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Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea

Surprisingly easy way to host a tea for big and small girls! This is a combination of a simple Victoria sponge recipe, a few tricks and a big helping hand from Renshaw. The recipe includes a Mad Hatter hat cake, white rabbit stacked clocks, playing cards and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Recipe by Anne-Marie Wallace

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10 people

Baking ingredients

  • 350 g Butter
  • 350 g Caster Sugar
  • 350 g Self raising flour
  • 6 Eggs

Decorating ingredients

  • 150 ml Whipping cream
  • 200 g Strawberry jam
  • 250 g Renshaw Carnation Red Flower and Modelling Paste
  • 500 g Renshaw Lincoln Green Ready to Roll Icing
  • 250 g Renshaw Jet Black Ready to Roll Icing
  • 400 g Renshaw Vanilla Frosting
  • 150 g White chocolate
  • 1 Packet ice cream wafers
  • 1 Packet of fresh strawberries


Step 1

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg one at a time and mix well. Sift flour and fold into the egg mixture with a metal spoon.

Step 2

Split half the mixture into the 23 inch tins which will be used to cut into small circles for the clock stacks. Pour the other half into the 18 inch tins for the hat cake. Cook for 25 minutes on gas mark 4.

Step 3

Once cooked, allow the sponge to cool on a wire rack.

To make the hat:

Step 4

Take the two 18 inch cooled sponges. Add a healthy dollop of Renshaw Vanilla Frosting on top of one of the sponges and 100g of the strawberry jam. Sandwich the two sponges together. Knead and roll out the Renshaws Lincoln Green and Jet Black Ready to Roll Icing with a little icing sugar. Shape into the style of a hat and brim. The main body of the hat is green with the black icing creating a ribbon effect.

To make the White Rabbit cakes:

Step 5

Using the sponge from the 23 inch tins, cut out the the white rabbit sponge stacks using a 3 inch cookie cutter.

Step 6

Whip up the whipping cream and start to layer into little stacks - sponge on bottom, then a smooth layer of cream, then a blob of strawberry and add more sponge on top. Add no more than four layers or it will fall over!!

Step 7

Finally add a thin layer of jam to make the clock face and ice in the numbers and clock hands using the Renshaws vanilla fondant.

Queen of hearts playing cards:

Step 8

To add a little decoration to your display melt the white chocolate and smooth a layer of it over one side of an ice cream wafer. Cut out little hearts using the Renshaw Carnation Red Flower and Modelling Paste and make into playing cards.

Queen of hearts strawberries:

Step 9

Dip fresh strawberries into the white chocolate and add some of the cut out red hearts to them. You can also make some red flower displays using the icing.

Step 10

Add cake stands, tea cups, tea pots and copious amounts of tea and you have the perfect recipe for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.