Baking a Website

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:

Baked Cupcakery Old Website
Screen shot of old website home page
Baked Cupcakery Old Website 3
Screen shot of old website Gallery page which linked out to Flickr which was not ideal.
Screen shot of old website about us page
Screen shot of old website about us page

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!

Here is the new sight: “Baked Cupcakery: http://www.bakedcupcakery.co.uk”;

I don’t know what I’ll do with all my spare time now… maybe bake a cake!

Mother’s Day 2014!

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.

Bunch of Cupcakes
7 Rose Cupcakes on a presentation board for Mother’s Day £30.00
Rose Mother's Day Cupcakes
Rose Mother’s Day Cupcakes £10 for box of 6 or £18 for box of 12
Rose Mother's Day Cupcakes
Cupcakes with buttercream rose for Mother’s Day £10 for box of 6 or £18.00 for box of 12
Vintage Mother's Day Cupcakes
Vintage Mother’s Day Cupcakes £35 for box of 12
Vintage Mother's Day Cupcakes
Vintage Mother’s Day Cupcakes £35 for box of 12
Vintage Mother's Day Cupcakes
Vintage Mother’s Day Cupcakes £35 for Box of 12
Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet in pink and cream. £25.00

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!

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.

A little favour…

Virgin Money Cupcakes from Baked Cupcakery

I would be forever grateful if you could spare two ticks to nominate my business Baked Cupcakery for ‘Small Business of the Year‘ with Sun FM. After venturing into the corporate market with printed logo cupcakes I have catered for companies such as EDBS (250 for their awards ceremony) and Blue Bird Care (120 cupcakes delivered to valued customers). In December I received an order from Virgin Money for 2000 cupcakes to help their launch in January.

Since then the corporate side has really started to take off with 700 corporate cupcakes delivered to UKAR in Doxford Park and a potential 5000 order in the pipeline for June.

I hope this shows that cupcakes really do mean business!

I think that over the past few months I have shown what you can achieve with determination, hard work and support.

Nominate here! Thank you!!

UKAR Branded Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery
700 Printed cupcakes for UKAR in Sunderland.
Virgin Money launch event with Baked Cupcakery's Cupcakes
Virgin Money launch event with Baked Cupcakery's Cupcakes
Wedding Cupcake Tower
Wedding Cupcake Tower

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.