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Published October 27th 2012
Teatime in Twickenham for Cupcakes and Cuppas
Sweetie Pies (Logo Courtesy of Rebecca)
It's quite a few months since I last visited Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery in Church Street, Twickenham, but I've been following the business's progress on Facebook and have enjoyed watching Rebecca's creativity with cakes and sugar craft.
Outside Sweetie Pies (Picture Courtesy of Rebecca)
She bakes and decorates in her kitchen in Staines as the shop is not large enough to house the kind of working area she needs. Her business partner, Elyes, takes care of things in Twickenham, and he explained that Rebecca is self-taught and was selling her wares online before establishing the Church Street shop in 2010. They are extremely particular about what is sold in the shop and what goes into their cakes and make a point of selecting high quality produce. Nothing artificial is allowed, and most of their ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. Teas sold and served are all loose-leaf, and there are further options of decaffeinated coffee, soya milk and gluten free cakes.
Inside Sweetie Pies: Smile and Say Hello (Picture Courtesy of Rebecca)
Afternoon tea is very much a traditional occasion. Everything is served on or in pretty delicate china plates and cups, and the teapot is accompanied by a tea strainer and an egg timer so that you know when the cuppa is brewed. Rebecca's trademark cupcakes are available, as are slices of homemade cakes and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam. The take-away mini cupcakes cost £5 for 6, but are also available in larger quantities. They are themed throughout the year, depending on the occasion. I was even told that they provide Guinness cakes when there are rugby matches at the local Twickenham Stadium. It wouldn't be fair to ignore the big boys, would it?
My Afternoon Tea at Sweetie Pies
Sweetie Pies caters for all ages. They are open five days a week, and the shop is available for hosting parties for both adults and/or children after closing time and on Sundays. When the weather is fine partygoers can spill out into the pretty courtyard garden at the back of the shop.
Two Happy Sweetie Pies Customers
The shop has a feminine ethos, but you can go bigger than cupcakes. Speciality and wedding cakes can be made to order and Christmas Cakes are currently in production for those of us who don't have time for soaking their vine fruits in booze, hanging around the kitchen while the cakes bake, and are not as creative with the icing sugar as Rebecca.
Mini Cupcakes in a Pink Egg Box
If you're still not convinced, take a look at the shop's Facebook page for an idea of what you might find when you visit Church Street, and don't forget to sign the Visitors' Book when you visit. If you hurry along any time until Halloween, you could treat yourself to a spooky cupcake, and if you're wearing your outfit, you'll be entered into the Creepy Costume Competition.
Halloween Cupcakes (Picture Courtesy of Sweetie Pies' Facebook Page)