Going out for afternoon tea can be quite expensive, so why not make your own? I managed to get all of the ingredients that I needed for just over £20 (with plenty of ingredients left to do lots more baking!). Everything I baked here I had never made before, so if you aren't the best baker it doesn't matter!
No afternoon tea is complete without scones! A traditional plain scone with sweet strawberry jam and clotted cream sounds delicious, but why not mix it up a bit and go for something savory like cheese scones? Next up are the delicate sandwiches, either cut into slices or neat little triangles with the fillings of your choice. My favourites for afternoon tea are cheese, ham and cream cheese with cucumber.
Making the desert is the most fun part and this is where you can really show off your creativity. Cakes, cheesecake, petit fours, macarons... anything goes! I baked a deliciously light and fluffy Victoria sponge cake layered with vanilla cream and chunky strawberries. The best thing about making a big cake is that there will be plenty of leftovers! The salted caramel chocolate cheesecake was made by my boyfriend, I think the grated chocolate star on the top gives it such a pretty touch. Accompany your afternoon tea with a selection of teas or a hot chocolate if you prefer and enjoy.
I can now tick make my own afternoon tea off my 25 before 25 list! What's your favourite part of afternoon tea? Will you have a go at making your own?