Since merging my blog and my baking business I thought it would be fun to post updates every now and then to keep you up to date with what’s been going on in my kitchen!
Today I’ve been working on making 24 Jake and the Neverland Pirates cupcake toppers. Yes, that’s as difficult as it sounds! Up until I received the order I had never heard of Jake but I feel well acquainted with him and his friends now! They are still a work in progress but below are some of the other cupcake toppers I’ve completed recently.
In other exciting news I have opened an Etsy shop as a way to sell some of my products, at the moment I’ve got some fondant cake toppers and macarons up there. The shop went live about 2 weeks ago and just in the last two days I’ve had my first two ordes! Very exciting but kinda scary because now it’s real and I can’t let these customers who live so far away from me down!
This post was meant to be my 100th recipe. There was going to be cake! However, last week turned in to a marathon baking session for my first ever food fair stall. It was so busy that I forgot to take any photos, even on the day! Which is ridiculous, but I felt somewhat brain dead and am surprised I managed to smile, serve and make sensible conversation with customers! The stall was for my home baking business Ever So Sweet, please have a look at the website if you fancy a nosy.
Apart from feeling exhausted the day was a complete success. There were lots of customers who seemed to really enjoy the samples and have given good feedback on their purchases. I made a new new contacts for potential wholesale customers, which is exciting. Plus I’ve had an enquiry for a macaron order! I would have loved to have spend more time enjoying the fair and having a good look at all of the others stalls but hopefully next year I will have my head more in the game.
At my stall I sold macarons, cupcakes (chocolate and peanut butter, cherry and coconut, nectarine and orange, lemon and blueberry, strawberries and cream and finally, vanilla!), marshmallow squares, s’mores brownies and cake pops. (more…)
As you may have heard, I have recently started my own home baking business called Ever So Sweet. I’ve had a few orders but as expected the pace is a little slow to start with, which is totally fine, this way I can hopefully build up to multiple cakes in a week!
A week on Saturday I have a stand at a food fair in Inverness (Highland & Moray Food and Drink Fair) so hopefully that will help to get the word out. As with any new business I’m still finding my feet and figuring out exactly what my niche is going to be but it has been fun so far. (more…)
As the launch date of my biscuits looms ever closer, I was very kindly invited by Border to visit to bakery to watch the first production run of my biscuits. As I’m sure you can imagine I jumped at the change to see my very own biscuits being produced and packaged by a professional bakery team!
Early on Wednesday morning I headed back to the factory in Lanark, a much easier task the second time around, and was greeted by Nicola Hainie, the technical director, when I arrived. Nicola kitted my out with my protective gear for the day – a very attractive hair net, white coat, safety shoes and gloves – and introduced to the bakery manager, John, who was going to be showing me around.
Throughout the tour everything was explained, all of the procedures and changes to my recipe, which was really interesting. From the mixing, to the shaping then baking, to the packaging. The first twelve boxes were mine to take home so I was able to package these up myself. I can tell you that it is not an easy job, I am nowhere near quick enough to cope with the pace!
I had a brilliant time watching, and kinda helping, with the first run of my biscuits so thank you so much to Border for inviting me. The bakery manager John was a brilliant tour guide, as were all of his colleagues who helped show me around, so thanks to everyone!
So hopefully by the end of the month they will be available to buy, so get yourself down to a Tesco and pick up a pack or two.
To check out some more of my snaps from the day, taken by an obliging baker, (more…)
About a month ago I entered a competition to create a new biscuit for Border Biscuits, a UK company based in Lanark. After some deliberation I went for these chocolate, fudge and peanut cookies, which I made a while back for a friends birthday. These cookies were a bit of an achievement, I was pretty proud of the flavour combination I’d put together, they really did taste good, but I didn’t expect anything from entering.
Two weeks ago I received an email from Border Biscuits telling me that I was one of the top six entries and would go forward to be judged by their expert panel! How exciting!!
The prize is that Border Biscuits will bake your recipe which will then be sold is Tesco throughout the next year, plus a place on a baking course and £2000 (which I’ve not-so-secretly made plans for already, over excited much?)!
Next week they are holding a photoshoot for the final six at their factory, which I’m really looking forward to, fingers crossed for some free samples of the chocolate gingers – my favourite biscuit ever!
As I mentioned the winner is going to be decided by a panel of judges, a Tesco representative, the Border team and James Morton, my favourite from the Great British Bake Off last year, but you can vote for my entry on their Facebook page if you would like to you show some much appreciated support.
All the other biscuits looks really good, so I know I’m up against tough competition but I can still hope. Fingers crossed everyone!!