This week’s sweet treats: 13/03/2015

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week, in the UK and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R
1. Here’s a snippet from Helen’s blog post in the week on Scarvelli Cafe in Balwyn, Melbourne – Rule number one. Never, EVER leave three cakes in front of a food blogger. There was absolutely no way those cakes would ever make it into the take away container I was given! So I spent the day doing what I love; eating cake, drinking coffee and writing about it in a place I’ve come to love. The cakes were ever so fresh, with the carrot cake being my favourite. I thought the berry in the gluten-free berry friand could have been spread out a little more evenly instead of one big blob in the middle but it tasted good none the less.
2. Mother’s Day is almost upon us (in the UK at least), and a gift of these delicious Marc de Champagne truffles from Charbonnel et Walker would definitely go down well. Available from most John Lewis and Waitrose stores. One of my all time favourites.
3. Recently I visited The Vine in Hambledon, a lovely country pub where we had a very good tasty meal. This was my dessert, home-made fresh and light chocolate & pear upside down pudding with cream.
4. My sister and I took our father to one of my (many) favourite cycling stops on Monday for lunch. Mark and Kate at Springs Café – just behind West Meon Village Stores – work very hard to make sure everyone has delicious and tasty food at their café. After a huge slice of ham & leek quiche I had a wonderfully fresh fruit scone with home-made jam (which was so good) and of course, clotted cream. Yum. Dad couldn’t manage anything after his home-made parsnip & ginger soup served with ‘fresh out of the oven’ bread but they very kindly gave him a scone to take home.
5. This cake looks amazing and I wonder if I’ll get to have one myself when I see Helen next week down under. This pistachio & raspberry cake from Little Bertha at Lafayette, Port Melbourne was apparently ‘to DIE for’. Somehow it took Helen an incredible 90 minutes to eat this as she didn’t want the experience to end. I think it wouldn’t last 90 seconds with me.
Living life, loving cake
A x

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