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


The memories a mother leaves are cherished forever, and this Mother’s Day we want to celebrate all mothers and the precious memories we hold so dear. To stand a chance to win an amazing Tessa’s Bakery High Tea, simply enter our Mother’s Day Momories Competition.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION:

Tessa’s invites participants to submit a vintage photograph of their mom with themselves and their best memories of their mom.

The Contest will consist of four Phases:

During Phase 1, which will run from 21st April 2017 through to 28th April 2017 (“Entry Period”), Participants will have the opportunity to submit a vintage photograph of their mother with themselves together with their best memories of mom for consideration in the Tessa’s Momeries Contest.

During Phase 2, which will run from 29th April 2017 through to 30th April 2017 (“Scoring Period”), each Entry will be scored by a panel of judges at Tessa’s Bakery and the ten (10) top-scoring entries (“Finalists”) will move on to Phase 3. Up to a maximum of ten (10)  top-scoring entries will be declared Finalists (each such person a “Finalist”).

During Phase 3, which will run from 1st May 2017 through to 10th May 2017 (“Community Voting Period”), the ten (10) Finalists will have their Entry displayed on Tessa’s Bakery Facebook and Instagram pages and members of the online community will be given the opportunity to vote (by liking their post) for the Finalist of their choice. The results of the Community Voting Period will be tabulated and the Finalist with the highest number of likes will be declared the potential Grand Prize winner. The potential Grand Prize winner will be notified on or about 11th May 2017.

PHASE 1 – HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, Participants must go to https://www.facebook.com/TessasBakery/photos/a.184876348284264.34743.183138115124754/1109474485824441/?type=3&theater (“Competition Post”) and post their image submission and memories under the Competition Post, or tag @tessas_bakery on their photo submission on Instagram together with the hashtag #tessasmomeries (you must have a public Instagram account to enter this contest via Instagram).

By submitting a photograph, a participant hereby acknowledges that they own or have secured all rights to use and publish the Photograph and grants Tessa’s Bakery permission to use the image on their Social Media pages. An entrant may be required to provide a release to Tessa’s for the submitted Photograph, at their sole discretion.

SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO REMOVE ANY ENTRY POSTED TO THE WEBSITE THAT THE SPONSOR FEELS IS INAPPROPRIATE, OBJECTIONABLE AND/OR INCONSISTENT WITH THE POSITIVE IMAGE AND/OR GOOD WILL IT WISHES TO PROMOTE IN THIS CONTEST. IF ENTRY IS REMOVED FROM THE WEBSITE BY SPONSOR, ENTRY IS AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.

ALL ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALL ENTRY MATERIALS SUBMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST ARE SUBMITTED ON A NON-CONFIDENTIAL AND NON-PROPRIETARY BASIS AND MAY BE USED BY TESSA’S, ITS AGENTS AND SUBSIDIARIES, FOR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES INCLUDING (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) IN CONNECTION WITH THE ONLINE COMMUNITY VOTING DESCRIBED BELOW.

PHASE 2 – SCORING PERIOD: During the Scoring Period, all eligible entries will be judged by a panel of judges at Tessa’s. Judging will be performed by a panel of judges selected by Tessa’s in its sole discretion. The ten (10) top-scoring entries (“Finalists”) will be declared Finalists and will move on to Phase 3. Up to a maximum of ten (10) as determined by Sponsor, top-scoring entries will be declared Finalists (each such person a “Finalist”). Decision of judges is final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Finalists will be determined on or about 30th April 2017.

PHASE 3 – COMMUNITY VOTING PERIOD: Entries for the ten (10) Finalists will appear on Tessa’s Facebook and Instagram pages during the Community Voting Period. During the Community Voting Period, members of the online community (including Finalists) may vote for the Finalist of their choice by liking the entry post. All votes must be received by 11:59:59 PM ET on 10th May 2017 in order to be valid.

PHASE 4 – WINNER DETERMINATION & NOTIFICATION: The results of the Community Voting Period will be tabulated on or about 11th May 2017 and The Finalist whose entry receives the highest number of votes will be determined the potential Grand Prize winner. The potential Grand Prize winner will be notified on or about 11th May 2017 by email and/or telephone using the contact information provided.

PRIZES: Grand prize consists of High Tea cake, cupcakes and treats to be collected at the bakery on Saturday 13th May 2017.

 


I am so excited to be able to blog about our little Anastasia’s Magical Day. When deciding on a theme for her First Birthday I knew I wanted rainbows, after all she is our longed for rainbow baby, our ray of light after the storm. We struggled for a long time to have her and fought through several rounds of IVF, six to be precise, several rounds of disappointment and the loss of our beautiful twins. Our journey was hard, but the moment I heard her cry for the first time, the moment I held her and looked at her through teary eyes, I fell in love and in that moment she completed me.

So needless to say when I finally got to plan her first birthday it was no-holds-bar, I literally went the whole nine yards and while hubby grimaced at the sight of our emptying bank account, he simply let me be as he knew how much it meant to me!

I must admit that unicorns are my guilty pleasure, it’s no co-incidence that we have so many unicorn cakes and treats. I’ve loved unicorns since I was a little girl and now I get to be surrounded by them daily.

Annie’s special day was captured beautifully by our friend Sheena Henry Photography and as usual Cape Town Balloon & Event Company didn’t disappoint with a phenomenal rainbow balloon arch that was truly such a showstopper. I hired a glitzy gold sequin table cloth from Grand Style Hiring and our friends at EPRO Products made me the silhouette unicorn in wood which I then spray painted gold for the backdrop together with gold and pink Ginger Ray fans and being a baking family we have no short supply of cake stands.

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We chose four cakes for our cake table:

  1. A stunning two tier fondant cake, gold sequin bottom tier with pastel rainbow and a soft pink top tier with gold glitter unicorn silhouette topper. (R1,250.00)
  2. Rainbows and Unicorn Cake from our celebration cake collection, however we opted for a white chocolate ganache drip instead of the dark chocolate drip (R425.00).
  3. Sugarplum the Unicorn Cake our popular resident unicorn from our celebration cake collection (R450.00).
  4. And finally we customised our red velvet cheesecake with a pastel watercolour design rainbow icing, chocolate shards and meringues and a cake topper that read “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” (R395.00 excl. topper).

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We also had a load of fun making different unicorn and rainbow theme treats:

  1. We made Unicorn cake pops with pastel flower crown and used these awesome gold Ginger Ray paper straws (R25.00 each). Annie birthday party-76
  2. Of course we had to include our uber cute Unicorn macarons (R25.00 each).Annie birthday party-63
  3. We made a mix of chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cupcakes iced with pink, yellow and purple flower crown and Unicorn horns and ears (R28.00 each Unicorn Cupcakes).Annie birthday party-62
  4. Of course my favourite treat in the whole bakery has to be our Oreo and Caramel Popcorn Rocky Road and I customised these with a pink, purple and yellow chocolate drizzle (R18.00 per Rocky Road bar – I cut my bars into three)Annie birthday party-75
  5. Rainbow Rice Krispy Treats (R15.00 each)Annie birthday party-78
  6. Rainbow Fudge – these were so tasty and the recipe uses marshmallows and white chocolate in the fudge so it’s not too sweet but totally tasty and delicious, I coloured the fudge in layers of pink, yellow and purple (R12.00 each – again I cut my squares smaller)Annie birthday party-77
  7. Layers of white funfetti and pink coconut ice (R12.00 each)
  8. I filled a jar with rainbow coloured macarons (R12.00 each)
  9. I bought in some candy floss aka Unicorn Hair (R10.00 each)Annie birthday party-64
  10. I bought in the customised cookies from our Cake friend Delight Baked Treats and Sweets.Annie birthday party-67

I made little party packs for each of the kids using Ginger Ray‘s party bags from their iridescent range which I customised and filled with a few treats and Cristina from Little Wilds made each of the girls their own unicorn headband (these were such a hit with the girls who ran around pretending to be unicorns).

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There were so many other suppliers that made the day simply perfect, we rented a soft play set up from Giggly Jumpers and a little toddler roller coaster which Annie enjoyed the most of all, we also hired a carousel from Kiddie Rides and a carousel jumping castle and the kids really had such a great day on all of these.

Annie’s first birthday was really a perfect day for us, I know she won’t ever remember the day, but it is a day I will never forget, it was a wonderful celebration, but really every day is a celebration with her in my life.

As you can see we not only do some amazing cakes for your little munchkin’s birthday party, but some awesome treats as well so don’t hesitate to contact us to chat about making your little one’s birthday extra special!

 


Cake Smash sessions are a unique way of celebrating that 1st Birthday milestone and we recently had a lot of fun with our little Annie at her 1st Birthday Cake Smash, which of course was a Unicorn theme. We have some amazing photos to treasure for many years to come thanks to our friend Sheena Henry from Sheena Henry Cakes and Photography.

What is a Cake Smash? Quite simply set the birthday boy or girl up with their very own smash cake, presented without utensils for the birthday munchkin to enjoy in whatever manner they see fit. They can feel free to squeeze it, drool on it, crumble it, face plant in it. You name it. No one else is going to eat it but them!

The Cake Smash trend originated in the US, but has become trendy in South Africa too. We’ve had many requests for smash cakes at the bakery and we were so excited to finally get to do this for our own little munchkin. We baked her a small 10 cm pink velvet cake and iced it in a white buttercream rose design with magical unicorn horn and flowers to match her own little headband. Did she plough her face into like we had hoped? No. She very elegantly picked a few meringues off and had a few bites of icing, but at one stage she did have us in fits of laughter as she knealt over the cake biting off chunks of the unicorn horn.

Why? Because …

  1. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – They only turn ONE once and as much as it’s a big milestone for them, it’s an even bigger milestone for mommy and daddy, like crossing the finish line after a marathon!
  2. The photos will be priceless – Have your camera ready! The reactions and faces are absolutely priceless.
  3. First Taste of Sugar – The idea behind the smash cake is to ceremoniously give your baby their first real taste of sugar.
  4. It’s free entertainment. Everyone will love watching baby destroy their cake with abandon.

Want to do a Cake Smash? No problem, simply give us a call and tell us about your theme and we can whip up a quote for the perfect smash cake for your little one to adorably destroy.

 


Our Oreo cake remains one of our top sellers, and it’s not surprising cause who doesn’t love Oreos. We had fun show casing our Oreo cake and cupcakes on our Social Media and have a fun Oreo Personality Test for you, as how you eat your Oreo says a lot about your personality.

{OREO PERSONALITY TEST}

Choose which method best describes your favourite method of eating Oreos:

  1. The whole thing all at once.
  2. One bite at a time.
  3. Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterwards.
  4.  In little feverous nibbles.
  5. Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee…).
  6. Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie.
  7. Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
  8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
  9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
  10. I don’t have a favorite way. I don’t like Oreo cookies.

Your Personality Profile For Fun, Of Course.

1. The whole thing

This means you consume life with abandon. You are fun to be with, exciting, and carefree with some hint of recklessness.

2. One bite at a time

You are lucky to be one of the 5.4 billion other people who eat their Oreos this very same way. You’re normal.

3. Slow and Methodical

You follow the rules. You’re likely very meticulous in every detail with every thing you do.

4. Feverous Nibbles

You have a tendency to work too much and do too much. You always have a million things to do and never enough time to do them.

5. Dunked

Every one likes you because you are always upbeat.

6. Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie

You have a highly curious nature.

7. Twisted apart, the inside, and then toss the cookie

You take risks that pay off. You take what you want and throw the rest away.

8. Just the cookie, not the inside

You enjoy pain.

9. I just like to lick them, not eat them

Stay away from small furry animals and seek professional medical help – immediately.

10. I don’t have a favourite way. I don’t like Oreo cookies

There’s just no pleasing you

 


{WE’RE HIRING}

We are in search of passionate, fun and creative creatures to join our team. If you want to be part of a kick-ass creative team and work with unicorns and mermaids please send your CV to our HR Department at workforus@tessasbakery.co.za

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Retail Shop Assistants

We are looking for friendly, presentable and outgoing shop assistants for our retail store. A customer service position which will include serving and assisting customers, merchandising, displays, ensuring at all times that customers have a pleasant experience.

Administrative and Orders Assistant

We are looking for a friendly, goals orientated administrative assistant with good verbal and written English. Must be computer literate in Word and Excel. Must have good telephone etiquette and work well under pressure. Will be responsible for answering and redirecting phone calls, logging orders and replying to emails.

Novelty Cakes Ordering Assistant

We are looking for an administrative and ordering assistant with good verbal and written English. Must be computer literate in Word and Excel. Previous cake knowledge an advantage. Must have good telephone etiquette and work well under pressure. Will be responsible for customer quotes in our novelty cake department working hand in hand with our cake decorators. Room to learn and grow within this department.


Let’s face it, love is sweet so why not spoil your Sweetheart with some decadently sweet cupcakes this Valentine’s Day? We have put together a wonderful collection of Valentine’s Day treats for you during this month of love and even have an exciting balloon add on by The Cape Town Balloon and Event Company, after all love is in the air.

Want to show your Sweetie Pie how much you love them, we have the perfect Sweetie Pie Cupcake gift that will do just that. Our Pink Velvet Cake and Cheesecake will definitely make your lover’s heart sing or for something a little quirkier, try our conversation heart cupcakes which can be customised for you.

But most importantly love is about sharing and our Love Box filled to the brim with delectable treats is the perfect gift made for sharing. So never stop sharing the love not only this Valentine’s Day, but every day this year for love only grows by sharing.


Enter the magical world of Tessa’s where dreams and fantasies come to life.

We have been obsessed with Unicorns for months now and thankfully for us the trend is still going strong and we get to introduce our new resident Unicorn, Sugarplum Gumdrop, fluffy vanilla funfetti sponge with a rainbow buttercream mane and sparkly golden horn and ears, truly enchanting.

To add to the wonder of our extensive collection of Unicorn cakes and cupcakes, are our new Unicorn macarons, and just like that the world became an infinitely better place.

We hope our enchanting unicorns make today a glitter-filled bag of magic and rainbows.

 


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summers could be endless … long days and short nights, basking in the sunlight, bronze tans, summer braais and picnics that linger on. Summer is where my heart is, it’s where memories are made, where joy abounds, it’s what magic is made of.

But nothing says summer more than cold watermelon on a hot day … the sweet taste of summer.  We had so much fun with this “She’s One in a Melon” Watermelon photoshoot – watermelon cupcakes, biscuits, macarons and a fondant cake that matched Annie’s outfit. We have such fond memories of this picnic too, the warm sunshine on our skins, laughter, cheese, wine, freshly baked bread, and most importantly the secret ingredient, family.

We hope you have and continue to make wonderful memories this summer with those you love.