The Cushion & Cake tearoom closed in 2015. This is an archive of all the news and events from 2010 to 2015. You can view the old tearoom website by clicking here.

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midweek treats

Monday, 26 October 2015

Now that we are settled into our new home on Hyndland Street, we’re relaunching Midweek Treats, daily deals of loose leaf tea, coffee and cakes. Every week you’ll find the following offers in the tearoom:
Tuesday – Free loose leaf tea refill with every pot purchased
Wednesday – Tea & cake £4
Thursday – Buy 2 coffees, get one half price

So, will we see you this week for some tea and cake?

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sunday service – dessert collection from Cushion & Cake

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

This Autumn Cushion & Cake will be launching Sunday Service , a dessert collection service. Do you go to parent’s, grandparent’s or friend’s homes for Sunday dinner and always wonder what you could take with you? Why not pre-order your baked dessert from Cushion & Cake? Pies, cobblers, crumbles and more can be ordered, baked fresh ready for collection in time for your Sunday dinner date. All you have to do is warm them in the oven and add ice cream/custard/cream.

Why not contact the tearoom to order your dessert now? 0141 339 4114

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Have you tried Strawberry Shortcake?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

I love this cake and I bake it regularly every year when Scottish  strawberries are at their most flavourful.

If you’re not sure what strawberry shortcake is, well it is a typical American bake but is very similar to a giant British scone. What makes it so wonderful is the lashings of cream and homemade strawberry coulis, so large a slice you have to eat it with a knife and fork. We will be baking a shortcake every morning this week, but be warned, they won’t last so pop in before its gone.

Easter Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I’m all confused! I thought Easter was this weekend? It’s not. Still a week to go before I can eat my body weight in chocolate…
I didn’t want to start too early making Easter treats but it now seems that I have. These little Easter bird nest cupcakes have been going down a treat with the kiddies this week.

These easy peasy cupcakes are put together using a chocolate batter for the cake and butter cream piped on in a circle to make the little bird’s nest. A few Cadbury’s mini eggs and a wee tweety bird and you’ve got a pretty good Easter treat. I got these little tweety bird decorations from Tesco for 97p so go get some if you want them.

100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs free rage of course!
10g cocoa powder
90g self raising flour
2 tbsp milk
Chocolate egg and birdie decorations

Oven set to 180 degrees and arrange about six, maybe seven muffin cases on muffin tray.

Cream butter and sugar together till pale. Beat in eggs one at a time until then sieve the cocoa powder and SR flour together and gently fold into mix to make a nice smooth batter. Add the milk, gently mix. Get the batter into the cases quickly and be careful not to overfill, you don’t want an overflowing cupcake.

Bake for about 20 minutes. A skewer inserted should come out clean when baked.

Leave to cool and make butter cream…
100g real butter, unsalted, don’t use margerine or spreads. They’ve too much water in them to be able to hold a piped shape when piping your icing.
200g icing sugar
Few drops of vanilla and a drop of milk

Real butter is often hard especially if you take it straight from the fridge. Recently I’ve been measuring my butter into a glass bowl then melting it for a few seconds (less than 10) in the microwave* to soften. This makes beating the sugar in MUCH easier. With a wooden spoon, really beat the sugar and butter, vanilla and a dash of milk if you need it together to get a nice pale icing. Make sure there are no bits of butter not completely mixed. By the time the cakes have cooled, the butter cream should be ready to pipe.

Using a piping bag and a big star nozzle, pipe a circle of buttercream then place the eggs and chick in the centre. Voila.

*if you forget about the butter in the microwave and if completely melts, don’t panic and don’t waste the butter. It is expensive. Leave it to start firming up again and continue as normal. If you can’t wait and you put the sugar into the butter. Give it a good beating until it is really smooth. I can can look separated for ages before it properly starts to bind.

I just wanna bake cakes!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Well February is marching on and I’m still waiting for paperwork form the council before I can get the keys to my tearoom. I needed a building warrant to put in an accessible toilet and some planning permission to change the tearoom from shop to tearoom. It all takes sooooo long! Months!!
I won’t bore you with any more of the boring bureaucracy and instead just show you things that continue to inspire the feel of the tearoom and the things I’d like to make.

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I’m going to make the lemon cake tomorrow. The cupcakes look awesome but perhaps beyond my capabilities at the moment!

Thrifty Finds

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Regardless of the wind and rain which ravaged Scotland on the fist weekend of July, I had a pretty good weekend.
I had a successful day at the Granny Would Be Proud craft and vintage fair, had an overnight in a caravan on the West Coast of Scotland and got my mits on some bargain china at a thrift shop.
The wee craft fair was great. I did this one on my own this time which was okay… getting set up was a bit stressful as I had to unload and set up stall then put the car somewhere that it was free to park. That aside, I had fun. I took a nice selection of cupcakes which people always like and a mix of cushions.
Yummy chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow were really popular
There was plenty of interest in the cushions. The vintage fabric one at the front sold and the person who bought it wants a matching one.
After the craft fair, I quickly packed up and went to my place to collect my overnight bag and food goodies I’d prepared in advance and, of course, the guinea pigs. I take them everywhere if I can.
The weather wasn’t great but I was delighted to find that the trift shop in Ballantrae was open so I got some nice bargains. I started to get a bit shakey in this shop with all the lovley things they had and they were super bargains. I even got a lovely side table for £2! I’m going to paint this along with the new table and chairs that I won on ebay a few weeks back.
I hope that I can start to collect china and the like for the tearoom now when I see it. I think this little set is the first set I’ve bought for the tearoom.
I had to have this coffee pot too. I don’t drink coffee but I don’t care. It is gorgeous. Maybe I’ll start making coffee for Stuart when he stays over and serve it in my lovely pot. I perhaps won’t fill it right up though… he’s be rattling with all that caffeine!