Saturday, 30 November 2013

Edgewater Craft Fair, ed. 2013

Three years ago,  and with only four Christmas designs, I set up my table for the first time and hoped people would just come to my table let alone buy my cake pops! I had never made pops for birthday parties, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, or anything else, all I had was potential... Every now again I like to look back at what I've done to see where I can go in the future. As I have said, I get requests from people to make a specific design and I don't always know if I can do it or not until I try, a mentality I have applied to my whole business.

On top of the Christmas designs I made this year, I added four flavours of truffle boxes, a whole hoard of simple pops, a photo album full of a wide range of cakes I've made, and especially new this year was a big pot full of mini cake-truffles that was raffled off (Congratulations Lisa M, hope you enjoyed your lunch)!!

A labour of love they are, but a labour worth going through. I still get a kick when people say: "I've seen you here before!" or "I remember you from last year!" Hopefully I'll be back at Edgewater for Holiday of 2014....but let's just get through these ones first!!


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Truffle Wreathes

Again, along the same vein of trying something new, I thought I would test out something that popped into my head during the week. Personally, I'm having a party at the end of the week, so I wanted to come up with a way of displaying truffle cakes that looked nice but were also easy for people to take a couple at a time. As a starter I tried making a simply wreath design, and very much liked the look. I'd like to look into prettier plates, and different shapes, but otherwise I'm rather pleased.

Salted Caramel Goodness

I enjoy coming up with designs and flavours for my gourmet boxes. They're a little more grown-up than the pops so they work great as a Hostess gifts and birthday presents and have filled the need for something for me to bring to a party, many a time.

Some may not know, but my Mother actually makes the boxes herself! When I was little Mum used to make these paper boxes as a fundraiser for my Elementary school, so when I was devising these treat boxes I thought instantly of Mum. So on top of everything else, I could make them colour coordinated with the flavour of truffle cakes... of course.

These particular boxes were inspired simply by the sprinkles that I saw in Bulkbarn when I was getting all my seasonal sprinkles. I knew I had to do something with them when I saw the big tub of salted caramel.... bliss! I instantly thought of dark chocolate, and gold, and something all together quite decadent. The end result was a delicious looking (and tasting) treat that looked rather spectacular! Gold paper for the box (that although my Mother didn't make them, I did use her pattern), gold ribbon, gold paper cups, and a shiny gold platform that the truffles were resting on. I'm thinking they'll be fantastic for a New Year's party!
So shiny.....

Saturday, 23 November 2013

First Sale of the Year

And so it starts! Today was my first Christmas bake sale of the year, which was held at my own church. Alongside the bake table that was heaving with pies, breads, cupcakes, cookies, and all sorts, I set up my table with my pops. Although I couldn't bring myself to make Santa designs as it's not even December yet, I just stuck with "Winter" themed pops such as snowmen, gingerbread men, snowflake sprinkles, and silvery sugar. The result was a table that looked fit for the holidays! I loved seeing all the holiday designs again and it reminded me of how I started all this three years ago, alongside my new items that I've tried making such as my gourmet boxes, all in a row....

And so the holidays are on their way, at least in my kitchen they are! If you'd like to pre-order, just let me know! Like my Facebook page (click HERE for the link), and send me a message through there.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Christmas Cake Pop Demo

Come see how all my Christmas-Themed Cake Pops are made
 at my Cake Pop Demo
When? Saturday December 14th 2013 (ADDENDUM: previously printed as the 15th of December in the Gazette)
10:00am - 12:30pm
Where? My House (more information upon request)
Who? As this will be taking place chez-moi, I must limit the number of attendees to between 2 and 6 people. No previous cake pop making experience required.
Each place is $50.00, which will get you a seat in my kitchen, and a detailed information pack to take home full of tips and ideas, plenty of samples, plus a special treat for you to take home as well! 
Space is limited, so if you would like to attend let me know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
It's undeniable that these will get you into a festive mood. Perhaps these can be the "something new" to add to your Holiday traditions this year! Come, take a couple hours and relax with some tea and see how these cake pops are made.
Christmas pop pre-ordering available as of now, so if you have a party you'd like to bring these pops to, it's never too early! Message me through my Facebook page.

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