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.

PRICES start at £220 for up to TWO people. For each additional person in your party the cost is £50 per person(maximum of six in total).

To minimise risks around covid transmission, I am only taking bookings for private groups rather than collecting together individual students. If you have any questions please email

Do you want to take your Afternoon Tea study one step further? You might find the Complete Afternoon Tea full-day class helpful. It includes both practical and study elements.

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

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