Throw a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

Throw a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

Prue Leith's recipe

 “Anyone can throw a tea party – it’s a piece of cake! Just get your family, friends and colleagues together for a cuppa, so Marie Curie can continue to support people with a terminal illness.”

 Top Tea Party Tip:

Serve cake in very small bites or make the pastries half-size. Then no one feels guilty about having one. It also means that the second, third and fourth one (which they will probably go for despite good intentions) can be something different. 

Lemon & Coconut Tart



 For the filling:

  • 4½ oz butter

  • 10 ½ oz caster sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 160 ml plain yogurt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp lemon zest

  • 3½ oz desiccated coconut

Orange pastry:

  • 6 oz butter

  • 8 oz flour

  • Juice and finely grated rind of 1 orange


  1. First make the pastry. Add the flour and butter to a food processor and whizz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the juice and rind. Roll out the pastry, line a flan tin and bake blind.

  2. Heat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4.

  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat into the mixture before adding the yogurt, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Stir in the coconut and pour the mixture into pre-baked tart case.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is golden and puffed. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm.

Orange Cream Layer Cake

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This year’s official Blooming Great Tea Party Cake was created by Suzy Pelta. It’s zesty, creamy and delicious - easy to make and also very easy to eat! 

“I have supported Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party Campaign for six years as their Chief Cake Maker and Official Blogger. The work that Marie Curie nurses do to support people with terminal illness and their families is so important. Hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party is a brilliant and easy way to raise vital funds and a great excuse to get your friends together to eat cake!”


  • 475g unsalted butter

  • 450g self-raising flour

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 200g of light brown sugar

  • zest of 4 large oranges

  • 6 large eggs

  • 2 tbsp milk, icing sugar to dust


  • juice of 2 ½ large oranges

  • 175g caster sugar


  • 100g unsalted butter

  • 150g full fat cream cheese

  • zest of 1 orange, a little orange juice

  • 500g icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 170℃ .

  2. Grease and line two 8 inch/20cm round cake tins, set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.

  4. Add orange zest and mix.

  5. Beat in one egg at a time, followed each time by some flour, and mix together. Repeat to use all the eggs and flour.

  6. Pour in the milk, give mixture a final stir.

  7. Divide the batter equally into your prepared cake tins.

  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown, and a skewer comes out clean. One cake may bake quicker than the other.

  9. Set cakes aside to cool in their tins on a wire rack for 15 mins.

Method for drizzle

  1. In a large saucepan bring the orange juice and sugar to the boil, gently simmer, stirring occasionally.

  2. Once cool, remove cakes from tins and place on plates. Flip one over to be the base.

  3. Poke holes all over both cakes (use a skewer or dry spaghetti), then carefully pour the drizzle evenly over each. Set cakes aside to cool completely.

Method for filling

  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Mix in the cream cheese, followed by orange zest.

  3. Slowly sift in the icing sugar, followed by a little orange juice at a time. Once mixed, your icing should be thick and smooth.

  4. Spoon or pipe the icing over the base cake.

  5. Place the other cake on top, gently push down to sandwich together. Some of the icing may ooze out the sides but this is ok!

  6. Dust the top layer with icing sugar and decorate with a slice of orange (optional).


This cake is best eaten on the day it’s baked but can be stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

This June, Marie Curie is asking Yours readers to get baking and support the charity by throwing a Blooming Great Tea Party. When you do, you’ll be helping provide vital care for people living with terminal illness and their families. It’s an easy way to get together with friends and family and raise money for a great cause. Once you’ve set a date and invited your guests all you need to do is price each slice or ask for donations on the day. Anyone can host a Blooming Great Tea Party, so sign up now and Marie Curie will send you a pack with tips, tricks and fundraising material to make sure your tea party is a blooming great success! To find out more visit call 0800 716 146.