Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FABBY: Pewter Tea Set and Carrot Cake

Hello sweet friends!

          This tea table is inspired by my vintage "Royal-Holland Pewter Tea set" and the delicious 'Carrot Cake with cream cheese Icing' I made for my friend's mother who came to visit her from the capital, Quito.

Her mother was ninety just a few days ago.

So, before I take the cake to my real good friend's house, Myriam, I thought I set a table with some antiques and a few different tea cups and not a 'complete set' for a change.

Ok, with that said, here it is, hope you like it.



Antique "Royal-Holland Pewter" tea set with a pretty tray. I decided to take it out of storage and set a table with it for a change.
I've seen lots of them displayed in magazines lately, specially in a couple of Victoria's I have.

'Walnut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese icing.'

(The recipe is at the end of this post.)


The sterling hot tea, 'Samovar' is a treasure heirloom from turn of the 20th. century; that belonged to my Fil's grandmother. Samovars originated in Russia a few centuries ago.

 A few of my tea cups, saucers and cake plates...I chose not to place a complete set of teacups, for a change.


The sterling serving cake spatula was my Mil's and as you can see, her initials are engraved, as she was Eulalia de Crespo, thus the 'E. de C.'

I love the idea of the different tea cups and saucers. I think I will do this for a 'real' tea party one day! 

I love the lace border on the Dutch vintage pewter tea set...and to think that more than a century ago, pewter used to be "the poor man's silver!" 

Almost a year ago for our Anniversary I received some lovely antique things from Alejandro and one is this pretty vintage white 'French Opaline' flower vase I love. 

 Organza cut work table topper.

Antique French Opaline flower vase. A gift from hubby for last year's Anniversary. 


These are Vintage Dutch, we bought them three years ago in the European Antique shop and we took the 'Duncan Phyfe' we had before, to use in the kitchen nook.

Like I said before; I've been seeing them in magazines the kind of dark pewter pieces, like my "Antique Royal-Holland, Real Pewter "tea set, as I've noticed some of you have them too.

 Therefore, I decided to keep it displayed in the Antique Belgium buffet, along with my other silver things, instead of in the pantry closet!

Walnut Delicious Carrot Cake

2 cups all purpose-flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups fine shredded carrot
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts  (optional)

In a bowl of the K. Aid, or electric mixer of your choice, combine flour, bp, bs, and cinnamon.
Add carrot, oil, coarse walnuts and eggs. Beat until very well combined.

Pour into one bundt cake, like I did, or two greased and floured 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
 Bake at 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or check your oven, or when tooth pick inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean.

Let it cool 10 minutes in pan and remove. Let cool completely before putting the cream-cheese frosting on it.

Cream-Cheese Frosting

2-3 ounces packages cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
2 tsps vanilla
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted powder sugar  (this amount is perfect for the filling too, but ONLY for icing, just on the top; I make less of the amount the recipe asks for)

 In a bowl beat together all ingredients, until light and fluffy. Check to see if it's of spreading consistency.
Spread on top of cake, or use for the filling of two cake layers and on top as well.

Garnish with some walnuts like in the photo.

Thanking you sweet and kind friends for all the comments you leave me, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties each week.


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Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

I will be participating in Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

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  1. Fabby- What fun to see the different patterns of cups and saucers you have. I love them and that VASE!!! Oh-that vase is beautiful. I am glad you set a table for us before you whisked that wonderful cake off to share with friends.

    Blessings to you- xo Diana

  2. Wow... You definitely wowed me. Such beauty. I love the different patterns together and your vase is breath taking. Your tablescapes are always beautiful. Some day Fabby I am going to have one set of beauties myself. You have definitely inspired me. The cake looks yummy too.

  3. Love the way you arrange the cups, saucers, and dessert plates in the different patterns. Pewter is a warm addition to your table. Strange, but here in South Carolina Eulalie is a popular name for both genders.

  4. I want to come to teatime at your house! You always have the prettiest tea table and the most delicious treats.

  5. Hola, querida Fabby. I, too, love to use my mix of old tea cups (the last time was for a baby shower, but before blogging days). Your mix is lovely! And your tea set--I "need" a tea set (don't you agree that I "need" one??), and can't decide if I want a silver one or a pewter one (or one of each would solve my dilemma)!! Your cake looks delicious, Fabby. Thanks for sharing. ~Zuni

  6. Fabby:
    Your table looks so lovely as does your cake. I imagine it was delicious!

  7. Love the casual style of mix and match, you do it with such charm!!! But, you had me when I saw the cake...oh, yum!!!

  8. What a beautiful table setting. I particularly am intrigued by all the patterns of teacups and saucers.

    I'm sure the mother of your friend enjoyed the cake. It sounds (and looks) yummy!

  9. Dearest Fabby,
    You make me very happy with your partly Dutch tea table setting! Those vintage Daalderop tea sets on their gallery tray bring back such fond memories of the 60s as they were very popular then. You have the most unique pieces and keep them all so well.
    Happy Birthday to your friend Myriam's Mother. Again a similarity as my dear Mom just turned 90 as well!
    Thank for sharing this in your excellent styling à la Fabby! You would be able to create perfect photos for any magazine including Victoria.

  10. I love antique collections and was taken away seeing yours, dear Fabby. And all your tea cups are so beautiful!! I think the carrot cake would've impressed your friend's family a lot :) It looks yummy with all the icing on it :).

  11. Everything is so elegant ! Homemade carrot cake is DELICIOUS!

  12. Oh my Fabby, your tea looks so pretty and I love that carrot cake. It looks delicious. Gorgeous pewter set and they are so hard to find. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. What fun Fabby, love the tea set and the mix up of cups & saucers! I've pinned your carrot cake, it looks divine, thank you!

  14. A wonderful tea setting! Love your pewter, and your cups are lovely. Carrot cake is a favorite, ans yours is so decorative! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  15. the cake looks absolutely delectable and I love, love the way you mixed up your tea sets! So fun!

  16. Fabby, I love your table set with different teacups! Three of them I absolutely LOVE! The tablecloth is gorgeous and carrot cake with cream cheese icing; yum! A lovely and delectable post, my friend. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Have a beautiful day.


  17. What a lovely tea setting! Your carrot cake would draw anyone to the table! lol! That is a delicious looking dessert!
    Your pewter tray does have a wonderful decorative edge. It really makes it extra lovely.

  18. Everything is beautiful, as always, Fabby!!! I love your antique pewter tea set, it is lovely!! Using the different pattern cups and saucers was a good idea, it made the table more colorful!! That vase is gorgeous and the flowers are, too!! AND the cake...yummy!! You made it all go together just great!!
    Love, Francy

  19. What a sweet (haha!) setting, Fabby. The mismatched teacups and saucers are so charming. That cake looks wonderful and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Hi Fabby
    I saw your lovely tea cups on Mrs Olsons link party and I came over to say hello and tell you how beautiful those cups are. I would love a slice of that walnut cake. Have a wonderful afternoon.

  21. Oh dear Fabby, I love pewter and your tea service is so pretty. How lucky that you have the Samovar. Isn't it exquisite? Using the different patterns of teacups adds such charm. I, of course, would choose the red transferware one!!! Your cake looks divine and I'm wishing for a slice of its heavenly goodness right now. xo

  22. Fabby,
    What an elegant, ladies tea buffet, dear friend!!!
    I agree that this is a lovely setting for your next Ladies Tea!!! Celebration is the first thought that came to my mind in your first photo!
    The choice of florals and their hue are stunning in your antique vase!!!
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous tablescape and the recipe for the Carrot Cake!

  23. Fabby, thanks for coming over and following me. I am already following you. The carrot cake looks delicious, how wonderful to celebrate a 90th birthday. Love the cutwork tablecloth and the engraved cake server, too.

  24. How fun to mismatch the tea sets. We hold a Mother's Tea at our church every year. Many of us bring our different teacups and saucer sets and blend them together on the tables. It always looks so charming. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week! ~Deborah

  25. That cake looks tasty, and all of your tea sets are so pretty. I love the mix-and-match look. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
    History & Home link party, Tue-Fri, weekly

  26. Fabby, I love the look you've created, with all the different teacups! So much more interesting than if you'd used all matching cups! The cake looks delicious!

  27. Fabby, I love Pewter and your tea set is gorgeous! It really is at home on the buffet, so elegant. Love your pretty table, so fresh and spring like with the white airy cloth and teacups and saucers. Would love to sit and sip tea with you. That cake is amazing. I'm sure it made your friend's mom feel very special...........

  28. A nice way to share tea or coffee with family or friend.

  29. Fabby, your pewter set is so pretty. I love pewter! Your cake looks beautiful, too.

    I love your collections, but more importantly I enjoy seeing how you actually use them. It's always fun to see how you put your lovely tablescapes together!

    I hope everyone is well in your household.


  30. I don't know which cup & saucer is my favorite...they are all so gorgeous! I love your cake presentation ...so much prettier than the normal layered carrot cake...looks yummy! Hugs, Penny

  31. Lovely tea sets and yummy cake! Great post!

  32. Fabby, Oh my goodness that cake looks delicious! I love the cutout tablecloth you used. Thanks for sharing!


  33. Once again, you've set a lovely table! I love your use of different tea cups! The cake looks delicious, too!!

  34. Fabby, your pewter tea set is lovely! I like how you have a circle of assorted teacups and saucers. Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. I don't make it very often. Thinking I need to. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Fabby, everything looks so elegant and inviting! I, myself, prefer to have a mix of different crockery/china at my table and rarely set it with an entire set of one patter. This way, everyone is treated to their own unique set. It just makes everything looks so much more eclectic and interesting! Your carrot cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.


  36. Fabby carrot cake is one of my favorites and I know YOURS must be delicious..YUMMY!! I like it when there is LOTS of cream cheese frosting:):) Your Pewter is gorgeous.. always a classic. Have a wonderful weekend ahead! xxleslie


  37. Thank you so much adorable Fabby to leave such an encouraging comment for my label.I am so happy and glad you liked the collections.It's always wonderful to hear from you.Your creations are gorgeous as ever and been a inspiration.Thank you for your love.Hugs...sujatha...:):)

  38. Beautiful tablescape and lovely carrot cake. Youre making me hungry! Have a nice weekend. xo Nancy

  39. Everything is very pretty and the cake sounds delish!

  40. Wow! what a beautiful tea setting! The pewter tea set and the Samovar are absolutely gorgeous and oh so traditional and elegant! I would love to share a cup of tea in such a beautiful setting with the daintiest little cups...beautiful! And the carrot cake looks scrumptious...thanks for sharing the recipe with us! Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

  41. Thank you for this fabulous recipe. I love carrot cake and I am looking forward to trying it. As always your Tea table is marvelous. Have a wonderful week end!............


  42. A exquisite table, as usual, withe carrot-colored flowers :-) Interesting with different cups. Difficult to chose, but I think the blue and the red ones are favourites... Carrot cake is my favourite as the almond cake I made yesterday for my hubby's birthday! Heart-shaped, with mascarpone cream and raspberries :-)
    Smart to use the pretty, tall cake tin to the carrot cake!

  43. Hi Fabby, carrot cake looks yummy. I might try that for my upcoming afternoon tea with my MIL and other relatives. Just out of curiosity, is all purpose flour same as plain or is it self raising flour?
    I like mis-matched cups and saucers too. And how lovely is that Opaline Vase. So sweet of Alejandro.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely tea party.

    Wishing you a blessed weekend my dear.

  44. What a lovely tea to host for your friend and her dear mother. Happy Birthday to her!
    I love your teacups and all their wonderful patterns!
    YUMMY! The cake looks amazing! I'll take a great big slice!

  45. Oh!!! Fabby that cakes looks yummy. What a collection of tea cups love them all. Thanks for always sharing amazing tables.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity<;)

  46. Lovely...that pewter set is wonderful. Love how you have used different teacup sets.

  47. I love carrot cake and this looks so good! I love the table set with so many different patterns of china and teacups! Thanks for joining TTF!

  48. Love your carrot cake. I think I will try the recipe. Love your pewter set especially the tray, looks very similar to min and love mine too. I like mixing tea cups too, makes it interesting, isn't it< Fabby? Your teacups look fabulous...Christine

  49. Beautiful Fabby. I can taste how delicious your carrot cake is. Love all your different patterns of cups.

    I know it was a wonderful time.

  50. Playing House again, Fabby Girl?
    It's lovely and for me both heaven and a nightmare... I'll explain: do you know how I dread mismatched things, right? But then there are those pieces you can't resist on having though you know you will never find the match?! Because they speak to you. They smile to you. They romance you until you're asking "would you please wrap that single...?" ahahahahah
    And when I saw this table of yours I not even noticed there was a cake nearby. What a lovely set of unsettled cups and dishes. And so sweet of you to create it for us and inspire and dare us to go beyond the streamlines.
    Thank you!
    I hope they enjoyed the cake as much as I did this before-I-go-out setting.
    Love and wishes if a magical week,

  51. Hi Fabby,

    Oh, how nice you are to make that cake for your friend's mother!

    I do like the idea of a real tea party with different pieces of china. My friend had one for twenty ladies once, and it was fun.

    I chose your photo; I hope you approve.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  52. I really like the idea of several different patterns--so lovely. And the cake-what can I say-it looks so yummy.

  53. What a lovely table setting. The cake looks yummy!

  54. Beautiful, love your pretty pewter tea set and the carrot cake looks amazing!
    Joy at Books and Life

  55. Your pewter tea set is wonderful. Lovers cups too.

  56. Oh Fabby, this is just glorious. What a treasure.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  57. Oh, my...that cake looks so awesome. I just bookmarked it so I can make it for our home fellowship soon.
    Love all your beautiful teacups....
    xo bj

  58. I would have loved to be a guest at that table, and that cake..! Yummilooking :)

  59. Hi Dear Fabby! Love this post as all of them. I have featured you over at Farmgirl Friday #147 Please stop by and Love you girl!

  60. Great blog! I definitely adorn your table setting. This is so perfect table setting for holiday and formal parties and for special occasions. You can also add this Sterling Silver Tea Set, which is a truly family heirloom for generations.

  61. Hola Fabby, he tomado nota de tu receta de "pastel de zanahoria", yo también lo hago pero un poco diferente lo tengo publicado en mi blog. ¿Qué decir de tu mesa?, simplemente una delicia. Me encantan las tazas de té o café de porcelana y así cada una a su aire aún más. Yo también tengo arrinconados algunos objetos de estaño que ya sería hora que volvieran a ver la luz, tendré que buscar en mi despensa, Te mando un abrazo fuerte y sobre todo cuidaros en esos días


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