Lizzie’s Tea Party is the wonderful creation of Lizzie Barr. A Henry James quote from The Portrait of a Lady takes pride and place at the top of her website “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” and I couldn’t agree more.
I met with Lizzie one afternoon in Coffee Angel where she supplies some of her fabulous cupcakes for sale. Lizzie comes from a hospitality and tourism background, side stepping into account management at Whitespace design agency before venturing into the world of tea and cakes full time. She did some decorating training in London and has recently returned from a trip to New York where she investigated all things cupcake related.
Creating the business from scratch, Lizzie provides everything you need for a tea party as well as the delicious home baked treats. Popular with elderly people, community centres, hen parties, baby showers and general get togethers – it’s fabulous to get everything from one place.
Lizzie’s Tea Party offers:
- A tempting range of sandwiches and cakes, all homemade and served on fabulous cake stands
- A choice of teas and coffee
- Traditional china plates, cups, saucers, sugar bowls and milk jug
- Cutlery, napkins and table cloth
- Tea and coffee pots
Lizzie also offers a fabulous selection of cupcakes available for delivery in the Edinburgh area (and further afield by arrangement). Catering for any occasion including weddings, Lizzie has provided cakes for launch parties, corporate events and can specifically design cakes to suit your occasion.
The above cakes were all tried and tested and I am pleased to report they were mouthwateringly delicious. From left to right, the peanut butter cupcakes are fast becoming a favourite of mine, but the coconut ones also went down a treat. The yellow topped ones were lemon flavoured and were light and tangy and although not normally my flavour of choice, satisfied my palette. The ones on the far right are classic vanilla cupcakes with different decorations on top and perfect for those who are less adventurous with flavours.
Lizzie bakes all her cakes the night before delivery or on the morning of an event, to ensure that you receive perfectly fresh cakes. As often as possible she also likes to hand them over herself, adding the personal touch to the service.
One of the many unique selling points of Lizzie’s Tea Party is the giant cupcakes that she bakes. Lizzie has provided us with pictures of a giant cupcake before icing and the finished result. As you can see, they are fabulous to look at and from having first hand experience of the taste of Lizzie’s cakes, you wont be disappointed with the quality either.
I plan to order one of these beauties for a forthcoming family gathering and will be choosing my own text for the cake 😉
Lizzie’s strings to her business bow are completed with the cupcake classes she offers. The next available dates can be found on her website and last for 6 hours, (including light lunch) where you learn to bake and decorate cakes with Lizzie herself. Group size is a maximum of 4 people so Lizzie can demonstrate and help you throughout the day.
At the end of the class, you are presented with your 12 creations in a box to take home to your friends and family or devour yourself! A fabulous way to spend a day and extra dates can be added for special occasions/private sessions.