Football cake for Free Cakes For Kids

A few weeks ago you may have seen our football cake on facebook.
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This cake was made as part of our work with Free Cakes For Kids Watford. Free Cakes for Kids is a UK-wide organisation providing birthday cakes for children who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. We work with local charities and support groups to identify families and children then we make them a birthday cake just for them, usually featuring something they love.

All the cakes are baked by volunteers who donate their own time, use their own equipment and pay for their own ingredients. As you may know, cake decorating ingredients can be expensive and not everyone is a keen baker so for those people who would like to help out without actually baking a cake yourself, you can now donate! All the money will be spent on ingredients to make cakes, allowing the bakers to make more cakes for more children.

Corporate gifts and marketing ideas

Are you looking for an interesting way to market your business? Would you like to give gifts to your customers that will keep you in their mind? Why not use branded biscuits or cupcakes to make you and your company memorable? Below are just a few examples of products that we have supplied with a logo on them – just think how great your logo would look!

capita corporate gift
A box of biscuits finished with icing and edible icing logos costs £24. They make great gifts for a team of people and are particularly good for project or product launches. We can also package these biscuits individually in cellophane bags for you to hand out at an event.
DB mini corporate cupcakes
Our mini cupcakes with logo are a great way of attracting people to your stall at a conference or event – everyone has sweets nowadays but branded cupcakes will make you very memorable. These also make a great gift in boxes of 24 for a team or office.
Femme fitness corporate cupcakes
These were made for a birthday celebration at a local gym in Watford. These cupcakes are topped with logos printed on rice paper.
Peace dove biscuits
These biscuits were produced for a multi-faith event. These biscuits are about the same size as a £2 coin and you would receive 50 in a box. The logo is printed onto edible rice paper then baked onto the top of the biscuits, which is perfect for those people who prefer less icing. Each box costs £24, so that’s only 48p per biscuit. These are great for larger corporate events or conferences and events where you would like to have something to give away.
Peace hospice corporate cupcakes
Another example of rice paper logos on a cupcake.

We can also package up your products in a range of ways and in colours to suit your brand. We are currently working with customers to incorporate their own marketing materials into a package with cupcakes or biscuits to deliver to their prospective clients. We can take care of all the packaging and assembly, so all you need to do is provide the marketing materials and we can take care of everything else. We can then deliver them either to you for distribution, or we can deliver them on your behalf to recipients of your choice.

If you would like to know more, please contact Jo on 07784967205 or jo@thedandelionbakery.com to discuss your requirements and a personalised quote.

Off-the-peg textured lemon buttercream wedding cake

When a couple approaches us about their wedding cake they are usually looking for something unique and personal to them, however, those cakes are often a little more expensive as you are paying for the time, ideas and skills that are needed to design a cake to suit you, plus the luxury of never having that design used again. Some of our couples want the couture look but they may not have the couture budget so we also offer an off-the-peg range.

Our off-the-peg range is a set of cakes designed to be modern, striking and interesting so that they retain that couture feel but we use techniques and skills that allow us to keep the decorating time down, which is usually where the largest part of the cost comes from.

We are now introducing the textured lemon wedding cake. Texture is everywhere at the moment and we particularly love the contrast of smooth, polished butter cream, ruffled piped buttercream and organza and satin ribbon. This cake is also great for those of you who don’t love the classic sugar paste icing look or taste as there is not a scrap of it on this cake.
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The cake is made entirely out of double height cakes for a spectacular cake. The cake is made of three tiers measuring 8 inches, 6 inches and 4 inches in diameter. Each tier is made up of 4 layers of our popular lemon sponge cake filled with our home made lemon curd and lemon buttercream. We then cover the whole cake in lemon buttercream before hand piping buttercream ruffles and finishing with two types of ribbon.

This off-the-peg cake costs £195 and serves 90-100 people. Delivery to your chosen venue is charged at 45p per mile (both ways) and we will set up your cake at the venue free of charge. You can also try our lemon cake for free – just call Jo on 07784 967205 or email jo@thedandelionbakery.com.

Recipe: Lemon curd

At The Dandelion Bakery we make our own lemon curd. We use it to fill cakes, mixed with buttercream to make our lemon buttercream and stirred through creme patisserie to make our smooth, creamy filling for our lemon profiteroles. It’s very easy to make and by using a few smaller jars, it keeps very well allowing you to enjoy it over a few months.

We use organic and fairtrade ingredients and, while the recipe does include quite a lot of sugar and butter, it tends to be eaten in small quantities and you can enjoy it knowing that it doesn’t contain any preservatives or e numbers. In fact, we use this to flavour our buttercream and creme patisserie because we think it’s so much better than using artificial flavourings.

Lemon Curd


Makes 500g

Ingredients


100g Organic unsalted butter, diced
200g Fairtrade caster sugar
4 free range eggs
4 unwaxed organic lemons

Method


1. Wash the lemons, then grate the zest using a fine grater into a medium sized heat proof bowl. Add the sugar and butter and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat gently. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
2. Juice the lemons and add the juice to the bowl of other ingredients. Stir the mixture gently with a spatula or wooden spoon.
3. Whisk the eggs together. Once the butter has melted, whisk the eggs into the butter and lemon mixture. Whisk for a few minutes until the ingredients are well combined.
4. Leave the lemon curd to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is creamy and thick enough to cover the back of a spoon.
5. Remove the lemon curd from the heat and pour into sterilised jars. Place lids on the jars while they are still warm.

Lemon curd should be kept in the fridge.

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Lemon curd

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