Saturday, 30 January 2010

Swiss Roll, Muffin, Chocolate Cake anybody?

" Tea for Two and Two for Tea!"
We love our winters in Spain,blue skies and sunshine instead of grey winter days prove to be the perfect backdrop to optimism and feeling positive about life in general.
But, as with most good things in life there are also drawbacks.
 Missing family occasions is certainly one of them.
Being with loved ones and sharing their special days is something we really do miss.
So last week I found myself leaving my usual creative pursuits and I started knitting and crocheting cakes!! 
I did not need Clement Freud to tell me this was because we were not at home to celebrate a special birthday.
Of course, the telephone,texts and emails make the world quite a small place and the completion of another year was celebrated.
Suddenly the cake selection was growing!
An assortment to tempt anybody!
Bakewell Tarts,Chocolate Swiss Rolls,Jam and Cream Sponge, Chocolate Muffins!
Battenburg, Iced Doughnut, Oriel Biscuits Strawberry Fancies!
Chocolate Swiss Roll, Iced Gems, Viennese Fingers, Iced Biscuits and Mini Swiss Rolls!

A selection worthy of the cake stands in Madge Mellors, a beautiful cafe that I used to go to as a child for afternoon tea.

( Thanks to a very old friend of mine for this wonderful picture.)

Well, then I was left pondering what I could do with this wonderful collection of confectionery!!
I thought about this for a few days and my nieces came to mind. They are both grown women now one with a baby of her own!
However, when they were little one of their favourite games was to pretend to go shopping. They used to visit my Mums and pretend to go shopping ,filling their little baskets with everything they could reach in the larder!!
So I thought my sweet little Great Nephew might be like his Mummy and enjoy "pretend " shopping!!
So I found these pieces of material with which I am going to make a bag where he can keep all the cakes.
Add a little purse and some pennies and I hope he enjoys going shopping in his pretend cake shop just as much as his Mummy did !!


  1. Wow Linda they look fantastic
    Then what would you expect from the cake lady!

  2. mmmm they look good enough to eat. Well done they look so realistic

  3. Beautiful tempting cakes, Linda, and a lovely idea to send some to your great nephew! Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog!


  4. Oh Madge Mellors...what a place!! Shame it closed!!
    I used to take my daughter there when she was very little ..wasn't it always so difficult to choose from the selection of cakes?!!
    I loved the little pink and white cake boxes...not to mention the waitresses outfits and the Lloyd Loom chairs!!
    There's a small display in the town should pay it a visit when you are home!
    Happy Days!! ;-)

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