Tea Time #4 – come and join me

Tea Time #4

Come and join me for Tea for two, or three or four 😀

Tea Time button

Tea Time with Justine (s)

Again I want to thank everyone who joined me for Tea Time #3, we were all just recovering from Christmas Festivities so really appreciate the effort.  You can still pop by direct to the Inlinkz page to blog hope if you wish, here it is: Tea Time #3 InLinkz Page

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Here are the last Tea Time party goers who my greatest thanks go out to

(please note sometimes posts are missed off the Inlinkz, so I apologise if I have missed anyone who didn’t put themselves in there)

  1. Sarah’s Little Kitchen – Wow she brought along a 12th Night Pie, I learn’t some history too.  It looks great.  Do you ever remember hearing about those cakes that would have things inside them? I do, as a child but never got the chance to try one.  Well now I know how to make my very own.
  2. Andy Townend – being our regular supplier of alcohol he brought along some more, or did he?  I had a closer look and all the bottles were empty…gasp!  Should we complain?  Go and take a look at his lovely photography, you won’t be disappointed.
  3. Mixed Bag – now we were brought a wonderful rum cake and I am wondering whether that is where all the alcohol went that Andy (above) was meant to supply..hrmmm suspicious look here.  It looks like an amazing cake if you havn’t popped by yet, please make sure to do so.
  4. Angle and Views – we were brought a wonderfully relaxing photo, pop along to see what I mean, plus I got some inside information on how to make one’s own tea, now that is top notch.
  5. Musings of a frequently flying scientist – Now I am not even going to tell you about this cake, you have to go and see it for yourself. Seriously that is all I am going to say.
  6. Viaja2 – brought us a wonderful looking doughtnut shaped cake that had me drooling and some fanciful crockery which I always, always love, she also shared her recipe later, just to tempt us.
  7. Gluten free. Lekker food, Lekker life – Now I have had a complete educational system now on Rooibos tea which I am utterly addicted to.  Tea pigs do it with caramel which is adorable.  The great thing is it has many health benefits and is caffiene free.  I had no idea that I was so late cottoning on to this tea, it seems everyone drinks it already.  If you pop by to this blog you will find a whole SERIES on rooibos tea, it really is very interesting.
  8. Savoury and sweet food – brought us along the most delicious looking lemon cake recipe.  Now my last Tea Time featured melting moments which were from the same blog, if the lemon cake tastes anything the same we are on to a good thing here.
  9. Lucile de Godoy – Another rooibos drinker, woohoo and a great photo, pop by and say hello, Lucile is a friendly charming soul.
  10. Creative Focus – We got insider information that there is actually a drive through for a tea place and wow pop by and see what they provide, I am so so jealous we do not have one of those locally.
  11. Viaja2 – yay we got the recipe, see above, thank you for sharing ❤

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Tea Time #4

It will be the same process as in, open for a week and a half before closing to give time to have our cuppas, chat and generally Tea Time style party!!

This event is for anything related to the ‘Experience of Tea Time’, please feel free to be as out of the box as you like.  Bring alcohol, tea, cakes, a poem, a song, whatever, really bring it all along.

If you need to familiarize yourself with what the Tea Time Event is, please follow the link which goes to the Tea Time Page – Tea Time Page

A quick summary of the process 😉

  • Please grab a badge to display
  • Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which week it is)
  • When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
  • Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below.  This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!
  • Even if you are not posting a link, please pop by the InLinkz page to blog hop and enjoy everyone’s 2015 New Year Tea Party.
  • Please don’t forget to put your link in to the InLinkz page, just click the tea picture below 🙂

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So I present my treats for the Tea Time #3 :-

Now I need to tell you a little bit about this cake and where I sourced it from.  First of all I found it from Giraffes Can Bake, seriously that is the name of the blog.  I love it and that is what first ever caught my attention of this blog.  I have still yet to find out how on earth Michelle came about calling her blog this name.

This is how Michelle describes herself –  a baker, cinnamon enthusiast and kitty snuggler – how cute!  She is simply an AMAZING BAKER, really every time I pop by her blog I am drooling.

I had earmarked this cake to bake before Christmas but never got around to it.  I will say it took me THREE hours to bake haha, but oh boy it was worth it.  It is one of those cakes you take your first bite and you have to pinch yourself that you are still of this world because it is so heavenly.

I made the spiced caramel that is the filling for this too and there was some left over which I have kept in the fridge.  This has been used for all kinds of things, on toast, on ice cream etc etc.  The kids have also been dipping their fingers in to it when I am not looking much to my annoyance and chasing them around the kitchen!

Michelle has a recipe index, you will find things like Parsnip Raspberry Cupcakes, Peppermint Stuffed Brownies and Fig and Orange Kugelhope, here is the index – Giraffes Can Bake Recipe Index. – why not pop by and bookmark something mouthwatering to make later? 🙂

So here we go, what do you need?

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake

Shout Out!

I originally found this cake recipe from: Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake at Giraffes Can Bake – please pop here to see the full version.

I also found the Spiced Caramel from:  Spiced Caramel at Giraffes Can Bake – this is not included on my post here, please pop by to Giraffes can bake to find it, it’s really yummy!

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake

For the cake
  1. 225g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  2. 375g caster sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
  3. 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  10. 2 clementines, zest and juice
  11. 240ml buttermilk, room temperature
  12. 120ml vegetable oil
  13. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  14. 1tsp vanilla extract
  15. ~230ml freshly brewed hot strong coffee
For the cream
  1. 300ml double cream (heavy cream), cold
  2. 3 tbsp Kirsch
For the nuts
  1. 50g walnuts
  2. 1 clementine, juice
  3. 15g butter
  4. 1 tbsp caster sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Also needed – spiced caramel, link above.
Method is on Giraffes can bake, I think it’s better you go and ask her any questions if you get stuck rather than me LOL, though if I can do it, you can too!

 

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So please come and join the Tea Time #4 Party, click the Tea badge below to go through to the InLinkz page to either post your tea time fun, or blog hop and visit others just to simply say ‘hello’ and see what they have done.  Remember to pop back and say ‘hi’ every so often to see what new deliciousness or visual treats might be there, Happy New Year to you all!  Justine xxxx

Have a little click below to enter or just enjoy!

  71 comments for “Tea Time #4 – come and join me

  1. January 20, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Oooh, you’ve really outdone yourself, Justine! This looks too gorgeous! I’m sure that it didn’t last long after the photos were taken?! Did you use your new toy? Lovely shots.

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  2. January 20, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    This looks incredibly delicious.

    Other than posting the badge, I wouldn’t have to take a picture of anything, would I?

    And I don’t know what kind of tea to have. I’m inept when it comes to tea. I’ve got some Twining’s Afternoon Tea, but I don’t even know if they’re really British or not. Or maybe it’s pseudo-good tea, like it’s exported because it’s not good enough to drink in the home country.

    At any rate, the cake looks great. Maybe a silly poem would do.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      all you need to do is link back to my post and pop your URL in the InLinkz page, but i can do that if you want. You don’t have to bring tea,you can bring anything that might be brought to a tea party, so a poem would be lovely, no one has brought one of those before 🙂

      We even have coffee and alcohol brought somtimes lol so variety is the spice of life. I hope you can join us x

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      • January 20, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        I’m a terrible poet, but I shall try to conjure up something whimsical!

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        • January 20, 2015 at 5:06 PM

          oh sounds tres lala whatever that means but sounds good…look forward to it x

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  3. Ema Jones
    January 20, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Anyone would love to join in for tea, esp. me coz I love tea 🙂

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    • January 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      hehe well please do, bring anything even if its a photo, some music, a recipe anything is lovely, the more the merrier x

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      • Ema Jones
        January 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM

        Sure dear, I would love too. Tea is best paired with cookies. I made Red Velvet Cookies..
        http://bit.ly/1w6OLWD

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  4. January 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    the wonderful, tasteful mixed – I was feeing watching live the food channel – Yummy!!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      hah thank you perhaps you could bring some music to tea?

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  5. January 20, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Wow Justine! This chocolate cake looks incredibly delicious!
    I love Michelle, she is indeed such an amazing baker! But you did awesome too!
    Can I have a slice in exchange of some of my blondies I brought? 😀 (*puppy eyes*)

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    • January 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      oh of course, ooh la la i need to look at your blondies, than you soooo much for coming You can have two slices if you want and some extra caramel topping would that do? Tea or coffee madame? xx

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      • January 20, 2015 at 2:18 PM

        Oooooh yes please 😀 I’ll have some tea, thank you 🙂 xxx

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        • January 20, 2015 at 2:34 PM

          you might need to choose as i have so many, earl grey, builders tea, peppermint, chai latte, erm roobois? lol

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          • January 20, 2015 at 3:11 PM

            I’ll have an earl grey 🙂

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            • January 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM

              coming right up..hands over a cup of earl grey in the finest china, a small pot of milk and a slice of lemon just incase!

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  6. January 20, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    That looks divine! You can bake that again for next time I’m down 😉 xx

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    • January 20, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      hah you must be joking, yeh I lubs you but gawds it took me THREE hours lmao….haha..i lost about a stone in weight!

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  7. January 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Oh wow, this looks so yummy! I love it, love the red crockery, just gorgeous, perfect with those plump little red cherries. Fantastic! Did it last long?

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    • January 20, 2015 at 2:14 PM

      hah thank you and no it didn’t last long at all, there were seconds the next day but wow eaten when just slightly warm and soft omg…wow xxx it’s nearly as good asyour birthday cake I reckon, not quite but nearly xx going to try and make it?

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  8. January 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    I’m so glad you liked it Justine, yours looks so good – I’m a bit jealous, I could go for a slice of that cake right now! Better go pick up my tea time offering first though!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      haha, well it was an amazing cake so I have you to thank for that and I shall definitey make the caramel again too.

      Oh I am very excited to see what you are gong to have for tea yum yum xx

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    • January 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      i am curious how long does that cake take you to make? lol

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      • January 20, 2015 at 2:38 PM

        Probably about an hour and a half hands on time, I did make the caramel a day before though. I have also made the cake I based that on countless times so it’s pretty clockwork to me now!

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        • January 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

          hah ok i feel bad now lmao..i need to at least get it down to 2hrs haha xx

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          • January 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

            aww don’t, things go much quicker when you don’t have to keep looking at the recipe! Although I do encourage you to keep making it to get down your time, just for the extra cake haha x

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  9. January 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Mmmmm… That looks quite yummy. I might have to give it a try.

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  10. January 20, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    belgian beers are on my me…

    http://belgianstreets.com/2015/01/20/unbound/

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  11. January 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    ¡Impresionante!

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Thank you 🙂 I wont make it again in a hurry it was tremendous though lol

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  12. January 20, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    It looks sooooo delicious, it makes my mouth water 🙂

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:34 AM

      haha thank you, don’t dribble on your keyboard hehe, fancy a cuppa? Whats your favorite?

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      • January 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

        Today I am in the chocolate tea mood – it smells like chocolate but has no calories 🙂 This way I could eat two slices of cake 😉

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        • January 21, 2015 at 2:42 PM

          haha true if you did i would be super impressed, one was delicious but enough for moi hehe…. i never tried chocolate tea now i must look it up hehe

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  13. January 21, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Oh my goodness Justine that cake looks too good I could do with a big slice right about now.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      youre welcome to a slice, or two? Mind you two is for really hardcore lol, i might faint if i saw someone eat two 🙂 x

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  14. January 21, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    What a fun idea, and that cake looks so yummy! 🙂

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      yes, it seems to be a lovely tea party, will you come and join us? I know you love your sweet treats 🙂 x

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      wooohoo thank you for coming to tea time #4 and wow a great video, took me to somewhere sunny really loved it. Now I need to offer you a cup of tea for sure, i hope you are having fun chatting to others x

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    • January 24, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Absolutely love this, had me really laughing and thank you so much for coming to Tea Time, I am following you now 🙂 Redneck girlie haha

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  15. January 23, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    I finally made it to one of your tea parties! Your tea party was one of the many reasons why I decided to start a second blog. Staying true to my vision of my other blog didn’t give me a whole lot of wiggle room to take part in fun stuff like this. 😀

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    • January 24, 2015 at 12:44 PM

      I saw and followed, wow your blog name and post made me laugh i can definitely see another side to you coming out in your blog and wow did you make a sassy entry or what to Tea? I think everyone’s head turned lol

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