Thursday, 31 May 2012

Our FIRST Birthday!

On Tuesday 29th May it was officially our first birthday.  However, we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so had to wait until yesterday to celebrate!

Two weeks ago, we sent Facebook Event Invitations to our customers and also sent notifications regarding our forthcoming 1st Birthday.  We decided to hold an informal event at Sugar and Ice of Shaw offering free delicious cupcakes, fresh filter coffee, tea and even Bucks Fizz and Champagne! The event was 11am-3pm.

First of all, we needed to prepare! We printed posters, bought balloons in our brand colours and on Tuesday evening at 8pm baked some vanilla, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes.

Our front door complete with decorations

The next morning, we decorated our home with balloons, posters and made a feature table to hold the cupcake display, business cards and postcards...not to mention the Bucks Fizz and Champagne!  We also put our marketing video on the television and scrolled a slideshow of our cake photographs on the ipad.

 Our living room ready for our customers

 We also had a slideshow of our cakes on display

Our vanilla, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes all decorated
in our branded colours

Our final customers of the day leave with the remaining cupcakes
 in gift bags

 Customer cards :0)

We are delighted to say that from 11am until 4pm, we happily greeted a number of regular customers.  The event was a total success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL our customers, supporters and fans who have not only visited us in person, but virtually through Facebook, placed orders or just made enquiries... without YOU we are nothing.  

Thank you for everything!!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Jessica's Cupcake Party

On Saturday 19th May at 4pm at a house in Lees, Oldham - was a very special young lady celebrating her 9th birthday.  That special young lady was "Jessica"...

Jessica's mum had booked a Cupcake Party with Sugar and Ice of Shaw some weeks earlier.

Jessica invited her 3 close friends; Ellie, Aliya and Ellie-May to partake in a new, exciting experience.  Each girl receives and decorates 6 cupcakes within a presentation box AND also is awarded with a certificate signed by a qualified cake decorator - aka ME!

Here I am, after covering the table with a unique cupcake tablecloth, cupcake mats and cupcake paintbrush cups! The girls remove their "naked" cupcakes ready to start...

The cupcakes are evenly spread with buttercream ready to be flat-iced

After being shown how to flat-ice AND create amazing buttercream swirls, the girls are left to use our fabulous cutters.  They create stars, hearts, teddy bears, flowers and leaves in all different colours.  The choice is limitless!

After creating all the different designs, I bring out the sprinkles! The girls love all the different toppings from silver and pearl balls to chocolate stars and glitter.

 Finally, the children place their completed cupcakes inside their presentation boxes.  They are feeling quite proud of their accomplishments and even prouder when we issue each one with a very special Award Certificate.

Before leaving, we give the birthday girl a special card and gift THEN ensure that everything is tidied away, leaving the dining area spotless.

We are happy to say that every Cupcake Party is always a total success with excellent feedback both from the girls and their mums :0)

Friday, 4 May 2012

No-one puts CUPCAKE in the corner!

Here are our DIRTY DANCING cupcakes as promised!

These were for a customer who simply requested a batch of gluten-free cupcakes to ENJOY.  What a fantastic opportunity for us to indulge in this theme...

We baked vanilla and raspberry cupcakes; ensuring we used gluten-free flour and gluten-free sugarpaste.  The buttercream topping was made fresh from a long-established recipe.

No-one puts OUR CUPCAKES in the corner!!

Soap Cupcakes!

Well, not REAL Soap... These are Chocolate Chip Coronation Street Cupcakes!

We made these for a regular customer who simply wanted some of our freshly baked cupcakes to "eat and enjoy" - she didn't want a specific design or even a specific flavour! Well, that is more than OK with us!

When a customer gives us 100% artistic license, we get very excited! With William Roache celebrating his 80th birthday along with Coronation Street's 50th Anniversary recently, we thought a celebration was in order.  Here is our very own tribute: