The thought of afternoon tea often makes me laugh. It really isn’t much to do with the tea, its just that it reminds me of when I was a Girl Guide. You see I was working towards getting one of those prized badges that guides and brownies wear on their uniform. I was being examined on my abilities as a Hostess.
This test involved going to the examiners house and cooking something to serve for afternoon/morning tea with a cup of tea or coffee. The table, another point where it was possible to score points, had to be perfectly set. At 12 I was quite proficient at rock cakes and scones, but my skills as a Hostess were under developed .
Every kid was scared of this lady, she wore dark horn rimmed glasses and no little girl smile nor shy nervous mistakes could melt her heart . I wanted to get in and get out. Mum waited in the car whilst I walked up to the front door and knocked. After small chitchat I was shown the kitchen , where I was supposed to snap into professional Hostess mode and whip up morning tea. This quite surprisingly was done with efficiency, beautiful rock cakes, the table set and the tea made. At this point I hightailed it back to the car. Sitting in the saftey of my mothers car I duely ignored the quiet chat my Mother and the examiner were having.
Only the next week, back at Girl Guide head quarters , I was told I had failed my Hostess badge. I didn’t sit with the examiner and have tea. A hostess must be able to sit and chat and share tea and pleasantries with the company ( sounds a bit Geisherish??). So do you know what happened………? Yes, I had to go back and do it again, I sat there with that scary lady and had tea and rock cakes, before I shot out of that house like a bullet out of a gun. My hard won badge was one I was particularly proud of.
I got the idea for these little tea cups when I saw them in a Cafe. I thought they would be fun for a little girl that I know. Her Mum has asked me to make a cake for her, as she is leaving her school and going to another. I have made a giant chocolate cake and a whole cake box full of these Tiny Party Cups biscuits.
Tiny Party Cups and Saucers for kids
- 1 packet iced biscuits such as venetian, tick tocks or hundreds and thousands biscuits.
- 100 gm freckles chocolate candies with hundreds and thousands
- 1 packet lifesavers candies with a whole in the centre
- 1 packet marshmallows 1 bite size, white or pink
- 225 gm pure icing sugar sifted (1cup)
- 1 whole egg white
- 2 drops Pink food colour
- 1 piping bag and tube
- Putting these together is easy. All you need to do is make the edible glue that holds them together.
- Put 1/2 the egg white in a bowl and begin mixing in the icing sugar until you have a firm but loose sugar paste.( use more sifted icing sugar if necessary).
- Add some food colouring and put the sugar paste into a piping bag with a number 2 tube ( or into a hand made paper tube with a small opening).
- Using this glue attach each element to the biscuits using half a lifesaver for each tiny cup handle. These will dry quite firm and can be transported easily.