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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

Well I’m afraid I have been somewhat lacking on the blog-front! Us Angels have been so busy with the Wirral Christmas food fayre , and then following that: basic recovery!

The first ever food fayre based in Port Sunlight (home of Sunlight Soap and Unilever) was an amazing success, the local paper reported that there were over 9000 visitors and I know from talking to customers that they came from far and wide!

Port Sunlight is such a beautiful Village in itself and well worth a visit, I have loved the place ever since I first visited it as a child and I am lucky that we are literally up-the-road so we didn’t have far to travel. For more information about Port Sunlight Village see this link http://www.portsunlightvillage.com/

The food fayre ran over 2 days and our preparations started days in advance ensuring sure we had all the stuff we needed plus extra for this time of year such as Christmas decorations. The majority of preparations could only start the day before because ideally baked products should be sold and eaten on the same day, although obviously this is not always possible!

So we baked all day Friday from 8am until 10pm and there were 3 of us working really hard! We went to the venue in the afternoon to take some props etc and were stunned by the size of the marquee, which was heated and had wooden flooring etc and looked really impressive. The following morning we were up really early to get to the venue to set up, before we knew it there was people pouring into venue and flocking around our stall.

We had sold out of all of our mince pies after 2 hours and most of our large classic bakes were finished before lunchtime. As things died down around 4pm we decided an Angel would have to go back to base and start baking again. Originally we thought we would have enough stock to last us for the two days but how wrong we were!

We baked until the early hours of the morning and I reckon we couldn’t have baked enough mince pies if we had baked a million, they were gone again straight away and we even had people coming back, who had bought some the previous day, asking for more. One of our Angels even dropped more mince pies off at 3pm and they were gone within 10 minutes.

In summary the food fayre was a huge success and a really great experience for us, particularly as it is only our second event! I have some pictures which were taken on both days before the public were allowed in so it looks really quiet but believe me it was not! On the Saturday night I vowed to take more photos when the stall was busy but we were a man down and I never had the opportunity to leave the stall until everyone had gone. We were left with only a few cupcakes by the end of Sunday and over the two days we gave out loads of information and details and had lots of great feedback, positive comments and we also met some great people too.

Things are just getting back to normal after such a busy weekend and we’ve had to catch up with our other every-day chores, particularly as between us we had car, washing machine, heating and frozen pipe disasters due to the weather conditions! It is all sent to try us, as they say!

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What a busy week it has been, lots of cakepops to do and Christmas orders have been streaming in too! My Christmas Eve deadline is looking more and more daunting by the minute, but we like a challenge and always thrive under pressure!

Today we are getting our mince pies and scone recipes perfected ready for the food festival next weekend, which I am really looking forward to, It promises to be VERY festive! see the link below for the exhibitors list if you live in the North West and fancy a festive day out next weekend! http://www.portsunlightchristmasfayre.com/exhibitor.php

Also this week we have been making our new delicious Christmas Cupcake ‘flavours of the month’: Strawberry, cream and Champagne Cupcakes, and Cookies and cream with mini-oreo decoration! See our website for more details www.angelscupcakes.co.uk

Anyway it’s back to the grindstone to get more stuff done, hopefully we will have lots of photos of the Food Fayre to post on here next week and don’t forget if you are in the area call in and see us and say hi! Don’t worry we are in a heated marquee so even if the weather is bad it will be worth braving it! chow for now! (by the way in case you think I’m thick, I know it’s ciao, but I like the food connotation of my spelling!) 🙂

I really am slacking at the moment blog-wise, I decided I need to allocate a time and day to write a new post once a week & leave it at that! So Sunday morning it shall be 🙂 (unless we have an event in which case our weekly blog will be on a Monday)

The reason I have been slacking is I have just been so busy! I have been working hard at the salon and cupcake orders from clients there have been rolling in but life in general has been so hectic lately, I must confess though that I quite like it that way!

Anyways we digress, this week I thought I would try something a bit different and as everyone seems to be going cakepop mad at the moment, I thought I’d give them a go! I looked on utube to see what the basic principles were and adapted it to my own idea: Snowball Cakepops. Basically involving lots of coconut and white chocolate YUMMY!

As you can see above the cake pops turned out very well, but for anyone who is thinking of trying them I would say make sure you refrigerate the pops after you have formed the balls for at least half an hour (so the middle of the pops are cold too) before attempting to put dipped sticks into them. Otherwise the sticks will slip (as we discovered) and may come through the end of your cakepop which is not ideal.

Other news is that we are very excited to be attending the Port Sunlight 2-day Christmas food fayre at the start of December. There is a lot of planning and organisation needed for such an event so that has also been taking up our time. It looks as if it will be a fantastic fayre with loads of stalls and chef demonstrations and of course our cupcakes and cakepops! There is also going to be a fairground and live music etc so if you live in the area it is definitely worth a look! Click here for more information http://www.portsunlightchristmasfayre.com/.

Anyway that is all for now, back to the planning, no rest for the wicked you know!


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