Cahir Castle

The drive to Kilshane House, Tipperary is about 2 hours from the bakery and dotted with heritage and amenity signs. One that I passed several times and couldn’t ignore was Cahir Castle. Knowing I had to be back in Dublin early I didn’t have much time after my cake delivery, but it was well worth the visit.
Built on the banks of the River Suir, Cahir Castle is one of the largest and finest examples of a medieval castle in Ireland. Originally an earthen fort (or Dun) in the 3rd century, and subsequently a stone fort (or Cathair), the site has changed hands, been rebuilt, extended and evolved over the centuries into the mighty castle standing today. It has survived many attacks and seiges and was beautifully restored when it was passed over to the Irish State following the death of its last owner. It has been beautifully restored and preserved.

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High tea at Kilshane House, Co. Tipperary

Kilshane House, just past the charming town of Bansha, Co. Tipperary is located on 320 acres of magical parkland, at the end of a very long and entertaining driveway. Quirky signposts mark the way and gorgeous views made the drive up to the house a pleasure. The house itself is a masterpiece, with gorgeous rooms and decor, a huge 1860’s conservatory  and the main dining hall is something very unique indeed.

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Steeped in history, the house has had many uses and  changed hands several times. The current owners have restored the house and grounds to an amazing standard, and it was the perfect setting for Linda and James’s wedding in April.

The happy couple rented vintage china (from Lulabelle.ie )for a tea reception on arrival. Located just off the main entrance hall, the reception room is so pretty I was delighted to create a dessert table to suit the room.

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The dessert table was made up of little nibbly items to go with tea: Homemade bourbon biscuits and custard cream biscuits, stamped with Linda and James’ initials, choux buns filled with hazelnut pastry cream and drizzled with chocolate, mini white chocolate and raspberry macarons , iced sugar cookies, chocolate dipped honeycomb, vanilla and raspberry marshmallows, Boston cream doughnuts (provided by Empire Donuts) , Mixed mini cupcakes and chocolate dipped Turkish delight. 

We decided on silver platters and glass plates and stands to fit in with the vintage style and finished off the look with little flags (not pictured)

The wedding Cake was a birdcage with hand painted details and handmade sugar flowers. But more on that another day. 

All in all, Kilshane House was a wonderful place to visit and I hope to get there again. ImageImageImage

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Cakes and Castles

I’ve been delivering cakes all over Ireland to some amazing venues for quite some time now and I am never bored with our landscape. I get so curious about all these ruins and castles that are dotted around the countryside, that I decided to start exploring a little and finding out more. In this blog, I’ll not only be discussing cake and my deliveries,  but also detailing my discoveries and hidden gems from around Ireland. From castles to woodlands,  fairy forts and all things in between. It is literally impossible to drive anywhere in Ireland without coming across something that captures my imagination and fuels my sense of wanderlust. We live in a magical country full of ancient history and amazing natural wonders. Hopefully I do them justice here.Image