Day three of my baking marathon for our pop up tea rooms for the Fabulous Places Christmas Market.
It’s Wednesday and I’ve planned the baking of our cakes to make sure they are all home made, with the freshest and best ingredients. This cake is a winner because it will keep really well for a week when stored in an airtight tin. I often find that with a coffee cake or a carrot cake, then are better a couple of days after they are made. Flavours seem to settle better and the cake firms up – sometimes they can fall apart when cutting if they are eaten just after baking. So for a tea room or any other kind of catering, this is a good choice. We offered this cake when we did our first tea rooms at The Roundhouse and it was the first of our cakes to sell out.
The bitter-sweet flavours of this traditional cake make it an all-time favourite and I like to use Camp chicory & coffee essence for the coffee taste, but instant coffee dissolved in a little boiling water works just as well. I am making it as a loaf purely for selfish and practical reasons as they are far easier for me to transport and store for the large event we are catering for. I can fit three loaves into a tupperware lidded box, where I can only fit one 10″ round layer cake – so for me, it makes sense to make them in a loaf tin!
You will need
2lb loaf tin
225g • 8oz self-raising flour
225g • 8oz light muscovado sugar
½ tsp sea salt
225ml • 8fl oz groundnut oil
4 medium eggs separated
50ml • 1¾ fl oz cold strong black coffee or Camp coffee
50ml • 1¾ fl oz whole milk
75g • 3oz chopped walnuts
For the coffee cream
125g • 4½ oz mascarpone
2 tsp cold strong black coffee or camp Coffee
1 tsp golden syrup
1 tsp icing sugar sifted
For the topping
100g • 3½ oz icing sugar sifted
1-2 tbsp cold strong black coffee or Camp Coffee
6-8 walnut halves to decorate
icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line your loaf tin
Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Add the oil, egg yolks, coffee and milk and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff in a large bowl using an electric whisk and fold into the mixture in two goes.
Stir in the walnuts and transfer the mixture to the cake tin, smoothing the surface. Give the tin several sharp taps on the work surface to bring up any large air bubbles.
Bake for 50-55 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then run a knife around the edge and turn out on to a wire rack. Place it the right way up and leave to cool. If not icing it straight away, wrap it in clingfilm.
To make the coffee cream, spoon the mascarpone into a bowl and beat in the coffee, then the syrup and icing sugar.
Slit the cake horizontally, about two thirds of the way up the sides to account for the risen dome. Spread the cream over the lower half and sandwich with the top.
To make the icing, blend the icing sugar and coffee together in a bowl and drizzle down the centre of the cake, smoothing it towards the sides using a palette knife.
Don’t worry about completely covering the surface or about it trickling down the sides.
Decorate the top with the walnut halves and dust over a little icing sugar.
Leave to set for 1 hour.
Image credit – Daily Mail On-line
This is a wedding we worked on nearly 12 months ago now (and can’t believe how time has flown) and the gorgeous couple we worked with now have a beautiful new addition to their family, and the first Darby & Joan baby!
I wanted to put together a little post on their day because of the festive season creeping up on us and to show that a vintage tea party themed wedding can certainly bring some cheer during the colder months, just as much as it can when the sun is shining.
Ian & Emma were also one of our lovely couples who took the time to vote for us in the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards and I believe that they were very complimentary about us. We are thrilled to bits to have reached the Regional Finals! I know because they sent me a really touching email thanking us for our involvement and help with planning their day – here is a little of what they said
“” Our little family started its journey on 21.12.12 when we tied the knot at West Bridgford Registry office and had a wonderful knees up afterwards which is my real reason for writing. We wanted to thank you for all you did for us to make our wedding day such a special occasion. We could not envisaged when we first met you in your kitchen to discuss menus that we would be bringing the date of the wedding forward six months and for it to look as though we’d been planning it for months on end…it was spectacular. Just what we had imagined and wished for, that is all thanks to you. We are truly grateful for the hours you put in before and during our big day! By the time it came to our celebration we felt you were more like a friend attending the wedding than our catering company! Your quality of customer service and the personal relationship we developed really did make planning the wedding in a short period of time easy and enjoyable, something that I can safely say my friends who have skipped down the aisle did not experience. So from us both a HUGE THANK YOU! We have already recommended your company to so many of our friends, and our wedding guests who were suitably impressed. I hope that you reap success as you truly deserve it! “”
Catering, staff, planning, styling, on the day co-ordination and vintage hire – all Darby & Joan
Photographs – Life Photographic
Hello lovelies! Hope you’re all fine and dandy. We’ve got a really exciting post to share with you today. A week or so ago Dolly made her photoshoot debut and boy was she looking pretty!
If you fancy arriving in style and still need to get your wedding wheels arranged, then do get in touch with us if you like the look of our girl. She is a real beauty and it goes without saying that she loves a good wedding.
The styled shoot will be featured in all it’s glory in the next issue of Save the Date Magazine so keep an eye out for it. The girls will be distributing the magazine at the Save the Date Wedding Event with a Difference at The Roundhouse on 13th October 2013. Darby & Joan of course will be there exhibiting so make sure you come and see us.
The thing is… we just can’t wait, so we thought we’d share a few behind the scenes photos taken from the day to give you a taste for what’s coming… and it’s good folks! Everyone involved, which will now be referred to as the ‘DREAM TEAM’ worked tirelessly all day and creativity was in full flow. So much fun was had by everyone and it was smiles all round despite it being a little bit nippy at times!
Naturally we turned to pinterest to curate all of our ideas and inspiration. We got all the suplliers involved too so they could add their ideas and get a feel for the style of the shoot.
Click here to see the full Pinterest board we put togther for inspiration.
To sum up this feel of the shoot in four words would definitely be Rustic, Boho, Festival & Relaxed. Inspired by corn fields, messy buns, flower crowns and festivals, we wanted to create an uber-stylish vibe with a touch of whimisical magic and an overall feel of FUN!
We wanted to create a really relaxed, fresh feel to the shoot, not too ‘done’ but still gorgeously pretty. David & Vicki did an absolutley fabulous job creating the festival look. Messy buns, boho waves and fishtail plaits complemented the feel of the shoot perfectly and the make up? Perfect. Fresh faced with a rosy glow.
The Flowers & Vintage Styling
Can we all just pause for a minute and say how fabulous the floral crowns and in fact all the flowers are!? Big thank you to Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs for supplying them, they couldn’t have been more perfect. They were all a little bit different using Daisies, Hydrangeas, and Gypsophila. They were simple, elegant and just the right amount of rustic.
We created a range of different areas each with a different feel. We had a fun picnic set which had colourful streamers drifting in the wind. For other shots, we kept it simple using the stunning fields as a backdrop to create a relaxed, free-spirited look. Of course Dolly was the star of the show! We draped bunting inside and the girls had fun eating yummy cakes and sipping out of jam jars. The sun started setting around 6pm which made for some fantastic dreamy shots in the open countryside.
Oh The Glamour of Modelling
The models, it goes without saying are drop dead gorgeous but above all, absolute troopers. It got a little chilly whilst on set but they were amazing and it’s fair to say that red blanket came in handy! High Five girls and thank you so much for your hard work.
The Dream Team
What a fantastic bunch of suppliers we worked with. We can’t thank you enough for your time, help, talent and general fabulousness!
Here’s a round up of the pictures from behind the scenes, we don’t want to give too much away but we couldn’t be more thrilled with the way the day went. These photos won’t have a patch on Emma’s shots but gives you a little flavour of what’s to come! Hope you enjoy and we’d love to get your feedback.
Ok so how excited are you to see the professional shots by the fabulous Emma! Not too long to wait and make sure you grab yourself yourself a copy of the Save the Date Magazine when it’s out in October! Why not pop on down to the Save the Date Wedding Event with a difference where they’ll be available. We will be there to talk all things weddings.
A BIG big thank you once again to everyone who was involved, thank you for your time, talent and expertise in making the shoot such fun and a success.
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