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Time for Tea

by Makiko Searle


Find out how to make a tiered display of edible vintage teacups, cupcakes and a matching teapot

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A cupcake tower is a popular choice of centrepiece at any party, and would make a great talking point at a wedding or afternoon tea. The traditional and contemporary combine in this beautiful tower of vintage-style edible teapot and teacups, which can be served as gifts or favours to your guests.


  1. Tea Set Preparation
    Create the cups, saucers and teapot handle and spout using pastillage a day ahead.
  2. Teapot and Teacups
    Find out how to cover the teapot and teacup cakes with sugarpaste and decorate them using dust food colours.
  3. Cupcakes
    Cover the cupcakes with fondant icing and decorate them with piped royal icing and sugar roses.
  4. Butterflies
    Learn how to make the butterflies so they keep their shape.
  5. Cake Stand
    Discover how to make your own three-tier cake stand for a fabulous display.

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Featured in Spring 2009 issue

Project by Makiko Searle

Makiko Searle

author of Time for Tea

Makiko Searle is one of the UK’s leading names in wedding cake design. Her professional skills as a cake maker combined with a unique creative style have earned Maki a reputation for creating truly stunning and original designs. Maki began her career as a pastry chef in Tokyo then moved to England to improve her skills by taking a sugarcraft course at Brooklands College. She later worked at the prestigious Great Fosters Hotel, Surrey, and at the acclaimed Mandarin Oriental Hotels in London and Tokyo. Since completing her sugarcraft course, Maki has been awarded with several medals from many competitions. She currently runs Maki’s Cakes, a cake design company in Surrey which produces unusual and exquisite cakes for all occasions. She is the author of Cakes to Fall in Love With (B. Dutton Publishing).