Time for Cookies, Scones and Cakes!

As the holiday season is upon us again, it is time to think about family dinners and gift giving.  It does not have to a nail-biting time or a head-scratcher.  Let Twee-tea-licious (www.tweetealicious.com) be your go-to place for your time of gift giving.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner at the in-laws or friends – a ready wrapped Cookie Gift Box or Scone Gift Box starts at $24
    Cookie Gift Box

    Scone Gift Box
  • Christmas Gift Exchange for the Office – a dozen of delicious Shortbread Cookies or 4 Scones in a bag tied with ribbon starts at $9
    Scone Bag

    Cookie Bag
  • Something fancy for a dinner party – a gourmet quality cake with filling and frosting which starts at $35 or a one of a kind custom-made cake to make it even more special which starts at $100
    Chocolate Velvet Cake
Pooh & Piglet Cake

For more information, please go to www.tweetealicious.com for more information.

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Trivia of the Day – November 3

Before the creation of electric mixers, a lot of mixing was done by hand.  Based on Pound Cake recipes from 1700’s and early 1800’s, how long does one have to beat the ingredients to get air into the batter?

Mini Anniversary Cake
  1. 15 minutes
  2. 30 minutes
  3. 1 hour
  4. 1 hour 30 minutes
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Answer: 3
Based on recipe from The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse, facsimile 1747, one has to beat the ingredients for 1 hour by hand or with a wooden spoon!  That had better been a great cake after it came out of the oven!  Even it was not, I would still heave eaten it and made sure I liked it considering the amount of effort.

Trivia of the Day – November 2

Which country originated the Pound Cake?

Bouquet of Flower Cake
  1. France
  2. England
  3. United States
  4. Italy
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Answer: 2
Pound cake originated from England back in the early 1700’s.

Trivia of the Day – November 1 Revised

Which 2 ingredients were NOT included in the original Pound Cake recipe?

Fall Swirl Cake
  1. Eggs
  2. Flour
  3. Baking Power
  4. Milk
  5. Butter
  6. Sugar
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Answer: 3 and 4
The original Pound Cake was made with 4 ingredients, Eggs, Flour, Butter, and Sugar.  The ratio was 1 pound of each and therefore the name “pound cake.”

Double Tier Rose Cake for an Afternoon Tea

We have not been able to catch up with the Wilsons for quite a while already.  So we invited them over for Afternoon Tea, which is one of my favorite things.  They left the decision of the cake to me which made it very difficult as there are so many good cakes that can be made.  Instead of struggling further, I decided to make my chocolate velvet cake again, but with a twist.  I decided to kick up a notch on the decoration.  So here is what I came up with: a double tier chocolate velvet cake covered with cream cheese frosting, decked with cascading peach color roses.

Double Tier Rose Cake
Double Tier Rose Cake
Double Tier Rose Cake - Top

It was wonderful to get to know the Wilsons better and we hope to have more opportunities of having Afternoon Tea with them.  In regards to the cake?  I think they liked my choice as they took a big piece home with them!

If you would like a one of a kind cake for your next Afternoon Tea time or just because, please feel free to email me at tweetealicious@gmail.com.  Cheers!

Trivia of the Day – October 27

Which 2 countries are said to have started the tradition of Birthday Cakes?

Strawberry Shortcake
  1. Greece
  2. Egypt
  3. Italy
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. England
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Answer: 1 and 4
Some historians believe that the birthday cake tradition started in Greece thousands of years ago when the Greeks used to offer up cakes at the temples.  Others believe that the tradition was started in Germany in the 1500’s as bakeries wanted to market cakes for birthdays and weddings.

Trivia of the Day – October 26

When does the origin of the phrase “Have one’s cake and eat it too” date back to?

Boston Cream Pie
  1. 1500’s
  2. 1700’s
  3. 1800’s
  4. 1900’s
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Answer: 1
The phrase’s earliest recording is from John Heywood’s writing from the mid 1500’s as “wolde you bothe eate your cake, and have your cake?”

Trivia of the Day – October 25

Which is one of the possible ingredients used to tint a Red Velvet Cake?

Brown Velvet Cake
  1. Beets
  2. Maraschino cherries
  3. Tomato Paste
  4. Raspberries
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Answer: 1
Pureed beets can be used to achieve a red color in Red Velvet Cake instead of food coloring.

Trivia of the Day – October 20

Cheesecake with Pooh & Piglet Topper

Which country originated Cheesecake?

  1. United States
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Greece
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Answer: 4
Cheesecake was already popular in Greece by the time the Romans conquered Greece.

Trivia of the Day – October 19

Which was the one thing NOT included in the original Strawberry Shortcake?

  1. Strawberries
  2. Cake
  3. Biscuit
  4. Shortening
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Answer: 2
The original Strawberry Shortcake was made with a scone like biscuit which was sliced in two and with strawberries added between them.