Angels Cakes & Bakes Blog

Well what an amazing summer we’ve been having so far, we’re not really used to this are we? It has been all-go on the Angels front but we held our final cake class of the summer last week and will now be having a rest (haha) (on the cake class front) over Wedding season until the autumn. We are planning some really fun classes for the autumn including a model making class, which I am really looking forward to.

We have had some interest from younger cupcakers too so we embraced it by including the young-uns on our final workshop!ImageIts always nice to see their enthusiasm and often kids throw a whole new spin on an idea that we have been teaching for ages! So I look forward to creating some new classes for children too this autumn/winter caking season and as always will keep you posted via our website: http://www.angelscakesandbakes.co.uk/ and Facebook and trusty Twitter (see tabs for links).

I do hope we continue to have glorious weather and you all enjoy the summer and I look forward to hopefully seeing you at one of our cake classes soon when the days are not so bright and we need some Sunday Fun.

happy caking,

The Angels xxx

We’ve been so busy recently that I forgot we even had a blog…how bad is that? It’s been a funny old 6 months since we last blogged but the truth is there are just so many social media outlets these days it is truly hard to keep up, it’s a job in itself, on top of our ‘actual jobs’.

So what’s been happening? well other aspects of our daily lives seem to have been so busy and making cakes and running classes all take up our time. The baking-trend roller coaster does not seem to be losing momentum, indeed, there are still numerous new baking/cake decorating publications making there way onto the shop shelves and stores selling equipment, as well as actual cake shops,  still popping up everywhere. Literally, there are now ‘pop-up’ shops opening on the high streets and in malls. I think they are a great idea as they do not involve the expense and dedication required involved in opening a full-on commercial property and they can be moved to popular areas depending upon demand.

So what else is news? Well, we have just published the dates of our new cupcake decorating classes on the website which you can see here: http://www.angelscakesandbakes.co.uk/angels-cakes-and-bakes-workshops.html

We accept Paypal now too which is a bonus for people, so no fuss, just an easy-peasy payment and booking procedure! So if you haven’t been on one of workshops yet then book early to avoid disappointment we always have loads of fun and there is so much to learn!

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Look at the ladies here with their prize cupcakes! 🙂

Well that’s all for now, I’m off to make fondant willy’s, oh the joys of my job,  Hope to see you soon! 🙂 xxx

Welcome to the new name for Angels Cupcakes- as our range has expanded, so has our name! It has been a while since I have has time to come on here & post a new blog entry, we have made endless cakes and had lots of classes but don’t just take our word for it check out our new website at http://www.angelscakesandbakes.co.uk and see for yourself! Soon we will be posting tutorials and maybe even try our hand at the odd YouTube video to teach some stuff & give an insight into some of our classes’ content. For now I will share a recent cake I made that I loved and did not want to part with, especially Teddy!

Well it’s been a while since the last blog post, but in that short space of time the world, well the UK at least, seems to have gone BAKING MAD! Everywhere you turn there is baking paraphernalia, whether it be books, baking tins or just about everything you can imagine with cupcakes printed on it!

On the TV every other programme is either a reality show or a cookery show of some description or another! We are getting more and more enquiries every day about our classes and I’ve noticed that many other classes are starting to pop up too around the UK!

It is great to see that so many people are trying their hand at home baking, I for one have always been a huge fan, and since I was very small, have enjoyed producing sweet treats to hand out to family and friends! With that in mind we have been very busy working on new products and goods and promoting both them and our classes! Our last class in fact was just the other Sunday and the cakes produced were some of the best yet!

You can see how much work has gone into these little Easter cuties! I just love teaching making these small fondant figures and kids really love eating them so all of our students go home happy and the children (or grown-ups) in their families enjoy savouring their hard work!

We have a range of classes scheduled for this year which can be viewed on our new website soon but in the meantime you  can contact us via our e-mail info@angelscupcakes.co.uk. We are based in Bebington, in the North of England and all ability ranges are catered for!

Last week we were lucky to have a nice sunny Sunday so the ladies sat out and ate lunch overlooking the fields at Claremont farm (where our classes are held).

So if you fancy joining all those people on the TV by trying out your caking skills why not join us on one of our classes and see how you fair! we always have fun and at the end of the day there is always Cake!

Where did it come from, it just crept up on us from nowhere! Xmas is just a stones-throw away & boy have we been busy!

Our classes for 2011 ended in November but we had a lovely last class with many of our students returning for the festive workshop, which was great! They made some really lovely cakes and I got some great feedback from many of them to say how much they enjoyed the class and some of them also visited at the Xmas stall too!

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The Xmas Food Fayre at Port Sunlight was very busy this year but I think there were more people taking leaflets about our cakes and enquiring about our classes than actually buying our delicious delicacies (which is still good news).  I think that with the influx of cookery and baking programmes now on TV people are giving it a whirl themselves, and good on them too! We are always happy to have a stall at a couple of these types of events every year and spread the good cakey word, particularly about our workshops at Claremont Farm.

We were really happy with the stand this year, we do try to make it as festive as possible and the lights and voiles really added to that I think.  Anyway there were loads of visitors and our mince pies sold out again (we can never make enough) thanks to a local DJ telling people about how fab they were, and we weren’t going to argue!

Our cream soda push pop cakes did not sell as well as we would have liked, they sold-out in the summer so I am guessing they are more of a summer thing, we made the syrup ourselves and were very pleased with the results so summery ‘cream soda push pop cakes’ here we come!  A big seller were our sweetie-pops, they were a new line we added and basically consisted of marshmallows on sticks with white chocolate drizzled over and sweeties stuck on top, and they were yummy, even though I say so myself!

Our jam tarts are always a big seller too, they all sold out, along with our Baileys Cream cupcakes and our triple chocolate ones! So all-in-all it was successful and very festive, although we did do better last Xmas and at the summer Fayre (we sold out in 4 hours), I think this is more of a sign-of-the-times especially after talking to other stall holders who also said that business was slower than at previous events!

I wanted to share with you a picture of one of this years Caribbean Christmas Cakes we have been making, full of lovely fruits such as mango, dates and figs, lots of Caribbean rum and covered in golden brandy marzipan and Madagascan vanilla fondant!

I am not a massive fan of fruit cake if I am honest but I have saved one of these for Xmas day so that I can sample it myself and hopefully not be disappointed.

Other news is we are currently working on our new website which we are hoping will be up-and-running in early 2012, with lots of new exciting features and links, so watch this space, and we have also been approached about supplying our wares to a couple of outlets- more about that in the new year! (*fingers crossed*)

Well I must dash now as I have lots to do but all that remains for me to say, and all of us at Angels HQ, is have a fab Christmas and end of 2011 and I look forward to blogging in 2012! Thanks for reading Kim x

Long-time no post!

We have had such a busy time at Angels Cupcakes lately and our larger, celebration cakes have really taken off! I have posted quite a few pictures on Facebook so do check them out!

First let me get you up to speed on what’s been happening since the last entry.

We have had 2 classes at our new venue; Claremont Farm, a full intensive learning day and a cupcake perfection class. The new venue is great because they have a professional kitchen which we can utilise and give more extensive demo’s etc.

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This slideshow shows the ladies hard at work on the intensive class. I am always amazed at the beautiful creations they produce.  Our next class is on Sunday and following that we are having a ‘Midsummer nights Dream’ themed cupcake class for Halloween instead of the traditional pumpkins/witches type decorating- route!

Whilst we are on the subject of Halloween below (& in slide show above) is a picture of a Spooky Gothic castle cake that we made for a Gothic-themed 30th Birthday party recently! The cake was a surprise but apparently went down a treat!

'30th Birthday cake for a Gothic-themed party'

This cake was very popular on our Facebook site and occasion cakes generally, as I mentioned earlier, seem to be making a come-back! But we still love Cupcakes too,  our Christmas Cupcake workshop sold out in September but we are really looking forward to seeing the creations our students produce on the Halloween class first! I will keep you posted! Check out our other cakes on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AngelsCupcakesUK

I am thoroughly ashamed that it has been over a month since my last blog-post, okay, okay so I always say something similar…’we’ve been really busy’, ‘up the wall’, ‘no time to turn-around’….its all true I swear!! Okay so whats been happening I hear you ask, well, now you come to mention it, we have been up the wall! Since the last blog-post which was a summary of our Secret Garden cupcake workshop we have also held a full-day intensive course; ‘Flower Power’, which concentrated on (obvious maybe) ‘Flowers’ and forming beautiful flowers for adorning cupcakes!

It was a great class and there were some beautiful creations like this one (bottom) which is a fine example of ‘less is more’

 Occasionally students have a tendency to either over-load their cupcakes with decorations or run out of cupcakes and pile all the decorations they have made on to one cupcake!  But I think this is a great example of a simple but beautifully adorned cupcake made with florist paste and a silicone mould! (which are my new best friends).  Below are some other examples made by a student who, I am sure she wouldn’t mind me describing as a ‘tom-boy’, and whom produced some of the loveliest flowers I have seen for a while. I particularly like the pink one on the right hand-side!

So a successful day all round and I have since had lots of nice feedback from those who attended to say they really enjoyed their day! I am also glad to announce that we have a new venue for our courses, which will now be held at Claremont Farm on the Wirral in their professional kitchens! http://www.claremontfarm.co.uk/forthcomingevents.html check out this link to their website for upcoming events and more details of our courses!

Anyways, there is more news but I have to go, but I will share with you news of our latest event at Port Sunlight Village Fayre very soon! Thanks for reading our blog!

The Angels x

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