This month’s Bake Off Challenge theme is High Tea. Send us photo’s of your miniature cakes, pastries and petit fours! The winning photo will go to the baker with a flair for creativity in their beautiful High Tea inspired bakes.

This month’s inspirational recipes to help you on your way are – our fabulous Mini Battenberg’s, our Mini Banting-style Cheesecakes, and our Mini Spicy Apple Bundt Cakes!

We love ‘Pinspiration’! So we created a High Tea Pinterest board for you to peruse ideas and recipes.

Prize worth R500 up for grabs – July Bake Off:

1 x Ceramic Cake Stand; 1 x Tin of Bos Organic Rooibos Tea; and a range of Nicoletta cake and dessert decorations to inspire your next High Tea!

Click here to learn “How to Enter”, and click here to view our “Terms & Conditions

High Tea is actually Low Tea?

Tea time is separated into Low and High Tea; and depends on whether you are sitting down to have a meal (on dining tables high above the ground – also called Meat-Tea) or sipping tea, snacking, chatting and lounging (low to the ground – also called Afternoon Tea).

It’s baffling, since High Tea in South Africa is something of a fancy picnic buffet – with an elaborate spread of tea, finger foods, miniature cakes and pasties served on tiered trays. The “High” Tea misunderstanding must have been introduced with the idea of high class and the formality characteristics of the Low Tea etiquette.

These late afternoon social-snack-times were popularised during the middle of the eighteenth century. The purpose of finger foods was to allow guests to take small bites and enjoy conversation over the course of the tea!

Happy Baking!