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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

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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!

ladies hearts and flowers 2013

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

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

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!

For more pictures and updates see our facebook page ‘Angels Cupcakes’

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!

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!

The last time I used this display teacup was at the Christmas Fayre in December, and then it was full of cakepops! Whilst going through all my display stock recently I foolishly left it on the kitchen table only to be claimed by my lovely cat Sunnie!

Sunnie in a teacup!

He does have a habit of finding cute places to sleep, he even tried to curl up in this and go to sleep but he eventually gave up.

Sunnie curling up in a teacup

Luckily I only use this display item for wrapped goods and will definitely be giving it a good clean before I do! Pretty sure nobody wants cat hairs in our lovely baked goods!


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