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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Hen Parties




At The Cupcake Queen will will be holding many workshops and children's parties throughout the year, but also we will be hosting lots of events for adults too.

So if you fancy somewhere a bit different and a bit special for your birthday treat, hen party or even a lovely baby shower then why not let us organise everything for you and take the stress out of your day.

The room and table will be decorated with pretty bunting, balloons, party poppers, glitter and confetti.
You and your guests will be treated to pretty afternoon tea on cake stands which will be filled with goodies.

*  Finger sandwiches

*  Vanilla Cupcakes (decorated to suit the theme)

*  Chocolate Dipped Strawberry's

*  Vanilla Biscuits

*  Scones with Jam and Cream

*  And refreshments



Each guest goes home with a favour bag filled with cute retro sweets - party bags like when you were a kid but cuter!!!

The birthday girl, hen or mummy-to-be also gets a wish box - each guest writes a lovely note,which gets put in the box to take home. really nice keepsake for the day.

The cost is £15 per person with a minimum of 8 per booking.
The shop will be closed to the public

Party's can have add ons and we work with a variety of people including,
 cupcake decorating
jewellery making
knitting and crochet
bunting making
cake stand making
fairy making
(subject to availability of craft people)
prices will vary for these.

For more information or to book your place please contact
kelly
07989289775






Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Childrens Birthday Parties At The Cupcake Queen

From February 2012 The Cupcake Queen in Mill Street Stafford will be taking bookings for children's birthday parties....


So what do birthday parties at the shop include:

The shop will be closed just for the party, and have use of both floors. The coffee machine can be switched on ready for all those thirsty mums and dads.

Parties will only be held on Sundays.

The children will firstly decorate their own gift tags ready to put on their box of cakes.

Each child will then be given 4  yummy vanilla cupcakes plain and ready to decorate.

Each child gets to learn how to butter cream their cupcakes, whether they are little ones with spatulas or older children with piping bags.

The children will then learn to make cute decorations from cutters and moulds, there will be plenty of sprinkles, sweets and glitter also to decorate with!!

Once cupcakes are decorated the children will put them in boxes.
Ribbon and decorated gift tag will go on each (no need to buy party bags as the children will take them home with them)

Children will then be treated to delicious afternoon tea, cake stands will be brought to the table filled with yummy goodies, which includes mini cupcakes, strawberry's ,veg slices and finger sandwiches.

Parties will last 1 and a half hours.

£10 per child minimum of 10 maximum 20.

Parents /carers of birthday child are needed to stay during the whole party please.

Any one wishing to book their child's party can contact me:

kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk


look forward to seeing you all soon in the shop

happy baking

Kelly xx

Monday, 28 November 2011

Childrens workshop Fairy Making



When the shop opens its doors in January we will be holding many events and workshops for all ages and abilities.... one of our first workshop booked is hanging fairies workshop.

This workshop is for children and will run on Sunday 5th February 2012. At The Cupcake Queen in Stafford.

The photo above is a fairy made at a workshop, they are very cute.... Lisa will be running the workshop and after you will be treated to a drink and cupcake...yummy :)

We have slots available for the workshop but places are limited.....

11am - 11.30 am

11.45 - 12.15pm

12.30 - 1pm.

All children must have a parent/carer stay with them through out the workshop ...we'll even switch our coffee machine on for you :)


To book your place please leave a message on my facebook page

www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

or email me

kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

Then in January I will send you out an information sheet with booking details and then take payment to secure your place. (no payment is needed until January, although all payment must be made before the workshop date)

Look forward to hearing from you soon

Happy baking

Kelly xx
The cost of the workshop is £6 per child, in which you will make your fairy and have a drink of squash and yummy vanilla cupcake

Monday, 21 November 2011

Children In Need Pudsey Bear Cupcakes !!



I was recently sent a lovely package from Baking Mad inside the package was lots of lovely goodies to make children in need pudsey bear cupcakes.

For those who don't know about baking mad you have to check out their website so many fab recipes and hints and tips really is worth a look. To take you to their website just click here

As some of you may know Allinsons flour have decided to donate money from each of their bags of flour sold to children in need. Next time you pop out to get some flour pick up a bag with pudsey on :)

I love Allinson's flour it makes such lovely light fluffy cakes, here's a link for the pudsey bear cupcake recipe....
http://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/cupcakes/pudsey-bear-cupcakes



I had decided that instead of making and selling the cupcakes for children in need I would make the cupcakes and then take them to a local nursery for the children to decorate.
They decorated the cupcakes with yellow buttercream and then used chocolate beans and a small tube of black icing for the smiley face . The children made a donation to decorate their pudsey cupcakes, they had a great time and here's the final results.....

much better than mine :)


putting all the butter cream on ....



yeah lovely pudsey cupcakes, lots of spots !!

loads of fun and a great cause :)

Happy Baking everyone !!

Kelly xxx



Sunday, 20 November 2011

My Lovely New Shop

     I know a lot of you already know that I will be opening my new shop. But there was so much I wanted to say that my status on facebook will only take so many words...and as you all know i talk a lot!!

I've wanted to open a shop for as long as i can remember... I've had an amazing response from everyone i'm so over whelmed thank you all. I cant wait to get my keys now and start making it mine. I have so many ideas and wanted to share a few with you.....

The shop / cafe  / cupcakery....(I really don't know what to call it, its all those and more)... will have a very homely vintage feel as you know I am a huge cath kidston fan... firstly because her prints and beautiful products are amazing but mostly because she started her business very small making/mending doing up, and selling vintage items before the word vintage was really heard..and with only £15,000 opened her first shop.Her story is an inspiration.
So the shop will have this feel to it wooden dressers, floral prints, pretty wallpaper and a lovely open plan kitchen with open shelves.

I've ordered the most beautiful handmade cards and gift tags from Little Patch and kelly has also made some lovely aprons.
I will also stock lovely gifts for the home and for presents for family and friends at great prices too.
Some of these have been handcrafted by some very clever people... i feel its great to support other local business's too.
I will continue to stock cupcake and cake equipment moulds, cutters, boxes, boards, glitters etc so if you love to make cakes/cookies too then you can pop by and get some supplies.

I will still continue to make cakes and cupcakes to order for all occasions and have been very busy making lots of fake cakes for my window display. But as well as orders I will bake everyday fresh cakes, cupcakes, cookies, scones and cake pops for you to stop by and have a drink and a cake.

There are 2 floors to the shop and upstairs will also be open for the cafe with table and chairs and sofas but there will also be a children's area with plenty to occupy the children whilst you catch up with friends(there will be a stair gate across the top to use if you want your child to play without worrying about the stairs)

Out of cafe hours the shop is going to be used for many events.... children's birthday parties, workshops mine and other craft people, hen party's, baby showers and also for smaller occasions such as christenings with vintage tea and coffee makes a change to going to the pub after.All these occasions will be made extra special for you all.... Details and price lists for all these occasions will be put up very soon although you can email me to note your interest and then i will contact you with all the information...

email me at :  kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

During the year we will celebrate all the occasions whether it be valentines, mothers day..etc you will be able to pop in for your gifts/cupcakes but also we will be doing lots of little offers and workshops some for children make mummy a cupcake for mothers day for example. As a mummy of 5 children i know that child friendly is so important and children love to play and join in with making things so I promise never to forget the little ones and always put plenty on for them too.

I'm hoping that you are all as excited as i am about opening and cant wait to welcome you all in... being stuck in my kitchen for the last year has been lovely but i cant wait to see you all and catch up properly you will always be made to feel welcome..because if it wasn't for all of you i wouldn't be writing this today so thank you...

and whilst writing my thank yous i also wanted to thank my family who have faith in me and put up with the endless phone calls when i come up with a new idea!!
 especially my poor sister who has quit her job to work for me and who is made to trawl around everywhere with me.
my children for bouncing off the walls with excitement
And lastly to my husband for today looking at me whilst I baked and said" you make me so proud of you"
Richard I love you always xx

Happy baking everyone!!

kelly xx

Saturday, 5 November 2011

NEC Cake International Nov 2011



Yesterday I went to Cake International at the NEC in Birmingham.  I had brought my tickets back in June and couldn't be any more excited!!! I made my sister Amie come with me although she really enjoyed the day too.

I have to say I did think it would be bigger inside than it was but there was still plenty to see.

We made our way around the show although the crowds were huge so it was difficult to see the stands properly and you had to be prepared to be elbowed and pushed (so many rude people!!)

I ended up spending a small fortune on lovely new cutters, moulds and tins. We got to meet the lovely Mich Turner and Debbie Brown both were very lovely and also Lindy Smith who was actually really rude to her staff.

Any way after doing the stands we went to have a look at the competition entries there were some amazing cakes....I was particularly amazed by the children's categories if they are this good as a child goodness knows what they will make as adults!! 

I have took some photos to show you but to be honest I was so busy looking (and shopping) I kept forgetting to get my camera out :(














The show is on from 4 - 6 th November if you are going this weekend have a fab time

happy baking

kelly xx

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Photo Shoot With Lotty Blue And Sara Moseley.

  I was asked by Lisa from Lotty Blue if I would provide some cupcakes for a vintage photo shoot.  The photo shoot was with the very talented photographer Sara Moseley to promote and photograph Lotty Blues beautiful home ware collection.  The results were stunning and I just had to share a few of the pictures with you.


I particularly love lotty blues cute vintage aprons take a peek !!





Click here to find Lotty Blue

And if you love Sara's pictures as much as I do you can find her here...Sara Moseley have a look at Sara's beautiful photos I wish I'd seen these whilst I was pregnant with my children i love the baby bump pictures just stunning.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

How to cover a fake cake (hungry caterpillar cake)

  I love the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and so does my youngest William (age 3) he has us read the same book ever night to him.  I had wanted to make some fake cakes for a while so that I could take them to various events with me... so combined the 2 together.

I made the cake with 2 polystyrene circles placed them on top of each other and wrapped them with cling film. 1 to make sure the 2 circles stay together and 2 so that you can reuse them later on if wanting to change the design.



Then wet the outside of the cling filmed circle..this allows the icing to stick to it.

Next roll out the sugar paste onto dusted icing sugar worktop.



Next using your smoother gently go over all the icing



Carefully lift the sugar paste and place over the polystyrene cake



And smooth over again....



Nice smooth cake...you can do all these step by step guides with a normal cake which you should cover with buttercream and then pop in the fridge for 15 minutes just to set.



Using the book for ideas i made rows and rows of coloured circles, and then attached to the cake (using edible glue)....




And then finally just made lots of food and the hungry caterpillar.... my william loved it :)


I love the white with the lovely bright colours...such a fab book

what do you think ??

Happy Baking

kelly xx

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Silver Spoons Mich Turner Range Review : Vanilla Icing





   You can imagine my excitement when a box arrived on my doorstep by the lovely people from Baking Mad.  Inside the box was the new range by Silver Spoon designed by Mich Turner.

Mich Turner is the owner of Little Venice Cake Company  based in London, and as stated on the packaging she really is the Queen of Couture cakes her work is fabulous !!

Inside the package was a box of vanilla icing, a packet of marzipan and 3 lustre pots, pearl, bronze and gold.  I decided to use the vanilla icing first I had a cake to make for a little boy which was an under the sea theme party .....

My initial thoughts about the icing was wow lovely packaging. The box is beautiful and very classy with all the details set out clearly on the box inside the icing is wrapped in silver wrap... My second thoughts were yummy...which was the delicious vanilla smell as i opened the packet.

My under sea cake was for Alfie the cake was vanilla with a vanilla butter cream and raspberry jam.

I coloured the icing with a bit of blue and a bit of green colour paste for the sea.  The icing was so lovely and smooth to work with and went on the cake beautifully.

I had cut a bit off the icing to use for the decorations I used it to mould an octopus, submarine and other sea creatures. I have to say I didn't need to use cornflour on my fingers once.  Even when adding the different colour pastes to the icing it stayed lovely and didn't go sticky once...(unlike some icings which I have used in the past and will never use again!!)


The cake was made to match Alfies party decorations ....




When Alfies mummy came to pick up the cake I opened the box lid to show her and the vanilla smell was just delicious, I later had a message from Alfies mummy to say " The cake was stunning and tasted as good as it looked, and everyone commented" 

 I have since made lots more cakes and all of them have been covered in Silver Spoons Vanilla icing.
(I brought mine from Sainsburys)
It's £1 a box more expensive than my usual icing at about £3.69 per 1 kg box but worth every penny!!!

I'll be reviewing the lustres and marzipan very soon so look out for that review.

Have a go and let me know what you think...I think you'll love it!!

Happy Baking

Love Kelly xxx

Thursday, 22 September 2011

How to make a penguin using sugar paste

After a few people asking how do you make penguins?  I decided to do a step by step guide...I also love making them and they are very easy....

So firstly using sugar paste here I have added a small amount of flower sugar paste to make the penguin a bit harder. Start with a ball of white paste



Then using colour paste (here i have used sugarflair liquorice) add a small amount and roll until mixed in.



Next seperate the ball into 3 balls 1 large (body) 1 medium(head) and then a 3rd ball which will be seperated into 2 for the penguins wings.



So next as mentioned seperate the ball for wings then flatten out and turn up just slightly at each end



Next attach wings to his body using a small amount of edible glue.


Now his head



Now to make this black ball look like a penguin....

add white belly and eyes!!



And now feet made from 2 small yellow balls of sugar paste and then a beak...i use black edible pen to make the eyes





Leave mr penguin to dry for a while and then add him to you cake or cupcakes....





You can add all sort of things to the penguin, hats scarves party hat etc...
and also how about club penguin ?



Have a go and leave a comment to let me know how you get on...

Happy Baking

Kelly xxx