Building a Future for Africa Bake Off

We were invited to take part in a bake off organised by friend of the palace, Lizzie White to raise funds for BAFFA (Building A Future For Africa).

BAFFA is an Aid Camps International project, in which a team of fifteen volunteers will travel to Cameroon in January 2014 for three weeks to build a school.

Our entry was a chocolate Brokedown Palace filled with cookies – and it was the winner!

Here’s how we did it…

The cabin is made using a Lakeland ‘Fairy Tale Cottage’ mould. We melted the chocolate in Granny’s mixing bowl, over a pan of boiling water.

Then we poured the chocolate into the mould and left it to set. It’s best to do this at room temperature, which takes about 2 hours. You can speed it up in the fridge but you risk the chocolate blooming (turning white-ish).


When the chocolate had set we placed the pieces on a cake board and piped melted chocolate along the edges to cement  them together. We then decorated it with icing flowers and desiccated coconut.


For the miniature cookies to go inside we used Granny’s super easy recipe:


  • 100g of sugar
  • 100g of butter
  • 1 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 75g of self raising flour
  • Chocolate chips
  • Another 75g of self raising flour


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Mix the sugar and butter together to make a paste.
  3. Add the golden syrup.
  4. Add the first 75g of flour and chocolate chips. Mix together.
  5. Add and mix the last 75g of flour.
  6. Arrange on a baking tray in small blobs, don’t flatten them.
  7. Put them in the oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


The cabin can be made from gingerbread too. We’ll be trying that next time…


If you’d like to donate to the project you can do it on  Lizzie’s Aid Camps  page.


Wool House

We at The Brokedown Palace LOVE wool, so we were very excited to visit ‘the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool’
– Campaign for Wool‘s Wool House at Somerset House.

Woolen trees at the entrance, even the pots are made from wool

Wool Planters by Wooly Shepherd – even the pots are made from wool!

Hummingbird Wallhanging by Alexander McQueen The Rug Company (photo courtesy The Rug Company)

Crochetdermy Brown Bear by Shauna Richardson

Scoured British Wool and unscoured Merino

Real Shetland fawn top. This is the wool that our Real Shetland throws are made from!

Wool Chair and lamp

WOOL letters with woven rug by Jason Collingwood

Tabletop loom demonstration

‘Composition Blue Composition Yellow’ tapestry by Claudy Jongstra 

Spinning wheels – the hand held style was used in Tudor times

Bedroom by Kit Kemp with Vi-Spring Bed

V-Spring mattress filled with Real Shetland wool, the same wool as our Real Shetland throws!

Classic Drawing Room by Fox Linton Associates

Metal Sheep and Lamb in Classic Drawing Room by Harriet Mead

Our favourite – the Natural Room by Josephine Ryan

I loved the Nursery by Donna Wilson

Pendleton cushions and blankets – we will soon be stocking Pendleton at The Brokedown Palace so watch this space!