Monday, 29 July 2013

Strawberry Tarts, Ice Cream Cupcakes and a very British BBQ!

This weekend I was back in my home town, and for lunch on Saturday my sister, her boyfriend and I popped down to Belgique for lunch. If you've never been, Belgique is a string of gorgeous little cafes selling cakes and deli items, and offering quite a comprehensive menu of brunches, lunches and delicious snacks. We spent quite a while happily staring through the window and drooling over the counters. Don't you just want to eat all of them?

Eventually I plumped for a strawberry tart, which was absolutely delicious. 

I didn't want to eat too much, as we were hosting a barbecue later that day, but looking at all those delicious cakes gave me the baking bug. As soon as I got home I started flicking through recipes online, trying to decide what to make. I settled on ice cream cupcakes - cupcakes designed to look like traditional '99s! Unfortunately, our little local Tesco didn't stock any flat bottomed cones, so I decided just to make them in cupcake cases. I went with two different icing colours, for strawberry and vanilla, and mixed them too to give a couple with a raspberry ripple effect. Then I added the flakes!

What do you think? 

By the time I'd finished it was time to head upstairs and get dressed for the barbecue. All day the sun had been shining happily so I got ready in my summer best, including my favourite new flower headband!

But hang on...what were those clouds overhead? I peered out of the window to see a threatening grey sky as my guests started to appear up the driveway. Surely it wasn't going to rain?! 

The boys had just lit up the barbecue when the heavens OPENED. What were we to do? Give up? Slink inside with our tails between our legs and order a pizza? 

Never! As only the British can, we persevered, umbrellas in hand! Although when I say we... us girls may have hid inside with our wine! In the end, everyone settled in the living room with their hard earned food and we had a great night of eating, gossiping and listening to music. 

Who needs the sun, eh? Having said that, I think my boyfriend might check out the forecast next time...


  1. Oh no, what a shame! After all this nice weather we have had too. What are the chances, only in England!! Well to be fair, you NEED soggy burgers for a truly English BBQ!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  2. The weather did not put a damper on your plan good you guys stick to it.

  3. You can never beat a good bbq even if it is in the rain!

    Ellen // A little bit Unique // Facebook // Bloglovin


  4. Sounds so English! Still, BBQ's are the best :) x


  5. We have had lovely weather in England until the other day when it absolutely chucked it down! Although it sounds like you had a great time!
    Alice xx

  6. Wonderful post...I really like your pretty blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

  7. I love bbq, too bad for the weather but you still enjoyed it!
    Stella from a A Shiny Place


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