We are always excited to get a call from Afternoon Express, and when they called on us again for the third time to bake them a cake for their second birthday and appear on the show, we were more than happy to oblige, after all at Tessa’s we are big on birthdays!

We decided on a two tier Macaron Cake, layers of fudgey dense chocolate cake with macarons sandwiched between the layers and decorated in a blue and purple watercolour design buttercream icing. Our Head Pastry Chef Cherise appeared on the show and put the finishing touches on the cake with the help of the presenters and the crew devoured the cake after the show.

Thank you Afternoon Express for allowing us to be a part of your second birthday celebrations, you are now officially a toddler.


Mother’s Day ~ a day we get to spoil the Queens in our life. It’s a day that brings with it both tremendous happiness and sadness for me. It’s been almost four years now since I lost my mom tragically to a heart attack and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and long for her. Days like Mother’s Day makes the longing even greater and I know that many feel the same. But it’s also a day I thought I would never celebrate myself, for a long time I feared that I would never be a mom. Last year I got to celebrate my first Mother’s Day, a bittersweet day as I wished my mom could have been here to see me become a mom. But for all I have lost, I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law Tessa who has been there for me through the best and worst times. It’s not often that you find a mother and daughter-in-law not only working side by side but living together and yet somehow it works. I love her tremendously. They say a mother is a person who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take and while this is most certainly true, Tessa surely comes close.

I’ve been a mom for little over a year now and it’s been the best, most tiring, yet tremendously rewarding year of my life. No one could prepare me enough for this journey, I finally understand why life is so precious and why we should savour each memory, each moment, each smile, because one day all we will have is memories and the love that will forever be in our hearts.

I know this blog has very little to do about cakes, but let’s celebrate each and every mom this Mother’s Day, whether it’s with a card, a cake or an extra long hug, let her know how much you love her.

Mom is simply a title above Queen and every Queen deserves a High Tea. We had a beautiful tea party and so can you, simply pop on over to our Mother’s Day High Tea Collection with its floral hints of Lavender and Rose!

Much Love, Des x

Photography by Sheena Henry Photography