Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Halloween pumpkin cake


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g sultanas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • 200g butter , melted
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkinsor butternut squash flesh, grated

  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g butter , softened
  • 100g icing sugar , sifted
  • zest 1 orange and juice of half
  • Cuts into 15 generous portions

    Preparation and cooking times

    Preparation time

    Prep 20 mins

    Cook time

    Cook 30 mins


    (without frosting)


    1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.
    2. To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.
    3. If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you're making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.

    Try this

    Pumpkins can vary dramatically in water content, so keep an eye on the cake towards the end of cooking - yours may take less or more time to cook through. If you're not carving out a pumpkin this year butternut squash works brilliantly, too.

All of us at The Vintage Fabric Market would like to wish all the Ghouls and Gals a Happy Halloween!

Get to some Trick or Treatin' and have a great time!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Royal Mail Postal Strike

This is an informational message regarding the Royal Mail postal strike. As ever, we will do our very best to ensure that your purchases get to your door as quickly as possible.

On all orders over £10, we will send them as Recorded Delivery, this will enable you to track your order more easily.

On all orders over £40, we will send them as Special Delivery.

The Vintage Fabric Market strives to achieve the best in customer service and satisfaction, if you have any queries whatsoever, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ladies Indulgence Evening

On Friday 27th November, The Vintage Fabric Market will be contributing to a special evening for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Newton, Cambridge.

Lots of ladies will be attending for a night of pampering, preening and most importantly, shopping!

If you are in the area and would like more info about the event, then get in contact with us and we'll do our best to help. We are certainly looking forward to it, it will be lots of fun!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thank You Offbeat Bride!

On November the eighth last year, Hazel and Ash got married. Before the wedding Hazel pored over many different websites looking at dresses, hats, shoes etc. She became OBSESSED with just one. Offbeat Bride. It's fabulous, so much inspiration. Well they've only gone and included the wedding on their blog! You can have a look here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back to Brentwood!

The Vintage Fabric Market is taking to the road again for another Vintage Vogue Fashion Fair in Brentwood, Essex. It takes place on Sunday 18th October between 10am and 3pm at The Sports Centre, Brentwood School, CM15 8EE.

Please come along and take a look around if you can make it. There are hundreds of stalls fit to bursting with all kinds of Vintageness!