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

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

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

Another Day, Another Tea Party

It almost feels like a lifetime ago, but on what was to become one of the last days of summer we attended a Corporate Tea Party on the edge of the New Forest.

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Armed with gingham tablecloths, a whole host of vintage china, our delicious Char Teas and of course our delightful Citroen H Van, we turned a meeting room into a delightful space for a tea party.

Inside we laid up all the tables with crockery, whilst outside our Citroen H Van was parked up decorated with bunting and all the delicious cakes were on show.

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On the menu we had quite a selection:

Chocolate Brownies
Rocky Road
Lemon Brownies
Mini Victoria Sponges
English Madeleines
Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

With the event expecting around 100 people that was ALOT of cake! At the event there was a self-service tea station, fully stocked with our selection of Char Tea and outside the cakes were served on our vintage side plates.

We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather, it was a typical late summers day with temperatures in the high teens and sunbeams coming through the leaves on the trees.

It was a lovely day to see out the last of the summer sun, can’t wait until it returns next year!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Tea for two…

..or one hundred for tea.

You read it right, a tea party for 100. At 3 cakes per head that’s a whopping 300 portions of cake that needed to be baked in one day!

We’d got home at a fairly reasonable time from Crawleyfest, but there was no time to rest. A trip to the supermarket beckoned in order to restock our ingredient shelves. It probably looked like we had issues at 10pm on a Saturday night buying that much butter, sugar and chocolate!

On the menu we had…

 * Rocky Road
 * Chocolate Brownies
 * Lemon Brownies
 * Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
 * Mini Victoria Sponges
 * English Madeleines

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Fulfilling the order required 13 hours of almost non-stop baking. It was quite a relief that the weather has cooled since the really hot part of the summer so the kitchen stayed moderately cool.

The venue was Petersfield Community Centre, and we were supplying the tea and cake for a Corporate awards ceremony.

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We set up two tables with our vintage cake stands and filled them with our delicious cakes. The hall was decorated with bunting, and the tables covered with gingham table clothes and covered in jam jars of flowers.

flowers

We set up camp in the kitchen and operated a tea station, serving delicious Char Teas in our delightful vintage teacups.

Tea Party

The cake flew off the stands, and the leftovers were boxed up to take back for the teams who couldn’t attend. Not a crumb remained.

It was lovely to see some recognition within an organisation for their employees, having come from a corporate background where things are rarely noted, it made a nice change to see that some industries do still care!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the tea party.

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Sparsholt Food Festival

When we had a last minute opportunity to get on board with the Taste of Hampshire Food Festival at Sparsholt College we leapt at it! Sparsholt Food Festival Two days of solid baking during some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far made for some sweltering heat in the kitchen (31.4 degrees!). Tray bakes and layer cakes were on the cards for Thursday. It’s been a while since we made Peanut Butter Goo Bar – and it’s still as dangerous to have in the kitchen as it always has been. Peanut Butter Goo Bar Lurking beneath this innocent (ish) crumbly topping is the most gooey, sweet, peanut substance known to man. It really will change your life. We promise.

It was certainly a relief when at 5pm on the Friday afternoon when the final batch of cupcakes was done that we could finally turn the ovens off. Then it was just a case of waiting until the sun had gone down and it had cooled off so we could start making the buttercream. The final Smarties were added to the Chocolate Nostalgia cake about midnight and with the van packed we set our alarm for 5.30am and hit the sack.

Saturday morning arrived, it was drizzly but the forecast looked promising. We set off about 7:40am, the engine started on the first go and we slowly set off into the road. By the time the momentum of the inclined driveway had worn off, it was suddenly apparent that no amount of revving was making the van move. It was a heavy hearted moment when we realised that we would not be taking our van to the event. However, there wasn’t much time to dwell on it with an hour to get to there and set up and before any of that could begin the issue of what to do with a 3 tonne vehicle blocking both lanes of a road pre-8am. Thankfully, there were a few people out of bed and in their cars trying to leave the village, so a few kind souls offered to help push. With some expert steering, lots of shouting and A LOT of pushing the van was back up the slope onto the driveway. Then it was time to unpack the fridge/freezer to get them plugged back into the mains and the challenge of how to cram two chairs, two tables, a crate of vintage cake stands and a shed load of cake into the back of a Peugeot 206. Before we set off, there was time to have a quick look under the van. This is what greeted us… Detached Drive Shaft The drive shaft had become detached from the wheel. It looks a bit daunting, but hopefully its just a case of replacing the bolts…only time will tell.

We made it to Sparsholt College in good time to set up the gazebo. Once it was up, the tables were unloaded and it was time to set up all the cakes onto the cake stands. Martha's Tea Party On offer we had:

Individual Cakes:
* Chocolate Flake Cupcakes
* Vanilla Cupcakes
* Red Velvet Cupcakes
* Carrot Cake Cupcakes
* English Madelines

Tray Bakes:
* Mega Mint Chocolate Brownies
* Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies
* Rocky Road
* Peanut Butter Goo Bar

Layer Cakes:
* Chocolate Nostalgia Cake
* Victoria Sponge

Doors opened at 10am, and there was a steady flow of people through. Many people resisted the cakey temptations on offer because it was “too early”. We’d be lying if we said this response didn’t alarm us. It is NEVER “too early” for cake. Never.
Pink Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcakes Chocolate Flake Cupcakes

Anyway, by early afternoon there was a buzz around the stall – and some people even coming back for seconds!

It was lovely to speak to the wonderful folk enjoying the sunshine and the other suppliers. Special mention has to go to one of our own suppliers Purbeck Ice Cream who we ended up set up next to. Also Spade and Spoon, Chillicious (in a shiny Citroen H Van) and Upham Brewery. Victoria Sponge Rocky Road Mountain

The crowds had started to head home by about 4.30, so we started packing up to head on home for a well deserved slice of leftover Chocolate Nostalgia Cake with a glass of milk.Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Final Thanks has to go to Sparsholt College for thinking of us last minute, we hope to be back up for an event soon, hopefully in our van next time!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x