A Tea Time Treat Review: St Kew Teacup Basket Hamper from Lakeland and a Cake Recipe!

A Tea Time Treat Review:

St Kew Teacup Basket Hamper from Lakeland

and a Cake Recipe!

Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware

What a wonderful surprise I had a few weeks ago, a package arrived from Lakeland for me – a bog box, and when I opened it, there inside was my dream hamper, a tea time hamper in the shape of a teacup basket and filled with delicious items……I was the lucky recipient of a Lakeland St Kew Teacup Basket (hamper).  Now, I am a BIG Lakeland fan, so any box delivered bearing my name from this fabulous British company creates a bit a stir in our household, and my Christmas list is about 50% Lakeland items, you know, essential cake tins and macaron boxes etc……all very important additions to the Lavender and Lovage kitchen!  Inside my St Kew teacup basket were:
Strawberries & Cream Shortbread 
Fabulous Oatie Flips 
Strawberry & Champagne Conserve 
English Breakfast Tea 

So, that was an afternoon tea for the two of us at least three or four times…….utter bliss! The basket was wrapped in cellophane and then the items were nestled inside the teacup, which sits on a basket saucer too…..I am going to have such fun with the basket once the items in it have been consumed, which, is very soon! The strawberry and champagne conserve was delicious and served with home-made scones, and I love English breakfast tea, and a pot accompanied my scones with jam; we tried the strawberry and cream shortbreads too and they were light and crumbly with a defined strawberry flavour, whilst the oatie flips were flipping lovely in an oaty biscuit kind of way! This hamper can be purchased on-line from Lakeland and is on offer at present at an amazing £16:99, which makes it a reasonable price to pay for the Secret Santa office party, for a foodie friend or even a Yorkshire auntie!
St Kew Teacup Basket

St Kew Teacup Basket

I DID make cakes to go with these tea time treats, and the recipe is below for Strawberry Iced Butterfly Fairy Cakes – it seemed right to continue the strawberry theme and I used some of the jam on the cakes too…..for a very decadent afternoon tea!

St Kew make their traditional biscuits, preserves and confectionery to old-fashioned recipes and have put together specially selected goodies, exclusively for Lakeland, that make wonderfully indulgent gifts for your loved ones.

The flavours of summer, captured by St Kew. A fitting gift for those with a penchant for afternoon tea, the quirky teacup and saucer willow basket can be used as a fruit basket, or perhaps lined and planted up with flowers or herbs.

Suitable for vegetarians

The review conclusion? A well priced and unique basket hamper with lovely tea time biscuits, jam and tea, and attractively presented, a great gift idea for Christmas, or any other special occasion.  Well worth the £16:99 (RRP)

Disclaimer: I was sent the hamper to sample for review, with no request to promote it my blog; all opinions expressed are my own and this is not a sponsored post. Karen S Burns-Booth

Recipes: 

Butter Icing (Buttercream)

Serves 12 fairy cakes
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Valentines day
Website Be-Ro
A simple standard recipe from the Be-Ro cookbook, for buttercream suitable for fairy cakes and butterfly cakes.

Ingredients

  • 50 g (2oz) butter or margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz) sieved icing sugar
  • flavouring and colouring as required

Note

A simple standard recipe from the Be-Ro cookbook, for buttercream suitable for fairy cakes and butterfly cakes.

Directions

Step 1 Cream fat, gradually add icing sugar and cream together.
Add flavouring and colouring. Double this quantity to sandwich and coat a 15-18 cm (6-7 inch) cake.
Step 2 Suggested flavourings:
Few drops vanilla essence.
Few drops almond essence.
Finely grated rind orange/lemon and 1 x 5 ml spoon (1 tsp.) orange/lemon juice.
2 x 5 ml spoon (2 tsp.) coffee essence.
25 g (1 oz) melted chocolate.
2 x 5 ml spoon (2 tsp.) cocoa and 1 x 2.5 ml spoon (½ tsp.) vanilla essence.
Chopped walnuts.
Strawberry or raspberry jam

Victoria Sandwich Cake

Serves 8 to 10 slices
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A true Victoria Sandwich would only contain jam, usually raspberry, but as the cake became more popular and cooks became more affluent, cream was added as a delicious addition. I was always taught that caster sugar was sprinkled on top – again, icing sugar is often used nowadays.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, weighed in their shells
  • butter or soft margarine ~ same weight as the eggs
  • caster sugar/super fine sugar ~ same weight as the eggs
  • self-rising flour~ same weight as the eggs
  • raspberry jam ( or another jam, jelly or curd of your choice.)
  • whipped cream (optional) or double cream (optional)
  • caster sugar or icing sugar for sprinkling on top

Note

Cook’s Notes:
If you use butter remove from the fridge to soften before using. This is not necessary with soft margarine.
If large eggs are used they may weigh 7 ½ ozs/210g. If so make sure you use this weight for the other ingredients.
A smaller sandwich cake can be made with 2 medium eggs. Weight about 4 oz/55g. If so, use 2 x 7” sandwich tins and the cakes and the cakes will need less time in the oven – probably 20 minutes instead of 25 minutes.
Alternative measurements:
4 eggs
8 ounces soft margarine or butter
8 ounces caster sugar
8 ounces SR flour
Proceed as above for method

Directions

Step 1 The measurements for this recipe are equal amounts of sugar, flour and fat to the weight of the eggs; therefore, weigh the eggs first – if the eggs weigh 8 ounces, you will use 8 ounces of sugar, 8 ounces of butter or margarine and 8 ounces of flour. If the eggs weigh 6 ounces, all the other ingredients will be 6 ounces – easy!
Step 2 Preheat oven Gas 4, 160C (fan oven), 180C or 360F: grease and base line the bottom of 2 x 8” sandwich tins – cake tins.
Step 3 Cream margarine or butter together with the sugar, until light and fluffy.
Beat the eggs, and then add them to the mixture, gradually and beating well after each addition.
Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture with a metal spoon.
Step 4 Divide equally between the 2 prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes in the middle of the oven.
Step 5 Remove and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from the tins and fill with raspberry jam (and cream if using) when cold, to avoid the cream melting or the jam seeping into the sponge.
Step 6 A light dusting of caster sugar or icing sugar on the top will finish it.
Place on an attractive cake stand or plate, and serve in dainty wedges with freshly brewed tea.

Strawberry Iced Butterfly Fairy cakes

* There is a special offer on Lakeland right now: Online only offer – 2 hampers for only £29.98 – delivered FREE! *

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