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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!

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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!

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

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!

For anyone who doesn’t follow us on Twitter or Facebook, just a quick post to show you one of our latest creations! The Ginger Cat Cake complete with cola flavoured whiskers and reflective collar!

We will give you an update soon regarding our latest news and our test kitchen findings from this week but for now I will leave you with Charlie! 🙂

Just a quick blog post to share a picture or two of a novelty cake which was definitely a first for me!

Hope you like them as much a my client did!

I am so ashamed that it has been so long since my last blog, disgraceful! I can only say it’s kind of a good thing because I have just been so busy lately. Particularly busy with celebration cakes at the moment and wedding order enquiries! I also have a family wedding next year which I am helping to arrange so lots of very exciting stuff at the moment, well if you like weddings and cakes it is!

Below is a picture of a valentine theme cake. It’s a fairly simple design with embossing and a sheen. It is hard to notice the sheen on these pictures so I have given you a close up! The filling is buttercream and beautiful strawberry conserve!

Anyways lots to do today and a ‘boob’ cake to finish, will post pictures asap!

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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