It’s that time of year – the sound of tennis balls, the smell of fresh cut grass and the irresistible English strawberry dipped in fresh cream. Spoil your friends and family this month with this indulgent centrepiece.

You will need…

  • Strawberries and a pot of double cream
  • Cherries
  • Dark chocolate and a knob of butter
  • Marzipan
  • Fresh mint
  • Kitchen foil and toothpicks
  • An oasis wreath base
  • A dinner plate and a decorative bowl.
  • Sugar flowers and cake sprinkles to decorate

Step 1
prepare your base. Cover the oasis with kitchen foil, making it food safe. Now roll out your marzipan and place onto the foil.

Step 2
Place your base onto the dinner plate, and pop your bowl in the centre of you base. Pour the cream into the bowl.

Step 3
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bon Marie, or a bowl standing in gently boiling water. Be careful not to scold yourself. Do not leave the melting chocolate unattended.

Step 4
Dip the strawberries into the chocolate holding them by the stem.

Place on a piece of kitchen foil, and sprinkle with cake decorations. Leave to set, about 30 mins.

Step 5
Break off sprigs of Fresh mint, and place evenly around the marzipan base.

Step 6
Using the toothpicks, attach your chocolate strawberries to the base, working around to form a nice pattern. Then do the same with the cherries.

Step 7
Finish with the sugar flowers.

Now relax and turn on the tennis!