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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Its Good to be Back

Its been a while since I last blogged. Its that time of the year ; end of another academic year. It might sound strange to those in the US or other countries but in the UK, a school year is runs September to July.

Anyway, this is the most busy time for both students and teachers/tutors. The number of things that have to be sorted and arranged has been keeping me busy such as Exams, Academic inspections, School trips, Sport days, staff leaving parties [tutors usually change jobs around this time], School reports etc.

But for me as one busy time ends another one begins; theres the summer exhibitions and fairs, farmer's market etc.

So for inspiration I've decided to scout the web and marvel at the wonderful works out there. There what I was inspired by this week.

KATIE'S CAKES

http://cakeittothelimit.blogspot.com/
Totally inspired by her cakes and she runs cake decorating parties especially as I'm running a cupcake decorating workshop for kids on the 28th of the month. This workshop is totally free sponsored by Maidstone Adult Education.

Amazing Sugar Cookies
Baking Bachelorette Party Cookies! article photo
http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/bachelorette-party-cookies
I fell in love with these cookies as soon as I saw them, how can you not. A recipe from “ i am baker, aka Amanda's”, is included. I can't wait to try these out.

Baking In Bulk


http://cupcakeblog.com/
lots of tiny sheep
Apart from the really cute sheep cupcakes, I think her blog is great, just wish I'd come across her blog last week when I had to bake 70 cupcake for my church outing.
Some of which are pictured below



The things I learnt from doing a bulk order;

  • Planning is key e.g estimating cost of ingredients and materials, theme etc
  • Avoid buttercream on a hugh order in the middle of a heatwave if you can.
  • Even fondant icing suffered a bit in the heat especially at the venue.
  • Poured fondant was quicker but had to do it in small batches as it was setting fast.
  • Have to work out a better way of transporting a bulk order.
  • Work out a way of displaying them at the venue.
I was pleased with the end result and every one loved the cakes even the teens! It did generate a few potential orders.