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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  

All Hallows’ Eve

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So it wasn’t quite Halloween, but the day before we took our selection of spooky treats to Andover Market. Here at Martha’s Tea Party we pretty much look for any excuse to dress up, be it an event like halloween or just every Thursday in a spotty dress – because, why not?

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The people of Andover need to eat more cake

We had been all over picking up decorations for our Citroen H Van. We went pumpkin picking at Bourne Valley PYO, we got some amazing decorations in ASDA (seriously impressed) and there were some things we’ve just had knocking about since time began.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to carve our pumpkin, so¬†thank goodness for Sharpie!

We had a selection of ghoulish cakes on offer ready for our Halloween Spooktacular…

Blood Red Velvet Brownies (Gluten Free)
Ghoulish Jam Filled Vanilla Cupcakes
Spooky Vanilla Cupcakes
Creepy Chocolate Cupcakes
Franken-Rocky Road

We also had our Peanut Butter Cup Brownies, because if we didn’t there would be a lot of unhappy customers!

So our van was looking great, we had some spooky sounding cakes on the menu, but what good is spooky sounding cakes if they don’t look the part?

Some of you may spot that we even had some classic Point Horror on the go that week too, we take Halloween VERY seriously.

Unfortunately, we have a bit of an early start on a Thursday so didn’t have time to get dressed up ourselves, but some people may have taken amusement in the amount of selfie’s taken during the day when the head gear for our Halloween party attire turned up from the amazing Rosadior. One floral headband worn two ways…

bydaybynightIt may have been too spooky for some if we looked like the latter during the day.

Having said that we love dressing up, we are not planning on shoving Christmas down your throat quite yet, we’ll give you a few more weeks before we start wearing antlers to the market and selling mince pies. We’ll leave that to the big coffee chains for now.

Remember if you are after any cakes in particular, feel free to drop us a message on Facebook or via our Contact page, we hate to see disappointed faces when we have sold out!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

Latest Bakes

We’ve had a little break from the kitchen recently with lots of work being done on our Citroen H Van, so when we did get the ovens fired up, it seemed like a good idea to experiment with some new flavours…

PB&J   - Vanilla Sponge filled with Raspberry Jam, topped with 
         Peanut Butter Frosting 
Carrot - Carrot Cake (with oodles of raisins and walnuts), topped with 
         an orange cream cheese frosting and a pecan 
Lemon  - deliciously moist lemon sponge, with lemon drizzle and a 
         lemon icing top. So much lemon, not enough time.

From left to right; PB&J, Carrot and Lemon…

Cupcake Selection Box

The reports back from the lucky guys and gals that got to try these were positive, we too can vouch for their deliciousness. The Carrot was deliciously dense and moist, the Lemon was zingy and sweet and the PB&J was everything you need in a cupcake and more.

We also had a very special birthday. The actual Martha of Martha’s Tea Party turned a grand old age of 3.

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Now any of you who either have children or have spent time with a nearly 3 year old will understand their requirement to get involved. So this bake is not representative of the standard of our usual cakes as we had two small hands assisting us and consuming bits as they went. ¬†But the end result was a delicious chocolate cake (made to our Chocolate Nostalgia Cake recipe), covered in sprinkles and Smarties, and one very happy 3 year old who got to eat some for breakfast (…and lunch and dinner).

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We figured that a member of the wider team turning 3 was a good enough excuse to expand our¬†Mosser Glass cake stand collection. So with a little girl who’s in love with pink, it seemed only right that we went with the 6″ in Tuscan Pink from¬†The Hambledon, our local stockist (how lucky are we!). This is now available with 4″ cakes or to hire alone.

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x

One in the Oven…

We were asked to make some delicious bakes for a little afternoon gathering to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of a little baby girl.

On the menu we had…

Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Vanilla Buttercream
Double Vanilla Cupcakes filled with Raspberry Jam
Chocolate Brownies
Lemon Drizzle Loaf

The brief was to keep the cakes girly, but not over the top. We love an excuse to make pretty pink cupcakes!

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We swirled buttercream on the top of each cupcake and decorated with sugar pearls and buttercream roses. Half of the cupcakes were filled with Raspberry Jam Рyum!

Buttercream Rose

Next up was the Chocolate Brownies. Bar upon bar of chocolate went into these, both into the cake mix and for the chocolate chips. We just love that crispy top that you get on Chocolate Brownies after they come out of the oven, hiding the deliciously gooey underneath.

Chocolate Brownie

Finally, there was the Lemon Drizzle Loaf. Lemon juice and zest went into the cake mix AND the drizzle. Resulting in a moist lemony sponge that no one would be able to resist.

Lemon Drizzle Loaf

We hope that a good time was had by everyone, but especially Hannah РGood luck for your forthcoming arrival!

Lots of Love

Martha’s Tea Party x