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I was baking for a charity bake sale for work and a lady on here recommended weighing out all the dry ingredients beforehand. I weighted everything that I would put into the bowl first and put them in a resealable bag (I wouldnt have had enough bowls/space for that many bowls) and weighted out the butter and wrapped it in greaseproof paper labelling everything as I went along. Anything I would have added after eg flour to add after creaming butter and sugar together I put in a separate (labelled) bag. It made such a difference and made all the baking in one night (7 different recipes) completely doable.

I would assume that doubling most recipes for two batches at a time would be perfect.

My advice would be really prepared, including having all work spaces clear, spare mixing bowls if possible and enough boxes ready to be packed. If you can have decorations made do them as soon as possible. If you could get someone to do dish washing duties for you (people will do plenty for the promise of free cakeicon_smile.gif) it would be a big help so your kitchen doesnt look like a bomb site when you get finished and you don't have to spend time washing as you go.



I hateee a messy kitchen at the end, cleaning as you go is definately the answer ( or a helper like above is a great idea ) it doesnt take much to wipe worktops and clear bowls icon_smile.gif
post #1892 of 14341
Hi Ladies

I'm in the middle of setting up my own business and have been reading this over the passed weekend, it has been very helpfull!!.

Just wondered if you knew a good website for equitment?

Thank you

Kellie
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Hello icon_smile.gif Does anybody know any cupcake classes in Lancashire area?

This is a great thread btw, still have not managed to read it all icon_smile.gif
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Hi Kellie, what sort of equipments are you looking for?
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post #1895 of 14341
everything really icing nozzles, sugarcraft cutters etc...
post #1896 of 14341
I buy everything from Design a cake. Here is the link. If you buy more than £60, you get free delivery.

http://design-a-cake.co.uk/default.asp?path=http://www.design-a-cake.co.uk/content/news.asp

Here is another online shop. But haven't bought anything from them yet.

http://www.cake-stuff.com/

Sugarshack is also good. They do free delivery if you buy more than £40.

http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/

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post #1897 of 14341
Oooo thank you, i'll be on them for hours lol
post #1898 of 14341
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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

Hello icon_smile.gif Does anybody know any cupcake classes in Lancashire area?

This is a great thread btw, still have not managed to read it all icon_smile.gif



I've onlu managed to find one which is £135 - http://www.purplecupcakes.co.uk/cupcakeclasses.html

In hull there only £50 so i'm thinking thats abit much.....

I been using youtube etc.... and they come out great so maybe give that ago?
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Originally Posted by sweet-ginger

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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

Hello icon_smile.gif Does anybody know any cupcake classes in Lancashire area?

This is a great thread btw, still have not managed to read it all icon_smile.gif



I've onlu managed to find one which is £135 - http://www.purplecupcakes.co.uk/cupcakeclasses.html

In hull there only £50 so i'm thinking thats abit much.....

I been using youtube etc.... and they come out great so maybe give that ago?



Thanks for having a look for me icon_smile.gif I have heard of them and thought it to be pretty pricey myself. Although I might look in to it.
What tutorials are you watching on youtube? I have only found a few and most of them are not so great, just a few different swirls icon_smile.gif
post #1900 of 14341
I just noramlly youtube, tho i know there a thread on here of tutorials, if its not in cupcake forum i think its in the cake decorating one, can't remember, I just google alot icon_smile.gif I wanted to go to some, but there right at the over side of town and as i'm a learner driver kinda hard to get there
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hi

I've made 100 cc a few days ago, I also made one batch each time, but I put two trays in my combi microwave oven which made me 24 cc per batch in one go. I made a few with betty crocker devils food, some own chocolate cc recipe and some plain sponge recipe and some betty crocker lemon cc. For the frosting I used dark choc. ganache, white choc. ganache, lemon cream cheese etc.
So it absolutely was a lot of work, cleaning up after etc etc, but the customers were happy so that's what it's all about.
I've also used sainsbury own brand 400gr chocolate for this ganache, was quit good actually. Even the white one as well.

The only problem I had was the tops of the cc came out hard, but if I reduced the baking time a little, they were not done, so did not know what to do, so had to use a knife to trim a layer of so that it wasn't hard anymore, could use some tips on that.
I have noticed tho' that if you put them in the freezer, take them out, thaw them, then put them in an airtight container, the next day they're soft again. But this problem I had with the tops was only with my own scratch recipes.
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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

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Originally Posted by sweet-ginger

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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

Hello icon_smile.gif Does anybody know any cupcake classes in Lancashire area?

This is a great thread btw, still have not managed to read it all icon_smile.gif



I've onlu managed to find one which is £135 - http://www.purplecupcakes.co.uk/cupcakeclasses.html

In hull there only £50 so i'm thinking thats abit much.....

I been using youtube etc.... and they come out great so maybe give that ago?



Thanks for having a look for me icon_smile.gif I have heard of them and thought it to be pretty pricey myself. Although I might look in to it.
What tutorials are you watching on youtube? I have only found a few and most of them are not so great, just a few different swirls icon_smile.gif



Just roll out a piece of greaseproof paper, draw some circles on it. Make up a batch of buttercream and pipe on the circles as if they were cupcakes. When all the circles are full, scrape into your bowl and refill your bag. Go again! It's easier if you put the paper on a tray so you can pick it up when you have finished piping. when your finished with the buttercream you can use it for cakes or freeze it.

Practice makes perfect icon_smile.gif
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The only problem I had was the tops of the cc came out hard, but if I reduced the baking time a little, they were not done, so did not know what to do, so had to use a knife to trim a layer of so that it wasn't hard anymore, could use some tips on that.
I have noticed tho' that if you put them in the freezer, take them out, thaw them, then put them in an airtight container, the next day they're soft again. But this problem I had with the tops was only with my own scratch recipes.



Have you tried brushing the tops with sugar syrup while they are still warm that sometimes soaks in a stops the tops being hard.
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Originally Posted by bashini

angelogoo, I use to make my ganache with bourneville chocolate. I know its a bit expencive, but I use their cocoa powder in my cake. But now I use callebaut chococalet from Design a cake. I don't do many chocolate cakes, so this is ok for me.

napa, I always take a 50% deposit, but some customers pay in full. If they are paying by cheque (full payment), then I would collect it 2 weeks ahead. If they pay the deposit in cash, I collect the balance a week ahead. But if its a wedding cake, I always collect the balance two weeks ahead.

HTH. icon_smile.gif



Thanks Bashini,
for the ganache i used the belgian chocolate chips from Costco. They cost £4.69 for a 750g tub and i thought that was steep! but looking at the link you sent for the Callebaut..10kg for £71.99...thats even more expensive. 10kg of this one in Costco will cost me £62. I quite like the taste as well..not too sweet and not too bitter. I still feel that ganache adds quite a bit to the cost of the cake but i am looking at it for the peace of mind, sharpness of the edges etc
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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

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Originally Posted by sweet-ginger

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Originally Posted by stevieleannescupcakes

Hello icon_smile.gif Does anybody know any cupcake classes in Lancashire area?

This is a great thread btw, still have not managed to read it all icon_smile.gif



I've onlu managed to find one which is £135 - http://www.purplecupcakes.co.uk/cupcakeclasses.html

In hull there only £50 so i'm thinking thats abit much.....

I been using youtube etc.... and they come out great so maybe give that ago?



Thanks for having a look for me icon_smile.gif I have heard of them and thought it to be pretty pricey myself. Although I might look in to it.
What tutorials are you watching on youtube? I have only found a few and most of them are not so great, just a few different swirls icon_smile.gif



Just roll out a piece of greaseproof paper, draw some circles on it. Make up a batch of buttercream and pipe on the circles as if they were cupcakes. When all the circles are full, scrape into your bowl and refill your bag. Go again! It's easier if you put the paper on a tray so you can pick it up when you have finished piping. when your finished with the buttercream you can use it for cakes or freeze it.

Practice makes perfect icon_smile.gif



Thank you for the advice icon_smile.gif I have been decorating cakes for a while now and Im just after some techniques I have never come across. You can never know too much about cupcakes and baking! icon_smile.gif
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