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I cannot believe how quickly this month is flying by! Our workshop at the start of June was a great success, we had another full class and the students produced some beauties! We decided upon the ‘Secret Garden’ as a theme so that we could make some lovely creepy crawlies and flowers!

Above are just some of the students beautiful creations! Plus some pics of them hard at work!

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Hi, just a quick post to share a couple of photos of two of our recent, more unusual, cakes with you!

We have been really busy lately with various projects such as planning our next workshop and full day-course and designing cakes for peoples occasions and weddings, plus we are busy planning which products we will be selling at the July Summer Fayre in Port Sunlight and testing new flavours. So it really is all go!

Below is a picture of a cake which I actually designed for my brothers birthday, it isn’t very often I get to really go to town on a design with a bottomless budget and as he is such a huge fan of the stars and astronomy the cake was themed around that!

The cake surface was mostly airbrushed because I wanted to create the ‘Galaxy’ effect so I used various colours including purple, blue, black, white and red!

The planets were made from various coloured fondants and glitters! Below is a picture which shows the planets more closely!

I was really pleased with the overall effect and my Brother was also very happy, he was reluctant to cut into the cake because he liked it so much but all his birthday visitors were pleased that he did! The cake was a Victoria sponge with a blend of strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant conserve filling and vanilla buttercream with a layer of fresh sliced strawberries!

Below is another cake we produced recently. This was a Casino themed cake for a 10 year-old girl who had recently attended her Grandmothers casino-themed 70th birthday party and wanted something similar!

The cake was a vanilla and pecan sponge with maple buttercream and plain white fondant with coloured fondant playing card suit symbols. The playing cards and casino chips were made from edible pastillage both of which were brought to life with Rice paper prints. The numbers on the playing cards represented the birthday girls birth date and age, and the numbers on the dice also made 10 🙂

Hope you enjoyed looking at our cakes!

Well what can I say, our May cupcake decorating learning day was a huge success! The Ladies produced some real beauties and I was so impressed by their enthusiasm. The class got on really well together and at times the room was silent and filled with pure concentration & at other times laughter- which is nice!

Below is a picture of the ladies hard at work!

This was our first class of the year so we wanted to create some nice sunny designs and bright colours. One of the ladies used all pastel shades to produce her decorations and the results were beautiful!

We have already had tons of enquiries about our next courses so if you are interested in learning buttercream piping techniques and how to produce professional looking cupcakes just e-mail us, tweet us or check out our Facebook page!!

Check out our Flickr link at the side to look at more photos from our classes!

*Further to our post below, we have reduced the price of childs places to £35

We have a new workshop in June !!

The workshop is entitled ‘the Secret Garden’ and entails decorating cupcakes around this theme. Specifically we will be making mini edible roses, leaves and flowers. Plus toadstools, butterflies and other edible delights associated with the ‘Secret Garden’. We will also be demonstrating buttercream piping techniques such as ‘edible grass’ and how to achieve the ‘soil effect’ for creating your own genuine-looking mini Secret Gardens.

The course will be held in Heswall, Wirral on Sunday 12th June and will run for 3 hours. This is a great workshop for parents and kids (over the age of 8 ) or adults alike, who wish to hone or learn new skills. The course aims to be informative but also, and most importantly, fun! The price of the workshop is £65 * including 6 cakes to take home, refreshments, all your materials and a certificate of attendance!

Our morning workshop (10-1) is for mums or dads with kids and the afternoon workshop (2-5) is for adults only!

If this sounds like something that would be of interest to you or you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will send you payment details and our address etc. email info@angelscupcakes.co.uk

The Secret Garden brings out the child in all of us and we are really looking forward to it, we hope to see you there!!

 



		

Hi all,

its been a while but as usual it’s been busy here at Angels Cupcakes HQ. Anyways it is just a short blog post today to share some photographs of a recent wedding which we particularly enjoyed catering for. The colour scheme was Ivory and gold and we baked and decorated 2 different types of cupcakes. We made 4 dozen fondant topped vanilla sponge cupcakes in gold cases (below),

and 5 dozen vanilla buttercream topped sponge cupcakes in plain cream coloured cases (below).

We also made a wedding cake topper for the summit of the cupcake stand to really set off the design. A close-up is pictured below:

All of the cakes were topped with hand-made sugar flowers, around 400 in total and a total of around 500 edible pearls so it was quite a tall order but we enjoyed every bit of it!

We thought we would share these photos with you and if you would like to see the finished product please visit http://www.angelscupcakes.co.uk and look at the wedding tab under the gallery category! thanks for looking! P.S we still have a couple of places left on our cupcake decorating course on May 8th, for more info contact us at info@angelscupcakes.co.uk!

Following the success of our Cupcake Master-class last year, and after many enquiries, we now have a date for the next Cupcake decorating class which will take place on Sunday May 8th on the Wirral, near Cheshire.

‘Hearts and flowers’, our summer homage to cupcakes, will focus on the decoration element of cupcakes, enabling students to create a summery themed selection of cupcakes to take home (12 to be exact). The day will include a lovely lunch, refreshments as and when required and 2 boxes of 6 cupcakes lovingly decorated by your own fair hand.

This class will focus on buttercream piping techniques, creating hand-made roses and flowers and will also look at creating colour-schemes for events such as weddings and occasions which you keen cake-decorators may need to cater for!

For more information please e-mail us at info@angelscupcakes.co.uk and we will be happy to send you more details. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!

Thanks x

Hi all,

I have to firstly apologize for being so quiet for so long, I feel bad! let me say though that I have had a bit of a nightmare. We have been really busy (with one thing & another) here at Angels Cupcakes HQ, admittedly that is the good bit! But then we had an enquiry for a large order and unbeknown to the people who made the enquiry their whole address book was intercepted and they sent virus’s to everyone! Needless to say this was a nightmare for us because one thing led to another and we ended up having to order new hard drives, another back-up system etc. and some of the files were corrupt and irretrievable. So since our main system has been down we have been unable to access alot of our day-to-day information, passwords etc including coming on here to update our blog.

In the long run this has been good for us because firstly It has made us more vigilant about opening attachments from e-mails (even if we know the sender) and I would always recommend not opening an attachment unless you know you are being sent one and making sure (obviously) that your spam-ware/security is well up-to-date! And secondly because we have updated our operating system and programmes we now have a really efficient system which works much quicker, helping us to do stuff quicker and more efficiently. Happy days (now).

Anyways update & lecture over, but seriously if you do have important stuff on your hard-drive please BACK IT UP, BACK IT UP, BACK IT UP!

So, since we last got together we ran the study to see which products work best when baking sponge: we are not going to publish a research document which has been peer reviewed or anything and the study certainly was not stringent in all conditions but on the whole the outcome was this…..You get what you pay for! We found Lurpak butter worked better and tasted nicer both in the sponge and the buttercream that we made, compared to the cheaper versions. McDougals flour came out on top in the sponge stakes too! We are not endorsing (or being paid) to share these results by the way, but as professional cake-makers we wanted to make sure that we are giving our customers the best quality products by testing cheap versus expensive ones to see if it really does make a difference. We did find that when it came to sugar- there really was no difference but flour and butter were the most important factors when it comes to lighter sponger and more tasty results!

On the whole for lighter sponge cakes/cupcakes I would highly recommend McDougals flour, Lurpak butter, for both sponge and buttercream, and any sugar that you like, although we tend to use Tate & Lyle fairtrade icing and caster sugar. We did find that Aldi butter was also very nice and produced a lovely ivory coloured buttercream, but for lighter buttercream stick to Lurpak. We ALWAYS use free-range lion branded eggs, and we didn’t test eggs because we wouldn’t buy eggs that were from caged hens even for our study.

Anyway we hope this has been of some use to you all, we have found it really useful and will continue to use the best products we can find in our cakes. If you have any tips for bakers or any products you cannot live without please reply to this blog or join us on Twitter and let us know! Thanks for reading and we will post some lovely photos very soon!

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