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Happy Valentine’s Day

There is so much exciting news to share – I’m really busting to tell it all!!

Firstly… on Sunday, February 12, 2012 (2/12/12) it was the first time for New York Cake Co to be published in a magazine.  I took out an ad in a classy wedding magazine, which is the first of it’s type here in Far North Queensland.  It’s a small pocket sized, full-color glossy magazine that covers every detail of wedding planning.  It tells the bride who is suppose to pay for what and includes where she can buy it all like… cake.  Hopefully she’ll choose New York Cake Co.   With much pleasure I was invited to provide mini cupcakes to compliment the champagne and juice toast. What a joy!

This year has been the most successful Valentine’s Day – thank you Townsville!!  Close to 20 dozen cupcakes were bought.  For some people that may be small, for me that’s AMAZING!  Even today there were still texts and messages coming in to place orders.

Let’s start with the flavors, because after all that’s what it’s all about – Red Velvet – it’s new to Townsville and well-enjoyed and of course Chocolate because of its popularity. But for something lighter, Strawberries ‘n Creme has been approved by the locals as another keeper on the menu. Interested in reading more about Strawberry cupcakes? Go here.  It was simple for decorations… hearts all the way.  To add a little dimension and love messages, since that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, I covered cookies with fondant and wrote sweet things like “Kiss Me” “I Love You” “XO” “Be Mine”.

Another special first was an order  to deliver cupcakes to the girlfriend’s job.  I felt like a florist… “Hello, is Jane here?  These are from your boyfriend.”  Then a quick dash for the door to appear like a magic genie delivered them.  Hopefully she enjoyed our gift pack.

Lovely gift!

In an earlier post I mention about one of the local eateries ordering cupcakes to finish off their special Valentine’s Day dinner.  This would have been the very last course of the meal, what a sweet ending indeed!!  It’s the first time to use these transparent individual boxes and I really like the look.  I haven’t seen them around here so something new is always fun!

last.. but not least

Thank you for reading and sharing Valentines Day with New York Cake Co.

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LOVE at First Sight

This will be a developing post as whenever we create something new for our Valentine’s Day 2012, we’ll add it here.  This will save you reading many posts about the same topic.

Firstly, there is the mini Red Velvet Cakes.  Well not too mini, they are 7″ and can serve up to 8, but considering the 10″ x 4″ high cakes I always deliver to the cafes, this one seems so small.

Chocolate cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Creme

Love in a box! - Strawberry n Creme cupcakes

Valentine's 2012 flavors: Chocolate, Red Velvet and Strawberries and Creme

Happy 18th Hot fm!!

At the Consortium plenty of young people dressed in 1990’s style joined to wish our local radio station, Hot fm, a Happy 18th Birthday.  It was a great evening catching up with old friends, meeting of new friends and a lot of laughs.

1990’s fashion?  What was it?  What did we wear then that we are not wearing now?  After asking around, I was reminded that we used to wear shoulder pads… remember those things?!  Tied our shirts at the waist!  Wore our jeans at the waist, not the hip huggers we don now!  LOL LOL

The cupcake order was in about 3 weeks before the event, but at the last minute an order came in for a larger cake. I just cannot say “no”!!  I used the large cake to showcase their logo, while on the cupcakes I brought in the theme of radio and birthday.  On the Red Velvet cupcakes were 18’s, the chocolate had mini radios made out of fondant, and the vanilla had a microphone with their station number on it – 103.1

LOVE and the Little Red Berry

It’s that time of year again, where the world seems to be a hue of reds and pinks – Valentine’s Day!  At New York Cake Co. we are excited about making pretty and delicious treats.  With a seven dozen cupcake order in about a month ago from one of the local restaurants, we’ve been thinking Valentine’s Day for a while now and we LOVE it!!  At this particular restaurant I had the pleasure of hearing the Executive Chef say “I’ve never tasted a better cake before in my life” – that was an enormous compliment from a chef of his caliber!!  But better yet was when I was discussing with him what type of decorations and cake he wanted for his Valentine’s Day dinner and he said “I give you full freedom, do whatever you want!”  Have I really gained his trust that whatever I make he’ll approve?!  🙂

Though many cake flavors can signify with Valentine’s Day, of course we all know of Chocolate, there’s still space for something new.  Yes, I agree chocolate will never go out of Vogue!  However in our kitchen, here in Townsville where we introducted the flavor of Red Velvet – Red Velvet is beginning to steal the show!!  So the flavor choices for Valentine’s Day 2012 are: Chocolate of course!  Red Velvet, a must, as Townsville folk have made it clear it’s their best. Last but not least… Strawberries n Creme!  A tender moist cake full of sweet strawberries topped with a rich, creamy, buttercream.

Lately I’ve been focusing on using fruit in my cakes, as I’m looking for a fresh and “clean” taste.  Chocolate will be around forever.  But there is space for something new and fruity.  There is a post about blueberries here and raspberries here.  In a short time with a few tweaks the recipe for the Strawberry cake and the Creme frosting was created.   There were some extra fresh strawberries so I quickly made a jam for the top.  As a trial, I brought them to the markets and WOW – they were a hit!!  And again, something new in Townsville!! 🙂

About the cupcakes:  Strawberry & Creme 

ready to be taken to your Someone Special

 

the first attempt at Strawberry n Creme cupcakes

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