Afternoon Tea Party Baking Class

Afternoon Tea party Baking Classes; making scones

Hands-on baking class

Caroline Hope’s afternoon tea party baking class will introduce you to baking your own Scones, Victoria sponge-cake and Shortbread. This might be for a Downton Abbey-style afternoon tea party or a rustic Cream Tea in a farmhouse kitchen.

Caroline will teach time-honoured baking techniques in this fun and informative afternoon tea party baking class. We shall practice traditional methods from earlier times to create a feather-light Victoria Sponge Cake, traditional airy scones and crumbly melt-in-the-mouth-shortbread.

You will use basic tools; wooden spoons, knives and your fingers. Caroline will advise on which electrical machines to use. This will enable you to adapt old-fashioned techniques to suit your needs. She will provide tips on how to get the best out of your oven plus other little procedures which embody the ‘elegant economy’ that shaped domestic life in the 19th century.

What’s included in your afternoon tea party baking class:

  • Hands-on workshop: You will make scones, Victoria sponge cake and shortbread. Information will be provided to ensure consistently good results, time after time.
  • Recipes: You will receive these, plus tips and recommendations for numerous alternative flavours.
  • Afternoon tea party: we shall consume the cakes, scones and shortbread that you have baked. Caroline will prepare a selection of home-made finger sandwiches, Cornish clotted cream and Little Scarlet Strawberry Jam. This is along with superior English-style teas.
  • There is no waste. You will take away the remaining cake, scones and shortbread to enjoy when get home.

Availability: ON REQUEST. The running time is approximately 3 hours.

There is a minimum fee of £250 for up to three people. Check available dates on the calendar page. Contact Caroline to check prices for groups of more than three people, and to book your date. It is possible to adapt this class to suit your requirements.


Interested in English tea history and customs? Check out The English Tea Table study course.