After the astounding success of last year’s Black Friday Campaign we couldn’t wait to bring you more amazing deals, after all it’s the perfect time of year for celebrations and what is a celebration without a cake or sweet treat?! But before Black Friday turns us all cray-cray – please take the time to read our terms and conditions surrounding our promotional offers.

Black Friday Online Campaign

  • By placing an online order during our Black Friday Week promotion, you agree to accept our terms and conditions set out herein.
  • Online Black Friday promotions can be found under the category heading Black Friday.
  • The sale will begin on Tuesday, 20th November at 12:00 pm and continue until Cyber Monday, 26 November 12:00 pm.
  • These promotions apply only to online orders paid in full via any of our online payment portals.
  • Promotional Products are not permitted to be customised and are sold as a standard product.
  • Promotional Products are non-refundable.
  • Offers cannot be combined with any other discount including those items featured within Black Friday deals category, promotions or offers.
  • Our online store allows orders to be placed up to one year in advance and as such it is permitted to order any of the promotional products for a date up to one year in the future.
  • There are limited sale quantities of each Promotional Product and Tessa’s reserves the right to mark items as sold out once these quantities have been reached.
  • Tessa’s reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions and/or cancel the Black Friday promotion at its sole discretion.

In Store Promotion 

The following in store promotions will take place on Black Friday, 23 November from 8:00 to 17:00, or until stock lasts.

  • 15 cm diameter Mini Cakes – Was R22o now R99.00 (150 quantities available – 50 chocolate, 50 red velvet, 50 carrot).
  • 6 Cupcake Box consisting of 2 chocolate cupcakes, 2 vanilla cupcakes, 2 red velvet cupcakes – was R90.00 now R45.00 (100 quantities of boxes available – 600 cupcakes)
  • Buy One Coffee – Get One Free – unlimited quantities available.
  • In store promotions are only whilst stocks last and are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Promotional Products will not be reserved for any customer who phones in.
  • Tessa’s reserves the right to limit quantities per customer should the demand be greater than supply.
  • Tessa’s reserves the right to change promotions in store and place other items on promotion as the day progresses should sale quantities sell out.
  • Tessa’s reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions and/or cancel the Black Friday promotion at its sole discretion.

Sitewide Promotion

  • On Friday, 23 November there will be a site-wide promotion – Spend more than R1,500.00 and get 25% off your order i.e. of you spend R1,500.00 you will save R375.00 and only pay R1,125.00 etc.
  • This promotion will be auto-applied to your order at check-out.
  • This promotion cannot be combined with any other discount or promotional offer, particularly the Black Friday Sale items and is only applicable to full priced items on our website.
  • Orders can be placed up to a year in advance.
  • Tessa’s reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions and/or cancel the Black Friday promotion at its sole discretion.

Isn’t Christmas simply the most magical time of the year? A time for opening up our hearts, showing those we love how much we care and for creating special memories with them. But it’s especially magical for the little people in our life. There’s a Christmas quote I saw which I simply love which says, “In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas; in their hearts we find the meaning” and this year I am especially joyful to create many more Christmas memories and traditions with my little Annie. In the last few months she has blossomed into this beautiful curious little girl who simply lights up our life every single day with her little quirks, her adventurous spirit and the little things she does and says.

One day when she is older I want her to look back on her Christmas memories and remember the magic and joy not only of Christmas morning but the weeks leading up to it, how we baked cookies, put the tree up and decorated our home, how we shopped for our yearly Snow Globe to add to our collection, how we gave back to those less fortunate than us and how we excitedly counted down each day until Christmas.

So this year I decided to do an Advent Calendar to make each day of December leading up to Christmas extra special for her. Knowing how much she loves a good “suplise” I know she is going to love this year’s advent, but I wanted to share the DIY printable with you too and hope you will create wonderful Christmas memories.

In line with our Christmas theme we created a Christmas Village Advent Box, which can equally double up as a little favour box for your table setting. I loved the idea of incorporating the Bakery into our village which also boasts a Coffee Shop and Toy Store.

To start with print the template on plain white card stock paper. You may choose to do this on a colour printer at home or take the PDF file to a local print shop. I had mine printed by Jetline in Century City on 160gsm card stock. Gather required materials – a good pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a ruler or straight edge to score the folds. You can use a bone folder for scoring if you have one or simply pre-fold.

Cut the template out. Refer to diagram below. Cut lines are solid and black. Fold lines are dashed and pink.

You can now pre-score your fold lines with a bone folder if you have one and ruler or straight edge. Pre-fold the lines you have just scored and then flatten the template back out again.

Apply glue to the side tab. Cover the surface evenly. Line the tab up under the far side to form a box. At this point it’s a good idea to flatten the box and press along the seal you have just created to ensure it adheres well. To begin forming the base, fold up the rectangular tab. Next apply glue and fold down the tab that lies opposite to the rectangular tab. Apply glue and fold in one of the side tabs. Finally, apply glue and fold in the last side tab. Set the box down and use a long instrument to press down and secure the base tabs from above. You could use your bone folder, ruler, or the fat end of a pencil. Squeeze the tops together to form the peak of the roof.

To fasten the boxes I used miniature wooden clothes pegs which I bought at the craft store and painted red. I then used hot glue to glue the numbers onto the pegs.

The fun part was obviously filling the boxes with all the treats and gifts. For Annie’s boxes I bought felt tree ornaments from Little Wilds as well as a few tree ornaments from Typo, a variety of sweets and biscuits, some surprise eggs, toys and small Christmas figurines I bought from Wish, but for a more adult version I would suggest brownies and biscuits from our bakery, Nespresso Coffee Pods and chocolates for the Village Coffee shop and items like mini Funko Pops, key rings, nail polish and ornaments for the Village Toy Store. Once I had filled my boxes I fastened them with my pegs.

I simply cannot wait to very merrily count down the days to Christmas with my little girl and enjoy her squeals of delight at the opening of each Christmas village shop!

To create your own village download the attached templates. Enjoy!

Download via Dropbox Download Link


A few months ago I got to plan a very special baby shower for Lucia and my goddaughter Baby Leah as well as for my sister Leanne and niece Baby Gracie. Lucia’s baby shower was going to be at home whilst I was travelling down to Port Elizabeth for my sister’s baby shower. I decided to do the same theme at both baby showers – an earthy Boho theme with touches of pink and mint.

I sent out the invitations which I bought on Etsy digitally and used the same editable invite for both baby showers. I then set out to find beautiful Boho Dreamcatchers to frame the cake table with and bought two white dream catchers with touches of lace from No Negative via their Hello Pretty Store. They have some really great Boho macrame wall hangings, table runners and dreamcatchers and is the perfect place to shop at for a Boho inspired party. I added a few artificial flowers I bought from China Town to the dreamcatchers to give it a softer feel and set out to make DIY teepee centrepieces from an idea I found on Pinterest. I bought some wooden dowels from Brights, along with a grey chalk finish spray paint and hot glued my teepee together, sprayed it grey and gold and then decorated it with a variety of artificial flowers, vines, some glittery gold feathers and a small white dreamcatcher (which I bought off Wish). Both the dreamcatchers and teepees were gifted for the babies’ nurseries afterwards.

For the backdrop I used one of our dark wood photography backdrops which we had previously bought from the Backdrop Shop for our photos. I had a custom laser cut name made in a Boho theme with each Leah and Gracie’s names on. I spray painted Leah’s one gold. Custom laser cut designs like these are available to order from our store.

I wanted a very woody and rustic feel and so I hired wooden slices and cake stand from Happy Tree Designs. I also hired the Donut Stacker from them as well. I got coordinating printables from the same Etsy store which I printed at Jetline in Century City who do all our printing. The lace table cloth was one we already had at home and Mr Price Home happened to have Boho photo frames which I loved.

Once I had all the decor it was just a matter of choosing which cakes and treats we would make. We decided on a fondant feature cake in an ivory colour with the cutest fox and teepee toppers and touches of grey, pink and mint. The bottom tier was a dummy and the top tier was mommy’s favourite vanilla cake which she got to take home.

Also on the cake table we had two small 6 inch red velvet and chocolate cheesecakes which we decorated simply with macarons, fresh flowers and a touch of sprinkles.

We also made cake pops and biscuits in a boho theme. For the cake pops I had small laser cut dreamcatchers and arrows made which I hot glued onto the straws of the cake pops. The biscuits were packaged with a tag and were for our guests to take home as a little thank you treat.

 

To compliment the table we made a donut stack of our delicious brioche donuts with pink and mint coloured sugar glaze, mini bite size lemon meringues and bite size key lime pie bites. These are available on order.

Knowing that we were going to gift the feature cake to Lucia, Tessa arranged a sheet cake which we decorated with fresh flowers and berries as no one ever leaves our home without a box full of yummy treats!

For the mommy to be I bought a sash from Ginger Ray and a flower crown from China Town and hired a pink teepee for decoration and to keep all her wonderful gifts in with a printed banner with Leah’s name above her seat.

Mommy to be looked radiant when she arrived! We grabbed some snacks and drinks from the Mom-osa Bar and got comfy for the gift opening.

To make the opening of presents a little fun, I asked everyone to give me a childhood photo of themselves which I printed out and stuck on their gifts for Lucia to guess which proved quite difficult but fun nonetheless. Whilst Lucia was opening her gifts we played Baby Bingo with some great prizes for the winners.

We spent the rest of the afternoon chatting and laughing, and oohing and aahhing over baby stuff and had a really amazing time sharing this day with Lucia and just about everyone from the bakery.

Photography by our talented friend Sheena Henry Photography.

And then on 27th September this gorgeous little girl came into the world and made herself welcome in our hearts.

Welcome to the World Baby Leah!

PS: I used a lot of the same decor for my sister’s baby shower but a totally different look! Unfortunately I don’t have many photos.

I am sharing some cut files and printables with you which you can download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3cd5kcvq5e6hihm/AACarlz4zmwyaUtTn4KWEZH_a?dl=0


As the global demand for plant-based foods rises it is clear that following vegan or vegetarian diets are no longer just for “weirdos, hippies and activists” as was the stereotype before. Whether it be for environmental concerns, animal welfare or personal health many more people are choosing to embrace a plant-based lifestyle and with the demand at an all time high, brands like ourselves are creating more plant-based options.

You need only listen to the debate amongst friends, especially if you are part of the millennial generation, to realise that this is an issue as emotionally charged as debating religion and politics, and whilst you may feel strongly either way or sit on the fence – global warming, unethical farming practices and the rise of health concerns such as cancer and obesity are issues we face daily. Luckily in our modern world social media platforms have allowed us to have open debates and spaces for us to share our experiences and knowledge and we reached out to one such influential brand – Cape Town Vegan – and invited Garth and some of his friends to a Cake Party at our bakery to try out some of our new plant-based cakes and treats.

We initially dabbled in the world of vegan baking only as an in-store product with many customers asking for vegan or gluten free options. We researched and tested a few recipes until we found the perfect vegan and gluten free carrot cake which became more popular than expected, with even non-vegans loving it. We went on to create a vegan brownie and Hummingbird cake but it wasn’t until we reached out to Garth that we decided to make a concerted effort to experiment with this new baking trend. In the weeks leading up to our Cake Party we contacted our suppliers asking a question I am shocked I never thought to ask before, whether their products were vegan friendly. We compiled a list and started working on some new recipes discovering the amazing properties of Aquafaba in both our vegan macarons and Swiss meringue buttercream, and whilst Tessa would still like to know who thought of whipping up the liquid in a can of chickpeas, I guess we can equally wonder who thought to whip up the white of an egg? Ultimately we wanted to be able to create a cake that would rival any of our cakes on our website both in taste and look. In the end what we created was a moist decadent chocolate cake with a rich fudge filling, an Aquafaba Swiss Meringue Icing, dark chocolate ganache drip and topped with fresh berries, rosemary, Lindt chocolate and a hint of glamorous gold leaf. We also tested a lighter vanilla cake with Aquafaba Swiss meringue buttercream decorated with an edible print and home made vegan sprinkles. The vanilla cake was not as rich as the chocolate cake which is perfect for those who prefer a lighter alternative and I think is going to be an amazing base cake for many wonderful flavours going forward.

On 1st November, World Vegan Day, our Cake Party took place at our bakery with Garth, Jessica – The Green Dietician, Donovan – ProVegSA, Leozette Roode – Author: The South African Vegan Cookbook and Vegan Guide Cape Town. Garth proved to be such a kind and generous individual. It was always a pleasure working with him as we explored our new baking adventure. Garth went out of his way to be helpful to us as we bounced ideas off him and I think the work he does with brands looking to explore creating plant-based alternatives is wonderful and certainly a move in the right direction. It really was a pleasure hosting all of you.

Keep an eye out as we delve further into the world of vegan baking but in the meantime we already have four great options for you so head on over to our Vegan Range to order a plant-based alternative for your next celebration.