Afternoon Tea Party Baking Class


In this hands-on afternoon tea party baking class, Caroline Hope will introduce you to the magic of creating your own afternoon tea party at home. This might be for a Downton Abbey style occasion or a Cream Tea in a farmhouse kitchen.


In this fun and informative class, Caroline will teach you the time-honoured baking techniques and secrets that used to be passed down from generation to generation. Come and learn her closely-guarded recipes and techniques to create a feather-light Victoria Sponge Cake, traditional airy scones, and crumbly melt-in-the-mouth shortbread.

You will be using basic tools – your wooden spoon and knives, with advice on which electrical machines for best effect for each technique.    Caroline will also provide tips on how to get the best out of your oven and other little skills that embody the ‘elegant economy’ that shaped domestic life in the 19th century.

What’s included?

    • Hands-on baking workshop in which you bake a cake, scones and shortbread.
    • Recipes for everything we make,  with tips and recommendations for numerous alternative flavours.
    • We create our own afternoon tea party: the cakes, scones and shortbread made in the class will be served, along with a section of home-made finger sandwiches, Cornish clotted cream and Little Scarlet Strawberry Jam and of course, some superior ‘English’ style teas.
    • A Cake box,  within which you take home the remaining cake, scones and shortbread to enjoy when you get home.


Some points to note

A minimum fee of £190 (representing cost of two people) is required to guarantee the class will run. If you are booking as a single person on a date that has no-one else has booked, Caroline will try to accommodate your wishes. This may done by offering you the option of  paying a £95 single person supplement  (that is refundable should another last minute booking come in), offering other dates on which it will not be necessary to pay a supplement, or issuing you with a full refund.

1.10.19 Please note a limited schedule of class dates is offered at present to fit in around working towards the conclusion of my  Design MA (my area of enquiry is the role and semiotics of the English Tea Table). If you cannot see a suitable date in the schedule list please contact Caroline to check availability, and/or make an enquiry discuss an Afternoon Tea workshop for a larger number of participants.