Cafe Hub – Afternoon Tea

We were invited along to try the newly launched Afternoon Tea menu at Cafe Hub, situated within the landmark venue The Hub on The Royal Mile.

We started with a traditional mix of sandwiches including smoked salmon, ham and cucumber and dill.  Tradition again maintained we moved on to freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and whipped cream.  Our final tier, the sweet treats included French macarons as well as homemade strawberry cream tarts.  Our favourite had to be the dainty mini lemon meringue pies.

The menu also offers a wide selection of artisan loose teas including earl grey, apple and cinnamon, Scottish rooibos, chocolate chilli explosion or freshly ground coffee. The afternoon tea can also be enjoyed with a glass of prosecco.

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Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also be available if booked in advance.

Afternoon Tea for two: £25

Afternoon Tea for two with prosecco: £41 (this includes two mini bottles of prosecco)

For more information or to make a reservation please call 0131 473 2067 or email cafehub@eif.co.uk.

 

 

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Belated 6th birthday gathering

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67 Bread Street (beside the Kingfisher chippy)

We’re having a belated 6th birthday party gathering in one of Edinburgh’s newest cafes – Tasty Buns Bakery!

On Tuesday 28th June, we invite you to join us from 6.30-8.30pm for cake and a blether.

There are no rules in our cake club, so bring what you like. If tray bakes are you thing, then bring ’em along. If savoury is your thing, then bring it along. And if you like making MASSIVE cakes, well, we’re not going to say no to them either! No specific theme, just whatever you’re happy making.

Hot and cold drinks will be bought from the venue at your own expense.

There are 20 places for this informal social event, so email us now if you’d like to come along – edinburghbakers@gmail.com. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can like Tasty Buns on Facebook and follow her on twitter @tastybunsbakery She’s also on instagram

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Some of Louise’s Tasty Bun treats!

 

Tescos Queen’s 90th Birthday Shortbread

When we got an invite to see shortbread coming off the factory line inside Burton’s biscuit factory in Edinburgh, we cleared our diaries and skipped to Sighthill in excitement.

Tescos has released a beautiful commemorative tin full of delicious shortbread for the Queen’s 90th birthday in June. You can buy them now for a very reasonable price of £4 per tin in all Tesco stores (until stocks run out).

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The commemorative tin

 

After strenuous hygiene procedures, we got a tour of the factory floor and were lucky enough to sample the shortbread coming out of the 100 metre long oven!

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One of the extremely long ovens inside the Burton’s Biscuit factory

It was a hard job eating some of the freshly baked shortbread, but we managed to do it and can report that it is extremely delicious and tastes exactly as shortbread should.

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Fresh off the line

 

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Tesco & Burton’s information 

We highly recommend you get your hands on one of these tins! Not only is the tin reusable, but we can report that the shortbread is perfect with a good cuppa.

The tin is limited edition, so don’t delay in getting yours. We’ll be having another piece or two on the Queen’s birthday, that’s if we have any left ……..

 

A little bit about Burton’s

With a heritage dating back for generations, Burton’s Biscuit Company continues to thrive as one of the UK’s leading biscuit manufacturers.

Burton’s Biscuit Company has been baking quality biscuits for over 75 years, though our history can be traced back to George Burton (born 1829) who began producing biscuits in Leek, Staffordshire in the mid 1800’s.

Burton’s employs over 2,200 people around the UK, in three main manufacturing facilities, in Edinburgh, Llantarnam and Blackpool, a chocolate refinery in Moreton, and a central distribution hub in Liverpool. Our head office is based in St Albans.

We have been working together for many years developing Tesco biscuits from Rich Tea and Digestives through to Christmas Shortbread and Chunky Cookies (one will recently reached the final of the Grocer Own Label Awards – Tesco White Choc and Raspberry Cookie.

The Burtons team and Tesco team work very collaboratively and have a forward thinking, proactive relationship.

STV Edinburgh also paid the factory a visit.

Team “Piece of Cake” – The Kiltwalk 2015

Something slightly different for us cake lovers, but it wouldn’t be an Edinburgh Bakers event without us managing to squeeze in some cake along the way.

We are taking part in The Kiltwalk 2015, being held in Edinburgh on Sunday 3rd May. Our nominated charity Itsgood2give are one of the main beneficiaries of the event making the day even more worthwhile.  An Edinburgh Bakers group of 20+ walkers will ensure Itsgood2give receive 75% of our sponsorship, along with an equal share of the remaining 25%.

Leaving from Murrayfield we will head out towards Cramond, Portobello, Holyrood Park and make use of the Sustrans pathway network.  There are 6,13 and 26 mile route options, so the day will suit all levels of age/fitness. Children are also welcome if accompanied by an adult.  The walk is not timed, and walkers are encouraged to stop and enjoy the event entertainment along the route.  There is no obligation to walk the full route as one team, should you wish to join us with a few friends you can set your own pace.

Each team member is asked to raise £200 in sponsorship, to help Edinburgh Bakers will be holding various charity cake events over the coming months to support our teams fundraising efforts.

There will be practice walks organised in the lead up to the day – strategic cake/cafe stops assured!

Should you be unable to take part but still wish to be involved we will also be recruiting volunteers to help the Itsgood2give team in The Kiltwalk village.  Duties will include meeting our team with cake as they cross the finish line!

Drop us an email edinburghbakers(at)gmail.com if you have any questions about joining the team.

To join Team “Piece of Cake” click the following link – KILTWALK 2015 REGISTRATION. Please ensure you select “Piece of Cake” (Itsgood2give) as your team choice.  Password is – cakelove

The Kiltwalk registration fee is £20 (+£1.50 admin fee) if you sign up before 31st Dec 2014.

 

 

 

EVENT – COMFORT BAKES – 12th NOVEMBER 2013

COMFORT BAKES  – 12th NOVEMBER 2013 –

Before we all get swept up in pre-Christmas madness, there’s just enough time to fit in a wee cake event, and this time we’re using the excuse of the onset of winter to set the theme as ‘comfort bakes’. So, anything that is an old favorite that never fails to put a smile on your face and always tastes delicious!
Our venue for the event is Fredericks Coffee House and we’re starting at 6.30pm. Tea/coffee will be bought from the venue.

The hash tag for the event is #comfortbake.

REQUEST YOUR PLACE NOW

Please email edinburghbakers (at) gmail (dot) com before 6pm Tuesday 5th November to request your place.

Please email your first and second choices of bakes in case of duplicates. Remember to bring your cakes on a plate/stand ready to display.

There are 12 places available and if places are oversubscribed, names will be selected by random draw.

It’s Good 2 Give Christmas afternoon tea

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Last few tickets on sale for It’s Good 2 Give’s afternoon tea on Sunday 8th December 2013, 2pm – 5pm, Caledonian Waldorf Astoria

After the roaring success of the 2012 Christmas afternoon tea for It’s Good 2 Give where over dozens of Edinburgh Bakers listened to a delightful choir in sumptuous surroundings and munched their way to happiness. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 8th December.

We’ve sold the majority of our allocation for this sold out event but have 12 remaining spaces.

Prices are remaining the same for Edinburgh Bakers at £25pp (normally £30).

There is a Facebook event page and our new general hashtag for anything that supports our chosen charity It’s Good 2 Give is #itsgood2eatcake

A tower of cakes!
A tower of cakes!

To take the admin away from Lynne, we’re happy to organise payment as we did before and do one transaction to the charity.

Requests for tickets will close on Thursday 26th September as Lynne needs to know table numbers before she climbs Kilimanjaro at the beginning of October.

Thanks to everyone who followed last year’s instructions to the letter and made life very easy for us.

If you wish to come to the afternoon tea this year, please follow the instructions below. If you made a payment for tickets last year, it is the same bank account, so you wont have to wrestle with your card reader again.

If you wish to purchase a ticket (or tickets), please follow these instructions (sorry for the rules, but it will make our lives easier).  You can also pay for your place at the It’s Good 2 Eat Cake event on Wednesday at Cafe Musa.

1.  Email us on edinburghcakeladies (at) gmail.com with your request for a ticket. If you wish to buy more than one, you MUST declare it at this stage. You should write the names of the people that you wish to attend.

i.e  Alison Cake & Victoria Smith (2) – £50 total.

By doing it this way, we will guarantee you sit with the people you buy tickets with. If you are just buying a ticket for yourself, you will be seated with other lovely Edinburgh Bakers.

You may only bring one ‘non’ cake friend, i.e someone not already involved in the club. There are many other supporters of It’s Good 2 Give that would also like to go to this sought after event.

2. In return, you will be given the bank account details of where to send your payment to.

3. Make the payment to this bank account CLEARLY SPECIFYING YOUR NAME so it can be linked to your ticket(s). Failure to do this causes administration headaches trying to tie the payment to the person who applied. Your payment will be immediately returned if there is no name attached. Please taken into account maiden and married names that may not match in your email / bank.

4. If your payment is not received within 5 working days of applying, we will not continue with your ticket request.

5. Once your payment has been received, you will receive an email saying that you have been successful in transferring money. At this stage, your ticket(s) are guaranteed.

6. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

7. Sorry for all the rules, but understandably if 40 people apply for tickets and 20% of them make an error, that’s a lot of paperwork (emails etc) in chasing people up.

8. We are aware this event is still a long time away, but it has already sold out to the public and better to have the money in the charity’s bank account gaining interest etc.

9. If you subsequently can’t make it, then you can either nominate a friend to go in your place, or we will try to find someone via our social media channels.

If this is not possible, then the money will be classed as a ‘donation’ to the charity. Tickets are non-refundable.

10. The start time of the event is 2pm.

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The room set up for the December 2012 afternoon tea

EVENT – It’s Good 2 Eat Cake (take two) 11th September 2013 at Cafe Musa

Calling all Edinburgh Bakers and Edinburgh Eaters!

UPDATE – event sold out, waiting list in place.

After our very successful event in May to raise money for It’s Good 2 Give, we’re delighted to announce we’re having another!

Our next event is on Wednesday 11th September and the theme of the evening is “It’s Good 2 Eat Cake”.

Taking place from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cafe Musa (on The Mound), we’ll be raising money for our chosen charity It’s Good 2 Give by eating lots of cake!

As we all know, the Edinburgh Bakers absolutely love to eat cake……in fact we’re experts in this field!

A big thanks to our host - Cafe Musa

Eating cake for charity 
One of our Edinburgh Bakers, Wilma Webster, is going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year, for It’s Good 2 Give. Wilma is completely funding the trip on her own, so 100% of the funds raised will go to this very worthwhile Edinburgh charity.

The event details There are a total of 48 places available for this event, but we have already had people pledge a cake or volunteer as an eater as soon as the date was announced!

Everyone attending will be entitled to choose four generous slices of cake from the ‘cake menu.’ Lashings of tea, filter coffee (and squash for children) is also included in the ticket price.

Other drinks such as cappuccinos and fizzy cola can be bought at your own expense.

We understand that some people might not manage to eat four slices of cake within a two hour time frame, so are encouraging everyone to bring a tupperware box / container to take away what you can’t eat.

Also on the evening:

  • Some great raffle prizes will be up for grabs, including our specially commissioned “It’s Good 2 Eat Cake” cake made by the lovely Lou of Loulabelle Bakes.
  • Back by popular demand, the fabulous magician Elliot Bibby, will perform magic for us at this event. Elliot is a supporter of It’s Good 2 Give and was recently a finalist in Britain’s Got Variety. He wowed the attendees of our Underground Cake event at Mary King’s Close.
  • Spot prizes throughout the evening (just for attending the event, you might win something!)

Method 1 – Be an Edinburgh Baker and pledge a cake (+ £5 ticket)
24 places. Help create the ‘cake menu’. We would love a wide variety of any cake, so hit us with your speciality cake!

Method 2 – Become an Edinburgh Eater and come along and dive into the cakes! (£10)
We need eaters! For this event to work, we need people to come along and just eat cake. Perhaps you’ve known about us for a while, but were worried about your baking skills. Now is your chance to come and meet us all and eat cakes for charity.

How to secure a place
You can email us now at edinburghbakers (@) gmail.com and we will send you instructions on how to pay for your ticket(s) and secure your place/pledge your cake.

Children are welcome too, but please email us for a price dependent on the age of the child.

This event is on a first come first served basis. We hope to sell out the event, so please don’t delay in applying for your place.

One of the cakes from the last event

One of the cakes from the last event

And finally
There will be an opportunity at the end of the event to purchase the remaining cake. Why not buy some for your family, or treat your office colleagues the next morning? Remember to bring a box with you to carry your cake purchases home.

Lynne McNicoll
We are honoured that Lynne McNicoll, the founder of the It’s Good 2 Give charity, will be joining us for the event and will answer any questions you may have about the work of the charity.

Extra information
The maximum numbers for the event is 48. A waiting list will be created if we sell out.

All tickets must be paid for within 4 working days, otherwise we will not continue with your ticket request.

Cakes can be handed into Café Musa on the day of the event to save taking up room in your office fridge!

The twitter hashtag for the event is #itsgood2eatcake2

Disclaimer
If you attend our event, it is your responsibility to ensure you read the label of the cake and ensure that you’re not allergic to any ingredients i.e. nuts etc. If in any doubt, please choose another cake. We have had no incidents of illness in the hundreds of cakes we’ve eaten so far.

11th September, Cafe Musa – It’s Good 2 Eat Cake (take two)! 

 

It's always good to eat cake

It’s always good to eat cake