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My two wheeled cake delivery expedition…

For a couple of months now, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Outspoken Delivery, a local bike courier company. Every Friday, regular as clockwork, they knock on my door to collect my cakes, load them into one of their cool bicycles and pedal them over to Cambridge Folk Museum so they’re ready and waiting for when the tearoom opens on Saturday morning at 10.30am.  

The first time they came to collect the weekly cake order I was extremely nervous about handing them over. Now, I don’t want to sound distrusting but as I usually do all of my own deliveries on foot, it was a real test to hand them over to someone else, a little like waving your child off on their first day at school (perhaps not quite the same ;). To guarantee safe delivery, I decided that bribery was the best option, so I struck Outspoken a deal…if they could deliver 21 cakes unscathed, I would make one especially for them! 

Last week they hit the big 21 with nothing untoward having occurred in the meantime so, as a lady of my word, I made them a cake, a chocolate Guinness cake nonetheless…

and thought it fitting that I should deliver it to them by bike, albeit in the panniers of my beaten up old Raleigh…

I am happy to report that, despite an emergency stop and what felt like 20 million speed bumps, I managed to get it to Outspoken HQ in one piece. Here it is modelled wonderfully by Mr Mark Nash, who is also sporting a fantastic Movember effort on his upper lip (Check out their team page here)…

It was great to meet the whole team, who downed tools to have a brew and some cake…

This week Outspoken launched their campaign to raise money and awareness for the ‘You Can Bike Too’ project, based at Milton Country Park. The group’s aim is to ‘ensure that all members of society can enjoy the benefits afforded by cycling’ by providing specialist bikes, which can be borrowed by anyone and everyone in the community.

Outspoken are asking for donations to this great cause and have pledged to match any donations made by their customers and friends so that they can raise the estimated £1600 to buy this fantastic Circe Cycles Morpheus bike and ensure it (and others) get used by as many people as possible. 

Not only would you get that squishy warm feeling at having contributed to such a great cause, if you make a donation by 28th November, your name will also go into a prize draw to win the ‘Outspoken Advent Calender’! The winner will get a special (Outspoken) delivery of chocolate every single day of Advent, culminating on Christmas Eve with a delivery of 3 cakes baked by me!

For more details of how to donate or about the project take a look at their website here.

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Afternoon Tease does retro…

Last night I summoned my inner ‘retro’ and set up an Afternoon Tease stall of retro baked delights at Cambridge Retro Disco, a fundraising event for Cambridge Folk Museum, organised by the lovely Caroline (@Cambridgelass)…

I’d had a lot of fun coming up with retro sweet treats and desserts for the disco go-ers to enjoy.

My menu comprised of party rings, lots and lots of party rings (recipe here)…

and I decided that this was the ONLY way to serve them…

Cherry bakewell puddings with cream and a cherry on the top :)…

(Bakewell pudding recipe here)

Black Forest eclairs filled with homemade chocolate custard and black cherries, based on a recipe from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet

and finally lemon meringue cupcakes, lemon sponge with a lemon curd centre, topped with meringue…

Before the dancing and cake eating commenced I had a chance to sit down and enjoy a pie and mash dinner from Pavitt’s Pies of Cambridge

I’d opted for the beef and ale pie, made using ale from local brewer Moonshine Brewery. It was totally delicious and served up in true retro dinner lady style by Carri Pavitt herself…

My outfit paled in comparison but I had dug out my silver trousers and hoop earrings :)…

The dancing kicked of pretty early with the help of some awesome tunes from Shake ‘n’ Soul and other DJ’s…

It was a great night and even better because it was all for such a good cause! Thanks to all who came and contributed!

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Cambridge Folk Museum Tearoom…

Having grown up in Cambridge I remember visiting the Cambridge Folk Museum on many a school trip and as a treat during the school holidays. It’s a real treasure trove of artifacts from day to day life in the region and was set up in 1936 with the aim ‘to interest the ordinary citizen in aspects of local social life which were fast disappearing in Cambridgeshire’, which still remains their aim today…

I  was very excited to be approached by the lovely people at the Museum as they’ve set up a gorgeous little tea room that opens every Saturday from 10.30am-4.30pm and were in need of a cake supplier. I’m very happy to say that they decided I was just the lady for the job (I’m don’t know if the ‘bribery’ cake that I took to the meeting with me had anything to do with it 🙂 and now my cakes can be found gracing their cake stands every week!

The cake selection will change regularly and could be anything from a lemon drizzle sponge with lemon curd icing…

to a classic Victoria sponge with red cherry jam and buttercream icing…

or a slightly less traditional and totally decadent chocolate Guinness cake with cream cheese icing…

Tea and coffee is served in delicate vintage crockery and if you’re lucky can even be enjoyed out in their lovely sun trap of a courtyard…

I love working with local independents so it’s a real treat to also be working with Outspoken Delivery

Every Friday my cakes are collected and carefully transported to the Folk Museum. 2 weeks in there haven’t been any mishaps and I am assured that they have lots of cake delivery experience…even wedding cakes have been safely biked across Cambridge in their specially equipped bikes!

All proceeds from the tearoom go straight back into supporting the museum so, why not pop your head in one Saturday, support you local independents and get a slice of the action! (excuse the puns!) 

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