We have our friends in America to thank for the latest trend – the gender reveal party.

Ever thought it was impossible to throw a surprise party for yourself, well think again! For those of you who haven’t yet been invited to a gender reveal, or indeed hosted one, let me explain. These are celebrations at which family and friends are invited to find out the sex of your baby through the cutting of a cake that contains pink sponge for a girl and blue for a boy. Typically, but not always, the parents will find out at exactly the same time, having asked their doctor to seal the gender in an envelope, which they then hand to their baker who can get to work on a gender-reveal cake.

There have however been some hilarious gender reveal fails that went viral involving less than impressed siblings and you might have already seen this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrAcV2ywnqc.

Whether it’s a boy or a girl, we know you will be overjoyed and a gender reveal cake is a special way of sharing this joy with your parents, friends and children. We would love to make the memory extra special and have created our own spin on this trend, the gender reveal pinata cake with pink or blue sweets hidden in the centre cascading out when cut, which you can order online.

We hope we get to make your gender reveal memorable with this cute cake.

Tessa x

If you think back to some of your fondest memories, baking and licking out the bowl of batter afterwards is sure to be amongst them. Food, like music, is amazingly transportive and the smell of scones baking can take you right back to granny’s kitchen.

Tastes and smells take you back to the happy moments of your mom’s kitchen, birthday celebrations, baking cakes with granny, Christmas, Easter, and Sunday lunch. We are sentimental beings and one whiff of a favourite childhood meal can ignite nostalgia unlike anything else.

We asked you to share your nostalgic memories with us and this is what you had to say:

Lauren Watson “I remember waking up to the smell of bacon and onions being fried by Dimitri for the daily delivery of yummy quiches”

Karol StudioTarab I remember hearing the electric mixer on in the kitchen, and rushing to go eat whatever cake or biscuit batter was in the mixing bowl”

Reyanah Abass “Licking the bowl of leftover chocolate cake batter”

Laurette Gliddon “Waking up to my granny’s freshly bakes scones with fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam. What a champ that lady is.”

Olga Rubie Loved my gran’s tapioca pudding and bread pudding. The best ever.”

Robin Dee Lapperts “Licking the Wooden spoon and empty Bowl of Batter. My Job Decorating the Cake and Trifle.”

Elizabeth Steyl Hattingh Being part of helping with the biscuits and melk tert for xmas. We still had a dover wood stove then and the helpers will all be around the 10seater table with a cup of freshly roasted ground coffee and some freshly baked bread. The biscuits would be rolled out and cut into Xmas trees and stars. As soon as the biscuits were cold we would put green frosting on the xmas trees and white on the tips of the branches and add a silver ball to each tip. The stars would be in red and white with silver balls in each point. The melk tert we just observed as my dear mother was a master at the all butter flaky pastry and not to forget the thick creamy and rich filling with a scattering of cinnamon. Those were the aromas that still takes me down memory lane whether it be passing by a bakery or just wafting from someone’s house.. Memory lane, cinnamon and milktart fillings with woodstove and large table setting the ambience.”

Jennifer Spannenberg I loved her cakes with lots of raisins and all kinds of dates mix I had to stir this mixture until it makes bubbles lol”

Thank you for sharing your memories with us, we would love to hear more!

Tessa x

The excitement in Tessa’s last week was palpable. Months of brainstorming, weekly meetings, learning to let go of the old and embrace the new, led us to the monumental day of the re-launch of our brand last Friday. It was an intense process but ultimately along the way we found ourselves and reinforced the deep love we have for baking sweet delights.

When we walked into the offices of New Normal four months ago never did we think we would embark on such a journey with them. To our friends Matthew, Chrisli and Este, thank you for your invaluable support, vision and for continually pushing us outside our comfort zone. Our success lies in your process and our teamwork. Thank you.

When it came to capturing our vision, we knew we needed the best and what an absolute gem we found in the talent of Sam Wilkinson’s Food Photography. Always professional and helpful, Sam arrived prepared and managed to capture not only our whole range of cakes and quiches but also some phenomenal styled shots capturing each of the products with as much love as went into baking them.

We were left with the daunting task of redecorating our shop front. We painted over the old dated pink décor leaving a blank canvas. We called in the expertise of our friend Billy at Catch Media who went to great lengths and far and beyond what was expected in helping us design the interior of our shop with their visual print solutions that ultimately brought our bakery to life.

Our new packaging is also thanks to Catch Media who supplied all our stylish stickers and Ashley at Claymore Packaging, who were super efficient in providing us quotes for our new craft boxes, going out of their way to supply us with everything we needed and for buying all our pies every time they came for a meeting!

The biggest thank you has to go to each of our team members and partners in crime. To Jaun, thank you for breathing a breath of fresh air into our bakery – your creativity, knowledge, and laughter, but beyond all friendship, is invaluable. Thank you for your and Jade’s continued hard work during the process. To our pastry chefs, Kirsty and Cherise, your hard work, dedication and creativity was an integral part of our project and will always be appreciated. To our front of house manager Natalie, thank you for standing by us, change can often be daunting but you took it in your stride and fell in love with the new Tessa’s as much, if not more, than you loved the old. To each and every other member of our team, Palesa, Apiwe, Sophie, Zukiswa, Helen and Hombisa, you are all an integral part of our team and Tessa’s wouldn’t be the same without you.

Last but not least, we have to thank you, our loyal fans – new recruits and old faithfuls. Every day we strive to be the best because of you, because we want to share in your joy and special days, we want to hear all about your dream job, your anniversary, your wedding plans, your family or your sweet romance.

25 years. That is how long I passionately created baked goods in my home, and as I welcomed you into my home then, I now welcome you with pride into the new Tessa’s.

Tessa x