Take a tour of Huffkins Stratford upon Avon!

Check out our brand new video tour of our newest location in Stratford upon Avon! We're on Bridge Street, opposite M & S, just around the corner from the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company making us perfect for a pre-theatre afternoon tea! This historic market town, renowned as the birth place of Shakespeare has so much to offer with over 800 years of history packed into its beautiful streets. Definitely one to put on the day-trip list if you haven't already!

Huffkins Chocoholics Anonymous...3 tips for a better chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake. It's usually the first thing I think of in the morning, and it frequently occupies my mind when I'm in bed trying to go to sleep. If this is also something with which you are also currently suffering, please see below tips for the perfect chocolate cake...

  1. DARK NOT SWEET. The core of any good chocolate cake should be achieving a real depth of chocolatey flavour. Use an unsweetened cocoa powder or a high quality melted dark chocolate to get proper chocolate depth. Sweetness can be introduced into the batter in a number of other ways, so make real chocolate flavour & depth the first & only focus of the chocolate ingredients.
  2. TAKE YOUR TIME. Although it can be tempting to serve up your cake as soon as it's decorated, you'll get a better flavour by leaving it covered for 24 hours before eating. Flavours take some time to fully mature in cake (our fruitcakes take 3 months to properly mature), so try make the cake slightly in advance if you can.
  3. A PINCH OF SALT. Added to the batter early on can really help to bring out flavour & depth in the cake. Be sure to add it early in the process as seasoning benefits from time to develop & mature flavour.

Whilst I can't promise that the above tips are 100% effective for preventing dreams about chocolate cake, they should at least help to ensure that your chocolatey dreams don't turn the corner into cocoa-based nightmares... Visit us at one of our 5 locations in the Cotswolds to sample our Chocolate Tuck Shop Gâteau (pictured).

p.s. We're delighted to collaborate with local production company GTN Productions to create our videos and can thoroughly recommend them!