Friday, 14 October 2011

A Change of Address

All you Hello There Cupcakes fans out there may have noticed that I'm posting less and less about the cakes I'm baking.

This is not because I'm baking less, in fact I'm baking more, as I now have a job working 3 days a week at
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, purveyors of fine tea and cakes, in West Didsbury, Manchester.

Yes, batch baking for the cake-eating market is less creative than the bespoke cakes I've enjoyed making for all of you for the past year and a half, but regular work brings so many other benefits, like meeting new people, learning new skills, and leaving the house every day, not to mention a regular income!

But working every week also means that I find myself too stretched- work, family, Kung Fu and cake baking from home in combination are just too much at the moment- and so I've decided that (for now) the baking business has to go.

I'm sad to move on from Hello There Cupcakes, but happy too- I never could have got the job I have now without having gained the experience and portfolio that all your orders gave me. Thank you all for your support.

I still want to blog about food/baking/
cooking/life but I want to distance any baking I do at work from Hello There Cupcakes, so I've set up a new blog: Able Baker Charliewhich is actually the name I would have given my business, had I thought of it in time!

Why Able Baker Charlie? Well, there's the baker reference, of course, he's a character in a Richard Scarry book that I remember from my childhood (and which my kids now love too), and it's the start of the old British phonetic alphabet. Anyone who knows me, will know that I'm a sucker for all of that stuff.
There's not much there yet, but the content is on it's way. I'm really looking forward to seeing you on the other side.

Hannah x

Saturday, 8 October 2011

An early Halloween

I was asked to travel over to Sheffield last Friday to help out with a business enterprise day at Fir Vale School.

The year 8 (that's 12-13 year olds to you) pupils were having a day based round cupcakes. They had to bake cakes, cost the ingredients, design a brand and a logo, decide how they would decorate the cakes, in a Halloween theme (well it is October), and finally decorate them.

My first job was to bring over 8 boxes of 4 Halloween-themed cakes, which would be given out as prizes at the end of the day for the 8 group winners.

I also spent the day helping the pupils with their cake designs and with actually baking and decoration them - great fun! I also had to judge the winners of some of the groups and pick an overall winner, which was not quite so much fun - too many pleading cries of, "Pick me, Miss!"

Thanks to the brains (ha ha) of the operation, John Swain, for the great opportunity.

"Miss, Miss, did you make these? Are you a baker, Miss? Wow, they're well good."


Mummy (his mouth is made from those horrible false teeth sweets)


Brain #1

Brain #2