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.

new toy!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I’ve got a new toy! A new baking tin which is very festive, very christmassy and I’m dying to start baking with it. It is a Nordic -Ware tin. A bundt tin. It is super detailed sot the cake results are going to be fabulous! I have a great gingerbread recipe which I think will work beautifully, the dark sponge with icing sugar dredged over. Ooh I’m so excited about Christmas! Keep an eye on the cake bar for the arrival of the bundt cake. If you have any suggestions of a cake flavour to bake in it then let us know.

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country living fayre glasgow

Saturday, 1 November 2014

It’s that time again folks. The time when you prepare yourself, and your purse to go on a Christmas Spending Spree! The thing about this particular fayre however is that all of the exhibitors are independent businesses of artisans, designers, bakers and makers. You can be sure that everything you buy here is supporting small businesses.  Yea!

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I particularly like to hang around the cheese stalls hoping to sneak some samples and then there’s the artisan cider stall! I usually come away with truckle cheeses, handmade sweets, unique christmas decorations for my tree not to mention pressies for all my pals!

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I’ll be going along this year with some friends but if you wanted to go along yourself then you have to get over the Country Living Website and get your tickets before they sell out!

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20-23rd November 2014

www.countrylivingfair.com

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Learn to bake with Cushion & Cake

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Baking is more popular than ever at the moment with shows such as the Great British Bake Off  and Masterchef whetting our appetites for delicious homemade treats. It is a wholesome pursuit and a great skill to have. Delight children, colleagues, family and friends with your home baked treats.

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If you want to learn the skills of baking but don’t want the trial and error, the costs of stocking up on ingredients and investing in bakeware, these sessions are for you.

We’ll spend the day or evening together getting to grips with bakes such as scones, sponges, meringues and roulades. You can of course tailor your session entirely to what you’d like to bake.

1/2 day £50 per person

Full day £100 per person

Sessions include tea tasting, all ingredients and tuition. You will take your bakes home to show off to friends and family.

Full day sessions will be available on Mondays. evening sessions Mon – Thur from 6pm. After purchasing your session. Please contact Pamela at the tearoom to discuss your chosen dates on 0141 339 4114.


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welcome autumn!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

What a gorgeous summer we have had. I measure how great it was by how often I used my barbeque and how regularly I got to sit in my garden in the evening. Both of these activities I have to say, were very regular during the longer days.

On the barbeque, not only did I cook the usual fare but I made PIZZA on the barbecue. Yes it’s true! Apparently conventional ovens cant get hot enough to make a really great crispy pizza base. I made the pizza dough from scratch using this recipe from Good Food went ahead and cooked the whole thing on the barbie. I was using a gas barbeque but charcoal ones work fine too.

Other great things this Summer in Glasgow included the Commonwealth Games. Every day felt like a festival. The sun was shining, people were smiling and there really was an excited buzz about the place. There were so many things going on in the city alongside the sport, so even if  you aren’t particularly fond of sports, there were plenty of other cultural things going on to keep you entertained.

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Looking forward to the shorter days and cooler temperatures, I love to start baking with all the lovely spices associated with the season. On the cake bar this week using seasonal courgettes is a spiced courgette loaf with walnuts, nutmeg and lots of cinnamon. Butternut squash, sweet potato and apples feature heavily this month. To go with them apple spiced tea, a gorgeous herbal tea which turns pink on brewing. Or how about spicy chai? Surely the cosiest tea in the world!

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See you soon in the tearoom?

holiday time!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

We have had a super busy year so far and it is not time to take a little break. Unfortunately as a small business it is tricky to remain open while staff take holidays so I hope  this doesn’t not cause you too much inconvenience.

We’ll be away from Tuesday 9th September until we reopen on Thursday 18th September.

I really look forward to seeing you on my return.

Pamela

 

it’s time… commonwealth games

Friday, 4 July 2014

You may or may not be aware that our lovely city, Glasgow, is hosting this year’s Commonwealth Games. There is a real buzz about the city. Everyone is talking about it with excitement or a little bit of worry…

I am excited about the games but I’m a so worried about the impact it will have on the little tearoom. Our street, Old Dumbarton Road will have parking restrictions which means that people who visit the tearoom by car will not be able to park nearby during the Games. I am also a little concerned about how I will get to work myself as it looks likely that I won’t be able to drive to work either!Kelvingrove Bandstand

On the other hand there will be literally thousands of spectators in the nearby bowling green and bandstand in Kelvingrove Park who hopefully are in the mood for cakes and loose leaf tea.

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To cope with the possible demand for cake and loose leaf tea we will be extending our opening hours. During the Games we will be open every day until 6pm.

I am hoping to find answers to my questions regarding parking etc next week otherwise you will find me in a little tent camped outside the tearoom as I haven’t found a way to get to and from work! :-)

time for a break…

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

We have had a busy wee year so far in the tearoom. Our recent tea dance event took quite a bit or organising and even though I loved every bit of it, I was planning it while still working full time in the tearoom so needless to say. I’m pretty pooped. I treated myself to Saturday off and took myself off glamping. On this trip I went to stay in a wee Summer house essentially at the bottom of a man’s garden. A  big garden you must understand. On a farm. Not a suburban garden. hat would be odd…

Next to our secluded little summer house was a duck pond and chicken coop. We couldn’t really have gotten closer to nature, comfortably that is. I thought I’d share some of my snaps with you. Of the summer house and the beautiful garden. I could’ve stayed all week…

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If you wanted to see more about the Summer Howf, you can have a look at their website here.

Are ye’ dancing?

Monday, 23 June 2014

We had a super day for our vintage tea dance yesterday. The sun was shining, the table was set for afternoon tea and all guests turned up ready to dance!

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The table was covered in the prettiest fabric, tea lights, flowers and all of my lovely china.

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The Overnewton Centre where we held our tea dance wasn’t the prettiest of places so we had to seriously dress it up with fabric, lots of fabric and bunting.

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Along with all of my china and linens i decanted all of the chairs from the tearoom to create the right look for the tea dance.

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It was a lot of fun styling the venue for the event. I loved arranging the flowers and setting the table.

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It wasn’t long before every one was on the dance floor!

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The dance floor was packed! Everybody was keen to learn some dance steps.

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Did I mention we served homemade lemonade on arrival?

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We had make up artists from Butterfly Medi Spa who created vintage styled make up for revelers.IMG_4119

Dancers Sam & Paul were great teaching the steps to each dance. The crowd wanted more so I don’t think this will be our last tea dance…

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i scream for ice cream!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Ice cream is one of my favourite foods and I love Summer when I can eat it daily. For breakfast if I like! From next week we will be stocking Cream O’Galloway ice cream. It is made in Scotland with milk from happy Scottish cows so that makes me happy to sell it in my little tearoom. I’m canvassing customers in the tearoom and on Facebook at the moment to finalise flavours. It is a tricky business especially when there are so many cakey inspired flavours. Pop over to Facebook to have your say.

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rag rug making workshop 7th june 2014

Do you ever wonder what to do with fabric scraps? I know I never throw mine out so I have bags of little pieces of fabric I don’t quite know what to do with. In this workshop you’ll find the very thing to do with such fabric, making a rag rug of course with Flora McPherson.

This full day workshop includes tools, equipment and refreshments. You should bring fabric scraps and remnants. Classes must be booked in advance and cost £40 per person. Click on the poster for a link to Flora’s website.

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This class will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across from tearoom) on 7th June 10am-4pm

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Join Addison from Glasgow Bead Box in Cushion & Cake too on Wednesday 21st & 28th May for beginners jewellery making classes. Addison makes her own jewellery under the name Freak Carousel and really knows her stuff.

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Classes are £12 each and include all materials to make something fabulous.

Classes will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across the road from the tearoom)

You can get in touch and book via her Facebook

we’re recruiting!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Hey folks, Cushion & Cake are recruiting for someone to work with us Tuesday – Saturday in the tearoom. The post will involve working alongside the owner serving customers, making food, baking, cleaning, all the things involved in working in a busy little tearoom! You may occasionally have to work alone too.

We are recruiting through the Commonwealth Jobs Fund at Glasgow City Council so to find out if you are eligible you can find out more and see the full vacancy details here:

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CommonwealthJobsFund

 

 

Vintage Tea Dance

Sunday, 27 April 2014

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The West End Festival is fast approaching and Cushion & Cake have planned a few little events as part of this year’s programme. We’re really excited to be hosting a vintage style tea dance on Sunday 22nd June from 2pm.

We have afternoon tea, music and professional dance teachers to teach you some simple dances such as the social foxtrot . There will be activities for little ones, stalls of vintage and handmade goodies and a stylist to do your hair and or/make up for the occasion.

The event will take place in the little Overnewton Centre in Yorkhill. It is just round the corner form the tearoom so super easy to find. It will be decorated in bunting, lots of bunting! I’d better get making…

Tickets for this event including afternoon tea are now sold out. You can still however purchase an ENTRY ONLY ticket where you can pop in, have a dance and buy some cake and lemonade from our stall.  An e ticket will be emailed to you for you to print at home.


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going glamping. again!

Friday, 11 April 2014

I can’t believe it is almost Easter. The year has gotten off to a very busy start for Cushion & Cake and I’ve noticed a definite change this year, my third year in business as a tearoom incidentally with lots more customers, getting busier every day. When work just keeps coming its hard to remember to take proper breaks. I thought I was really aware of when I needed to slow down but I’ve recently lost sight of this and have worked long hours and often 6 day weeks… so time for a treat. A bit of R&R and I found a great “glamping” site in Dumfries  Galloway. This is my second “glamping’ trip, the first being a stay in Roulotte Retreat in the Borders in 2012.

I can only manage an overnight at the moment so at the end of April, I’m going to stay in a little “pod” on Gorsebank Farm.

The pod is a simple little structure with beds inside, electricity and a stove. Some of the comforts your often miss with camping. What’s more is these little pods come with a hot tub! I plan to sit in the hot tub allllllllll evening to rest my tired legs after running around the tearoom.

I often look forward to having nothing to do. it is so rare that you can completely switch off from your work, particularly when you are self employed. I’ll gather up my favourite magazines, some music, some tasty treats, a cosy blanket with the fire pit roaring and I’ll be set for a restful night glamping.

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party facilitator posts

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Cushion & Cake are looking for a few crafty folk to help them facilitate hen dos, baby showers and parties.

Are you crafty, warm, funny and a good host? Do you enjoy facilitating or teaching crafts?

We need to hire a few folk to help us out on a Saturday (sometimes Sunday or evenings too) ad hoc to host our parties in our events space Cushion & Cake too.

You will be responsible for setting the space for a party, welcoming guests, assembling cake stands with our homemade treats, making tea and facilitating a craft activity.

You will also be responsible for clearing up after parties.

Cushion & Cake have tried and tested craft activities for large parties and training will be given in our techniques.

0 hour contract £7 per hour.

Interested? Drop us an email with a fun cover letter with your experience and why you’d like to get involved with Cushion & Cake:

tea@cushionandcake.com

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cute felt bunny tutorial

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Easter is fast approaching and I love to decorate with an Easter theme. I always put up my Easter tree complete with painted eggs and homemade fabric birds.

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I was having a look on the good ol’ internet for some Easter craft supplies when I came across this tutorial from Purple Petunia Life to make a little bunny. I’m a sucker for animals, particularly those of the small furry variety.

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With the best will in the world, I may not get round to making one of these but i think you should! You’ll find the tutorial here.

lavender’s blue

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

It is lovely to see friends doing well, and particularly so when they work so hard. A week or so ago a friend of mine Allie McCann and her flosristy business Lavender Blue won a lovely award at the Scottish Wedding Awards 2014. Allie and her team Jenna and Rosie took away Florist of the Year 2014. I was delighted for them.

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Allie opened her lovely florist shop about 6 months before I opened Cushion & Cake. I was passing her place one day and was drawn in when I saw the large blue painted dresser with colourful knobs and floral displays on. I went in and introduced myself to her. We’ve been friends since then.

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I  take a lot of advice from Allie not mention support. She works so hard and had made so many brides happy on their special day. She does all this in an ethical way. She shops for her flowers sensibly so that she doesn’t have to charge lots and lots of bridal bouquets. I really admire that and obviously her brides did too.

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I wish Allie more success this year and hope that Lavender Blue continues to grow and grow. Cheers Allie!

craftivism event

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Have you heard of Craftivism? If you haven’t, its about using craft as to tackle poverty and expose social injustice.  Sarah Corbett and the Craftivism Collective do this by facilitating workshops in embroidery and other crafts to spread the message that we all can make a difference.

Sarah Corbett of Craftivism Collective says:
For us, Craftivism is a form of ‘slow activism’, a reflective action which changes the participant as much as it does the world. It is passionate but polite, provocative but patient, drawing people to engage in discussion and debate rather than forcing it down people’s throat. Unlike some of the more traditional, extrovert forms of activism, craftivism is quietly beautiful, it is individual and it is effective.

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 “To expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art.”

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Cushion & Cake are hosting their Glasgow Craftivism event on Tuesday 18th March 2014. Read on for Sarah’s description of the workshop.

Craft helps us slow down & reflect. A piece of craft can also be a useful physical symbol to keep yourself motivated to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of embroidery whilst also learning how to be a change-maker & strive to be your best self, using your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will create a fabric footprint for you to keep and you will recieve support on what message to stitch on your footprint & suggestions of where to put it.

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Sarah will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism and the methods you can use. Based in London as one of the leading spokespeople in the contemporary craftivism movement, this is your chance to ask her lots of questions! Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together.

All materials are provided including footprint, thread, needles, pens, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project. Plus additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase after class (such as Sarah’s Little Book of Craftivism and other craftivism kits).

Level: Beginner
Teacher: Sarah Corbett
Course Length: 2 hours
Fee £15
Availability: 15 spaces in total

Fairtrade tea and biscuits will be provided. Booking can be found here…

how do you eat your cream tea?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

In the tearoom we’ve always had tea. We’ve always had scones but for some reason, we’d never offered them as a classic cream tea. This is about to change. I’ve stocked up on clotted cream and jam and I’ve just eaten one for my lunch and can recommend them enormously!2014-02-25 14.22.13

The cream tea or Cornish/Devonshire as the name suggests originated in Devonshire and is traditionally a scone served with clotted cream and strawberry jam with tea and milk. There are many schools of though on how you should eat your scone but generally it is spit in half with the cream on both halves with jam on top.

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We don’t mind how you eat your scone but would encourage you to come and experiment the various methods and at £3.50, this is a super afternoon  treat.

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new tricks

Monday, 24 February 2014

The tearoom has got off to a great start this year. We have been super busy so that means long hours for me and a 6 day working week. It’s great but I feel like I’m only ever in the tearoom or at home for a little while before I collapse and drag myself of to bed…

I met someone in the tearoom last week who inspired me to try something new. She was a teacher of the hula hoop of all things. I instantly saw myself doing it. A big shiny hoop, dancing around to music. Could there be potential for costumes too? I’m in!

She left me her business card and it turns out she teaches just down the road from my house so there is no excuse for me not to go so this Thursday I’m going to my first hula hoop class at Stakkato Blue. I’ll let you know how I get on.