Thursday, 11 May 2017

Blooming Great Tea Party 2017

What could be nicer than a tea party? I love tea and cake and getting together with friends to share them.
On 23rd - 25th June it's the Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party and just by throwing a party you can raise funds for this amazing charity. Pop along to the website and sign up now, register before 19th May to be in with a chance of winning a Ringtons Luxury Hamper.

Marie Curie nurses provide care and support for people living with terminal illness and their families. Given the choice, most of us would like to die peacefully at home with family. Marie Curie nurses make this possible.Their service is free for the people they care for and their families.

For your tea party you could have all sorts of cakes and biscuits, you can buy them if you wish but baking them yourself is half the fun, You can even get the kids to help. My kids love baking and are forever whipping up cupcakes and biscuits.

If you need some inspiration here is my recipe for a simple Lemon Drizzle Cake which is one of my favourites, and it goes down lovely with a cup of tea.

Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

200g soft butter
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
250g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
finely grated zest of 2 lemons
100ml milk at room temperature.

For the drizzle:
lemon juice from 2 lemons, leaving about 1 tsp for icing
2 tbs golden syrup

For the icing:
1 tsp lemon juice 
icing sugar


Method:


pre-heat oven to  180C/gas mark 4
grease and line a 1lb loaf tin or 20cm cake tin

Put all the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric food mixer or a wooden spoon until the batter is completely smooth.

Pour batter into cake/loaf tin and bake in middle of the oven for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. You may wish to  cover the cake with greaseproof paper for last 10 minutes.

Just before cake has finished cooking put the lemon juice (reserving a tsp for icing) into a pan with the golden syrup and warm gently.

When you take the  cake out of the oven, prick it all over with a skewer then pour over the syrup mixture before taking it out of the tin.



When the cake has cooled remove it from tin and cover it with a drizzle of icing made with the lemon juice and as much icing sugar as it takes to make a runny icing.



Just in case you need some more inspiration, here is my nine year old daughter, Boo, showing you how easy it is to make a chocolate cake.


If I have inspired you to take part then please pop along the the Blooming Great Tea Party 2017 site and get your free fundraising pack. There are also lots of resources and recipes to make your tea party a big success. If you do hold a party I'd love to hear about it. 


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