyou to Air Charter Service – we hope everyone enjoyed the cake 🙂

After a busy summer, there was only one more thing we needed to do…                      There is no better end to a summer season than relaxing on the beach. Thanks to everyone who supported us 🙂 

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x  

Party on the Pitch

After a day of torrential downpours, Saturday arrived and with it came sunshine! It’s always a bit worrying when you’ve got a tonne of cake and an iffy weather report to contend with. Thankfully the British Summertime pulled through for us.

It was a bit of a treat to have a late event start time, normally we are up bright and early but today we got a lie in… just about.

We had a few favourites on the menu along with a new addition:

* Chocolate Orange Brownies
* Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
* Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cupcakes
* Lemon Drizzle Cake
* Coffee + Walnut Cake
* Peanut Butter Goo Bar
* Salted Caramel Brownies

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the last item on the menu? 
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL OUR LIVES?

We combined our original brownie mix with an oozing layer of salted caramel, topped with the same and sprinkled with sea salt.  

And yes, they are as good as they look. 

With a start time of 2pm we arrived on site a couple of hours before and set up on the edge of the pitch with a good view of the stage.

  
Behind us; we were in the company of another vintage vehicle, a tractor giving rides around the field. 

 
Our best seller of the day was the Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cupcakes. It was a bit of a surprise as generally people seem to be put off by the “Gluten Free” prefix, but not today.   They literally flew off the counter. 

As dogs were welcome at the event, we welcomed our four legged friends with a bowl of fresh water and free doggie treats for all the well behaved pooches that passed by.

  
As the sun was going down and the bands were getting louder, it was time for us to head home to some leftover cake and a well deserved brew.

We had a great time at Party on the Pitch and hope to be a part of it again next year!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Saturday 25th July 2015

Find us at Ludgershall Sports and Social Clubs “Party on the Pitch” this weekend. It’s 2pm til late and it’s FREE to get in.
We’ll have some delicious cakes on offer.

* Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
* Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cupcakes
* Chocolate Orange Brownies
* Lemon + Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
* Salted Caramel Brownies
* Peanut Butter Goo Bar
* Coffee + Walnut Cake 

Hope to see you there!

Martha’s Tea Party x

Cake, Sunshine and Good Times

Summer has well and truly arrived. With the hottest July day ever on record this week, we knew we were on for a weekend filled with sunshine.

Taste of Hampshire 2015

It had been a busy week of prep at Martha’s Tea Party HQ. A full wash and wax for our lovely little van was on the cards on Wednesday, ingredient shopping on Thursday and a Bake-a-Rama on Friday. It had been a year since we were last at Taste of Hampshire and we were determined to make it there in our van this time! This photo was spotted in the Southampton Airport Magazine a few weeks ago 🙂
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Saturday started early, and our Sat Nav took us on some rather interesting roads through Leckford. Thankfully it was 7:30am so we didn’t pass a single a car. We were on site by 8am and raring to go for 10am when the first visitors started arriving.

We had lots of yummy cakes on the menu:

* Victoria Sponge
 * Peanut Butter Goo Bar
 * Chocolate Nostalgia Cake
 * Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
 * Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
 * Chocolate Orange Brownies
 * Lemon & Poppyseed Drizzle Cake
 * Rocky Road
 * Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies

Our pitch was right by the entrance and we stuck a sign on the front of our van so people could see what we were selling without having to walk round to the front.

We’ll be checking the papers for coverage of the event during the week, but we already spotted this little write up on the Daily Echo online.

Our stand looked lovely with all the cakes in domes, the bunting and the fresh flowers, many people came and commented. Made the extra effort flower arranging the day before worth it.

We sold out of Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Nostalgia Cake and nearly out of Lemon Drizzle. The crowd were loving a slice of cake in the sunshine. We also nearly sold out of our Char Winchester Breakfast, think we’ll need to restock before the next event!

We had a truly brilliant day, thank you to everyone who came down to support us and say hello!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Let it Go

As much as we’d love to see the back of Elsa and Anna for a little while, we are still in the midst of a Frozen Fever.

And who are we to deny anyone the right to ANOTHER Frozen themed birthday party.

Luckily for us, this Frozen cake was destined for the Martha of Martha’s Tea Party; and she’s born in summer, which makes the synthetic fibres of fancy dress far too stifling in the heat.

So what was the brief…

I want an Elsa dress cake Mummy!

Thanks YouTube, thanks a lot. Many of you will know our inability to work with roll out fondant. It’s goes against everything we believe a cake should be. We are a buttercream fuelled business.

So how on earth were we going to be able to do an Elsa dress like the ones Martha had seen on YouTube tutorials (incidentally, loving that she watches baking tutorials!).

We had a good think, and decided we could recreate a Frozen-esque dress using the Ombré Rose technique.

And thus the Elsa dress cake was born.

What not one of the YouTube tutorials had mentioned was how long Elsa’s legs were. This cake was seven, yes SEVEN layers of Vanilla Sponge, sandwiched with Vanilla Buttercream and Lemon Curd. We covered it with the Ombré Rose buttercream swirls and finished with Silver Dragees (always makes us smile how Silver Balls can be made to sound posh) and a good dose of glitter.

She was topped with a handmade card banner wishing the birthday Girl a happy day.

The weather was wonderful, the kids had fun, the cake was destroyed (much to a few passer by’s horror) and a lovely afternoon tea in the park was complete.

We used our Melaware trios for squash and sarnies due to their indestructible nature. A park bench covered with a gingham tablecloth turned a normal park picnic into something a little more special.

And our alternative party bags went down a storm. After reading an article on how kids are more likely to think a party bag is more exciting if it looks more exciting, we thought we’d give it a go. Kraft Takeaway Boxes, Martha’s Tea Party style.

We think this style of Birthday Cake would work for any Disney Princess or Barbie, who would you pick?

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x