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Rocking The Retro!

A classic vintage style with vibrant colours luscious curves, how could you not love a bit of retro.

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Rocking The Retro!

Romantic Meal
  • alentine’s Day Lamb, Squash and Apricot Tagine
  • Ice Cream Heart Cakes
  • Popcorn Balls

Romantic Meal

Perfect for a romantic night in!

Make it extra special for that special someone with some of these tantalising and easy to prepare recipes.

Recipes below

Romantic Recipes

Lamb, Squash & Apricot Tagine

Preparing a romantic meal? Then our Lamb, Squash and Apricot Tagine is well worth the wait.

Moreish exotic spices and fruity flavours compliment the slow cooked lamb that will just melt in your mouth perfectly.

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Ice Cream & Chocolate Heart Cakes

Finish up with a dessert that truly says romance - Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream and Chocolate Heart Cakes.

Homemade tastes amazing but if you use store bought Ice cream and cake mix - we won’t tell if you don’t - just use the good stuff!

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Popcorn balls

Simple night infront of the the box with your favourite film and loved one or all the family?

Then our delicious, sticky and chew Romantic Popcorn balls will be right up your street.

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Pineapple & cherry upside-down sandwich cake

Pineapple & cherry upside-down sandwich cake


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round cake tins and line bases and sides with baking parchment. Scatter the 2 tbsp sugar in the base of one of the tins.
  2. Measure 100ml of pineapple juice into a big mixing bowl. Pat dry 3 pineapple rings with kitchen paper and halve. Arrange in the sugared tin with the glacé cherries.
  3. Add the melted butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and eggs to the pineapple juice, and beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins.
  4. Bake for 30 mins or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean. Leave for 5 mins, then turn out the cakes onto a wire rack, peel off the parchment and cool.
  5. Spread the jam over the cooled sponge without the pineapple. Whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla until thick, then spoon over the jam. Gently sit the pineapple sponge on top, and dust with a little icing sugar.

Shopping List

  • 250g pack butter, melted, plus a knob to grease
  • 250g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 3 glacé cherries, halved
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • little icing sugar, for dusting
  • For the filling
  • 6 tbsp cherry jam
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

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Tea party
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Tea party

Throw a "Mad Hatter" tea party for all your family and friends, just don't forget to invite Alice, the Hatter, and the Cheshire cat!

No vintage tea party would be complete without a 'Devonshire Scone' with strawberry jam and a good dollop of clotted cream.

Milkshakes galore

Milkshakes galore

Thick, creamy with a fruity surprise, drizzled in sauce, whipped cream and cherry on the top - need we go on?

It must be the good old fashioned American Diner Milkshake.

Add a good 3 or 4 scoops of ice cream, some tasty flavours, top up with milk and blend all it all up. Serve in a chilled thick glass and adorn with whipped cream and any other nicety that takes your fancy - a true heavenly delight.

For an extra special treat just add 1 - 2 tablespoon of malted milk powder for a real full bodied taste.

Retro kitchen

Retro kitchen

Create your own retro haven with bold colours and polka dot patterns.

We have curated a range of products, DIY tips, and inspirational images that will get your retro ideas flowing.

  • Floral print or Polka Dot fabrics add a country feel
  • Enameled pots and pans become a feature and not something to hide the cupboard
  • Proudly display your beaten up tins as this adds to the charm
  • Change your kitchen door handles for glass or tarnished silver / gold cup pulls for a 50’s touch
  • Distress - worn furniture (through age or by choice) adds to the look
Check out our inspiration board

Sponge image - Posted by Swan Winner Julia Costello

Little rays of sunshine

If it’s good enough for a Queen, then it’s good enough for us!

This tea time treat originally earned it’s name after Queen Victoria who loved to have a slice of the sponge with her afternoon tea. Traditionally put together with Raspberry jam and cream, the Victoria Sandwich recipe is a sure classic.

For a different take on this satisfying sponge, try changing the filling to lemon or orange curd for a citrus twist.

This recipe was introduced to the Tips section of our website thanks to the inspirational sponge’s created by Julia Costello (see image - left) - winner of the Swan 4-in-1 Cake Shop.

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