Our new YouTube Chef Recipe Series is perfect for entertaining guests.
Afternoon Tea or High Tea is the perfect indulgent treat to be enjoyed with family and friends. With a selections of sweet and savoury bites, will without a doubt impress your guests.
We have teamed up with Master Pastry Chef – Shane Smith to bring you our Afternoon Tea series. Our series will cover pastry, scones, cakes and no bakes. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to watch our series.
In our fourth and final episode Shane will cover cakes. You will learn how to make Carrot & Cardamom Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream and Lemon & Lavender Drizzle Cakes.
If you missed any of our episodes make sure to check out our YouTube channel or our Food TV section.
Carrot cake is a classic, but Shane Smith’s twist on this baked treat is delicious! His recipe is gluten free, which changes this cake from a lighter sponge to a moreish slice, and is flavoured with a pinch of cardamom which adds a lovely floral note. Each slice is finished off with tangy cream cheese frosting and you can decorate however you choose. Chopped nuts, grated carrot, edible flowers, the choice is yours. To make this delicious treat suitable for coeliacs, make sure to use a gluten free baking powder.
Shane Smith takes a lemon drizzle cake to another level, making it fitting for an afternoon tea, by infusing the syrup with delicate lavender. These mini cakes are moist and flavourful and can be simply decorated with fresh berries or topped with whipped cream or buttercream. If you don’t have savarin tins, you can simply make these in a cupcake tin for neat individual portions.
Master Pastry Chef, Shane Smith has over 20 years’ experience working in some of the world’s most celebrated pastry kitchens across the globe.
Shane’s love of culinary arts started at a young age and he was inspired by his two grandmothers and mum who were all avid home bakers. At the age of 16, he began his first job as a Commis Chef at a local hotel, where his love of cooking was cemented. The aspiring chef began his formal training at Killybeg’s Tourism College in Donegal, and went on to graduate with a Degree in Culinary Arts, specialising in Pastry, from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Shane considers himself very lucky to have spent the past two decades in a career that fulfills him on a daily basis, experimenting with seasonal ingredients and methods, developing new recipes and pushing his creativity to produce exquisite pastries that are sculptural, beautiful and delicious. Today his culinary repertoire and technical skills are second to none and Shane is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of Pastry Chefs.
Over the years Shane has received numerous awards in recognition for his work, including “Best Bakery Manager in Ireland” and “Top 10 Pastry chefs in Ireland” by Food & Wine magazine. He can also be found cooking up a storm at some of Ireland’s most prestigious food festivals. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Food & Wine magazine and other national publications. He also writes a monthly baking column for the Anglo Celt newspaper in his hometown of County Cavan.
Shane holds regular cookery segments on RTÉ & Virgin Media Ireland where he can be seen bringing his natural flare and love for all things sweet to the nation’s homes.
Make sure to follow Shane on his own social media channels.