I’m so pleased to say I have finally completed my new website! It has taken 9 months as I have had to fit it into quite a hectic scheduel. I used to be a Graphic Designer and I designed my last website over 3 years ago. It had got really dated and I wanted a much fresher modern look. I’d never done web design before I made my last one and I can tell you it’s a lot different from baking! I’ve made things up as I went along and Google has been a lifesaver. I’ve worked on the website since October, as even the small things have taken me triple the time to work out. In hindsight, I think my time would have been better spent elsewhere and I should have just paid someone to do it, but I got in too deep! I’m also a bit of a control freak and love the fact that I have eveything how I want it (apart from a couple of small tweaks I’m still working out how to do).
Here are a couple of screen shots of the last website:
Although I’m quite fond of the old design for nostalgic reasons, I’m pretty sure I’ve made the right decision to give it a overhaul. If you have time to have a quick look and let me know what you think I would really appeciate it (and if you find any mistakes or have any suggestions that would be great!). It would be great to hear if anyone else has had similar expeiences of taking on things that you probably shouldn’t!
Well I managed to sqeeze in some new Mother’s Day Designs! The are available for free collection on Saturday 29th March or £5.00 delivery within 20 miles of Sunderland on the 30th of March. Head over to our Facebook Page for all the info.
The fact I haven’t posted in over a year will back up how busy I have been for the last couple of years! 2013 was mostly taken up with renovating my new house from top to bottom – which has been no small task. It was an absolute wreck when my fiancé and I bought it and we have had to learn a lot of new skills since. I was lumbered with the labour intensive task of titling our whole bathroom and kitchen as “it’s similar to icing cakes and you’re good at that”. It’s all just about finished and the new kitchen is fantastic! Two ovens to increase capacity and lots of bench space (although I still manage to use it all at the same time).
The business has gone from strength to strength, with that comes the burden of less time to spend on business development and more time on doing lots of cake orders and keeping on top of admin! This is no bad position to be in, but I need to redress the balance so I can show my customers what Baked can do and take the business forward.
This will all be starting with the launch of a new design website with more up to date images and new designs. I’m really excited to create some new Baked exclusive designs for Weddings and Christenings in particular, hopefully I can reveal it all soon! I would love to start doing classes (this has been in the pipeline for a ages but finding the time to plan has been a problem). There will also be some tutorials – I have just finished taking photos for a Tea Pot cake tutorial.
I will be uploading some new images and progress blogs in the coming months so watch this space! In the meantime here are some of my recent work.
… so I have been a bad blogger, it’s been 4 months since my last blog! The summer has been crazy in the bakery with back to back weddings keeping me out of mischief and the sun (not that we have had much of that). Hopefully this cake will make up for it!
The idea came as my lovely boyfriends birthday approached. Even though he told me not to make a cake as he knew how busy I had been, I just couldn’t leave him out. Now as far his favourite things go, it’s football, football and football. Last year I made him a Sunderland AFC shirt cake which went down well but I needed a change of theme. He loves Ferrero Rochers… so I got to thinking. What could be better than a giant Ferrero Rocher! So there you have it.
The cake had a real chocolate case filled with delicious, moist chocolate sponge. The sponge was sandwiched with a hazelnut/chocolate frosting and covered in crushed Ferrero Rochers. It then had a thin layer of gold icing to finish it off. And just in case there wasn’t enough Ferrero Rocher goodness, I put some extra little treats in a ring around the cake. Heaven!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Happy Egg Company (those free range eggs in the cute little yellow boxes) about a competition they were running with the Jamie Oliver Magazine. We always use free range eggs at Baked and I love a chance to get creative so it sounded promising. The competition is called ‘Bake The Nation‘ and they want people to make them a baked masterpiece that sums up the UK. The bakery is very busy at the moment (at some point I’m sure I’m going to end up trying to put a cake in the computer and my phone in the mixer) but I was definitely up for the challenge!
I got my thinking cap on and then waited for a break in the baking to give it a go. I decided to take the ‘Bake the Nation’ title as inspiration and chose to literally bake the nation. As Baked Cupcakery specialises in cupcakes (you probably guessed that from the name), it had to be a cupcake creation. As much as I love London and all the things that go on there, I wanted to celebrate the whole of the nation. I looked at the 12 regions of the UK (12 is a good baking number so I thought that was a good sign) and came up with a design to represent each one. What resulted is below…
Here are the photos of all the regions… from the top!
Yorkshire & the Humber
East of England
And of course, not forgetting our Capital!
I hope you enjoyed your tour of the UK through cupcakes. If you would like to enter the Happy Egg competition the closing date is the 1st of June… so plenty of time to get baking! Check out the other entries at the Happy Egg Co Facebook page, or to keep up to date with all of our baking creations, take a look at the Baked Cupcakery Facebook page (and give it a like if you wish :o)
So recently I have been eating my own weight in scones… Afternoon tea is my new big thing. Lovely little treats on pretty stands and plates is all I have been dreaming about. After making an afternoon tea for my friends to enjoy on my birthday, I began to think this would be a great service to offer to other people (because it is a bit of a faff to put together!)… and so Baked Afternoon Tea Service was born!
Baked has two spreads on offer with a minimum of 6 servings per order (that doesn’t mean to say you have to have 6 people eat it!). From finger sandwiches to macaroons and our delicious cupcakes of course, it is sure to go down a treat with friends and family. So whether it’s a girls night in or a family celebration – Afternoon tea is definitely the way to go
The wedding season is starting up now and I just wanted to share the latest wedding I have catered for. The colour scheme was duck egg blue with dusty pink which looked beautiful when I visited the venue. I created a cupcake tower with a giant cupcake topping it off as well as cake pop place settings.
This was the first time I had made cake pop place settings for a wedding and I was really pleased with the results. The cake pops were done in the duck egg blue colour for male guests and the dusty pink colour for the female guests. They had mini pearl decorations and a shimmer. Cake Pops make amazing place settings and favours for your guests – two in one!
There was a request to have a special bride and groom cake pop for the bride and grooms table place setting. I have seen these before and think they are really cute but I hadn’t had a go myself. I loved the finished pops – think I will be having these when I get married!
If you would like to see more information on Baked Cupcakery’s wedding cupcakes and cakes, please visit our website!