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A big thank you to everyone who visited me at Mill Road Winter Fair…

I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to say hello and buy goodies from my Afternoon Tease stall on Saturday at Mill Road Winter Fair. It was lovely to see so many friendly faces and cake fans!

It was such a great day and I’m happy to report that I’ve just about got feeling back in my toes 🙂 Next year I’ll definitely be following the lead of fellow stall holders and standing on piles of cardboard for insulation…it’s amazing what tips of the trade you pick up!

If you need an Afternoon Tease cake fix before next year’s fair, you can just pop into Urban LarderHot NumbersCambridge Folk Museum or Nanna Mexico. I’ve also got some pretty darn exciting events planned for 2013 so keep your eyes peeled for news on my blog or by following me on Twitter @afternoontease.

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03/12/2012 · 4:53 pm

Afternoon Tease does Mill Road Winter Fair…

What are you doing on Saturday 1st December?

If you live in or around Cambridge your answer should be…”going to Mill Road Winter Fair”, a local fair that truly celebrates and is thoroughly supported by our community. It was the enthusiasm of local traders and residents that made it such a success last year with an estimated 15,000 visitors! If you know Mill Road, you’ll know that that’s a LOT of people…I’m surprised the bridge held up under the strain :)…

Last year’s fair was a very important time for me, as I’d just moved back to my home town of Cambridge and was starting my own company ‘Afternoon Tease’ with Mill Road Winter Fair as my cake selling debut.

Here I am all set up and ready to go, looking pretty darn nervous…

You can read my blog about last year’s fair here.

That feels like a lifetime (and a lot of cakes) ago, but I’m really looking forward to going back to where it all began at the Food Fair in Gwydir Street car park (map here).

I’ve been busy plotting and planning and will have some very special cakey treats for sale on the day including my chocolate Guinness cake, which recently got me props and is responsible for the breaking of many a diet across the county (well Mill Road anyway 😉 …

You can also get a slice of the action at Hot Numbers and Urban Larder.

It was actually in the run up to Mill Road Winter Fair last year that I met Ivana AKA Miss Igs (who’ll be right beside me at the Fair) and not long afterwards that we started our Plate Lickers Supper Club together…we’re preparing a few tasty tidbits and supper club faves, including this delicous pineapple chutney…

which we personally recommend as the perfect accompaniment for cheese on toast…or just cheese :)…

If you’re at the Fair make sure you come and say hi, it’ll be great to meet you if I haven’t before, see you, if I have before or in the case of Twitterers, to put faces to names!

Needless to say I’ll be tweeting away in the run up to the event and giving you a glimpse of the goodies in store so if you like you’re daily dose of cake porn then you know what to do 🙂 @afternoontease

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Local & handpicked blackberry & apple crumble cake…

Last week I took a rare break in the middle of a busy day of baking, packed my lunch into a bag and ventured into my local graveyard to make the most of the sunshine. Now, you may think it a bit of a strange place to enjoy a picnic but Mill Road cemetery is a stones throw from my house and is a veritable sanctuary away from, well, everything! It’s so beautiful and peaceful and at the moment it’s also chocablock with blackberries…

Unfortunately, on that occasion I didn’t have the time or a suitable receptacle to take any with me but a couple of days later I went on a blackberry picking mission and after pricking myself numerous times and getting well and truly scratched up (I even managed to spike myself in the head, be warned, blackerry bushes are evil buggers) I ended up with a bumper crop…

Just a couple of words of warning…beware of picking from low hanging branches 😉 and before you get baking/eating, make sure you wash them really well to get rid of all of any little friends who may be camping out in your fruit!

I recalled a recipe I’d used a couple of years ago for a blackberry and apple loaf and decided I’d scale it up a bit to make an 8 inch (20cm) cake…

You can either follow the recipe in the link above to make a loaf or use these quantities to make an 8 inch round cake…

375g self raising flour

265g butter

265g light muscovado sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

3 rounded tbsp demerara sugar

1 1/2 small eating apple, quartered (not cored or peeled)

3 eggs

1 1/2 oranges, finely grated zest

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

340g blackberries

and then just follow the same recipe (here) to make the most delicious apple & blackberry apple crumble cake, even the better for having picked the blackberries yourself!

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