When you go down by the sea for some serious bellyboarding it is always a good idea to bring a cake or two 😉 So that is what we did when heading to the festival at Hollywell Bay in Cornwall. It was a very special event organized by Sally an John who did a marvellous job on getting everyone together for some fun in the waves. Having only watched the surfing for the last couple of years we were now keen to enter the competition.

Photo credit: John Isaac

Surfing always makes us hungry – so the cake was a real and well deserved treat. 

on the menu: iced bakewell tarte



tarte or slices ( 2 x 23 cm square non-stick baking tins)

  • 1/2 pack ready made shortcrust pastry
  • 4-5 large tbsp blackberry jam (homemade)
  • 250 g unsalted cornish butter, softend
  • 250 g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

always the best bit: the icing of the cake 🙂


  • 300 g icing sugar
  • lime juice
  • water



Preheat the oven to 190° and line the bottom of the baking tins with a sheet of baking paper. To make things easier – after all we are on holiday – we cheated and used shop-bought ready made pastry, but you can also make it from scratch. Roll out the pastry till it is about 3 to 4 millimeters thick and blind bake it for 20 minutes. Then remove the baking beans and bake for a further 4-5 minutes until golden brown.


Take the pastry base out of the oven. When it is cooled down cover it with some homemade blackberry jam.

Turn down the heat of the oven to 160°.

Now cream together butter and caster sugar until it is well combined. Add in the eggs, ground almonds, plain flour, baking powder and a pinch of sea salt. Then pour the cake mixture over the pastry and jam and bake in the centre of the oven for around 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown. You will smell when its ready 😉 Leave to cool before finally adding the icing.

For the icing put the sugar into a bowl and add enough water and a large squeeze of lime juice. Stir everything together until it forms a stiff paste. The mixture should not be too runny so it sits firmly on the cake. Spread the icing over the cake – which obviously made us amazingly happy (see above) 😉 Leave to set and enjoy at the beach.


To sum it up: For a first try our bakewell tarte was bloody good 🙂 Definitly a winner! We’ll make it again. It was the perfect treat for a great festival. Thanks to Sally and John for organizing such a fabulous event. We will be back next year 😉

Happy wife – happy life 🙂

views of the day: down by the sea festival 2016
Classic vehicles arrived…
…than the World Vintage Picnic Contest kicked in…
The man with the hardest job of the day: testing the picnic food 😉DBTS-2016-09 DBTS-2016-10
🙂 some really go the extra mile for a nice shot 🙂
It was lovely meeting you, Alison! Big hug, xxx 🙂
If you love the stuff you see above, buy it here online!  
…and than we all went down by the sea…
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