Tag Archives: cake

Prêt à Portea: The Berkeley Hotel

3 May

I was lucky enough to go for Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley Hotel this week! I felt absolutely spoiled even though we went for the Tea, Sandwiches and Scones option they gave us each a Prêt à Portea Goodie Bag!

tea pot and pret a porte a

jam

scones

chocolatesIt was absolutely delicious and I’d love to go back for the full Prêt à Portea; cakes inspired by the latest trends:

Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website

Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website

How amazing are they?! I got the green handbag in my goodie bag which I thought was too good to eat! Haha.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a good afternoon tea as most of you know, so let me know where your favourites and I’d love to try them myself.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx

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How to: Make a Cheesecake

12 Dec

I recently made my very first cheesecake and as it was such a success I felt the need to share it with you all. It’s from the book Cake Magic by Kate Shirazi and I purchased this from TK Maxx – I highly recommend you checking out their recipe book section as there are some serious bargains to be had (this was £5.99! RRP £14.99).

You’ll need:

100g unsalted butter (melted)

100g chocolate digestives crushed

100g ginger biscuits crushed

900g cream cheese

175g caster sugar

4 large free range eggs (beaten)

150g raspberries (frozen or fresh)

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin and wrap it in kitchen foil.

Pour the melted butter over the biscuit crumbs and stir to make a sandy mixture. Tip into the tin, press down with the back of a spoon and pop the tin in the fridge to firm it up.

Beat the cream cheese and caster sugar then add the eggs (I did this gradually). Distribute the mistureon top of the biscuit base, then pop the raspberries on top and push them down slightly until you feel they are equally distributed throughout the cake.

Put the tin in a roasting tin (or another dish – I used a glass one) and pour enough water to come halfway up the cake tin. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the cheesecake has set but still has a good wobble in the middle ( 1-2 hours in my oven!).

Take the tin out of the bain marie and leave to cool. (I left mine to cool outside for couple of hours but would recommend cooling it overnight).

TA DA! All done. It does seem quite complicated but it was really very simple to make (and cost effective too!). And boy was it scrummy, even if it still was a little warm in the middle!

What’s your favourite cake recipe? I do love a bit of baking and would love to try some new recipes.

Let me know your thoughts on my inclusion of lifestyle posts, as you may be seeing more of them in the future.

LDNshopaholic xxx