This year marked my first visit to Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, which is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds. I caught the train from London in the morning and met my friend Mitch at his house in an adorable quaint village just south of Cheltenham. We arrived at the festival a little after opening and headed straight to the wine tasting tent. We felt that wine before midday was perfectly justifiable whilst at a food and drink festival. After the wine tasting, the boys rejoined the queue for another round of wine tasting and I went in search of some sweet treats whilst they held my place.
Mouth open with delight, I wandered around as if I was in heaven. There were free samples of food everywhere, from cheeses, meats, fudge and smoked kippers and I tried it all! I must have walked around the ‘Food Lovers’ marquee a good few times before I finally decided on the tastiest looking cake. I wanted to bring you something different, so I purchased a Tweener from The Little Round Cake Company. The unusual name of Tweener attracted me just as much as the appearance of the cake, I still don’t fully understand why it has such an odd sounding name but this cake is certainly something different.When I asked the stall owner what a Tweener was exactly, he described it as a cross between a cupcake and a traditional cream-filled sponge and I could see why. The cake consisted of two layers of circular vanilla sponge just like a Victoria Sponge. However, the sponge wasn’t light and fluffy like you would expect but incredibly moist, more like a Madeira cake. The sponge was filled with a layer of strawberry jam and vanilla butter icing which was absolutely divine, even though I am not a big fan of Victoria Sponge. More butter icing sat on top which meant it resembled a cupcake and a bright red cherry was the perfect finishing touch. I do like cake to have a generous helping of filling and icing and I am very fussy when it comes to sponge as I don’t like the dryness or stale texture you sometimes find. The Tweener ticked all the right boxes for me and I can quite honestly say, it is one of the nicest cakes I have ever tasted. Its only downfall is that it left me feeling slightly full as it was fairly sickly, but that may have been the effects of wine tasting at 11am.Tweeners are exclusive to The Little Round Cake Company who have built up a strong presence at farmers markets and food festivals throughout the Midlands, Wales and the North so it is unlikely I will be able to enjoy regular Tweeners. However, they are due to make an appearance at Battersea Foodie Festival on the 17th,18th and 19thof August in London!Tweeners come in many different flavours including Apple Pie, Praline and Millionaires and I am desperate to try them all. If you ever come across The Little Round Cake Company you MUST try this little unusual but super delicious cake.
Living life, loving cake,