Monday, March 10, 2014

Tea and Cake

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I made a carrot cake for our granddaughter's birthday dinner on the weekend although her birthday isn't until next week.
Usually I'll use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer but decided to pull out the Hamilton Beach hand mixer.  I love this kitchen toy, for it snaps together for easy storage.



Do you use a hand mixer?  Clean up is quicker with just a couple of attachments, isn't it?
The six inch carrot cake with an "M" for Mia.  Oh yes, and lavender frosting...my hand automatically reaches for the container of purple.
The last piece of cake went home with Mia so a gingerbread biscuit and cup of rooibos is my afternoon treat.
I'm linking with:
Please join my hosts and their guests for tea.

41 comments:

  1. What a sweet carrot cake for Mia and with your signature color!! I love it, Judith. Your tea and sweet cookie look like a perfect nosh for your treat. xo

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  2. I don't even know if we have a hand mixer anymore! We use a big stand mixer from time to time.

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  3. That mixer is a winner how clever to have the storage included. Cake looks yummy. It's rainy (yay) and cold here today so a warm cup of tea will be welcome.

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  4. I know Mia must have loved her cake! So adorable, and to have her grandma make it is extra special. Love the teacup you shared with your teacup cookie! (Gosh, my handheld mixer is so old, it doesn't have those nice paddles or the case!). Thanks for the visit today, and I would love to see a card you make next time,that would be a treat!

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  5. That was a lovely cake for Mia, I'm sure it was all eaten up. I tried some Rooibos vanilla tea last week ... not a bad blend at all.

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  6. Oh, my little Mia would love that frosting...for sure! Great convenient mixer too...:)JP

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  7. Pretty cake! I noticed the color. :-) I only have a hand mixer and it's ancient and has two beaters only…oh yes it has a one beater for mixing a drink or milkshake but not even sure where that is. I am pretty sure this is vintage--probably 40 years old. But it works so well!

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  8. I have never seen a hand mixer like that. I do use one and wish it had a place to keep all the extras. The cake looks delicious.

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  9. such a cute little cake. I love jelly beans!! I've never owned a stand mixer, so it's always been a hand mixer for me. So easy, and I've never missed not having anything else. Lavender frosting seems so spring-like!

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  10. Carrot cake with lavender icing ... so you! :D I bet it was delicious and Mia loved it. My hand mixer died long ago ... probably why I don't bake much anymore! Lovely tea cup -- enjoy the gingerbread biscuit! Happy Tea Day!

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  11. Such a pretty color! It's hard to make that shade!

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  12. Happy Birthday to Mia and what a cute carrot cake, lavender icing and all! I bet she loved it. That is a pretty teacup, Judith, and your gingerbread teapot looks yummy. Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy your week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. Oh that looks YUMMY ! I love a cuppa tea with a sweet treat ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  14. Carrot cake and lavender icing that does sound good.
    Merle.................

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  15. Hi Judith!
    Your carrot cake looks so pretty with the lavender frosting. I got a hand mixer for a wedding gift but it's long gone now. I think it was a sunbeam. Have a great week.
    ~Clara

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  16. What a cute cake! I am sure your granddaughter loved it. I only use my hand mixer for whipped cream and mashed potatoes.

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  17. I haven't had a hand mixer in years but am thinking I would like one to keep from getting out the big stand mixer every time I make a cake. Love the cheerful jelly bean decorations on Mia's cake!

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  18. How lovely. Mia is a lucky girl!

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  19. Wow you are in the 21st century. That is a beautiful machine. In addition your china is so special. Have a great St Paddy's Day.

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  20. Lol! I know what you mean about reaching for a favorite color! I don't have a fancy mixer like yours, just a more simple...and a lot older...electric mixer. Your cake looks fabulous! Well done! Love the little tiara!
    Ruth

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  21. Hi Judith, so glad you dropped by to say hello. Have you received your parcel yet? I'm so anxious for it to arrive and know what you think.

    The carrot cake looks yummy and your afternoon treat is looks just as delicious. Hugs...Carole

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  22. Great color for your cake! Hope she had a wonderful birthday. Blessings, Martha

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  23. Great color for your cake! Hope she had a wonderful birthday. Blessings, Martha

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  24. what a sweet and pretty cake! Love the color! And me---I wouldn't trade my little hand mixer for anything!! LOL

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  25. You are so creative. How nice she got to take home a small cake. It's very pretty. I have never bought anything but the hand mixer. Don't have countertop room for anything more anyway but as you say, they are way more cleanup.
    Cher

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  26. Lovely cake made for your granddaughter. Fit for a princess. Valerie

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  27. It's been quite a while since I've enjoyed a delicious piece of carrot cake. The one you made for your granddaughter is fun with the lavender icing and jelly bean decorations. As for mixers, I have an hand one.

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  28. I use my hand mixer when I am in our FL home because I don't have a stand mixer there. Your cake looks delicious! Happy birthday to your lucky granddaughter....Christine

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  29. Hey, all I have is the hand mixer ;) I don't have space for anything larger. Love the little carrot cake ... what a lucky granddaughter, and Happy Birthday to Mia (next week!). Wendy x

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  30. Lovely little cake! I really like that snap together hand-mixer. Very clever!!

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  31. A very pretty cake, Judith. And the tea with a cookie is perfect. Happy Tea Day.

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  32. Lovely cake and I do like a handheld mixer. Yours looks especially handy, too.

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  33. The lavender cake is precious, and made for your granddaughter makes it even more special. No cake left for you ? However, the cookie seems perfect to accompany a nice hot cup of tea. Happy birthday to Mia !

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  34. What a pretty carrot cake with the lavender frosting! Beautiful teacup, too! I don't know why, but I prefer my hand mixer to our large kitchenaid mixer. Hubby does prefer the large one when he bakes!
    Nancy

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  35. Hi Judith,
    Your tea time is so lovely today. The teacup is very pretty and the cake looks delicious. I must make lavender icing sometime. Have a wonderful week!
    Karen

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  36. First of all - pass the cake. I haven't seen a mixer like that - very interesting. Lovely posting and great cake! Healthy too - eat those carrots!

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  37. I love the color of that beautiful cake! Your entire blog is beautiful. I've been blog hopping but I'm pretty sure I arrived here via Artful Affirmations! Have a beautiful, blissful day!

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  38. Mia's cake looks lovely, Judith. On the theme of the color lavender, the latest Country Gardens magazine has an article on cooking with/using violets and even talks about making a violet syrup which can be used as food coloring as well as to impart flavor to lemonade, etc. I don't know if Country Gardens is available in your area, but I want to let you know that Larry Conrad's garden will be featured in an upcoming issue - probably the next issue.
    Hugs, Beth

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  39. oh the cake looks delicious. i love the tiara. so cute. ( :

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  40. Happy Birthday to Mia! The cake looks delicious. I love carrot cake.. The mixer is different, I never seen one like that. Cool. Have a happy day and weekend!

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