Bake the Nation!

UK Celebration Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery

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…

Bake the Nation UK Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery
Cupcakes to celebrate the UK in 2012 for the Happy Egg Co. Bake the Nation competition.
Baked Cupcakery 2012 UK Celebration Cupcakes!
Cupcakes to celebrate each region of the UK for the Happy Egg Co. Competition.

Here are the photos of all the regions… from the top!

Scotland

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Scotland Cupcake
Traditional tartan cupcake with mini sporran to represent Scotland

North East

UK Celebration Cupcakes - North East Cupcake
My home region! I have used the iconic Angel of the North to represent the North East.

North West

UK Celebration Cupcakes - North West Cupcake
To celebrate the North West I chose a Lake District inspired scene with a Beatles Yellow Submarine!

Yorkshire & the Humber

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Yorkshire & the Humber Cupcake
Rolling hills and of course Yorkshire puddings with a full Sunday dinner (even the gravy!) to represent Yorkshire & the Humber.

East Midlands

UK Celebration Cupcakes - East Midlands Cupcake
The historic Sherwood forest and Robbin Hood for the East Midlands!

West Midlands

UK Celebration Cupcakes - West Midlands
Spaghetti Junction cupcake for the West Midlands!

Wales

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Wales Cupcake
Welsh cupcake creation with rugby ball and daffodils.

East of England

UK Celebration Cupcakes - East of England Cupcake
Norfolk Broads cupcake to represent the East of England

South East

UK Celebration Cupcakes - South East
To celebrate the beautiful beaches we have in the UK!

South West

UK Celebration Cupcakes - South West Cupcake
I took the iconic Eden project to represent this South West of the UK

Northern Ireland

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Northern Ireland Cupcake
Shamrock decoration on grassy cliff top for the Northern Ireland cupcake

And of course, not forgetting our Capital!

London

UK Celebration Cupcakes - London
As the home of the Queen and with the Diamond Jubilee coming up in June, this seemed the best way to celebrate London!

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)

Baked Cupcakery UK Jubilee Cupcake Celebration
A collection of cupcakes to represent each of the regions of the UK for the Jamie Oliver Magazine, Happy Egg Co. competition!
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April Wedding Cupcakes & Cake Pops

Wedding cupcake tower

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.

Wedding Cupcake Tower
Cream, dusty pink and duck egg blue cupcake tower

Wedding Cupcake Tower

Wedding cupcake tower
Mini and regular wedding cupcakes on a tiered stand.

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!

Wedding Cake Pop Place Names
The cake pops look beautiful set out on all the tables.
Wedding Cake Pop Place Setting
Pink cake pop place setting.
Blue cake pop place setting with pearl details.

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!

Belgian chocolate dipped cake pop with pearl necklace detail for the bride.
Groom cake pop
Belgian chocolate dipped cake pop with mini bow tie for the groom.

If you would like to see more information on Baked Cupcakery’s wedding cupcakes and cakes, please visit our website!

Gold Engagement Cupcake Tower

Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower

I haven’t put a post up for quite a while, so I thought I would quickly share this recent cupcake tower. The bakery has been mad busy these past few weeks and there hasn’t been much time for anything else!

Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower
Beautiful tower for an engagement party.
Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower
Beautiful tower for an engagement party.
Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower
Beautiful tower for an engagement party.
Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower
Beautiful tower for an engagement party.
Gold and Cream Engagement Cupcake Tower
Beautiful tower for an engagement party.

700 Corporate Cupcakes for UKAR

UKAR Branded Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery

So the next large corporate order was delivered yesterday to UKAR in Sunderland… 700 branded cupcakes for their employees. Although no where near as many as the 2000 baked for Virgin Money last month it was still a large task! There was a bit more room to breathe in the bakery this time around and the bake went smoothly. With more corporate orders booked in for next month it seems cupcakes are definitely the smart business choice!

If you would like more information on our corporate cupcakes – visit our website.

UKAR Branded Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery
700 Printed cupcakes for UKAR in Sunderland.
UKAR Branded Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery
700 Printed cupcakes for UKAR in Sunderland.

Forget Christmas Cards!

Everyone loves a Christmas card, but once you’ve seen that same Christmas scene or jolly Santa Clause a million times does the sentiment start to wear off? How about giving something to your close friends and family that will really stand out and spread some real Christmas spirit?! At Baked we have created a special Christmas Box which does the job of a card and more! The box contains 4 delicious vanilla cupcakes frosted with a really creamy buttercream, Christmas sprinkles and a chocolate ring. So festive and gorgeous! Then the final cupcake can be topped with a photo and a “Merry Christmas from you” message (or just a message if you are camera shy).

These boxes are just £6.00 each  (minimum order of 2 boxes) or 5 boxes for £25.00. We deliver throughout the North East, and free within Sunderland. Please get in touch to make an order or visit our Facebook page to see our other Christmas offerings.

Personalised Christmas Box £6.00
Personalise the cupcake with a photo and message

A Cupcake Christmas

I know it’s October, but the shops have gone Christmas crazy and so must I! It’s a confusing month, with ghouls, ghosts, Christmas trees and snowmen dominating my mind. Be warned, this post might put you in the festive spirit, if you can’t deal with it yet, scroll down and have a look at the Halloween post instead!

I have created a cupcake winterland this year, the main centre piece is a Christmas Tree Giant Cupcake complete with mini candy cane and bauble decorations. It’s surrounded with mini cupcake presents and snowmen. Perfect for your family Christmas, the cake can be vanilla or chocolate and is something everyone will enjoy (I know there are some fruit cake haters out there!) I also works as a fantastic Christmas gift, and can be delivered in time for Christmas (in the North East of England). Take a peek at them below…

The mini cupcakes can be bought separately in boxes on 12 and 24 for a cute gift.

We also have Christmas Tree Cupcakes on offer, which have a chocolate sponge and a vanilla top. If that’s not enough then Mr Frosty – our super Christmas cupcake will be for you. He’s made up of a vanilla cupcake base with a white choc cake pop head, all covered in coconut. He even has chocolate arms! I then got a bit carried away and made some Christmas scenes with all my creations…

Printed Cupcakes & Cakes

We are very excited to announce the launch of our printed cakes and cupcakes! Test runs have been done and there are orders in the pipeline! I can’t get over the novelty of printing edible images, and they look amazing on the cakes. I’m hoping my Graphic Design background will lead to some interesting creations!

Businesses
Printed cupcakes are a brilliant opportunity for many businesses to get their brand noticed and remembered! Whether it’s for a memorable marketing campaign, an event or awards evening, product launch, or a thank you to a valued customer – printed cupcakes will go down a storm! They can even be individually bagged with your business card attached. Please get in touch to see what we can do for you.

Weddings
We have designed some lovely cupcakes with photos of happy couples and messages on. We can work with you to design a cupcake that fits in exactly with your wedding. What better way to say thank you to your guests than with their own delicious cupcake. I would certainly be over the moon! Cupcakes can even be uses as place name with each guests name printed on top.

Birthdays, Christenings and Occasions
Surprise your friends and family with photo cupcakes or a larger cake. Photo cupcakes can make up all the cakes or mix and match with some of our other designs. Get in touch to see what we can do for you. The sky is the limit!