Tuesday, 28 February 2012

February Tea Time Treats Blogging Challenge: The Round-Up

Tea Time Treats Blogging Challenge

A phenomenal forty four entries have found their way on to the loaded, groaning Tea Time Treats table this month. Yep, thats right, forty four loved-up bloggers have very kindly baked forty four beautiful, bewitching bakes with the theme 'romance' in mind. We've passion-fueled puddings, tempting tarts and seductive scones- with many thanks to each and everyone of you!

Cup of tea at the ready? Sitting comfortably? Grab a (very large) plate and tuck right in...

Once upon a time in a land far far away, our story of love begins with Jac from Tinned Tomatoes, who discovered it was World Nutella Day and made these nut-tastic Mini Maple Nutella Cupcakes which she sent with love over to the Tea Time Treats table

While claiming not to be very romantic in the tradional Valentine's Day sense, forced rhubarb makes Checky's Kitchen feel very, very passionate this time of year. Checky describes the 'mouth-watering sournesss...the beautiful, deep, luscious colour' and became infatuated with her absolutely sensational Upside Down Rhubarb, Almond and Vanilla Cake

Love is certainly in air (cue violins and possibly, erm, John Paul Young...) over at Chef Al Dente who has lovingly whipped up this stunning Chocolate Brownie Cream Cheese Sandwich 

The way to a man's heart, whether he have two or four legs, is resoundingly thought to be through his stomach and Hungry Hinny has hit the jackpot with these Chocolate Sandwich Hearts- thin crisp chocolate biscuits encasing a gooey, rich, chocolately fudge filling

These small but perfectly formed Mini Valentine's Cupcakes arrive to the table courtesy of Homemade by Fleur. And what an adorable treat they are- plus, as Fleur notes, being minature in size means you get to have more than one. A romantic result if there ever was!

Decadent, divine and delicious- the three words Lazy Cooks uses to describe her Nigella- inspired Chocolate Orange Pots which she has kindly entered for this month's Tea Time Treats

Writing a love letter to the sadly-no-longer-available Pretzel Flipz (I fell head over heels in love with them too!) is Laura from How to Cook Good Food - never mind the dozen roses, say it with chewy, salty-chocolately Pretzels 

Champagne and cake? Hellllooooo! Yes, this inspired and quite frankly lustful combination is from Laura Loves Cakes who has sent in her super stylish Champagne and Raspberry Cupcakes. Naturally, a little of the Champagne may have been consumed during the cooking process...

Meanwhile over in Toronto these marvellous and moreish macaroons come courtsey of Torview

Roses are red, violets are blue, don't these look the loveliest cookies for two? Or maybe for just one- I for one! These irresistible Chocolate Cookies are from Gill from Tales of Pigling Bland

Chocolate and Valentine's go together like a horse and carriage, Wills-n-Kate, Homer-n-Marge and Hugh-Grant-and-Julia/Andie/Bridget. Many thanks to An Irish Village Pantry for this Valentine's Dark and White Chocolate Cake which is not only a rich, decadent dark chocolate cake but is generously covered in a sweet, white chocolate ganache. What. Is. Not. To. Love.

What did you buy your Valentine this year? Nelly, from Nelly's Cupcakes firmly believes that a homemade gift says I Love You far more than anything shopbought. And these delectable Valentine Shortbread Biscuits would certainly set anyone's heart aflutter

Inspired by screen-siren Sophia Loren no less, Chez Maximka has baked this Ricotta Delight with Rose Petal Preserve. Dried rose-petals on the grissini make this an Oscar- winning dessert!

Wild About Baking became wild about the delicious combination of lemon and chocolate in these gorgeous Chocolate Lemon heart shaped biscuits

With not one but two Nutella recipe books (brilliant!), Jude from A Trifle Rushed has made these very, very tempting Tea Time Treats: Nutella Madeleines with Hot Chocolate, which would certainly warm the cockles of any heart on Valentine's Day

This magnificent Almond and Rose Celebration Cake by Makey-Cakey could not possibly fit the romance theme more unless you had the Milk Tray Man turn up with home-crafted 45 tier Wedding Cake. How stunningly beautiful are the buttercream roses?

Calling all romantics who love a bit of chocolate (don't we all?!)...this next entry is just perfect for you. Cakes and Teacups has baked this delicious Valentine's Flourless Chocolate Cake 

Suelle, from Mainly Baking was guided by all those romantics out there when it came to her entry to Tea Time Treats, and baked these sweet, crumbly and very delectable Almond and Cranberry Shortbreads with the addition of a very lovable rose drizzle on top

Look at the beautiful colours in this next brilliant bake: it is an Avocado Pound Cake from the Green Gourmet Giraffe!

Keeping the romance very sweet and made with delicious home made strawberry jam are these Strawberry Jam Tarts from Garden, Tea, Cakes and Me. Perfect with a cuppa from Cupid.

Spoilt for choice we are with this next entry: a whole seductive selection of Valentine-inspired adorable Afternoon Tea recipes from Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

Over at Searching for Spice, Corina has baked these delightful Almond Macaroons from the Queen of Baking herself, Mary Berry- with many thanks Corina!

How's this next entry for the most perfect way to spend Valentine's weekend- a romantic stay for two in a chocolate themed hotel plus a Chocolate Truffle making class? Caroline Makes... had a wonderful time!

A classic, and rightly so, at any tea time spread are, of course, scones. And these romantic Valentines Scones, complete with the amorous combination of Amarene Cherries and Chocolate, are from Kitchen of Kiki

Our very first, and indeed only, Whoopie Pie entry for this month's Tea Time Treats table comes courtesy of Aga Girls, who not only has made these Chocolate and Marshmallow Whoopie Pies but has baked them in the shape of heavenly hearts

Love is all around on BeesTeas blog this month, not least with these crackin' Chocolate and Hazelnut Scones. I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes and I would certainly enjoy these in my tum!

For her very first (hopefully of many) entries to the now groaning Tea Time Treats Table, Jean from Baking in Franglais has made this absolutely beautiful Valentine's Day Cake: a wonderful, warm chocolate torte with a selection of beautiful berries


These Lemon Love Cakes, with zesty luscious lemon and complete with adorable heart decorations were, most unsurprisingly, a huge hit over with Janice at FarmersGirl Kitchen. They'd be a humongous hit with me too Janice if you happened to post them to me. Just saying....

Passionate about pancakes? BrownieVille Girl is all loved up with this perfect Pancake, which would a very romantic breakfast in bed any day of the year

This next entry ought to be available to all romantics on the NHS: Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker ought to be writing out prescriptions for these Lemon and Raspberry Heart Cakes

Hankering after some jammy hearts? Lottie from Lottie's World of Cakes and Bakes has baked these sweet Jammy Biscuit Hearts, many thanks Lottie!

These delightful Valentine's Cupcakes, a chocolate cupcake with blackberry syrup, from Blissfully Scrumptious are exactly as the blog name suggests!

Mari over at Mari's World has baked us these Chocolate, Mascarpone and Raspberry Tarts, which are said to be 'easy and quick' to prepare and surely very, very tasty to eat!

This next entry is so pretty, so beautiful, so delicate, it would be a shame to eat one...but then when you discover that the macaron contains lychee and champagne, well , resistance is futile. With thanks to I-Lost in Austen for her Lychee and Champagne Macaron

Scrummy and simple is how Anjali from Spice n Sugar Tales describes this next entry: the very first Ice Cream Cake on this month's now almost collapsed Tea Time Treats Table

Macarons, I'm sure we all agree are a true labour of love, and we thank Urvashi from The Botanical Baker very, very much for doing all the labouring for us and creating these absolutely beautiful and no doubt very yummy Rose Macaroons... far, far better than a bouquet of the flowers any day!

These Raspberry Ripple and Basil Cupcakes look absolutely, bewitchingly beautiful and are made with Ren from Fabulicious Food's new love, her brand shiny new K-Mix!

Choclette, who writes my go-to blog for all things chocolaty, Choc Log Blog, has baked these brilliant Brownies with one super, secret ingredient: black beans!

Once you've had the perfect pancakes above, how about these captivating Cheese and Tomato Muffins to complete your Valentine's Breakfast, with thanks to I'm a Foodie

Hands up who loathed Valentine's Day at School?  Belleau Kitchen brings back mortifying memories of shameful schooldays and being left card-less and love-less on the most romantic of days. Console yourself and your broken heart with these quite, quite brilliant Bloody Valentine Cupcakes

Cakes Crumbs and Cooking has written a really beautiful post, a most enjoyable read, to accompany these delicate and delightful Butterfly Kisses

One of my favourite entries for this month's Tea Time Treat Challenge, because I'm inherently biased, are these heart shaped Welsh Cakes, which will bring such comfort and cheer any day of the year and arrive courtesy of the wonderful Karen from Lavender and Lovage

My own little entry, sharing the love this month are these I Love You Iced Biscuits. Complete with dodgy poetry and dodgy song.

If this post were a film (bear with) this next entry would be the stunning, extravagant, romantic finale where the boy gets together with the girl and they run off into the sunset, arms entwined, with this absolutely sensationally stunning Rob Ryan Inspired Valentine Cake from What I Baked This Weekend

Pop over to Karen's brilliant blog, Lavender and Lovage on March 1st for next month's Tea Time Treat theme!

And they all lived (and baked) happily ever after...

The End!


  1. Wowzers!!!!! Didn't we do well. I'm going to need a flask of tea and a good half day to get through this lot. You should be really proud with such an excellent result and brilliant round-up!

  2. Romance has certainly inspired a batch of beautiful bakes - they all look gorgeous!

  3. very enjoyable to read your round up though I think I put on a few calories just swooning over all those goodies - so so pretty and full of love

  4. What an amazing collection of desserts...love is still in the air! Been a great event...thank you for the ever so 'romantic' description for my entry: Chocolate brownie cream cheese sandwich :-)

  5. Such a fantastic round-up! This is perhaps the best round-up I've seen, in terms of the explanation and adjectives used for all the entries. :)

    Event : Cakes, Cookies and Desserts

  6. excellent round up!..........loved reading about all the entries.

  7. Wow...I'd love to be at the afternoon tea where all this lot was served! I might have to roll home though!! :-) A great round up!

  8. A wonderful round-up! Opps I sent the wrong photo, was supposed to send the one with the heart plate for the theme. Never mind. Lots of Valentine's Day love going on in any case and everyone loves cake! What a stonkingly good selection and a mammoth round-up! off to go and visit some of these lovely blogs. Thanks for hosting!

  9. what a great collection of recipes - such creativity. Sorry to have missed a couple of months but hoping now I am getting energy back post baby I will be back to taking part next month x

  10. oh wow...so full of loVe :)

  11. Wow Kate what a sensational round-up. I've heaped my plate high and intend to scoff the lot - with love of course! Well done, great write up - must have taken you all night!!!

  12. What a FABULOUS round up Kate and SO many entries! There are some real stunners there and we must be a VERY romantic lot!
    Thanks for hosting February's challenge with your usual charm and humour.....
    Karen xx

  13. I am staggered by the phenomenal amount of entries you had......you have done such a fantastic round up Kate! Beautifully inspiring and sooooo romantic! xx

  14. What a brilliant selection of entries and round up! X

  15. Wonderful bakes! thanks for sharing x

  16. Wow - I only realised tonight that I'd not checked out the roundup - these are all absolutely fantastic!

  17. Gorgeous round-up full with fabulous bakes!


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