Monday, June 27, 2011

First Ever Ester's Weekly (hopefully if we're organised) Tea 2 Tea Review!

Welcome to what we hope will turn out to be our Ester’s Weekly (or so) Tea 2 Tea Review.

For those of you who don’t know Ester here’s a little introduction and (drum roll please) our First Ever Ester’s Weekly (or there abouts) Tea 2 Tea Review!

Firstly, Ester... how long have you been at Cake?

Okay well I started working at Cake about three months after it opened, and I thought I knew exactly when, but all I can remember is that my best friend was in Japan, so I'll have to ask her tomorrow exactly when she was in Japan to answer that question properly.

But if it's been a year since Cake opened then I have been working for seven months… so I started working September last year.

That took me way too long to figure out so really the first answer is SINCE SEPTEMBER.

Its been super rainy and cold in Ballarat.... what's your favourite straight up (no combos) rainy day cup of Tea 2 Tea?

For a warming tea on a rainy day I would say Melbourne Breakfast.

Because it's like your average hearty English Breakfast that's been like an old friend, but with a hint of vanilla sweetness that makes it more fancy and exciting.

Okay, now if you got to do a rainy day mix of Tea 2 Teas what would they be?

To mix two teas I would take a new direction and say Turkish Apple and Strawberries & Cream, because I love that combination lately. It's warming yet still fruity and assists in forgetting about the chilly outdoors.

When you're next in at Cake what Tea 2 Tea are you most looking to brewing up?

I would love to brew up some Chai with honey and soy milk, but I was actually at T2 earlier today and had some already, which I really loved. It is surprisingly delicious with soy milk even if you don't like soy milk, and the honey adds a sweetness that's not overpowering.

My sister even loved it and she doesn't like Chai at all.

When I am in cake tomorrow I will be running to the Vanilla Slice Tea 2 Tea that I have yet to try and couldn't be more excited about.

What's the best bit about working at Cake (other than the awesome people you work with)?

….. the best bit about working at cake! Apart from the people, it would have to be when new customers come in and are super impressed. Because I feel partially responsible for bringing them happiness and love being a part of such a happy place, especially when there's nothing else like it in the whole town and I get to work there!

Because we're sure we have some avid Tea fans out there who might want to recognise our lovely Ester when they're next in at Cake... here's a lil' picture of our new Tea Reviewer that we're sure she'll kill us for week hopefully we can get some Tea drinking in action photos of Ester? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy First Birthday To Cake Bakeshop!

First and foremost, a huge THANKYOU! to everyone who came to Cake on Saturday to celebrate our Birthday! We had a fantastic night and simply loved having you all there with us. 
Below are some photos of the celebrations that the very talented Teneille of Mock Designs took, as well as some photos that managed to make their way into The Courier's 'People and Places." 

To show our appreciation for all the support our friends, family and lovely regular customers have given us over the past 12 months we decided to use our First Birthday to launch our new special treat..... 


Don't feel bad if you aren't exactly sure what a Macaron is because we're happy to explain and happy to be the first to introduce you to this the delightful companion to our little cupcakes.

Because we're so high-brow here we've used the powers of Wikipedia to put together the following definition:

macaron (French pronunciation: [makaˈʁɔ̃])[1][2] 

You may not be able to read the phonetic alaphabet (we sure can't) but here's the trick: 
Macca Ron. 
Contentious we know... and you want to pronounce it Macca Rune but alas its Macca + Ron. 

A sweet confectionery made with egg whitesicing sugar,granulated sugaralmond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled withbuttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour, and both granulated and confectionery sugar.
The confectionery is characterized by its smooth, domed top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot"), and flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth.[4]

Again, thanks for coming down and sharing such a lovely evening... you'll be happy to know that you all helped consume roughly 700 little macarons. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Boys just wanna have fun too....

By the excited way we greet posties and couriers at Cake they must think we are the cheeriest people in town.

The highlight this week would have to be receiving our new wall clock from Mister Mista

Mister Mista are not your regular label. Behind the scenes you'll find an amazing and talented couple, Travis and Renee. Travis and Renee have pooled their skills along with Travis's obsession (we mean love) of tee shirts, and as well as having a young family, have created imaginative and fun designs.

Come in and check out the new Mister Mista wall clock that we have up at Cake it looks great!

Actually, one of the coolest things about Mister Mista's wall clock is how you can choose pictures to put with different hours of the day. 

However, we definitely think they should have included more 'snack' stickers but that's probably due to being surrounded by delicious cupcakes all day.

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.... 

xxx Love Cake. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tea for two and two for tea....

Who's been past in the last week and noticed our fancy new sign? 

We're also pretty excited that the lovely T2 are coming to visit us today. 

We're lucky at Cake because when customers ask us what teas we have we don't just run through the regular 'english breakfast, earl grey, chai, peppermint.' Instead we turn and with a flourish point to our amazing range of teas...

See? Anyone who can come in and recite the names of all our teas (without looking) or can teach us how to remember them all, gets a free tea! 

Citrus Punch, Strawberries & Cream, French Earl Grey, Monk Pear, Creme Brulee, 
Choc Chip Chai, English Breakfast, Melbourne Breakfast
Lemongrass & Ginger, 
Just Peppermint, Just Chamomile, Honey Green Almond, Sencha Quince, 
Turkish Apple & Gorgeous Geisha. 

We know.... too many to choose from! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Warm up at Cake this Winter....

Winter has definitely arrived, and here at Cake we're warming up by staying inside- the heater is on and the hot chocolates are as beautiful as ever. We are also preparing for the surprise arrival of some new additions to our Cake family.

We'll give you three clues; they're sweet, they're little and they're not cupcakes!

Talking of eagerly anticipated arrivals... do you love waxed paper straws as much as we do? A rainbow of waxed paper straws in purple, blue, red, green, yellow, aqua, pink, black, and grey polka dots and stripes arrived the other day.

We've patiently counted them out into packs of 24 for you (usually with an extra one thrown in for good measure) and we don't mind if you're not hurrying in to get them because we love looking at them so much. We'd post photos of them but seriously they're too cute.

Also small and large milk bottles complete with lids so that you can actually use them as... yes you guess it... milk bottles.... are in.

By the way......