- a traditional selection of finger sandwiches served on soft white or granary bread (gluten free bread is also available on request),
- a selection of freshly baked scones served with preserves, clotted cream & fresh strawberries,
- petite Gâteaux handcrafted in La Mon's pâtisserie,
- a selection of loose leaf teas - James Lamon Tea, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Peppermint, China Green Or Belfast Tea,
- Or speciality coffees - Americano, Latte or Cappuccino.
How would you like to win afternoon tea for 2 courtesy of the lovely folks at La Mon Hotel & Country Club? Afternoon tea at La Mon includes:
Everyone who visits us at The Spring Into Summer Fair at La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Sunday 8th April will be able to enter the free draw to win this lovely prize!
The Spring Into Summer Fair takes place from 12 to 5pm on Sunday 8th April at La Mon Hotel and Country Club - located at 41 Gransha Road, Castlereagh, Belfast BT23 5RF. Admission costs £2 for adults and children go free. For more information check out the event page.
We do love a bit of cake and chocolate at Frock HQ, so with The Belfast Cathedral Wedding Fair just a few weeks away we thought we would introduce you to some of the exhibitors who will be showcasing stunning bespoke cakes and scrumptious sweet treats on the day.......
Barbara from Barbie Bakes Cakes is an award-winning cake artist based in Belfast who specialises in cakes made with love for special occasions.
She says 'I set up the company in 2015 after spending many many years baking cakes and treats for my friends and family! Each and every cake is baked using the finest and freshest ingredients, created with a lot of love and passion for the job! Traditional, bespoke, quirky, modern and fun - all tastes and styles are catered for!'
Her 5 most popular cake flavours are Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake, chocolate & salted caramel, lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, and raspberry and white chocolate cake. Mmmmm, our mouths are watering!
WEE DELIGHTS is a mouth watering collaboration between Wee Mallows and Wee ChoCo.
Wee Mallows produce a lovingly crafted artisan range of marshmallows. These sumptuous bites use only natural flavours and are hand made to perfection to tantalise your taste buds. The majority of the marshmallows are gluten, egg and dairy free. Profits from the company go to children's charities supporting those with learning difficulties and Autism.
Wee ChoCo is a community interests company, helping to develop the needs of people with learning difficulties. As well as producing award-winning chocolate in scrumptious flavours including Eton Mess, Honeycomb, Lime & Chilli, and Ginger & Orange, they also offer chocolate making workshops as well as wedding and corporate gifts and favours.
Having baked bespoke cakes for family, friends and community events for many years, Naomi from Cakes By Naomi now specialises in unique, delicious, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for any occasion, hand-made to your requirements. Her cakes are both a treat to the eyes and the palette, and her beautiful creations include wedding and celebration cakes, cupcakes, macarons, brownies and tray bakes.
For more information visit Cakes By Naomi on Facebook.
Rob from GET BAKED creates the most delicious chocolate based treats. GET BAKED is all about home baked goodness and he has you sorted with brownies, truffles, shortbread, bourbon creams and heaps more to give you and your wedding guests sweet love and sugar highs. GET BAKED even produce gluten free treats. Perfect for wedding favours, dessert tables, hot chocolate bars and making your Big Day as sweet as can be!
THE BELFAST CATHEDRAL WEDDING FAIR takes place from 12 to 5pm on Saturday 10th March at Belfast Cathedral (St Anne's), Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB and admission costs £5.
In this evening's MEET THE WEDDING SUPPLIER post we are delighted to introduce you to Anne McBride from Eclectic Cake Box who creates beautiful bespoke cake designs to impress and leave you with your taste buds well and truly tickled! We are delighted that she will be exhibiting at The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral this Saturday 6th May, and she has also donated a fantastic prize for the day. This week we caught up with Anne for a chat about weddings and cakes, so why not make yourself a cup of tea and find out what goes on behind the scenes in her creative kitchen!
So Annie, tell us about your background and how your business started?
My love of cake was born at the same time as my kids. Having family means get-togethers, special events to celebrate and parties to cater for. Obviously a party without cake is just a meeting so I rolled up my sleeves, popped my little peeps into their daddy’s strong arms and taught myself to bake delicious cake and host fantastically themed parties! I may have a touch of OCD when it comes to making things aesthetically pleasing so everything had to tie together. The theme, colour scheme and décor, along with a striking cake centrepiece that would pull all this together!
After about 10 years of throwing awesome parties, I moved on to making novelty cakes for other’s special events. Then encouraged to try social media, I needed to come up with a name to represent my passion for all things quirky, my love for elegance with a dash of vintage charm and my darker side, where I get to set my inner goth free; Eclectic Cake-Box was the obvious choice!
How did you move into the wedding market?
Moving into the wedding market, meant I could further indulge my passion for styling and create stunning edible centrepieces, because let’s face it, weddings are magical and seem to make everything shimmer and sparkle. Not only am I able to create your dream wedding cake, I can set up and style your cake table, make and create coordinating dessert tables and supply creative favours for your guests.
Where do you get your inspiration?
The wedding cake is still very much an important tradition, although they have developed somewhat over the past few years. I believe this is for the better, it seems anything is possible and certainly makes the wedding much more personal to each couple. I design the cakes using your theme, colour scheme and any personal traits or quirks you want to include. Each one is unique and bespoke to you. I will spend a lot, some might say too much, time on Pinterest fanning over other’s cakey skills and becoming encouraged to push the boundaries and experiment with new techniques, always whilst adding my own twist. Using only the freshest eggs and butter, quality ingredients and luxury chocolate your cake is sure to not only wow your guests, but leave you all with your taste buds well and truly tickled.
Since my cake business is part time, I have the added luxury of giving your cake a lot of attention. I only take a maximum of 2 commissions a month. I am extremely passionate about what I do and often it can become all consuming. From the initial concept idea through to snapping the set up pic at the venue, I endeavour to make it the best I possibly can! I am also fortunate enough to have a Mr Eclectic who carefully drives me and my tasty creations to venues all over Northern Ireland and patiently waits while I tweak and style to perfection.
Do you have any tips for brides and grooms?
Remember all the planning and organising will pay off. Enjoying your wedding day is the most important aspect of all, it marks the next chapter in your love story. Also, aim to steal a moment just to savour all your efforts too.
I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming Fayre where we can talk cake, try some tasty samples and I'll be giving away some vouchers too. Anne x
For more information please visit the Eclectic Cake Box website and also follow on Facebook.
Competition Alert! One very lucky bride and groom visiting The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral this Saturday 6th May will win a £100 gift voucher to spend at Eclectic Cake Box as part of our fabulous wedding fair prize package!
If like us you have a sweet tooth then you are going to love the selection of exhibitors offering scrumptious sweet treats at The Midsummer Vintage & Handmade Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 5th June! We're excited to have Eclectic Cake Box join us for the very first time as we're totally in love with their quirky, alternative, steampunk and gothic style and when you have seen the images below we are sure you will agree! Talented cake designer Anne will be showcasing a fabulous and quirky mix of cake designs for the special events in your life at the fair - Weddings, Christenings and First Birthday's to name a few. There will also be samples to try and taster cakes to buy and Anne is offering a fantastic 10% discount for bookings made with deposits paid on the day!
We will also be joined by favourite regulars Wee ChocCo who produce delicious chocolate with profits going towards supporting and benefiting people with learning difficulties, meaning you can do good while eating chocolate! They also run great chocolate making courses (see website for details).
Another favourite regular joining us on 5th June is the lovely ladies from Camran Crafts and if you haven't tried their scrumptious artisan marshmallows yet then make sure to visit their stall before they all disappear. We promise that they are pure melt-in-the-mouth pieces of heaven!
Also newcomers to Frock Fairs are the lovely folks from Crafty Teas and on 5th June you will be able to sample what they're all about - afternoons of crafting with your own choice of craft including traditional afternoon tea all in the comfort of your own home!
We look forward to seeing you all at Belfast Castle x