The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. Those of you that know me well, know that I work 2 days a week in an admin position at an electrical contractors. Our stores guy, Jim, asked me to make some cupcakes and a birthday cake for his daughters and granddaughters birthdays. The cupcakes weren’t a problem, but I haven’t really stretched myself to making larger cakes. But – always up for a challenge – I agreed.
I made a mixed box of cupcakes – vanilla, chocolate, lemon and carrot cake.
The birthday cake was a 3 layer chocolate cake, sandwiched together with vanilla buttercream. I then topped the cake with a rich chocolate ganache and iced “Happy Birthdays” (as it was more than one birthday) in vanilla icing.
I was very happy with the result of the cupcakes and the cake and feedback from Jim was that ‘all the cakes were eaten and enjoyed by all.”
I’ve been selling my products at a few markets recently. I thought to promote my brand and to look more consistent each time people see me, I had an apron made with my logo on. I used The Clever Baggers and their turnaround time from me approving the proof was fantastic! Would definitely recommend them!
I had a few hours spare one weekend (a novelty) and my daughter Lucy asked if we could make a pinata cake. It’s not a cake I’ve made yet, so was quite happy to help her create it. I baked 4 layers of cake – 2 chocolate, 1 yellow and 1 pink (Lucy’s choice). We sandwiched them together with chocolate buttercream after first cutting holes on the bottom two layers. In the holes we poured Smarties. I crumb coated the cake with chocolate buttercream and then we arranged more Smarties in coloured rows across the top of the cake. Lucy wanted to use up all the Smarties so she stuck some in a random fashion to the sides of the cake. When you cut into the cake, the Smarties fall out – such fun to make and eat!
Theres been lots of product development recently at WSC HQ. I decided to have a shot at selling some products online at Not On The High Street.com. It’s a fantastic website to sell on and has a great following and superb marketing avenues. Not everyone can automatically sell on their site – you have to be approved and prove that you will consistently provide products of a high quality. After lots of deliberation, I decided to go ahead and pay the fee to join. As my sister said “you have to take risks now and then”.
On 5th June my store went live. The very next day I got my first order!
After 2 weeks of being on the site, I’ve made half of my membership fee back already so I’m a very happy bunny! I’ve only got 6 products listed at the moment, but will gradually add to them once I get time to play in the kitchen in between cakes and markets!
Lindsay, one of the girls I went to school with was celebrating her 40th birthday this month. Our friend, Lorraine asked me to make some cupcakes for her to take away with Lindsay as they were having a girly weekend at a local hotel. Lindsay’s husband also asked me to make a birthday cake for her with the instruction of lots of chocolate and mint Aero balls.
For the cupcakes, I made 12 vanilla cupcakes and iced with lemon buttercream and made a ’40’ out of white chocolate and dusted with edible gold dust.
For the birthday cake, I layered 3 layers of chocolate cake and sandwiched together with chocolate buttercream. Around the outside of the cake I stuck double chocolate Cadbury fingers, covered the top with dark chocolate ganache and then sprinkled with crushed chocolate Aero balls and mint Aero balls and drizzled with the chocolate ganache. A diamante ’40’ was added to the top. Another fun cake to make – here’s to many more!