Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Marshmallow and Jaffa Cake experiment...

Jaffa Cake Cupcakes...

Marshmallow Cupcakes...

Okay, so let's just say that the first attempt didn't quite go to plan.  Despite looking a bit raggedy (is that a word?), they tasted pretty good.  I think I made the mistake of filling the cases with too much mix after dropping in the marshmallow or jaffa cake... needless to say they overflowed and needed a bit of cupcake "pruning".  The marshmallow also caused giant sink-holes to appear in the cupcake - not sure how to get round that other than fill them in with icing :-)  The jaffa cake actually stayed jaffa-cake like even when baked but the marshmallow pretty much disappeared into chewy goo which, in my opinion was quite nice!  I thought I'd also take the opportunity to try out a different icing nozzle having seen it elsewhere, it looks pretty neat and doesn't detract from whatever else you're dolloping on top!

If nothing else, I hope these pics give you a Tuesday laugh...

LCF Girl

Little Cake Factory is now on Flickr!

I'll be posting pics on Flickr so please stop by to have a look (yes, even the bad ones!).  You can see a snapshot of what's there on the right hand side of this page -->

Just added Little Cake Factory to my Local Business Network run by the Chamber of Commerce - didn't have to pay a penny http://surrey.thebusinessnetworkonline.com

LCF Girl

Friday, 23 October 2009

Iron Cupcake London

What the... I just discovered a whole new parallel cupcake universe in the UK


Yes, of course I've joined (although not quite sure in time to do the spice cupcake challenge, maybe December?)

LCF Girl

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Hen party cupcakes

Hi cupcaking fans,

I thought I ought to post a pic of my latest "order". I was asked to bake a batch of cupcakes for a hen party last week. The customer specified "naughty bits" so... of course I obliged. I was giggling away to myself as I moulded fondant into certain shapes. Being a family-business I don't think it would be appropriate to post an un-edited copy of the photograph so I have bleeped certain bits out!

If you like the look of these and would like to order something similar then please get in touch - they don't have to be rude either. I thought it was a really original gift to give the hens and I hope they enjoyed them! Oh by the way, the "L-Plates" should be obvious and the others that are visible are ball-and-chain :-)

And now I need to make a call to BT Business as they STILL have not got my order quite right...

Back soon,
LCF Girl

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Halloween cupcakes at Little Cake Factory


Go on, surprise someone with a scary cupcake this Halloween. We've taken tips from cupcake guru Karen Tack and recreated some of her most popular decorations. Take a look at the website for further information or just email us at orders@littlecakefactory.co.uk.

Okay, so Nightmare on Elm Street might be a bit more frightening but who could resist a spooky chocolate ghost or a sweet little pumpkin?

Get your orders in fast because the next two weeks are sure to be busy at Little Cake Factory.

Eerily yours,

LCF Girl

PS - Seriously, PLEASE no more calls asking me to advertise in every single publication going, you know I can't say no AND my advertising budget is now less than zilch!

National Baking Week - 19 - 25th October

National Baking Week is nearly here!

Take a look at the website to see what's going on in your community and perhaps you can make something to raise money for a local charity or just to provide a smile to those who need it most.

Back to the kitchen...

LCF Girl

Monday, 12 October 2009

Kei's Restaurant - first outing of wedding cupcakes!

What a whirlwind weekend. There's something very satisfying about seeing your creation come to life after quite a bit of hard work. As you'll see from the photographs, the cupcake stand for the Chinese wedding on Saturday looked fantastic - even if I do say so myself. I really hope the bride and groom liked it - it turned out to be a bit of a centrepiece in the dining room (or at least it was when I left the restaurant!).

I'd gone along with intentions of adding ribbons and other decorations but there were so many cupcakes on the stand it really just spoke for itself. So, I can safely say that I definitely "do" do wedding cupcakes now. I consider that one a difficult challenge with the double happiness character decoration and if I can do that then anything is possible so please do get in touch if you have any wedding cupcake requirements!

Oh I forgot to mention that I also baked a huge batch of cupcakes for a 21st party on the Saturday also, compared to the wedding cupcakes that was easy!

Back soon,
LCF girl

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Double Happiness, flowers, Squires think I'm nuts

Hello cupcaking fans,

BUSY is really the only way to describe this week! So much going on both on the home front and business front. Probably spending way too much on advertising - I actually said NO to someone yesterday for a change. Nice orders still coming in which is great and a few bigger jobs pending.

I now know what the Halloween cupcakes will look like, I just have to get baking so that you can see what you're buying. Once the wedding cupcakes have been delivered this weekend I promise I will get onto Halloween. I am really pleased with how the decorations have turned out - who'd have thought it possible to do 50 Double Happiness decorations and 50 flowers in half a day?! I may end up finding myself a very niche market of catering cupcakes to Chinese weddings - who knows, I can't wait to see the finished cupcake stand in all its glory. What I do know is that I think I am the only owner of the double happiness cutter in the UK... AND I've figured out how to use it! I've got a few great pics that I'll post after the event, I don't want to ruin the surprise in case the bride should happen to be reading this...

I've also realised that people don't always need a specific reason to mail out cupcakes - there are a lot of very kind families and friends out there who just want to say "Hello" with a cupcake and the recipient is always so pleasantly surprised.

T - I am thinking of you at the moment and cannot wait to meet what was the bump very soon.

Check back soon,
LCF Girl

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Send a Boo! in the post...

October. The month to shake the moths out of your winter coat, sweep up the leaves, sigh at the Christmas selection boxes already in the shops and ORDER YOUR HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES!

Over the next week or so I'll be creating and photographing my Halloween cupcake "collection". I've already posted a hint of what's to come on the Little Cake Factory website. If you're having a Halloween party or really just want to make someone smile, get in touch with Little Cake Factory and place your order now.

Don't forget - if you come up with a new and novel cupcake idea (including Halloween) that we say wow to, you'll receive a batch for free. Email orders@littlecakefactory.co.uk with your creative suggestions!

Happy cupcaking,
LCF girl