Saturday, 21 July 2012

Just to say thanks...

One of our old school friends who we found on Facebook has kindly always supported Sugar and Ice of Shaw, even whilst living 10 miles away in Stalybridge.

Recently, he was "out of action" for some considerable time after having foot/leg surgery.  This meant that his wonderful wife had to help him out with many everyday tasks!

After his long recovery, he sent us an email asking if we could make his wife a "thank you" cake.  No problem! The customer only needed a small 8 inch cake with the words "Thank you for everything, love Michael" - he also requested some arms hugging.

We baked the cake fresh as always, and covered it in a bright turquoise blue colour as we wanted the cake to be a little different.  We thought bright pink would look really striking against the base colour and instead of arms hugging, thought 2 cute teddies hugging may look better. Cheeky, aren't we!! Finally, we added some pink blossoms around the base of the cake.

The cake was delivered to Stalybridge today and we got to watch the customer hand over the special gift.  His wife was really touched by the gesture and just a few hours later we received a message to say that it was very tasty too! LOL!


A number of months ago, we received an email from a lady on behalf of Crompton House School, Shaw. 

She was looking for a local business to kindly make a "Britain's Got Talent" themed cake to be raffled off to raise money towards Christies Young Cancer Ward.

We make it our mission to make at least ONE cake for charity each year so eagerly accepted the request.  We even told the lady that we would try to replicate the judges table! She was thrilled with our response, so we wrote the order in our diary and did nothing more.

Last week, the time had come to make the cake! We were just about to contact the customer to confirm when she rang us for assurance that we were still able to rise to the challenge!  Of course, we put her mind at ease immediately and informed her that the cake would be ready for collection well in time for the school's charity event.

We spent many hours creating the cake and worked until 11pm.  We even continued with the decorating at 7am the next day...

When we made the table and the judges, we decide to turn Simon's buzzer red - let's face it, it usually is.  However, we had a great idea. What if, Simon hadn't pressed his buzzer...what if, someone else had?

So, we added Simon's best friend... Britain's Got Talent winner 2012, Pudsey! awww

The cake was collected on the Wednesday morning ready for that night's Talent Show and Charity Fundraiser.  We were kindly given free tickets to attend but were that busy baking, we could not break off to take part in all the fun planned! We have heard since that the night was a resounding success.

Well, we were glad to help!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Simply delicious...

At Sugar and Ice of Shaw, we only ever receive orders from customers wanting our exclusive and innovative designs.  Of course, that is fine with us! We love being creative!

Sometimes, however, we like to try out new flavours, ingredients and toppings...  This week was the ideal opportunity as we wanted to donate some cupcakes to 3 local businesses in Shaw who have kindly agreed to advertise our business free of charge within their premises:


We thought that Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate sounded heavenly.  The huge cupcakes were baked fresh this afternoon.  The light moist sponge was infused with raspberry essence and coloured with red throughout, not mixed; and of course we added some delicious creamy white chocolate chips.  The buttercream was made using fresh ingredients, flavoured again with raspberry and finally we stirred in some red colouring very gently, to give a rippled effect.  The buttercream was piped onto the cupcakes and a sprinkling of white chocolate chips added on top.

The only problem was that there weren't any leftovers for US to try!!