Royal Wedding cake ideas

As I am moving house the day before the Royal Wedding, I’m likely to be too exhausted to bake. No doubt my kitchenware will be the first thing I unpack though! However, I didn’t want to miss out on all the cake fun so I have found some great places for Royal Wedding cake baking inspiration.

  • Crumbs and Dollies have made these gorgeous Royal Wedding cupcakes which you can order online.

Royal wedding cake

  • Beas of Bloomsbury are doing a Royal Wedding  lock in after hours which sounds fabulous. Between 7 and 9pm on 29 April, you can toast the happy couple with a glass of champagne, ‘kiss me kate’ cupcakes, mini victoria sponges and mini eton messes, Kate and Wills macarons and some traditional fruitcake!
  • Cupcake Style are offering all the Union Jack sprinkles, flags and decorations you could ever want.
  • Let them eat cake exhibition – only on today and tomorrow Mon 25 April – hosted by Tate & Lyle Sugars – an exhibition of royal wedding cakes throughout the ages – it’s free to go and is open 10-5pm.
  • You have to love this lady, Sheila Carter, for spending two months KNITTING Kate and Wills a royal wedding cake!

Easter vanilla cupcakes recipe

with mini eggs in pink gingham cupcake boxHaving recently been to the Cakes4Fun cupcake course in Putney, I have continued to use their vanilla sponge and vanilla buttercream recipes. The sponge is light and the frosting is yummy! This time I made a mistake to use Lurpak spreadable butter as the icing wasn’t stiff enough. Next time I will definitely stick to the butter blocks as this tends to give a better result. I made these cupcakes for my friend’s birthday and she was over the moon with them. They make great pressies when you put them in a professional looking cupcake box. I bought this pink gingham one from Cakes Cookies and Crafts. See below for the Cakes4Fun vanilla cupcake recipe. Have a lovely Easter everyone!

Cupcake sponge (makes about 10)

  • 125g castor sugar
  • 125g margerine
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk as needed

Vanilla buttercream:

  • 125g soft butter (use salted)
  • 250g sifted icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of water as required

Afternoon tea review: The Orangery

Kensington Gardens, afternoon teaOn Saturday I visited the Orangery in Kensington Gardens for afternoon tea with my friend. It was a beautiful sunny day so we didn’t mind waiting too much for a table. Unfortunately you can’t book in advance. We opted to sit inside so we could enjoy the atmosphere of this grand building. Each table has a little mini orange tree on it which is a nice addition. We chose the signature afternoon tea and an enchanted palace afternoon tea. The afternoon tea was on the whole very good although I have a couple of small gripes. The sandwiches could have been a little fresher – when eating finger sandwiches it is immediately apparent if they’ve been sitting about for a while. The scone although tasty was a little undercooked and heavy. On the plus side, the passionfruit mini tart was to die for. We couldn’t believe the people at the next table left theirs! They missed a treat. We loved the little cakes from the enchanted palace afternoon tea – a mini chocolate ganache gateau and a heart shaped shortbread with raspberries. We polished off everything! I am trying to avoid caffeine at the moment and there was no problem to swap the included tea or coffee for another soft drink. The homemade lemonade was refreshing and simple. Overall we really enjoyed the afternoon tea and would recommend it. However, be aware that at the weekends service is slow and staff seem content to keep the pace that way, even when there is a queue of people and the odd table is empty. Perhaps visit in the week if you’re on holiday or go with the mindset that you will be taking a very leisurely afternoon tea.

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