Take an afternoon tea break and enjoy
baking tips and techniques and
fresh ideas for afternoon tea presentation.
Did you know that 13th of September is International Chocolate Day? Seems like the perfect opportunity to visit a few chocolate recipes for afternoon tea!
After a fair amount of discussion, we picked out our three top favourites for September. And they are.... drum roll please....
Anyone who has a garden is looking for ways to cook their zucchinis at this time of year - and this zucchini cake is truly delicious. It's moist, keeps well, rises reliably and tastes marvellous. What more could one ask? We love to serve it covered and filled with chocolate ganache. Oh yum!
Florentines have always been my favourite cookie. This is a new addition to the site and I hope you love them! Sometimes afternoon tea seems like a bit of a flour-fest, and these pretty little treats are completely flour-free.
If you are looking for thick, reliable, easy chocolate cookies, these are they. They cook from frozen, so you can prepare them in advance. They are heavy on the chocolate chips and they do not spread out much at all on the cookie sheet, so you can keep them nice and thick.
I made these cake stands with a friend for a play that our children were in. They were on the table in a woodland scene piled up with woodland food. I love them so much! They take less than an hour to make, cost virtually nothing and are easy to put together.
You can't put the food directly onto the cake stand unless you use edible paint (always an option - see this blog post on edible paint by Anna Ranson) I usually put things on a plate on top of the stand. Or a doily looks pretty.
Also, they are not super-sturdy. So you do need to be a little careful with them. But they are sturdy enough to carry a cake (as you can see). In this case, I kept the parchment paper on the bottom of the cake and put the cake onto a plain cardboard circle. I think it looks quite lovely without any paint. Then I just threw away the card at the end of tea-time and kept the remainder of the cake in a tin.
A thick double-fluted cardboard box (you can often pick them up at the store for free)
The card inside of a toilet roll.
Glue gun or other strong glue
Paint of your choice
Things to decorate. Ideas are: bark from trees (birch is really nice), twine, pretty leaves (autumn leaves work very well), pine cones, anything you can think of that you can stick to cardboard.
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