Kids, cakes and Cornwall

Today, I wanted to post a few photos from a lovely bakery in Cornwall and was looking for a context, something like National Cake Day, perhaps… And sure enough, there are cake days all over the place.

Tilly Mint Bakery, Truro, Cornwall

Cup cakes, in particular, seem to be popular. In the UK, National Cup Cake Week is 17 – 23 September and the USA has National Cup Cake Day on 15 December. In Australia, 15 August is RSPCA cup cake day, neatly combining cakes with good work.

Trouble is, none are anywhere near March. So I continued searching and discovered all sorts of peculiar food holidays. The USA alone has an entire calender of them. It seems every food has its own day, week or month. My favourite is National Something on a Stick Day. That’s later this month, on 28 March. But I digress.

Today – 4 March – is National Pound Cake Day. Close enough for my purpose.


In 2010, the girls and I explored Cornwall, an incredibly beautiful and mysterious part of Britain. Every Sunday for the next few months, I’ll post stories and photos from this independent-minded, ancient Celtic kingdom. If Cornwall is on your agenda this summer, even tentatively, I hope you’ll find a little inspiration here on Sophie’s World.

We’ll cover the deliciously spooky Bodmin Moor and Jamaica Inn, the quirky villages Looe and Polperro, We’ll have a look at surfers’ favourite Newquay, and a quick peek at Trerice Manor nearby. There will be a little something from Land’s End, Britain’s southernmost point. We’ll explore a little history, King Arthur in particular, including his mythical birthplace, the very real Tintagel Castle. Last, but certainly not least, my favourite spot in England and possible anywhere, is in Cornwall, the uber-gorgeous seaside village of Port Isaac.

But where’s Penzance, you ask? The Eden Project? Padstow? And the Isles of Scilly? Truth is, we ran out of time. Also, we have an excuse to return. As if we need one…

First out is Truro, Cornwall’s capital.

Truro Cathedral

I’ll be honest, Truro isn’t what first pops to mind when I think back on our Cornish summer. We ambled along the river for a bit, we walked the square and the narrow cobbled streets. We had a look at the Georgian houses and the cathedral. And we shopped a little (Truro has some very good shops).

Shopping in Truro
Shopping – not so exciting when you’re 8

Tilly Mint Bakery, Truro, Cornwall
Cake, on the other hand…

Cakes and Cornwall

Our favourite Truro memory is a little bakery called the Tilly Mint.

Tilly Mint Bakery, Truro, Cornwall
A blue cake. Well, why not?

Tilly Mint Bakery, Truro, Cornwall
Quirky wedding cakes

Birthday coming up for the little one?

Tilly Mint Bakery,Truro, Cornwall
A little something for your very own Bob the Builder

Cup cakes are a specialty. I’m not really a fan, but I can certainly appreciate the art work.

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Want more on curious Cornwall? Stay tuned next Sunday right here on Sophie’s World!

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28 Responses to “Kids, cakes and Cornwall”

  1. Angela 4 March 2012 1927 #

    Lovely pictures, not sure I would eat such colorful stuff though 😛

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1318 #

      Sometimes cakes look better than they taste… these were nice in every respect, though 🙂

  2. Abby 4 March 2012 2042 #

    I loooove fondant, so these are like my dream cakes! I loved seeing the cupcakes, as they’re slightly different than what’s in fashion here. I love the swoops and accessories!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1319 #

      Interesting how fashion and trends affect the world of baking, too.

  3. Ana (Ana Travels) 5 March 2012 0023 #

    Looking forward for more posts on Cornwall. I’d love to visit there some day.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1319 #

      It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous part of Britain.

  4. Jenna 5 March 2012 0129 #

    Fun! These are so beautiful. My mom is in love with Cornwall and will be going there again this fall. I’ve never been and of course wish I could go with her. I will tell her about this place.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1321 #

      We are going again this year too, I think. Now to find the time for all the places I want to visit this summer…

  5. InsideJourneys 5 March 2012 0615 #

    Cornwall looks beautiful.
    Those cakes too colorful to be eaten.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1321 #

      Also, better for my waistline to only look 🙂

  6. ItalianNotes 5 March 2012 0846 #

    Those colourful cakes look absolutely lovely. Could make me go to Carnwall. Now:

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1323 #

      Are cupcakes popular in Italy? I suppose the Italians have enough goodies of their own, eh?

  7. Andrea 5 March 2012 1811 #

    So pretty! I love the edible creations these artists are making – almost to beautiful to eat sometimes =)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1325 #

      It does seem a pity that something that must have taken a lot of time and effort to make should vanish in just a few minutes. But then, that’s true for most foods, too, I suppose.

  8. Alexa Meisler 5 March 2012 2110 #

    Those cakes look amazing and I’m sure they taste even better! Cornwall sounds like such a lovely place. Wonderful post.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1325 #

      Thanks, Alexa.

  9. Nichole 5 March 2012 2124 #

    Those cakes are gorgeous! I would feel bad eating them 🙁

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 March 2012 1326 #

      Little works of art they are.

  10. Alexandra 6 March 2012 2200 #

    I came across your website and found it very enjoyable. I just had a couple of questions so if you could e-mail me back that would be great!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 March 2012 1735 #

      How can I help you, Alexandra?

  11. Sheril Benedict 7 March 2012 0451 #

    OMG yummy and colorful ..which make me hungry now 🙁

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 March 2012 1737 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheril.

  12. Deanne35 8 March 2012 1435 #

    I love the fondant cake with a hammer design on top. And those cupcakes? Lovely! Instead of a whole cake, you can make this cup cakes instead.
    Thanks for sharing some photos of you.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 March 2012 1644 #

      Thanks, Deanne.

  13. Sabrina 9 March 2012 1447 #

    These cupcakes look scrumptious! A lot of times they are just a little too sweet for my taste, but I would eat these just for the looks of them 🙂

  14. Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 March 2012 1659 #

    Yeah, you just have to try one… sadly, they tend to look better than they taste, I think.

  15. Kelsey87 13 March 2012 1341 #

    Wow! What an awesome cakes and i love the color. Thanks for sharing this to us and i’m looking forward on your next post.

  16. Stephanie - The Travel Chica 23 March 2012 0410 #

    They look so yummy!

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