In this house, we love cake. I mean, we really love cake.

Luckily, we have a 12yr old that loves baking! Fae has completely taken to creating in the kitchen and she is truly talented. Truly. We are super proud. She bakes the most divine gooey chocolate brownies for our Afternoon Teas quite regularly, but she also bakes cakes, cookies and has completed quite a few birthday orders already. Here she is making the most delicious lemon cake. My favourite! The more lemony, the better!

In the interest of full disclosure, she does bake with a mask on, but we took it off for the photos!

Fae baking
 in Schoone Oordt's kitchen
Fae in our Country Kitchen

It’s been difficult for Fae growing up as she is so different to her siblings. She thinks she can’t draw and she is not academic, so, she’s always felt as though she’s the odd one out. Her talent for baking and the amazing feedback that she has received for it, has enabled her to find her niche and grow in confidence. This, along with quite an astute business sense, means that we really don’t have to worry about her… She’ll be more than fine.

Ingredients for Lemon Cake - Schoone Oordt Country House Swellendam
Ingredients for the most divine Lemon Cake
The Cake Faerie - Schoone Oordt Country Hotel
Looking for the baking tray… always at the bottom of the pile

Once again, a huge thank you to Elana for the amazing images! She’s captured Fae so beautifully here.

Finishing touches on the Lemon Cake
Mom’s helping hand

Finishing touches on the Lemon Cake. This was her first time making one, so she used this absolutely delicious recipe! Thank you Plated Cravings.

Lemon Cake by Plated Cravings
Lemon Cake, recipe from Plated Cravings

You can place orders!

If you’d like to see/taste more of her creations and you live in Swellendam, she does take orders! If you don’t live in Swellendam, but would like to keep in touch, you’re welcome to follow her on IG as _thecakefaerie_

_thecakefaerie_ at Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam

… watch this space, we have a Master in the making!


    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Sascha! Fae is thrilled that she’s received such brilliant feedback!
      Love from all of us.

  • We testify that we were blown away by those delectable brownies received on our arrival. I remember she had an order for a lemon birthday cake. Is that the one? Part of me is relieved we’re not in Swellendam because I would surely be sorely tempted and my waist line doesn’t need any more girth. Francois, on the other hand could do with some of that. We will have to plan another visit and this time I would love to see Fae at work in your beautiful kitchen.
    We so enjoyed our brief (too brief) stay with you. Fond memories.and so much love
    Gill and Francois

    • We so look forward to your return visit, dear Gill and Francois. Yes, this is the lemon cake order and apparently it was delicious. 🙂
      So much love in return, thank you for your kindness.

  • From one passionate baker to another – well done !!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I started baking by myself at age 9 after always watching my Mom.

    • Perhaps a bake-off in the not too distant future, Gill?
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      With love.

  • Well done young lady.
    I love to hear stories like this.
    Will certainly order from you.

    • Ah, Noelene, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for the future orders!
      Fae looks forward to baking for you. 🙂

  • WOW!!! WHAt a talent…so very very blessed. Can we also order? Is there a list of cakes and prices?
    CONGRATULATIONS Fae, you can feel very proud.

    • Lila, fantastic to read your comment, thank you so much.
      We haven’t yet got a list of cakes and prices together, but we usually work on about R350.00 a cake depending on what you’d like.
      Yes please, Fae would love you to order from her!

  • We were so lucky to have Fae bake a cake in celebration of my mom’s recent 70th birthday. What a treat. We found ourselves fighting over who got to lick the plate, and eat the last few crumbs. A true delight. Thank you darling Fae. You made my moms birthday extra special. Love, Justine and Michael x

    • Oh, so lovely! Thank you so much Michael & Justine. Hope the lemon cake was just as good. 🙂

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