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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā 

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x  

Who doesn’t like Chocolate Nostalgia Cake?

It seems like it’s our most requested Birthday Cake these days.
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What is it about the simple chocolate sponge, stacked and topped with chocolate butter cream…

…covered in Smarties that works so well?

Kids love it, grown ups love it – everyone loves Chocolate Nostalgia Cake.

To be honest, what’s not to love? ūüėČ

Love
Martha’s Tea Party x

A few from the Market

Being on the market once a week, you get used to seeing some unusual sights. This made a nice change to the usual Thursday, certainly kept us awake during a sleepy morning!¬†We’ve been baking up a storm lately, featuring customer favourites with weekly specials. If you don’t follow us on Instagram, you’ll have missed the drool worthy photos.

Chocolate Orange Brownies, Colourful Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Goo Bar, English Madelines, Lemon & Poppyseed Drizzle Cake, Cranberry Brownies and Oreo Cupcakes…

What cakes would you like to see us make?

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

The Nostalgic Wedding Fair

Three weeks ago we were sitting at Heathrow Airport about to depart for Abu Dhabi when we got confirmation that there was vehicle space at The Nostalgic Wedding Fair (run by The Vintage Parade) at Winchester Guildhall. It meant we had to get our act together!

Following that email were a few weeks of hard graft getting the last few details of the van finished, a good deep clean inside and out all topped off with a coat of wax. All that was needed was some dressing up and some baking to showcase our offering to the Brides and Grooms of Winchester and beyond.

The night before was full of baking, writing up our new chalkboard (with bargain frame found on eBay) and colouring in cake labels when our printer ran out of ink!

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We hit the hay about midnight knowing we’d be up early to get to the Guildhall and set up in time for opening.

Sunday arrived and the weather could not have been more perfect. Winchester is a glorious city to live in, but when the sun shines it draws out the crowds and it’s such a thriving place to be.

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We arrived about 10am and soon realised that all the other vehicles were there and we’d lost our spot behind the Vintage Fire Engine. This was actually a blessing in disguise as we didn’t fancy attempting a parallel park.

After parking and opening the hatch we realised that because we were parked on the road that the hatch was too low to be overhanging a pavement. The situation had head injuries written all over it. So we moved away from the curb and decided to head over to The Hambledon to pick up some¬†Honeycomb Paper Balls in Pink and Mint, as we had managed to leave the 6 we got in Sainsbury’s (¬£3 for a pack of 3!) at home. They were enough of an attention grabber to highlight the hatch opening to passers by and avoiding a paper ball was a much better idea than not seeing a metal hatch.

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It didn’t take long to arrange the Vintage China or the Cakes…

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We took along a load of our Mosser cake stands, our vintage pressed glass cake stands and an assortment of our finest vintage china to showcase what we have on offer.

Sweet treats¬†wise we had…

* A 4 layer Victoria Sponge topped with fresh fruit
* Merginues
* Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies
* Rocky Road
* Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Buttercream Roses
* Mini Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Vanilla Buttercream and Sprinkles
* 4" Pink Ombre Rose Cake

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Everything looked fabulous – the van, the cakes, the china, the staff. We had our new flyers and promo badges displayed on the counter too.
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Winchester was bustling with activity. Race for Life had taken place around the corner, the Farmers Market was in full swing and The Nostalgic Wedding Fair was drawing the crowds. We had a great day talking tea, cake, and all things vintage. Check out our Facebook page for the official photos from the event taken by the very talented Ash Darling Photography.

We hope everyone had a lovely day, and got lots of ideas for their weddings.

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Martha and the Chocolate Factory

This week has been all about chocolate. 1.1kg of deliciously dark chocolate to be precise.

First up was a birthday cake to celebrate 4 years in business at AFS CrossFit.

AFS CrossFit Chocolate Cake

We made 3 layers of moist Chocolate Sponge, sandwiched them together with Chocolate Buttercream and covered the whole lot in Chocolate Ganache. The cake was decorated with a variety of orange and white sprinkles to complement the logo and some gold stars for good measure. We finished it off with an icing logo from Eat Your Photo and 4 orange candles as it was a birthday cake after all.

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“#arterialdestructionaccomplished” was the feedback we received, so it’s fair to say that the level of chocolate involved did the job!

Next up was some Mint Chocolate Brownies for a networking event in Winchester. It’s the first time we’ve done the whole networking thing, so what better way to make an introduction than to give out edibles with business card details attached. We made our brownies with a mixture of plain and mint chocolate and added a chopped bar of chocolate for the chips.¬†After mixing¬†up the Brownies there was a real moment of internal debate about whether to sack off the¬†whole event and just sit down with a spoon and eat the mixture or to put them in the oven. Thankfully, we managed to get them into the oven without mishap.Baking Brownies

Once they had cooled down, we sliced them up into small squares, slipped them into bags and sealed with a branded card with our contact details on. The finished product was simple, but effective. These would work well for party favours or alternative place settings.

Promotional Brownies

We’ve got more bakes coming to the blog soon, along with the long awaited post about the interior of the van. Wishing you all a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Confetti Sprinkle Explosion!

Whoever said “less is more” was clearly not referring to sprinkles when they coined the phrase. As far as we’re concerned there is no such thing when sprinkles are involved.

Chocolate Confetti Sprinkle Cake

This weekend we had a birthday order to fulfil. So we set about making 3 layers of rich chocolate sponge, sandwiched together with raspberry buttercream and covered the whole lot in a dark chocolate ganache.

Then came the decoration. We made a Happy Birthday plaque and used 4 types of sprinkles. The result was a confetti sprinkle explosion!

We used traditional sprinkles, small confetti sprinkles, large stars and mini gold stars. The larger pink stars and pink Happy Birthday plaque tied together really nicely with the pink Raspberry Buttercream on the inside of the cake.

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We sent the cake off on a 9″ Jadeite Milk Glass Stand which complimented the colour explosion on the top of the cake.

Chocolate Confetti Sprinkle Cake

We hope that you had a lovely day, Happy Birthday Nigel!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

If it’s good enough for royalty…

As the week has progressed, stress levels have increased and big decisions have been required. In order to fuel it, there was only one solution…

Chocolate Fridge Cake

Did you know McVities made a Chocolate Biscuit Cake for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton? Neither did we until this morning, but if it’s good enough for royalty…

At Martha’s Tea Party, we take Chocolate Fridge Cake seriously. We believe in cramming as much chocolate as is physically possible into these little slabs of delight. To do this, we use 3 types of chocolate and cocoa powder. The result is immense.

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Chocolate Fridge Cake

Some people add fruit to their Chocolate Fridge Cake. In our opinion dried fruit is not a welcome addition. After all, its just taking up space that chocolate could fill.

We mix golden syrup, butter and lots of chocolate into the base. Then add crushed digestive biscuits not only for a bit of extra sweetness but for that lovely soft crunch they provide. To finish, we top with 3 types of chocolate and get a bit creative with a skewer.

Chocolate Fridge Cake

We had ours with a glass of milk, but a cup of tea would go equally well. Chocolate Fridge Cake holds up well at room temperature, but nothing beats that extra bite from cold. If your teeth are good, try it straight from the freezer.

In other news this week, we found this cute Royal Albert Sugar Bowl. It looked so lonely amongst a shelf of mugs that it had to be re-homed. Vintage China is just too pretty to sit unloved somewhere.Royal Albert Sugar Bowl

Our last bake of the week is currently in the oven, so a report of that to come after the weekend. Enjoy your weekend whatever you are up to!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x