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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

Plate Lickers #4

We held our 4th Plate Lickers Supper Club on Friday night. Due to the popularity of the last event and the fact that we had so much fun with the menu we decided to go with the ‘Childhood Memories’ theme again.

Thanks to all of our lovely guests who really got into the spirit of the supper club, made new friends and even humoured us enough to queue for their dinner, school dinner style :). Thanks also got to John Quysner (Centre at St Paul’s) and Jack (Jack’s Gelato) for his wonderful elderflower sorbet!

You can read Miss Igs write up here and if you’d like to hear about our next events, just sign up here and we’ll keep you posted!

Me and Miss Igs are joining forces at this year’s Mill Road Winter Fair with an Afternoon Tease, Miss Igs and Plate Lickers triple whammy, come and say hi on Saturday 1st December.

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12/11/2012 · 11:11 am

I thought it was high time for another charity shop treasures update! Check out these little beauties, which I have acquired over the past few months…

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12/08/2012 · 10:55 am

If you ever happen to be in Tunbridge Wells, I highly recommend that you visit Juliets. It’s a gorgeous cafe with a great savoury menu consisting of a daily changing selection of salads and sandwiches as well as a vast selection of tempting cakes!

I was won over by their baked squid stuffed with parmesan, sourdough breadcrumbs and basil pesto, which I had with bulghar wheat pilaf with perry marinated sultanas, roasted carrot, onion, coriander and pink peppercorns and tricalore bell pepper chop salad with spring onion, rocket, sesame, Dijon and cider vinegar and of course I finished my meal off with a huuuge slice of carrot cake! 🙂

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21/06/2012 · 1:54 pm

Just over a week ago I was invited to the opening party of ‘Hunt & Darton Cafe’ a pop-up cafe and live installation performance art project. It’s one of eight commissions thought up by members of  Live Art Collective East, taking advantage of unusual spaces and places in East Anglia as part of the Cultural Olympiad. I didn’t know what to expect but was very tickled by the whole project…Hunt & Darton are extremely funny ladies. I took a few photo’s of the things that had me chuckling…

It’s a fully functioning cafe with a witty, tongue in cheek twist, definitely worth a visit. 

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13/05/2012 · 4:39 pm

Over the past few weeks I’ve been drip feeding my pretty treasures out onto Twitter. But thought it was about time that I put them all up together in a gallery of mismatching gorgeousness!

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06/04/2012 · 11:03 am

It’s my Birthday! My blog Birthday that is! The Afternoon Tease is 2!

2 years ago today, I tentatively posted my first photo of the towering cupcake creation that I made for my friends wedding and had a little bitch about Sophie Dahl (I still stand by my opinion that she’s sickeningly perfect! ;). When I started out on my blogging adventure I would never have imagined that 172 posts later I’d still be going strong, baking like a demon and blethering on about it with a passion!

I still get quite scared when I think about people reading what I write, which is silly really as I post it on the world wide web for all to see. I’m not a natural writer, I’m just dedicated to cake and to sharing the love! Thank you to all who have visited, read my inane cake related ramblings and tried out the recipes that I’ve shared!

I’m always pondering my next baking adventure so have no fear…I don’t think I’ll ever run out of something to write about…

Watch this space…



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30/03/2012 · 7:55 am

Here are some pictures of my latest (and possibly weirdest) cake commission. A friends colleague asked me to make a baby shower cake for her friend. I made my favourite, totally delicious chocolate fudge cake (recipe here) and was asked to adorn it with the message ‘You’re going to make a great MILF!’ It was a nervewracking experience…I hope she likes it! 🙂

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18/03/2012 · 5:52 pm

This time last year I made a tealoaf using my homemade Seville orange marmalade and blogged it here. I wasn’t as happy as I could have been with it as I overcooked it slightly. Being a creature of habit, and because it it officially National Marmalade Week, I thought I’d repeat the process and give it a go with years batch of marmalade and these are the pics…isn’t it pretty!?

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28/02/2012 · 3:56 pm

I was recently asked if I would make a couple of cakes for a fundraising Valentine’s tea party at a local community gallery called Cambridge Art Salon. Unfortunately the weather conspired against us and even the lure of cake couldn’t get people out of their cosy houses. But hey, it meant there was plenty of tea and cake to go around, I got to meet some lovely people and to chat to Paul aka The Finsbury Park Deltics, who was exhibiting his amazing work there at the time. If you’re in the area pop your head in and see what they’re up to!

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22/02/2012 · 9:36 am