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An afternoon with Caroline Trotter Photography

It’s no secret that I love to take photographs, and I don’t think I’m too bad at it. But last month I decided it was time to call in the pro’s. So, I got in touch with Caroline Trotter of Caroline Trotter Photography and asked her if she, and her food stylist husband, would like to take some awesome photographs of my afternoon tea! I was delighted when she said they would, and yesterday I made the trip to her studio in Leven with a boot full of cakes and…

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Handmade Afternoon Tea

A lot of skill and work goes into your afternoon tea. From mixing traybakes, rolling out croissants, checking the gingerbread, tempering chocolate, and frying batches of fajita rolls – there is a lot to do to make such an awesome box of treats. We love baking from scratch. There is something so therapeutic in creating something by hand. A machine doesn’t have any soul, and baking is so personal to me. There’s no joy in adding ingredients to a machine and pressing go. I love baking the traditional way. Its…

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Developing a new recipe for your Afternoon Tea!

Everything we include on your afternoon tea has come from a recipe that I have tweaked and improved at some point. I love getting into the test kitchen and developing recipes, I always have. So many of the recipes I use were perfected years ago. My sticky toffee cake is at least 20 years old, and hasn’t changed in all that time. Same for my cheesecake recipe! Many of my recipes have been created almost from scratch, such as my strawberry milkshake cake, lemon-liscious cake, my gingerbread sandwiches, gooey brownies,…

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Special Occasions

We love a special occasion at Mrs Mitchell’s – its the perfect excuse to be a little creative and invent a new recipe, or two! We also love to spoil people, so we relish the challenge of making a fabulous new afternoon tea box that you’ll be proud to gift or share with your favourite people! Every occasion we break a new record. Last Christmas we got out of bed super early, in order to make the most afternoon tea’s ever! Then this Valentines day we broke that record again…

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Making Afternoon Tea…

There’s a whole lot of mixing, drizzling, baking, cooling, piping, setting, waiting, stirring, whisking, spreading, chopping, melting and frying that goes into a Mrs Mitchell’s Afternoon Tea. Here’s a glimpse of just some of the work that goes into your afternoon teas… The chicken and bacon in our pinwheels has to be mixed at just the right ration to mayonnaise. Plus, I hate the cheap mayonnaise they often use in premade mixes so making my own is the only way to make sure they are just right. These are Lily’s…

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A New Look!

It’s been two years since I realised a dream and started For Cakes Sake. Back then, I had plenty of ideas about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. But, two years is a long time. So of course, my business has grown and naturally found its own direction over time. And then there was the pandemic! The pandemic was a blessing and a curse for me. It brought with it many highs and lows, and thanks to that, I have learned a lot over…

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Picking out Jam

There’s jam and there’s jam! And this is JAM! Deciding to upgrade the jam we serve with our scones in our afternoon tea’s was a big decision. The jam we had was ok, but was it good enough? Nope! Not any more. We wanted to make our afternoon tea as good as it could be, so I started searching for yummy jam makers. I wanted local, and I wanted Strawberry, although I appreciate the Scottish Cream Tea should be served with Scottish Raspberry Jam, I thought the Strawberry would suit…

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100 Afternoon Tea Boxes

Phew! 100 Afternoon Tea Boxes for Kirkton Community Larder Those wonderful people at Kirkton Community Larder wanted to help local residents that had been isolated due to the coronavirus lock down. We were thrilled when they asked us if we could help with a project to bring 100 Afternoon Tea Boxes to St Mary’s LMG, residents of Santuary Housing and sheltered housing. It was such a generous idea and the residents were thrilled with their afternoon tea’s.  This was only phase one of a plan to help those who have been shut in due to the…

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An Incredible Year

This time last year I was dreaming about creating a new way to enjoy afternoon tea. I was bored with cafes and hotels and loved the idea of doing something a bit different. I wanted a comfy chair and my slippers. I wanted to watch my favourite movie or a play a board game. I wanted a spot on the beach where people could wander by spying on my posh picnic. So I made up the afternoon tea box. Humble beginnings You must all love it too because one year…

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Afternoon Tea should be more than just a late lunch…

I was reminded this weekend as to why I started my Afternoon Tea business all those months ago and why we go to so much effort at For Cakes Sake to create our afternoon tea boxes the way we do. It was one comment that put it all into perspective for me and got me thinking. We get a lot of great feedback, but this message stood out for me in particular. She had gifted a box to her mother who was shielding in Dundee, to cheer her up. In…

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