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Let's Eat Cake


With the nights drawing in and weather getting cooler, there is a very welcome return of our sumptuous, warming soup to the café at Benenden’s Shop, along with a new addition of a delicious chicken curry and rice which is  already proving very popular.

Moreover, for a scrumptious sweet course or a perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee, there is a wonderful selection of home-made cakes, lovingly prepared by Su Lacy and Ronnie Hogben.  These highly proficient cooks produce cakes somehow redolent of childhood teatimes in a bygone age.  Su has been producing her cakes for seven years now and is responsible for the hugely popular and unique Lemon and Ginger cake. She began, as Ronnie did, by baking as a hobby for family and friends but it became more; she admits she got ‘carried away’. Thank goodness she did. We are happy to enjoy the benefits! 

Ronnie’s family also enjoy the results of her baking successes; her daughter requests cakes ‘for the office’ knowing how the sharing of cake can cement relationships and make the world seem brighter. One of the greatest pleasures of volunteering in the shop is seeing customers enjoy a slice of cake while putting the world to rights!   Ronnie’s husband, Jim, has proved to be priceless in the kitchen as a tester and cook’s aid and we have him to thank for meticulously measuring out the ingredients so that the product is absolutely perfect! Ronnie enthusiastically described the pleasure of shutting the door on a cold dismal day and enjoying the process of baking in a warm kitchen suffused with baking aromas.

Benenden’s have a wide range of cakes on offer; Bakewell Tart, White or Dark Chocolate and Raspberry, Lime and Coconut, Coffee and Walnut, Apple, Pecan and Caramel, Victoria Sponge, Cappuccino and Fruit Cake, to name but a few. Many customers have surrendered to the temptation of a slice as they have stood by the counter and we haven’t yet met anyone who has regretted it!