All posts tagged: cake

Experiencing the new Grub Crawl, Brixton

I’ve been on a fair few pub crawls in my life, the most memorable of which was the circle line challenge in London (a different drink in a different pub at each stop on the circle line). It was pretty heavy, starting at Aldgate and ending prematurely at Notting Hill due to the sheer amount of alcohol consumption. More of a semi circle challenge really! Recently I was invited to try out an awesome new concept – a grub crawl! How would this work? I hear you cry! The concept is actually quite simple – you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, you guessed it, dessert in another. This is the brainchild of the lovely Hannah (of That Adventurer) who wanted to share the culinary delights of her area, Brixton, with fellow foodies. Brixton has changed a lot since I lived there for a very short time when I first moved to London, around seven years ago. It’s become quite ‘trendy’ and the market is now host to so many incredible …

Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea at 108 Pantry

Did you know that this week is Afternoon Tea Week? I’ve been to quite a few Afternoon Teas across the UK now (mostly in London), many of which I’ve written about on here, but I still have a fairly extensive list of places I’d love to visit. At the weekend, I was invited to Afternoon Tea at 108 Pantry within The Marylebone Hotel. And I was particularly looking forward to the fact that they offer a ‘gluten-free’ option, which I’ve never come across before. I’m not intolerant to gluten but I was interested to see how the products would compare to the ‘classic’ versions and be able to report back to you on here. I wrote my first gluten-free related post on here last week and it got a pretty good response, so there’s obviously a lot of interest in the subject. New research by Udi’s Gluten Free (which I was given today) has found that the top struggle of those who are gluten-intolerant is ‘eating out in a restaurant’. The recent introduction of the EU’s Food …

Mississippi Mud Pie for 4th July

For the past few years, I’ve always made some kind of pudding to celebrate 4th July. Yes, I know I’m British, but a lot of my friends and ex-colleagues are American. And hey, any excuse to make a cake, right? This year I thought I’d have a go at a Mississippi Mud Pie. But I have to confess. This ended in disaster… I haven’t had a baking disaster for a while, so it was extremely frustrating! I followed a recipe from The Telegraph, with the exact ingredients, measurements and so on. However, after over 40 minutes of being in the oven, I could tell that the inside was still quite wobbly. I left it to cool for 20 minutes but could tell it was clearly undercooked. I put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes but the inside was still gloopy! At this stage I was running out of time and didn’t really have a choice, so I took it out and as expected, the thing completely fell apart. The issue is clearly …

The Icing Cafe at Biscuiteers

Something I haven’t tried baking at home yet, is biscuits. In fact my last experience was aged 12 at school during food tech class, when we were asked to make cookies. While my friends made the usual chocolate, ginger, perhaps even vanilla for the particularly daring, I had to take it one step further – mint choc chip with green food colouring. What came out of the oven was a luminous green, melted, chocolatey mess. I think the experience scarred me. Following the rise of cupcakes, meringues and macarons, biscuits have recently been increasing in popularity, largely I believe, to Biscuiteers. I first became aware of them a few months ago when I saw their creations being featured in a lifestyle magazine. The second I went onto their website and saw their Beatrix Potter range, I was in love!     Biscuiteers offer a wide range of delicately hand iced biscuits for all occasions. What I love about their business is that whatever idea comes into their head, or whatever is happening in the news, …

Le Tea en Rose: Afternoon Tea at Sofitel St James Hotel

I adore afternoon tea, having been to a number in the past few years, which I’ve been meaning to blog about for some time in one of my Throwback Thursday posts. I mean, what’s not to love about Afternoon Tea? Lots of sandwiches with different fillings to try, fluffy scones with various toppings, and cakes galore! With the widest range of tea you could possibly ask for! So I was very excited when I was invited to an exclusive preview of ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel St James Hotel, marking the arrival of Spring and the Chelsea Flower Show. The hotel, located at Waterloo Place, is beautifully decorated by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, and The Rose Lounge is a tea lover’s dream! As some of you will know, I’m a bit of a Francophile and studied Renaissance France at university, so I was certainly in my happy place!     We were introduced to the Afternoon Tea by Julie from Dammann Frères. The business was established in France in 1925 but has been …

Wedding Cheese Cake – The West Country Cheese Company

For our wedding in February, one of the things that took the longest to decide on, was the wedding cake! Neither of us have a particularly sweet tooth, although we do love chocolate. There were a few that we loved the look of, such as the profiterole cake from Patisserie Valerie, but we felt that it was quite expensive for what it was. We saw some absolutely beautiful, more traditional cakes (I adored the hand painted cakes by Nevie Pie), but nothing really seemed to fit with our theme, which was Rustic English Country. We then looked into the idea of a wedding cake of cheeses, as we thought that this would be much more fitting (and I ADORE cheese!) Quite a few companies now do these, but we decided to go with the Rustic Raffia Cake from The West Country Cheese Company. They’re based in Barnstaple (very close to where my mum grew up) so it meant that the cake wouldn’t have to travel too far to Dartmoor. I spoke to a lovely lady …

Violet Bakery – Cookbook Giveaway!

I was introduced to Claire Ptak’s Violet Bakery through a friend and visited it last the weekend – you can read all about it here. Here’s where it gets even better – I have a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook to give away (if you can pry it out of my fingers – it’s so beautiful!!) To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share the post on the FB page. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. I’ll pull all of the entries together across both channels and will pick someone at random. Competition ends a week from now, on Monday 27th April at 6pm GMT. UK residents only. To whet your appetite, here’s a Wild Blackberry Crumble Tart from the cookbook that I made recently (except with raspberries and blueberries): I was provided with the Violet Cakes Cookbook by Square Peg for competition purposes. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own.