I don't usually buy souvenirs on holiday - not since I was about eleven, anyway - but this cake stand, bought from Julie Phipps in Aldeburgh (she has a new shop there as well as the one in Woodbridge) will always make me think of happy times in our favourite seaside town. It's an extravagant, painted metal flowers-and-foliage creation with room for three good-sized plates of cakes and fancies.
It's also perfect for the ultimate souvenir cake, the madeleine. These are made to Heston Blumenthal's recipe as we definitely prefer damp, melting madeleines to dusty, dry ones. The only personal memories these cakes hold for me are of French exchanges when I was a teenager and bringing home cellophane-wrapped, supermarket madeleines as souvenirs. But I do remember that those madeleines never did to me what's Proust's madeleines did to him. Nor did they taste anything like these fresh, home-made madeleines.
[The cake stand would also be an excellent way to present the many variations of 'hedgehog' and fridge cake that you so kindly shared on the 'mysterious recipes' post below. They seem to be a universal treat, even if there is no definitive way to make them, and I was fascinated to read all the comments. Thank you.]