Thursday, 22 December 2011

A Tearoom Without Cake... like a year without Summer

December 2011

This is my farewell to 2011. I am sure you will be relieved to hear that this is not a sentimental round up of the year that's been. Instead I am striking at the very heart of any good Tea Room and talking today about Cake.

Cake Dreams

I am opening a tea room next year in Cardiff, South Wales. This is now a statement of fact. Whether it be in one venue or another remains to be seen [venue news FINALLY coming around January 14th 2012].

My earliest memories of a traditional British Tea Room begin and end with the cakes, bakes and delicious home makes. In our World where we now try to move away from excess and live within our means, this may upset you. If you feel so inclined please now imagine that I am a Bootmaker and my trade means a fantastic shop window filled with every kind of mouthwatering shoe you can imagine.

The Dark Arts - Cake-Craft

There is a magic to creating something that not everyone can do. I meet two kinds of people in this World; those who say they can bake and those who are adamant that they cannot. It is us in the baking fraternity with our private language of genoise, folding and multiple spelling of Macaron that are perceived as magicians to the Muggles.

Baking is an art, a science an evolved and evolving tradition. From simple to ornate, visually pleasing or a bit rough round the edges the output is the same. That is a consumable experience to excite the Human senses made by hand with passion, knowledge and importantly with love. Well gosh, there it is, that last sentence sums up my feelings on cake and hopefully expresses to you what I mean when I say that the art of quality home baking will be at the very heart of my Cardiff Tea Room.

A Little Announcement

If you live in South Wales, have nodded your headed while reading the above and are interested in a baking adventure like the one I have described, drop me a line HERE. I will be looking to take on a baker to help us create our wonderful home bakes and will be auditioning in January/February 2012. If you know of someone who may be interested then send them this blog post and ask them to get in touch with me.

So, I leave with you for 2011 with some Cake Quotes

Please give your favourite a little Tweet if you are so inclined...

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Ludwig Erhard - via @want2bakefree

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
Benjamin Franklin - via @want2bakefree

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
Alfred Hitchcock - via @want2bakefree

A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion.
James Boswell - via @want2bakefree

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.
George Harrison - via @want2bakefree

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake.
Ethel Merman - via @want2bakefree

Merry Christmas and a very very Happy 2012 
to you and your loved ones
David x


  1. Congratulations on your tea room! Sounds exciting! I love the quotes. Have a happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year especially with the tea room :)

  2. Thank you so much! and thanks for tweeting a quote too :o) Merry Christmas to you. David

  3. Lovely sentiments David. Good luck in 2012!

  4. Happy New Year! Found you via CCC and would like to wish you every success for 2012.

  5. Just came across your blog via twitter - this is exactly what I'd love to do, wish I lived in cardiff!!


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