Destination Tea: Dreamcakes Cafe

Where:  Hoover, Alabama
Style:  Sweet cafe
Tea Selection:  5 loose leaf teas by locally based Tea & Time
Teatimes:  Parties of 2 or more, Friday to Sunday, 11 to 8
(Afternoon tea dates and times are still taking shape here, with a monthly afternoon tea date recently announced).
Reservations:  Reservations required
Contact:  205-319-9888
Cost:  $30 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  Consider coming here to introduce your children to afternoon tea, in a setting where a bit of dressing up wouldn’t be out of place, but not too formal for kids still testing out their teatime manners.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Alabama afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior Dreamcake Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea

Destination Tea Notes: Approaching its one-year anniversary, Dreamcakes Cafe is the sister shop to Jan Jacks Potter’s Dreamcakes Bakery, also in the Birmingham area, where all the scrumptious baking happens for both locations. In our view, what most importantly sets apart the Hoover location is that it offers afternoon tea. This is a welcome gain for Alabama afternoon tea-goers, in a state with less than ten afternoon tea venues. We take pleasure in the emphasis on local business here, from the beautiful wall mural designed by a local artist to the locally sourced Blue Spring Living Water and Alabama-based Tea & Time tea purveyors. The teas are delicious, as are, unsurprisingly, the baked goods (Jan’s baking business is over 10 years old), and we are especially delighted when tea is poured out of two of Dreamcakes’ collection of beautiful vintage teapots.

entry at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Foyer displays
interior Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Brightly colored interior makes Dreamcakes feel like a dreamy confectionary. Dreamcakes Cafe also offers breakfast, lunch, ice cream and milkshakes.
local mural at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
A local artist designed this tableau of a backyard gathering (pup included), which was converted into wallpaper.
tea table at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Our tea table set in blue and white

Tea Selection

Tea & Time teas at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
The first order of business is selecting our tea (each guest chooses one). A silver basket with a variety of teas is presented, including some Twinings teabags, but of course, we gravitate to the loose leaf teas, choosing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie and Chocolate Caramel Creme Brulee, both of which are temptingly sweet without any added sugar.
pretty teapots at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Admiring our pretty, glossy white teapots
favorite teapot at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Teapot envy
spring water at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
We wonder at the secret of Dreamcakes Cafe’s blueberries — exceptionally huge and delicious, though blueberry season is over. Water is always appreciated to rehydrate when drinking tea, and we jump at the offer to sip this mineral-rich water bottled at an Alabama spring north of Birmingham.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

tea table setting at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Tea table fully stocked and ready for the partaking
finger sandwiches at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Two kinds of finger sandwiches on soft bread are served: the cafe’s signature chicken salad, and pimiento cheese with homemade maple bacon jam, both tasty and filling.
scones at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Scones are soft and well made, including a seasonal glazed pumpkin scone
getting ready for a delicious afternoon tea at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL
Egg cups cleverly used to serve clotted cream and jam
desserts at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
The most varied course, dessert, is yummy without being overly sweet, including just-right madeleines, lemon squares, soft-inside brownies topped with chocolate frosting and candied pecans, macarons, and buttery shortbread rounds crowned with lemon frosting and edible flowers.
outdoor seating at Dreamcakes Cafe in Hoover, AL for afternoon tea
Outdoor seating at Dreamcakes Cafe
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