- Oct 29, 2010
Last weekend was a busy one with lots of orders happening. I was fortunte enough to know the awesome photographers doing the pictures for one of the events. So that means you get to look at some pretty great looking pics!
Let’s start off with the It’s a Boy baby shower mini cupcakes. The client requested just simple decorations so I did a blue gingham liner and instead of topping my Tea Time with pale yellow sugar I dipped them in opal sugar and topped with a blackberry instead of a pink raspberry. That’s one of the things I like to emphasize with clients is that if you to change some things to go along with your theme, just let me know! I love doing something a little different. And there is no extra change for this. Bonus!
The shower host was gracious enough to send me some nice pics of the cupcakes all set up.
The mom-to-be also loves Nutella so we were asked to create something with nutella, which isn’t on our standard menu. No problem! And no extra charge either. Who knows, when I get suggestions from clients, it may become a new standard on the menu! The Nutella were topped with a light dusting of pale blue disco dust to continue with the theme.
Another event that weekend was for a little girls 3rd birthday. And she loves Abby Cadabby. So we did some custom hand-piped buttercream Abby Cadabby cupcakes and Elmo cupcakes along with a matching giant cupcake on top of the tower.
And then the big daddy – Toy Story birthday party for triplets turning 2!
Toy Story photos taken by Sipper Photography
The client purchased cupcakes and macarons for her dessert table, decorated and the colors of Toy Story.
Sunday is the BIG day! We’ll be at The Great Park Farmers Market from 10a-2p. We’ll be selling Halloween decorated cupcakes and have some freebies for the little ones. Trick or treat! Hope to see you there!
- Jun 14, 2010
I’ve updated the look of my blog, as you can see if you are visiting my blog and not via a reader. The old template had been bugging me for a long time and then I noticed Blogger had new templates available. FINALLY.
So anyway, here are a few things I’ve been working on lately -
This cupcake tower was for a home wedding with a seaside theme. Everything was handmade including the chocolate seashells. The cake and cupcakes were Pina Colada and Pink Lady.
Graduation is around the corner and some orders have been coming in. These were for a graduation themed cupcake tower.
40th Birthday Beer themed cupcakes – these were all eggless and included a chocolate stout cupcake with bourbon buttercream and a vanilla cupcake with lemon buttercream. I worked with the client to come up with some flavors that would compliment beer.
Princess themed cupcakes – these were for a little girls 3rd birthday at Pump It Up in Irvine. Flavors with the crowns is Happy Birthday and wands is Little Girls.
And I’ve been getting more cake orders lately. Including these two:
This one was a challenge because I’d never done something like it before. I think it came out well.
And this weekend I did a Buzz Lightyear themed cupcake tower including a matching cake
I’ve had some more orders but unfortunately forgot to take pictures.
This week I am working on a big graduation order for tomorrow morning, a graduation party and a Camp Pendleton Mud Run party for Saturday and a World Cup Soccer themed birthday cupcake tower for Sunday. Busy busy!
On a personal note, a lot has been going on including my husband losing his job a couple weeks ago. Ironic, eh? So I’ve been booking more orders than usual just to try and make up some difference in the loss of income. It is what it is you know? At least I can do something I love to do and not have to take a second job in retail or something like that. And thank god I am employed and busy at work. But I am starting to get a little wacky from lack of sleep. haha
Anyone watch Cupcake Wars last night? Obviously I did not make the cut and I’m fine with that. I was told that there was going to be a $10k prize but I don’t remember any mention of it last night. Maybe I missed it?
- May 18, 2010
So things slowed down a bit in April, which was fine. I honestly needed a little break. But they are picking up again and with great speed. So I am trying to prepare myself. May, June and July are going to be busy months!
The client requested cupcakes with the baby’s name on them. I did impressions with stamps that have a typewriter font on them.
My dear friend Elizabeth is readying herself to have baby #2 so we celebrated with a small shower with a garden theme. I made Pink Lemonade cupcakes.
I had a last minute request for Mii and Wii cupcakes for a boy’s birthday. The parent’s emailed me the Mii’s they had made on their Wii and I printed them on edible paper.
That order also included Root Beer Float cupcakes.
And I’ve been doing some experimenting with offering Cup Pies. Still working out the kinks but so far they have turned out really well and been greeted with much joy.
I’ve been thinking about opening up a shop on Etsy to sell cup pies, cupcake trifles, and to thin out my growing collection of cupcake liners, sprinkles, and etc that I’ve picked up over the years and haven’t yet used. What do you think? Any experience with selling food on Etsy?
- Mar 26, 2010
I’m sorry about the lack of posts. I’ll just say that I’ve been busy with my job, my fun job, life, etc. whew. i had a post about the Cupcake Challenge but I’m over it. I didn’t win. I am glad I did it but I won’t be doing it again. It was fun and I’ll post some pics later. Thanks to everyone who gave me their support -my husband, my sister, her boyfriend and especially Shari. I seriously can’t thank Shari enough. She was my biggest cheerleader and she totally came through. And you HAVE to click on over to her blog and read about her experience at the event. Let me just say – I’m so jealous!! Now every time I see HIM I just remember how she got to be INCHES away from HIM! AH!
Been working on so many projects and orders lately. It’s amazing to think that a year ago I was just thinking about moving my hobby into a business and here I am now, busy EVERY weekend with orders. It’s still fun! I don’t regret moving forward. Things are starting to get to a sticky point though where big decisions are going to need to be made. I’ll leave it at that.
So what HAVE I been doing instead of blogging??
50th Birthday Surprise Party tower. Don’t you LOVE that glittery 50? I had to hand cut those numbers because I didn’t have cookie cutters big enough.
Giraffe cake for a 10 yr olds birthday slumber party. She loves giraffes. Too cute to eat right?
This was really fun! A pink and orange cupcake tower for a Bat Mitzvah. Loved these colors! I think my favorites were the ones dipped in half bright pink and half bright orange sparkling sugar.
Baby shower tower. The mama to be found a tower she liked and asked for the same thing. I did make a couple modifications to the top tier cake. Loved this too. I love doing baby shower towers.
So those are some of my favs from the past couple weeks. I also did a dessert buffet for a website launch but I’ll show that off in another post.
- Jan 07, 2010
Can I still say that? Even though it’s now well into the new year?
Sorry for the absence. With time off of work, orders and etc, including being super busy at work (my day job), I just haven’t had the chance. I really shouldn’t be right now either. I’ve got a newsletter to finish.
So this will be short and sweet – I wanted to share with you pictures from a few orders I’ve done recently. I had a wedding on New Years Eve, a little girls 3rd birthday party order, a 50th birthday party order and a special little kids 3rd birthday….
Let’s start with that one first. My dear friend Elizabeth’s cutie pie little girl turned 3 in December. THREE! I just can’t believe it. She is such a little person. I love it! And love her.
She wanted vanilla cupcakes with pink frosting and lots of sprinkles so I made vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting, sprinkles and glitter. I made one dozen for the kids using agave nectar and they were none the wiser. Even some of the adults liked them. Using agave nectar gave the cupcakes a more earthy smell. Does that make sense? It smelled kinda like honey. Smelled delicious!
Next up was another little girls 3rd birthday. This one was different. She is allergic to all dairy so I made vegan cupcakes. It was the first time she ever tasted frosting!
Love the little sneaky finger in there. This picture was taken by her Aunt, the one who also ordered the cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop. Go Aunt!
Here is a shot of the completed cupcake tower for the New Years Eve wedding.
The theme was Black and White. It looked very elegant inside. Very cool idea for a wedding date, dontcha think?
And finally, a small order for a mom’s 50th birthday. She used to eat my red velvet cupcakes when I sold them at Bliss and so her daughter ordered a dozen from me for her mom’s birthday.
I rimmed the edges in red sparkling sugar. Fancy!
That’s it for now. I have some changes coming to my pricing that I will talk about in another post. And another announcement that you may already know, if you are following me on twitter…. www.twitter.com/meringuebkeshp