Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes…. What is your favourite?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past century then you’ve definitely sampled some yummy cupcakes or fairy cakes! But how are they different?

Believe it or not, cupcakes have been making the rounds since just after World War 1 but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s they became so popular. This was thanks to a New York bakery called Magnolia Bakery first opening their doors and beginning to introduce gourmet flavours, such as pistachio, to the general public.

The craze then hit our shores and, while most of the population took to this American trend with open arms, some of us were left confused. Many people wondered why American cupcakes were taking the world by storm when we had something so similar – the humble fairy cake.

fairy cakes

The difference is slight but enough for people to have two names for the creations. Here’s a simple explanation below:

Cupcakes

  • Larger
  • Flat top
  • Decorated with heaps of butter cream icing and various other edible goodies
  • More elaborate in their design

Fairy cakes

  • Smaller than the cupcake
  • Dome top
  • Usually decorated with runny icing.
  • Simpler in decoration

So when was it that cupcakes become so popular? Was it really when Miranda and Carrie munched on them during an episode of Sex and the City? We hazarded a guess it’s because of how intricately they can be decorated with exciting variations of flavours. A tower of cupcakes made a change to the usual tiered cakes that would have been used for such occasions.

cupcakes

The beautiful cupcakes (above) can be purchased from our website and they come in a range of flavours including vanilla rose and red velvet.

Or if you have been reading this thinking you’ve had the same old cupcakes a million times then how about having a try of our cake push pops? This scrumptious treat contains layers of cake and buttercream and topped with sprinkles. These aren’t available through the website but if you send us a message we can get them arranged for you…… you won’t regret it!

cake push pops

 

 

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How to Plan a birthday party for a 9 Year Old Birthday Girl

Emily Cleaton a wedding planner based in London has kindly shared top tips for organising a little girl’s birthday party.

kids party ideas

Every little girl loves the idea of a day celebrated with her best pals and being treated like a princess. So, why not make your girl feel special on her birthday party. She might remember this occasion in the future and she will certainly silly laugh at photographs capturing special memories.

To make your girl’s celebration special and memorable, you need to be sensitive about her choices. Your baby girl may have a penchant for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ birthday theme, be obsessed with One Direction or may have a fondness for ‘Hello Kitty’ . Be in favour of her suggestions and plan accordingly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you plan a hearty little party for your child.

Hire a Kid-Friendly Venue

Hire a Kid-Friendly Venue

Your girl’s birthday is approaching, and you’re not sure where to host it. A lot of parents opt to hold parties at outdoor venues either because they don’t have sufficient space at home or they want the party activity to be handled by professionals.

As we all know, the venue plays an important role in setting the mood of the party. You need to search a space that is kid-friendly and colourful.

Themed cafes, soft play areas, local zoos, and outdoor garden venues are just some of the spots that you can take into consideration. Before choosing the venue, make sure that the location is easily accessible for all guests attending with kids.  Alternatively why not look at setting up a marquee in the garden.  Cake Cetera recently hosted a cupcake decorating party in a marquee and it looked beautiful.  The marquees aren’t very expensive and can be bought on ebay for approx. £60 and decorated to suit your party theme.

kids birthday party

Select a Girly Theme

What’s precious to your baby girl’s heart? Frozen, Princesses, Barbie? Let her decide the theme for her special birthday and involve her in the planning.

Don’t Forget the Cake

Obviously, no birthday bash would complete without a cake. To make her birthday party the best ever, you need to have a delicious cake that will enchant your little princess.

Check out Cake Cetera’s cupcake bouquets which contain 7 cupcakes presented in a little pot topped with chocolate leaves. Cake Push pops also make a great alternative to cake and they can be personalised with labels detailing names, date and themes.

kids party

Design the Invitations

Are you done with the theme & venue? Then, the next step that comes into action is designing the invitations. There is no end to creativity that you can show with the invitations.

The best way is to use bright colours and patterns, as your invitations will set the tone of the party. There are lots of websites that let you design invitations online or alternatively print your own with a range of free printable designs.

Serve a Kid-Pleasing Menu

kids party ideas

Kids are usually picky eaters so choosing the right food can be a little tricky. It is possibly one of the most difficult tasks on your party planning process.

To ease this job, make sure to serve the meals that don’t strain kid’s attire and are healthy too. Veggie dips, pizzas, pastas and bite-size cupcakes are some of the options that kids will love to have.

Relax and Have Fun

The juices will spill, kids will cry, and things will happen, but you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. It’s your girl’s birthday party, so just relax and have fun with your princess. Don’t get caught up in the little details. It’s the smile on your wee one’s face that matters and nothing else.

Follow these tips and suggestions that will help you plan a special and hassle-free birthday party bash for your big girl. For more amazing inspiration for birthday parties and wedding themes pop over to Emily’s pinterest page

Love Cake? Cake Cetera send cake , French macarons and lots more tasty treats direct your desk or door in the UK. Check out our full range of yumminess here.

 

 

 

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Macarons or Macaroons? Confused…Let’s clear this up for you.

To really grasp the difference between macarons or macaroons we have to travel back in time to Italy and examine one of its most popular biscuits – the Amaretti.

amaretti

Amarettis are made from an almond paste combined with a meringue like mixture and then baked to perfection. Italian bakers had been creating and delighting people with these bundles of joy for many, many years. Bakers love to experiment and that’s exactly what happened next. Two divisions of bakers took the unassuming Amaretti and put their thinking caps on.

One group decided to use shredded coconut instead of the normal almond paste and the well known and loved Macaroon was born. The Macaroon (from the Italian maccarone or maccherone meaning ‘paste’ – referring back to its origins) became exceptionally popular with the Ashkenazi Jews of Europe for Passover as all the ingredients are unleavened and so they could still be eaten during the festival period.

 

macaroon

Yet here in Scotland, most people will think of a Macaroon Bar when we refer to Macaroons. The Italian Macaroon recipe was reinvented and the macaroon bar was developed and manufactured by the Lees factory back in 1931. …just 5 miles from our HQ here in Scotland.

John J Lees created the Macaroon Bar with mashed potatoes, chocolate chips, desiccated coconut and since then the macaroon bar has become a Scottish icon….just like the Tunnocks Teacake.

 

macaroon bar

Back in Italy, the other group wanted to try substituting finely ground almonds in the form of flour to the normal Amaretti mixture – this resulted in a smoother biscuit which was baked in perfect circles. But the experimenting didn’t stop there; the French further developed the recipe by having the chefs at the royal court play around with it when it was brought back from Italy by the French King’s Italian wife, Catherine De Medici. The name ‘Macaron’ is the French spelling for the colourful treat whereas congolais refers to the coconut variety.

So now you know about the difference between the two delicious baked treats, why not try your hand at creating one of these at home? Or, if you’re a bit timid in the kitchen, why not pick up a box of our gorgeous  French Macarons to devour with that special someone.

Order our gift boxes before 12 for next day delivery.

Check out our video of our personalised macaron range available for delivery anywhere in the UK!

macarons

 

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