Tuck Box: Royal icing on the cake

Alan Titchmarsh and Rebecca Marsh
Alan Titchmarsh and Rebecca Marsh

Cake artist Rebecca Marsh took on a right royal challenge when she was asked to create a cake fit for a future king – and appear with it on the Alan Titchmarsh TV show.

Alan ran a feature about the Prince’s Trust on Friday afternoon. And Rebecca, of Chapeltown, was invited to represent the organisation, which helped her set up the English Rose Cake Company last year.

Her cake – layers of lavender scented, chocolate and brandy, and sticky toffee sponge – was iced in white and decorated with painted scenery and sugar flowers.

“I loved it,” says Rebecca. “It was a fantastic experience and I’d love to do more TV!”

NOSH and shop by night

There’s more than just chocolate on the menu this Easter at NOSH – Sheffield’s first night market. The event, at the Nichols Building on Shalesmoor, next Thursday, will feature a feast of streetfood traders, a craft ale bar, live music and market stalls.

It is the idea of Hop Box bar owner Ben Smith, Northern Streats streetfood specialist Andrew Critchett and Nichols Building owner Louise Anderson, who have joined forces to organise the event at the start of the Easter bank holiday.

It kicks off at 5pm and runs until 10.30pm, followed by an after-market party at The Riverside bar. Music is by Spit & Strings, Selekta Chestar and KOG. Entry £1.

Party time at the Pantry

Urban Pantry Deli at Crookes is marking its first anniversary with a week of celebrations. In addition to product tasting and special offers, there will be fun, prizes and face painting at a party on Saturday. Owner Reece Lippolis and his partner Grace Discombe have become a popular local addition with regular ‘meet the producer’ days and features including cheese counter, lunchboxes, wines, local beers and specialist hampers.

Cakes brought to book

Clandestine Cake Club founder Lynn Hill will be in town on Saturday to sign copies of the club’s first book – and accept favourite recipes to be featured in the second.Lynn will be at Waterstones, Orchard Square, from 6pm, for this month’s club meeting and cake sharing. To book email Karen Perkins: coachmekp@gmail.com

Feasts for foodies

Foodie events taking place this week include a wine tasting evening tonight at the Old Red Lion, Grenoside; five courses, including wines, for £30. On Friday, Heeley City Farm is hosting a vegetarian gourmet evening in its Farm Kitchen bistro; three courses for £17.99.

Meanwhile pie and peas are top of the menu next week – on Monday evening at Rafters, Nether Green, and Wednesday at Little Mesters, Kelham Island – both in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.