Sunday, 18 August 2013

Small changes...

Due to time restraints and other projects //Handsome Betty//Let them Eat Cake// will now function solely as a recipe book! We are no longer able to provide tea cup/china hire or event hosting though if you require any help with events which are "CRAFT based" then please contact: craftguerrilla@yahoo.com or visit: www.craftguerrilla.com Thank you! X Betty

Thursday, 3 November 2011

We're taking a little break...

Things are going a bit crazy at the moment plus life and a million and one other projects are taking their toll so while we sort things out we'll be temporarily unavailable to host any tea parties, bespoke catering for birthdays,hen do's etc. nor will we be renting out our crockery. We need a massive sort through and a big old clear out. Keep your eyes peeled as we'll be back in 2012!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Vintage tea party!



If you're looking to host the perfect tea party we can help! We'll get you sorted, helping you find everything you'll need from vintage tea cups,table cloths,table dressings and decor all the way down to the music play list!
You can hire our crockery for your very own tea party or get us in to host it for you.
We can accommodate groups and even provide entertainment as well as craft workshops which are perfect for special birthdays or hen parties. Cakes are freshly baked by the Let them eat cake gals and they have a selection of retro inspired fancies to fill the hugest sweet tooth!
Get in touch for a quote,menu and for availability: handsome.betty@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Summer is the season for tea parties!

Through out the summer we'll be hosting a few pop up events in East London mainly in the Walthamstow Village quarter...which can be found on the north end of the Victoria Line in the town Of Walthamstow. Nestled in between the residential area and the market -allegedly the longest street market in Europe- the village is a petite enclave with a strip of fine eateries, bars, pubs, cafes and a couple of gorgeous little shops.
The first is penciled in for July but we'll let you know just before it happens. Also on offer we'll be hosting a couple of one off by invitation only tea parties in a very special venue in Walthamstow Village. If you'd like to be kept in the loop please sign up to our mailing list: handsome.betty@yahoo.co.uk

If you'd like us to help you host a vintage tea party then please contact us. We have a selection of gorgeous vintage crockery and a menu of dainty cup cakes and an extensive range of gorgeous retro recipes to create that old favourite cakes perfect for a special occasion, a birthday, a hen party a baby shower or just to make someone's day extra special!
For rates and availability please email: handsome.betty@yahoo.co.uk

With a cherry on top...











After a long absence myself and Karen Dunn aka Creme Anglaise have joined forces and started our new baked goods partnership under the name "let them eat cake"!
It's really great to share experiences and also to share the baking...it is the cherry on top having a very talented cook like Karen wanting to collaborate with me!!!
On offer is a selection of cute cup cakes, retro recipes and lots of happy satisfied people.
It's amazing how many people have a sweet tooth and can hardly contain their joy at the sight of home baked cakes!
We'll be selling our baked fondant and fancies at the Craft Guerrilla markets through out summer.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

A busy time...and time for tea!

As summer kicks in lots of other projects take over and Betty stays to the way side...fear not she'll be back later in the year with her friendly bakerettes!
We'll be teaming up with the Craft Guerrilla for a one off event.
Our pop up* vintage tea party will be on hand to quench those thirsty crafters.
So ladies and gentleman make sure you keep those diaries free and come have some tea and cake with us at the East London Craft Guerrilla "Craftea party"! Lots of bunting,sweet tea and delicious cakes to help you keep up your strength while crafting....oooh heaven!!!
Check out our last Vintage tea party blog entry from 2007 http://handsomebetty.blogspot.com/2007/09/saturday-22nd-of-september.html
More info to come soon.

*Please note that the term "Pop up" refers to events that happen sporadically,for a short amount of time and in unusual venues that otherwise would host other types of events or even function as a static high street shop from a big international chain. There seems to be a question of it being an American creation/trend but further reading shows it to be so in the way that it is there,in the States,that it was first made popular and brought to everyone's attention. About a year ago or so POP UP events made it BIG here in the UK but many New York based companies and independents hosted many types of events ranging from boutiques/shopping to restaurants for a longer then we've been doing it...references date back to 1999!
It's now come to the UK and it's proved to be quite popular. Other London based entrepreneurs host similar events. Please do not confuse us with them. We don't want to take anything away from their endeavours as well as take away from ours.
In this years art trail we are hosting an independent,one off event. A pop up tea party.Our first was 4 years ago before it was even called a "pop up" event.So actually we were doing it without even knowing!We're not bothered that others want to take ownership of the name and idea. We wish them luck! Unfortunately the reality is that with technology,globalization and the web ideas spread and get noticed quicker then ever before! So to call "pop up" ventures original and belonging to someone in specific is a little bit arrogant and naive.
Basically it's a marketing tool and was pioneered by mega buck companies as one. Lots of big corporations have used it and now many smaller independents have followed suit. It's a fab idea and we love that so many people have embraced it and made it about alternative choices to mass produced shopping. The amount of joy and liberation such events give not only to the hosts but also to the visitors is amazing.
You might want to read the article featured below so to get a sense of what it's all about and how it started...

Related article: http://retailtrafficmag.com/mag/retail_popup_shop/

Friday, 28 November 2008

Easy condensed milk pudding!



This has got to be one of the easiest deserts to make,especially when you have unexpected guests as all of the ingredients are usually in your cupboard!It's so simple to make and really quick.Chill for a couple of hours and you're done!

you will need:
1 UHT carton of cream cream (or fresh whipping cream)
1 large tin of condensed milk
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
4tbsp of crushed Marie biscuits (or digestives)

With a pestle and mortar crush your biscuits into a fine but still crunchy powder.
In a large bowl beat a carton of UHT cream into stiff peaks. Add the zest of lemon and mix well. In another bowl pour in the condensed milk and add the lemon juice. Add a little bit of the cream and mix well. Now fold in the beaten cream so it's light and fluffy.
Pour into individual bowls or pretty cocktail glasses and sprinkle over the crushed biscuits. Chill for at least 2 hours.

Top tip...this recipe is a nice refreshing pallet cleanser. You can add more Lemon juice to taste. I always add at least the juice of 2 lemons because I do like it quite zingy. Also the lemon juice thickens up the mixture so no need to use horrible stuff like gelatine!

Variations: Coconut- add dessicated coconut to the mixture and top with flaked roasted almonds.
Mocha- remove the lemon and add a small measure of coffee liqueur,dash of vanilla essence,1 tsp of chocolate flavouring (the kind you use to add to coffee) or cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings or chocolate covered coffee beans.