Are you planning to take part in this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on 25 May? If so, De’Longhi and former Masterchef contestant Andy Bowdy have teamed up to provide hot tips on how to elevate your morning tea. 

A master of sweet treats and delectable dishes, Pâtissier Andy Bowdy knows how to create an impressive morning tea and be ‘the host with the most’.

“I’m thrilled to join forces with De’Longhi to provide some inspiration and creative tips around hosting a memorable morning tea for this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. I love hosting nearly as much as baking – whether it be friends and family at home, or customers at Saga.

Hosting a morning tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council is an opportunity to show off your creativity in the kitchen and support a good cause,” says Bowdy.

While Andy’s delicious desserts, signature sweets and custom cakes are sure crowd pleasers, hosting the ultimate morning tea experience extends past the selection of treats on offer.

Andy Bowdy

Tips to Master Your Morning Tea 

Set The Scene: Think of your food as the drama and the table as the stage. Set the mood and create an atmosphere for your morning tea event by considering a table setting theme – whether it’s a seasonal showcase, colour-inspired, high-tea or something in between – you choose.

Plan Ahead: Eliminate any stress and plan ahead. Make sure you have minimal to assemble on the day. Also, don’t be afraid to outsource. Baking for a large number can seem daunting. Go and grab some baked goods or savoury items from your favourite bakeries or fresh food markets.

Cake Creativity: Think outside the box when it comes to baking and your go-to cakes, sweet treats or savoury creations. Experiment with new recipes and flavour combinations. Put your own twist on the classic morning tea fare.

Add Balance: When deciding on what to offer guests at your morning tea, it is important to have a balance of fruits and vegetables as well as sweets and baked goods.

More Than Tea: Consider food and drink pairings. Have an array of tea options available but also include other drinks such as hot and iced coffee, iced tea or fresh juice.

Add Height: Present your morning tea on cake stands at varying heights to elevate your table setting, adding drama and flair. Tapered candles and glassware are other ways to experience with height for your table setting.

Kitchen Appliances: Consider the appliances needed to support your morning tea – a toaster for warming up homemade crumpets, a kettle for freshly brewed tea and a coffee machine for quality coffee drinks. The striking Icona Capitals collection from De’Longhi will elevate any table setting.

Inspired by some of the world’s most iconic cities, the premium and stylish De’Longhi Icona Capitals collection is the perfect appliance range to brighten up your kitchen and create a special morning tea at home. The collection in vibrant ‘New York Yellow’, designed to encapsulate the spirit of the iconic New York taxi and the city’s bustling energy, includes a 2 and 4-slice Toaster, 1.7 litre Kettle and La Specialista Arte manual coffee machine, blending effortless function with striking form.

To further show their support of Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, from the 20th -28th of May, De’Longhi will be offering Sydneysiders a complimentary premium coffee at the De’Longhi Sydney Coffee Lounge, Zetland, in exchange for a donation to Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. De’Longhi will match all donations made by the public, dollar for dollar, with all proceeds going to Cancer Council.