Cake Chat and more…
Cake Chat and more…
Gourmandises at the Cutty Sark with NAWP
It’s been a very busy and exciting year here at Gourmandises. So much so, that I haven’t always had the time to tell you about the many events we have been involved with in the last few months. Here is one that I truly enjoyed being part of: the NAWP networking event at the Cutty Sark.
The NAWP (National Association of Wedding Professionals) is an organisation aiming to promote professionalism and integrity within the wedding industry since 2013. Gourmandises has been a member for over a year. The Association organises a variety of events each year and they are always well attended.
The evening at the Cutty Sark was one of their regular networking events. And what an evening!
For the occasion, guests had champagne on the upper deck. As it was a beautiful summer evening, they were able to enjoy the most amazing views over the Thames.
Beautiful and mouthwatering canapes were served by Moving Venue under the hull of the Cutty Sark.
I provided a delicious table of patisseries with traditional gateaux such as Opera and a three tiered layered cake, pastries and macarons. I made some gorgeous mini Opera Cakes filled with a raspberry meringue butter cream, mini passion fruit tarts in a sweet shortcrust pastry case and filled with a fresh passion fruit curd, I also supplied a beautiful macarons tower filled with chocolate ganache, raspberry and vanilla.
If you are looking for something similar for your event, check my gallery for inspiration.
The Cutty Sark itself has been licensed for weddings for over two years. If you are looking for a stunning and iconic venue in London, this is definitely one to check out.
Event organiser: NAWP
Photos credit: Toby Lowe Photography
Venue: Cutty Sark
Food: Moving Venue
Floral Display: All For Love
Caramelised apple cake: gateau aux pommes caramélisées
Although, I confess, I was hoping for a bit of Indian Summer, autumn seems to be here already. And that time of year for me calls for comfort food and above all easy recipes. This delicious ” Gateau aux pommes caramélisées” (caramelised apple cake) just fits the brief perfectly, warm and comforting!
You will need a 9″ tin for this recipe
300 g ground almonds
3 table spoons of flour (if you are gluten intolerant you can skip the flour and have only the ground almonds)
300 g sugar (granulated or caster)
250 g unsalted butter (softened)
A table spoon of flaked almonds
For the caramelised apples:
6 to 8 golden delicious (or another type)
40 g salted butter
80 g sugar
A vanilla pod
1 – Pre-heat your oven at 180° C, butter your tin and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
2 – Slice your apples, I don’t bother pealing them, I only take the pip out then make the caramel. In a pan, dissolve your sugar with 3 tsp of water then bring it to the boil without stirring. Let it cook until the sugar turns golden brown, it will start smelling like caramel, add the butter at this point, stir quickly, add the vanilla pod and then stir in the apples and let them cook in the caramel for 3 minutes.
3 – In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, sugar, flour, ground almonds, and eggs until you get a smooth mixture. This is my kind of recipe, no messing about, all in and stir!
4- Pour this mixture into your tin, arrange the top of your cake with the caramelised apples and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
5 – In the oven for an hour
6 – Serve warm with a dollop of cream or even a delicious vanilla ice cream.
Chefs tip: you can replace the apples with pears or even Victoria plums at this time of year. Sometimes, I even add a table spoon or two of rum.
The lovely plate on the picture above has been provided by, Roneford Catering , they have a lovely selection of crockery, so do check them out.
This is an exciting new venue. On 22nd April 2017, they are organising, The Rustic Wedding Show at Lattenbury Hills, showcasing the best suppliers Cambridge has to offer and we are very proud to be part of it.
Lattenbury Hills is actually 2,5 acres of farmland with a large pond, a woodland and a paddock with stunning views of the Cambridgeshire countryside. If you’re looking for something different for your wedding, this is the place, a blank canvas for you to work from. You can have your wedding exactly as you want it, there is space for a marquee or a tipi and also for your guests, who apparently can even camp. The venue is yours 3 days prior to the event, now, not many give you that kind of flexibility!
The show starts at 11 am until 4 pm so come along to sample our delicious patisserie. We will be showcasing our gateaux, croquembouche and macarons.
We look forward to meeting you all. If you wish to make an appointment prior to the event, send us an email [email protected]