Time for a cuppa...

Last week I launched Caked Teas - a luxury afternoon tea brought to your home!

All sandwiches, scones and cakes will be made with high-quality ingredients, and it doesn't stop there.

Delivered with your order will be a selection of delicious teas from Tea Pigs. From traditional Everyday Brew to their refreshing Peppermint Leaves, they'll be something for everyone.

The perfect accompaniment to your Caked Tea!

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To order your Caked Tea, contact Claire at Caked here with your event details.

Caked Teas - Afternoon Tea brought to you

I'm so excited to launch Caked Teas!

Afternoon tea is a special way to celebrate all sorts of celebrations - hen parties, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries...

But sometimes, it may not be convenient to visit a luxury hotel. Or you might want to be a little louder than you could be in a stylish establishment. Whatever your reason for preferring to stay at home for your celebration, there's no reason to compromise on your afternoon tea.

Introducing Caked Teas!

Afternoon-tea

A traditional afternoon tea brought straight to your home. A selection of dainty finger sandwiches, plain or fruit scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of delicious patisserie-style cakes, delicate petit fours, and of course a selection of TeaPig teas. Everything you need to enjoy the perfect afternoon tea.

Click here to find out everything you need to know, or contact Claire at Caked to start planning your tea party!

 

Afternoon Tea - A Brief History Part 2

Afternoon tea should be provided, fresh supplies, with thin bread-and-butter, fancy pastries, cakes, etc., being brought in as other guests arrive.” 
― Isabella BeetonMrs Beeton's Book of Household Management

The practice of taking tea in the afternoon was established, but it was a while before hotels such as Claridges and the Ritz started to offer afternoon teas.

The Langham is credited with being the first hotel in London to offer afternoon tea, opening its doors in 1865. Other hotels did not follow suit until the 1920s.

Whilst gentlemen retreated to clubs, tea rooms offered a place where ladies could meet to take tea and gossip. They were also one of the few places young single women could be seen un-chaperoned. In later years, music was added and so began the age of tea dances, which remained popular up until World War II.

These days, the full afternoon tea experience is a treat reserved for special occasions. Luxury hotels offer a wide range of rare teas and sumptuous cakes and desserts, though sadly no dancing! The cakes have become more elaborate and innovative and, more recently, themed teas have emerged, for example Mad Hatter Tea Parties and Gentlemen’s Teas.

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Afternoon tea has come a long way from its humble beginnings of a small snack between meals. In the next couple of weeks Caked will be launching Caked Teas – afternoon tea brought to your home or event. More information coming very soon!

Afternoon Tea - A Brief History - Part 1

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
Henry James

In a couple of weeks, Caked will be launching a brand new afternoon tea service, and in anticipation I’ll be looking into the etiquette, trends and history of this most British of traditions.

We think of tea as the national drink, but in fact before the 1700s coffee was the favoured hot beverage of the English. It was in coffee shops, not tea rooms or pubs, that people would gather.

When tea arrived on these shores it was seen as a rare medicinal drink, until trade with India brought down the price and turned drinking tea into a sign of class and respectability. But the idea of afternoon tea as a meal didn’t begin until the 1800s.

Surprisingly, we have the increased prominence of affordable gaslight to thank for this. As it became cheaper to light homes, the time of dinner moved fashionably later. This was at a time when it was normal to only have two main meals in the day – breakfast and dinner.

Afternoon tea itself is attributed to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. It is said that because of this later dinnertime, she would get “a sinking feeling” in the afternoon. And so she requested a tray of tea, bread and butter and cakes delivered to her room at 4 o’clock, to see her through to dinner. After some time, Anna started inviting friends to join her for tea in the drawing room of her home at Woburn Abbey.

Eventually this became a widely adopted social event. Every afternoon, upper-class ladies would change into their finery and attend tea, which consisted of dainty sandwiches and small morsels of cake served with Indian or Ceylon varieties served in bone china cups.

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I’ll be continuing this history in my next post, when I’ll be looking at how hotels adopted afternoon tea and turned it into the decadent and elaborate ritual we know today.

And look out for more information coming soon on Caked Teas!

Coming Soon - Caked Teas!

Exciting times at Caked HQ! Next month I will be launching a brand new branch of Caked - Caked Teas!

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Caked Teas will offer the luxury of afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home. Celebrate a special occasion with a full afternoon tea delivered straight to your door - perfect for hen parties, baby showers, birthday celebrations and anniversaries. 

With a full selection of sandwiches, scones, delicious cakes and petit fours, Caked Teas is the perfect way to celebrate in style.

Caked Teas is launching in April - more information to follow soon!

www.cakedpatisserie.co.uk/caked-teas

A Trio of Afternoon Tea Treats

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to dust off my pastry skills last week, and I loved getting back into it! 

A lovely local client throwing a birthday party was looking for a delicious birthday cake and some afternoon tea treats. I was more than happy to help.

I offered a trio of afternoon delights - lemon & lavender mini loaf cakes, almond & blueberry tartlets and rose & raspberry macarons. And the delight on her face when I dropped them off made it even more special.

Afternoon Tea: Rose & Raspberry Macaron, Lemon & Lavender cake, Almond & Blueberry Tartlet
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream - birthday cake with sugar flowers

I adore afternoon tea, and love all the etiquette and history that goes along with it. I'll be exploring it more in the coming months, and announcing some exciting plans for a new offering later this year. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to share! But for now, I leave you with these tasty little morsels and the promise of more to come...

If you're looking for a cake to celebrate a special occasion, get in touch here!