Sunday, 21 August 2011

French Fancy Decorating - Unique Event Coming September!

A few weeks back, myself and the lovely Lynn AKA Bakelady from The Secret Tea Room in Leeds met up in Ely for a cuppa and a piece of cake at Peacocks Tea Room next to the river. It was pleasant outside, so we got to enjoy the beautiful rose garden and I enjoyed the loveliest cup of tea - Rose & Marzipan, a refreshing blend matched perfectly to my taste. Followed by a brisk walk through the town and around the cathedral to burn off some sugar afterwards. It was a lovely way to spend a lazy morning after the zombie related tea party fun the evening before!

Myself and Lynn were catching up on all things underground and tea party related and I was talking through a new feature blog post with her (Which is coming very shortly - so keep an eye out!) where she will feature. It was great to talk about our plans for the future and what was and wasn't working in our plans. It's always great to catch up with her, she is so lovely and very knowledgeable on underground tea parties, having run her own for some time now. 

As a treat and to offer her a slightly more unusual afternoon activity, I took her to my new cake-y friends' house, Cat from Cakes By Cat in Ely, where we all sat and drank (more!) tea (Tea is a wondrous invention! hehe) and practiced making Fondant French Fancies for our up and coming collaboration in September.... 

...The Secluded (FRENCH FANCY!) Tea Party
 Friday 23rd September 2011 
at 7pm to 9.30pm...

You can book your tickets by clicking HERE
(Drop us an email when you have booked as we will keep you
 posted with the details nearer to the event)

Cats' Motto is "Make Cake, Drink Tea" ... What's not to love about that?!.... She is my ideal partner in crime! 

The kitchen smelled delicious as we whipped up fondant icing for the layer cakes (The different flavours in the cakes were heaven alone!... Strawberry Jam and Buttercream, even an Orange Liqueur filling in one of them, an experiment of Cats that was a winner with me : ) 
And we then chopped the square sponges up into smaller squares and had fun making lots of mess dipping them in different bowls to try out the consistency of different mixes. We finally found the right one for our future class and we managed to cover the table in the stuff... All part of the fun! Cat had also decided to cut hers out into circular shapes which actually looked just as nice as the square shapes... All pretty pink cakes and it didn't stop there!....

Whilst we were waiting for them to dry off, Cat taught us how to make pretty flowers to decorate the top of the cakes, with beautiful sugar craft techniques that even I could do... And if I can do it, anybody can, trust me! 

When we had finished, the three of us all had the prettiest little French Fancies and they looked so good I didn't want to destroy them, however after dropping Lynn off at the Train Station, I did stop off a couple of my family members en route home and share them so we didn't end up eating them at the Secluded tea Party HQ! 

So... Now to offer this fantastic activity alongside an evening version of my Tea Party for Just £35 donation per guest, with limited spaces, we have a few left should you want to join in this unique event. 

Come along and make new friends, bring along old friends and family or even your partner to come and drink tea and enjoy both Miss Sue Flays’ Home-made treats, as well as your own hand decorated pretties talked through and taught by Cat throughout the evening. 

This is going to be every cake lovers HEAVEN...!

Afternoon Tea a La Francaise:

Something Sparkling 
on arrival

Finger Sandwiches 

Lemon Madeleines, served with Rose Petal Jam

Chocolate Eclairs

Cake TBC

And not forgetting delicate layered French Fancies to eat and to take home with you,
Decorated beautifully by your own fair hands!

Unlimited Loose Leaf Tea served throughout the event by Miss Sue Flay to keep you from wilting : ) 




THE VENUE... At a Secluded Cambridgeshire location - Shhhh We can’t say where just yet or it will ruin the magic and suspense... You will find out nearer the time, so be sure to send over your email to keep in the know!

DRESS CODE... Dress comfortably and as relaxed as you wish.
Why not add a french flair or twist to your outfit, should you desire to enter into the spirit of the evening. 

If you need to contact us, you can email:

We look forward to welcoming you to this very exciting version of The Secluded Tea Party. 

Miss Sue Flay


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