I’ve been taking a break from baking novelty cakes to concentrate on my new business PrintCakes.co.uk (more on that in the previous post), but this cake was for a regular customer and I couldn’t say no. Especially as I had made her daughters 16th and 18th birthday cake, and this new commission was to do her 21st!
The brief was to create a sophisticated New York themed birthday cake for her daughter who was visiting the big apple to buy her dream handbag, the Gucci Marmont!
So before I waffle on forever, here is the cake!
The cake was a 10″ victoria sponge, and the handbag on top was also made from carved cake. The New York Skyline was cut from Squires Kitchen black flower paste using a scalpel knife, following a template I made. The apple was made from rice crispy treats and covered in sugar paste.
I ordered a handbag chain mould for the cake but the bad weather held up the delivery and so I had to make it by hand. This created a great effect, but it took a lot longer to do as each chain link was individually made. They were cut using small circle cutters, then linked together with edible glue. It was also quite delicate as really it should have been left to dry over night, but there just wasn’t time! Once it was finished I dusted it with gold lustre.
Thankfully the customer loved the cake, as did her daughter. I really hope you like it too, let me know what you think!
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
*UPDATE* You can now order online at our sister company Print Cakes!
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.
So it’s freezing! Everyone is feeling the cold and my thoughts could not be further away from from sipping delicious cocktails by the pool. That was until I received an order for these little rays of sunshine! Cocktail themed cupcakes for a party… believe me when I say these photos will transport you to that sun drenched far away location you dream of in an instant!
Quick peak at our Valentine Cupcakes… there may be more to follow depending on how busy the bakery gets! These chocolate Valentines cupcakes are sure to leave a smile on your Valentine’s face – and yours too if they’re into sharing.
Delicious chocolate cupcakes with mini heart sprinkles, ‘Love Hearts’ and Cherry Lips. Available in boxes of 6, 12 and 24 (depends on how much love you want to give!) Boxes come gift wrapped and make the perfect present.
Box of 6 Valentine Cupcakes – £9.00
Box of 12 Valentine Cupcakes – £18.00
Box of 24 Valentine Cupcakes – £36.00
FREE delivery/collection in Sunderland and from £4.00 to surrounding areas.