7 New Summer Cakes For Every Rainy Day of The Week

7 New Summer Cakes For Every Rainy Day of The Week

Oh my goodness. What has happened to our summer guys? I'm not usually one to complain but I was just getting used to the idea of not having to lug around an end-of-days-style rucksack full of spare socks and layers and quilted coats and rain coats... Mum's, you know the rucksack I'm talking about. And here we are again... wellies in one hand, Batman umbrella in the other. I just can't deal.

Well, I'm going on strike. I refuse to deal with this rain any longer so instead, I'll be hunkering down with our newest range of cakes. At the very least, I intend to taste summer and these cakes are just that, summer in a slice. Feel free to down the rucksacks and join me.

#GoGrow : Grow Your Own Avocado Tree

Happy Avocado Day! 

Yes, it's really a thing and we couldn't be happier.
You know we love an Avo here at The Cafe At The Museum and we're all about sustainability and specifically, growing your own food. So when we saw this illustrated infographic on Pinterest on How To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree we HAD to share it with you all. 

And of course we'll be planting our own Avo tree, so we'll keep you posted on Insta! 
Use the hashtags #GoGrow and #TeacupMcr or tag us in your pics so that we can regram your trees and watch them grow!

Daily Specials: While Stocks Last!

We have some luuuush specials on over the next couple days, while stocks last, of course.
Make sure you don't miss out and head down here ASAP to get your chomp on or do one better and Pre-Order your lunch for pick-up! #YesPlease

BEAT THE QUEUE | Pre-Order & Pick-up

Because really who wants to queue if they don't need to?!

As well as our Museum-lover customers we know we gets lots of students and staff from around the university buildings and the museum that just don't have the time on their lunch breaks to be queuing and waiting for tables, so to make life a little easier we want to remind everyone that we do in fact take Pre-Orders for Pick-Up.

So put down the pre-packaged salad from the supermarket and simultaneously squeeze the most time out of your lunch breaks! Call us on 0161 275 6256 to place an order. 

Congrats Class of 2017! Now, It's Time To Partea!

Uni feels like it's never going to end, but then it does and we're left wondering... 'What now?' 
Well, now it's time to partea, and we have the perfect Prosecco menu to help you on the way!

ManifesTEA Has Landed At The Cafe At The Museum!

Manifestea has landed at The Cafe At The Museum!

The herby loose-leaf blend of Dandelion, Lavender and Garden Mint is a robust embodiment of the Manifest Arts Festival and comes to us courtesy of Mike Chavez-Dawson for a limited time only.

The limited stock is available this weekend and will sell by perfectly brewed pots to art and tea lovers alike alongside a commemorative Manifestea post card print.

Get it while stocks last and don't forget to have your loyalty card stamped when you do!

Happy Brewing everyone!

Guess How Much We Raised For The Alzheimers Society!

Thank you for all your support during Cupcake Day and over the following weekend! Massive thanks to everyone who donated cupcakes, we had some real beauties and for sure we could not have hosted our bake sale without them!

So, you might be wondering how much we raised for the Alzheimers Society.

We had no set goal, we were happy just to be helping but by the end of the sale we'd raised a fantastic £75! 

We're thrilled with the achievement and so are our friends over at The Alzheimers Society so thank you all again and should you wish to donate in the future or even if you're looking for support and information, please head to the Alzheimers Society website and have a look around, there are some truly inspiring stories over there.

Thanks Again!

National Picnic Week: Our Top 5 Picnic Spots Around Manchester

What's not to love about a picnic? Just the word conjures up pictures of tall grass and gingham blankets, and just because we're in the city doesn't mean we should miss out. There are plenty of beautiful spaces to kick off your shoes and rest the day away with good food and good people around Manchester.

Here's our run down of the best picnic spots around Manchester:


As well as it's pretty woodland walks and open spaces, Wythenshaw Park also hosts a community farm, childrens play park and a number of sports and activities for all ages. But my favourite thing about this spot is its collection of Greenhouse turned display houses which are each home to their own themed gardens including a Safari garden which boasts tropical plants such as Banana and Pineapple, and an impressive Cacti house that makes for great instagramming! 

Definitely a picnic spot the little ones will love to explore, take-out our childrens picnic box and get ready to pose your dino cookies!



I'm pretty sure most of you will have ventured to Heaton Park at some point, so I don't know really need to sell it! Owing to it's large (relatively flat) open spaces and close proximity to the city centre Heaton Park is well known for hosting it's fare share of events and holiday celebrations - in short, Heaton is a party park! Certainly kid friendly, but expect to see a few denim clad sunbathers on your way around. 

Pitch a spot in full sun by the water front and take-out something fun and fruity like our iced Watermelon and Mint Lemonade, you might just feel 15 again.



Isn't the name enough to get you there?! You wouldn't be blamed for thinking a Labrynth Character might meet you at the gate.
Boggart Hole Clough (aka. Blackley Clough) is a great escape spot though, stick to the path and walk along with boating lake or stray a little to find twists and turns and peaks and dips, high trees and low shrubs. You can easily spend the whole day here exploring and foraging.

Take a hammock if you have one, if not go for the natural feel and find a seat in the twigs with a take-out Stone Aged Flatbread and chilled herbal tea.


     4. LYMM DAMN

Not to be mistaken with Lyme Park, Lymm Damn is a favourite spot for locals but if you don't live in the surrounding areas you might not know about this gem. Offering smaller walks than other parks in this list, this is another spot you can drag the kids along to and whether they're tiny tots or teenagers with no cause for nature they'll manage the walk. 
It's low key, casual and the kind of place you can give a nod and a polite 'hello' to people as they pass by without getting a questioning glance in return - which I'm a fan of. 

Dress comfortably, jeans and wellies will do, and stretch your legs out on the sandy mounds (which have been there forever but I have no idea why or what for - you'll know them when you see them) with an arsenal of take-out sandwiches and salad... and more dino cookies.



Did I leave the best 'til last? It's too hard to say, I love all the places on this list, but for sure Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens offer as perfect a picnic spot as ever. This park was gifted to the council in 1915 by Aldred Fletcher Moss and still boasts lots of it's original beauty. Pair this with the wildlife and you'll quickly feel the sensation of time passed here. It's long stretches and romantic falling flowers make for a great day date, if you're so lucky.

Pack a take-out Hearty Scone with Clotted Cream and Jam (or two?) and let us fill up your flask with a Jasmine Tea and let the magic happen.

So there are our Top 5 Manchester Picnic Spots, something for everyone, and with the days getting a little longer you might even be able to visit them all for National Picnic Week. We can dream right? Grab yourself a CATM Take Out and tag us in your picnic pics!

Free Printables: Dinosaur! Cupcake Toppers

Free Printables: Dinosaur! Cupcake Toppers

In the spirit of Cupcake Day (and Fathers Day, and Picnic week and all the other lovely things happening this month) we have free printable Dinosaur! cupcake toppers for you!

We don't do things by half of course, and as the T-rex has become our mascot we wanted to find some really beautiful Dinosaurs that would make even the messiest, most obviously home-baked (best way FYI) cupcakes look incredible. So when we found these illustrations by James Baker we were like... this is it, nothing else compares. 

It is to be noted that these illustrations are the property of James Baker, and while we've contacted the artist we haven't heard back yet - though we're hoping he won't be mad as it's all for a good cause. Given this info we must ask that these toppers are used for personal use only, we have to be strict about that.

On a lighter note, enjoy them! We can't get enough of the colours and the imagination and love that went into them and we so recommend checking out James Bakers site for more illustrations and homewares - I'll be picking up a personalised name print for my little one in the next day or so, they're just too pretty not to bookmark.



CATM Bake Off for the Alzheimers Society

CATM Bake Off for the Alzheimers Society

Get it in your calendars folks! On THURSDAY 15th June we're hosting a Pop-Up Cupcake Stall right here in the cafe, in an effort to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

We're hoping to make it huge! So feel free to join us - there are a couple of ways you can help.

  • If you fancy, you can donate cupcakes to the stall - home baked by your little beauties or store bought (we won't judge!) - by 5pm on June 14th.
  • OR, you can bring your friends and your appetite and buy a cupcake from the stall instead. That way everybody wins.
  • If neither of these are possible but you'd still like to help we'd encourage you to visit the Alzheimer's Society site and make a direct donation :)

If you'd like any more details on how to donate cupcakes you can email me at ashleigh@casualmanna.com with the title BAKE OFF.

Looking forward to seeing your goods!


Alzheimer's Society is a registered charity in England and Wales (296645); the Isle of Man (1128) and operates in Northern Ireland.
Registered with Fundraising Regulator.

Our June Mood

Our June Mood

How did we get here so fast? I hear you ask yourself. Well, not to worry, we're feeling a little of that too. 

June is the anti January.

June is the month for messy hair and baggy t-shirts, old books and new hobbies; planting plants, then planting way more plants… It’s the month you say,
"this body has jelly, and I like it!"
It’s the month for exploring the woods and climbing trees with the kids. It’s counting the birds in your garden and explaining to little ones that it really is nighttime, even though the suns still up. 

We love June.


Tomorrow marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and we're helping to raise awareness and funds for MIND, the Mental Health charity, with some damn good cake!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. This is a biggie for the Teacup group, we're big believers in standing together against mental illnesses, as most of us have been touched by in it one way or another.
It isn't an easy conversation to have always, but usually, the desire to overcome stigma and make real measurable change in peoples lives outweighs that lack of ease.

So that's what we're up to this week!
We want to prompt you to try to have a conversation about Mental Health. But lets not talk only about the damage it can cause, let's talk about how we can lift up the people around us, how we've overcome it, or are working to overcome it. Let's be kind, be patient, be listeners as well as talkers. Talk to your friends, your parents, that chap you see at the bus stop sometimes... talk to us if you want to. And talk to MIND, the charity we're raising funds for this week, because they're really incredible and so knowledgable and caring. 

Pop in for a slice of our specially baked MIND cake, or take a slice home, all next week and in doing that you'll be making a donation to MIND, which will help them to continue the work they do.  

And don't forget to share your cake with the wider world! Get it on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MHAW2017 to spread awareness far and wide.


For more information or to seek help or advice with regards to mental health please follow the links in this post to MIND, and see your local GP.