A Thread For All Uk Bakers!!

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sweet-ginger Posted 17 May 2011 , 3:17pm
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is good job your asking SamHarrison i wouldn't no what to ask.

I got a free website off google and bt, only pain thing is i don't like the way you can edit it, but i though it was a good idea at the time just need to get my head around it.

SamHarrison Posted 17 May 2011 , 4:15pm
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sweet, have you tried Weebly for free websites? That's what I'm using and you can create something pretty good with it. Give it a look. I'm not amazing with computers but I'm quite happy with what I've built so far. Take a look!

sweet-ginger Posted 17 May 2011 , 5:04pm
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I have, but it doesn't let me use it on my site, still enjoyed making it tho

WeeSooz Posted 17 May 2011 , 7:42pm
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Hi - I've posted this as a separate topic, but was looking for replies from UK people - how much would you charge per cupcake for a 100 cake tower? Assuming the cakes are vanilla and had a bc swirl on them - a similar tower to that in my gallery.

All advice welcome. icon_smile.gif

LisaPeps Posted 18 May 2011 , 7:21am
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£150 + refundable £40 deposit on the stand. That's assuming the cupcakes won't have any decoration other than the swirl.

If you are doing it the same as the one in your photos (multicoloured cases and swirls) I would consider charging extra because of the need to buy multiple sets of cases which you may not use again and because of the food colouring you would need. I would maybe up the cost to £1.60 or £1.70 per cupcake.

WeeSooz Posted 18 May 2011 , 10:59am
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Thanks LisaPeps, that's kinda what I thought, but when I was telling my friend about the order, she looked horrified at the thought of £150 for the cakes! I haven't heard back from the girl since I quoted so I'll wait and see. Good idea about the deposit for the stand, I hadn't thought of that.

LisaPeps Posted 18 May 2011 , 11:08am
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But they'll pay £3 - £4 at a restaurant for the frozen fudge cake with a tiny scoop of icecream icon_wink.gif

They don't realise they are buying cake for 150 people!!!

Tell her you can do it for £90 or £45.. but the numbers go down to 60 or 30... icon_biggrin.gif

WeeSooz Posted 18 May 2011 , 12:38pm
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I know - I can never understand people's logic. It took me ages to make the rainbow ones, but that is the 1st time I've done an order of that size, so next time hopefully I'll be more organised (and do it when my 3 kids are not in the house!) *lol*

Valkstar Posted 18 May 2011 , 2:03pm
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Slightly different here...we're in Euro but I charge 2.00 for a plain vanilla/orange/lemon cupcake, 2.20 for carrot/caramel/chocolate and 2.50 for filled/gourmet.

I was recently asked to do a cupcake tower of 200 lemon cakes with a simple rose piped on top by a friend so gave a bit of a discount down to 1.50 each....total 300.

Amy_Cakes Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:31pm
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I am looking into getting a wider range of cake tins and noticed a couple of you have bought the sugarshack 7pc tins. How have you gotten on with them, would you still reccommend them?





Anybody please? x

Davwattie Posted 18 May 2011 , 6:45pm
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Originally Posted by Amy_Cakes

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Originally Posted by Amy_Cakes

I am looking into getting a wider range of cake tins and noticed a couple of you have bought the sugarshack 7pc tins. How have you gotten on with them, would you still reccommend them?




Anybody please? x




Hi,
Ive got the square and round sets and they are still brilliant, I'd definitly recommend them.

Ive also just bought some of those Bake o glide pre-cut tin liners and they are well worth the money so planning on slowly buying all the sizes icon_lol.gif

allaboutcakeuk Posted 22 May 2011 , 3:19pm
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Originally Posted by Amy_Cakes

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Originally Posted by Amy_Cakes

I am looking into getting a wider range of cake tins and noticed a couple of you have bought the sugarshack 7pc tins. How have you gotten on with them, would you still reccommend them?




Anybody please? x




Hi Amy I have bought most of mine from design-a-cake.co.uk as get a 10% discount on orders over £60 and free delivery icon_smile.gif

I did buy the silverwood multi square pan but don't like it so still prefer solid single size squares. The silverwood I just found too thin so doesn't cook as well and hard to wrap protection round HTH

Joanna1 Posted 22 May 2011 , 8:12pm
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Does anyone in the UK use a Kitchenaid mixer bought from the US? If so, do you just use a socket adapter to convert it to a UK 3-pin or do u need a transformer to change the Voltage?

thanks icon_smile.gif

allaboutcakeuk Posted 22 May 2011 , 9:24pm
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Originally Posted by Joanna1

Does anyone in the UK use a Kitchenaid mixer bought from the US? If so, do you just use a socket adapter to convert it to a UK 3-pin or do u need a transformer to change the Voltage?

thanks icon_smile.gif



Hi there apparently this is a good site to find out answers on voltage on us to uk goods http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?topic=19027.0
I bought a cricut back from us and just use travel adaptor but I think it has dual voltage. Due to mixer having powerful motor I would check on this link HTH

Valkstar Posted 22 May 2011 , 10:34pm
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Originally Posted by Joanna1

Does anyone in the UK use a Kitchenaid mixer bought from the US? If so, do you just use a socket adapter to convert it to a UK 3-pin or do u need a transformer to change the Voltage?

thanks icon_smile.gif




I checked up on this a few months ago because I was thinking of getting one. What I discovered from a few forums was that the motor is more likely to burn out because of the voltage difference, and that the KA probably won't last too long.

I bought mine from www.wheesh.com and it was a pretty good deal. I got the KA with a free glass bowl, and a free Gordon Ramsey rechargeable stick blender for less than a standard KA in the shops here.

SamHarrison Posted 25 May 2011 , 4:38pm
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Well I'm slowly getting there with setting up but I have another query. Everyone who has the food hygiene certification, where did you get it? I've found a website that seems legitimate and says:
Matches RSPH & CIEH syllabus
Meets UK / EU Legal Requirements
CPD Accredited Level 2 Courses
Training takes around 2 hours on any PC / Mac
Instant Access - login details sent immediately
Certificate posted next working day
Audited and Approved by Environmental Health Officers
It's £25+vat. Has anyone got theirs from a site? If so, did you have any problems with it? I am happy to go to a course but they're more expensive and it would have to be at a set time that I'd have to work around my kids, school and my husbands work, doing it all online would be so much easier but I don't want to go through it all to find out that it won't be recognised by environmental health etc.

I was also wondering, once you registered with the council etc, did it take long for them to visit the property and check out the kitchen etc? And when you register with HMRC to be self employed, is that a lot of work, is it long winded or does it all go through quite quickly?

Sorry for the rambling!

allaboutcakeuk Posted 25 May 2011 , 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by SamHarrison

Well I'm slowly getting there with setting up but I have another query. Everyone who has the food hygiene certification, where did you get it? I've found a website that seems legitimate and says:
Matches RSPH & CIEH syllabus
Meets UK / EU Legal Requirements
CPD Accredited Level 2 Courses
Training takes around 2 hours on any PC / Mac
Instant Access - login details sent immediately
Certificate posted next working day
Audited and Approved by Environmental Health Officers
It's �25+vat. Has anyone got theirs from a site? If so, did you have any problems with it? I am happy to go to a course but they're more expensive and it would have to be at a set time that I'd have to work around my kids, school and my husbands work, doing it all online would be so much easier but I don't want to go through it all to find out that it won't be recognised by environmental health etc.

I was also wondering, once you registered with the council etc, did it take long for them to visit the property and check out the kitchen etc? And when you register with HMRC to be self employed, is that a lot of work, is it long winded or does it all go through quite quickly?

Sorry for the rambling!




Hi there, no worries on the ramble it's good to find out the info from people who have done it. don't spend more than you need that is for sure. I used these on line people http://www.virtual-college.co.uk/. It cost £25. It is totally legitimate. I worked through it over a few days and got the certificate within 2 days. The council fully approved the certificate as they asked for it when they came for inspection and it is fine. it lasts for 3 years. They came round within 2 weeks. No notice though so check that one! HMRC it's not much work at all and can all be done on line. what is the hard work is keeping the books. I am going to use an accountant for my first year so it is all done right. I pay national insurance although at the time did not earn enough to have to pay but I wanted to pay something to keep up contributions and so I pay minimum voluntary which works out about £12 a month by DD. Hope this helps icon_smile.gif

Davwattie Posted 25 May 2011 , 10:20pm
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Originally Posted by SamHarrison

Well I'm slowly getting there with setting up but I have another query. Everyone who has the food hygiene certification, where did you get it? I've found a website that seems legitimate and says:
Matches RSPH & CIEH syllabus
Meets UK / EU Legal Requirements
CPD Accredited Level 2 Courses
Training takes around 2 hours on any PC / Mac
Instant Access - login details sent immediately
Certificate posted next working day
Audited and Approved by Environmental Health Officers
It's £25+vat. Has anyone got theirs from a site? If so, did you have any problems with it? I am happy to go to a course but they're more expensive and it would have to be at a set time that I'd have to work around my kids, school and my husbands work, doing it all online would be so much easier but I don't want to go through it all to find out that it won't be recognised by environmental health etc.

I was also wondering, once you registered with the council etc, did it take long for them to visit the property and check out the kitchen etc? And when you register with HMRC to be self employed, is that a lot of work, is it long winded or does it all go through quite quickly?

Sorry for the rambling!




I agree with everything all about cake told you, I used the same online course and my council approved it(its approved by city and guilds with I think makes it look better)

My council took a couple of mths to visit me adn even then they phoned and made an appointment.

Dont forget that as well as informing inland revenue about becoming self-employed you should tell the family tax credit poeple as well.

Davwattie Posted 25 May 2011 , 10:26pm
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Just Picking brains of those of you in home-based business in UK.

When sorting out your insurance did you go through your home insurance company and link them together or did you get seperate cover just for the business side of things from another company.

Thanks

allaboutcakeuk Posted 26 May 2011 , 8:06am
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Originally Posted by Davwattie

Just Picking brains of those of you in home-based business in UK.

When sorting out your insurance did you go through your home insurance company and link them together or did you get seperate cover just for the business side of things from another company.

Thanks




I have normal home insurance but I do have a separate cake making insurance that covers personal liability - e.g. heaven forbid someone got sick from a cake or broke a tooth etc and you can increase it to cover damage e.g. if you dropped the cake it would cover up to a certain amount to give compensation. You can get this insurance through the BSG. Good peace of mind and a reasonable price icon_biggrin.gif

Davwattie Posted 26 May 2011 , 8:41am
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Thanks

I have got a couple of quotes for the public liabilty ins, they are from £68 so will go with a seperate company.

WeeSooz Posted 26 May 2011 , 3:47pm
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I got my insurance through the BSG, its really reasonable and seems to offer a good level of cover. Its specialised too, so covers everything you should need. And I found out there is a meeting near me - so I can go along and pick peoples brains too! icon_smile.gif

Davwattie Posted 26 May 2011 , 4:13pm
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Ive sorted my ins through the simply business website recommended by business link.

Got it for £67 and its for
Public Liability other than Pollution and Contamination(£2,000,000)
Pollution and Contamination (£1,000,000)
Products Liability (£2,000,000)
Legal Expenses arising from Health & Safety Legislation(£250,000)

Sounds like it covers me lol

It also gives you the html code things to be able to add a little bit on your own website to show people you are covered, they can click on it and it shows them who you are covered by and that its valid etc. thumbs_up.gif

allaboutcakeuk Posted 27 May 2011 , 8:44am
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Originally Posted by Davwattie

Ive sorted my ins through the simply business website recommended by business link.

Got it for �67 and its for
Public Liability other than Pollution and Contamination(�2,000,000)
Pollution and Contamination (�1,000,000)
Products Liability (�2,000,000)
Legal Expenses arising from Health & Safety Legislation(�250,000)

Sounds like it covers me lol

It also gives you the html code things to be able to add a little bit on your own website to show people you are covered, they can click on it and it shows them who you are covered by and that its valid etc. thumbs_up.gif




brilliant good call! icon_smile.gif

Noobz Posted 30 May 2011 , 7:23pm
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Hey UK'ers, i've been lurking and i've read through the entire thread icon_cool.gif

I wanted to ask what size cake board/circle do you use? My cakes bake to the correct size in inches but my cake boards seem to be just under or the exact size. I'd like to get a board just a bit bigger to have a little edge that i can scrape against when smoothing my buttercream. Do you think going up an inch would be reasonable? I don't want too much icing but i find getting an perfectly round cake after icing difficuilt without a guide.

LisaPeps Posted 31 May 2011 , 6:02am
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I like to do the same as you too. But instead of going up an inch I just trim the crust off the cake. Leaves you with about a quarter of an inch between the cake and the board.

allaboutcakeuk Posted 31 May 2011 , 7:29am
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Originally Posted by Noobz

Hey UK'ers, i've been lurking and i've read through the entire thread icon_cool.gif

I wanted to ask what size cake board/circle do you use? My cakes bake to the correct size in inches but my cake boards seem to be just under or the exact size. I'd like to get a board just a bit bigger to have a little edge that i can scrape against when smoothing my buttercream. Do you think going up an inch would be reasonable? I don't want too much icing but i find getting an perfectly round cake after icing difficuilt without a guide.




I seem to have the opposite problem my cake boards always a little over! I must have a little shrinkage . Lisa's advice is spot on
What has everyone got on this week anything good? I am sitting here with coffee before the battle commences on way too many cakes to ice! I am most concerned about icing cracking. I had 2 cakes in my caking lifetime that have done it.. an air bubble then crack. I have 3 wedding cakes this week, 1 is a cutting cake but still decorated, a christening cake and birthday cake and I'm worried about them all! I constantly check once I've iced them. I'm wondering whether to just ice all the tiers put in a box then stack the day before delivery as its a big cake this one and I've done 4 tiers before and an 1.30 hour journey but i always worry!!!! i'm a worrywort this week!!!!
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allaboutcakeuk Posted 31 May 2011 , 8:57am
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Hi all, having a little problem this morning - have any of you had this prob and any solutions? I've got a box of Renshaw icing white. It's normally quite soft. the date expiry is Feb 2012 but every pack is really hard work to knead and crackling round the edges like it's really dry. I so don't need this this week!! Can anyone recommend a solution or is it dump the lot and start again but won't get my new box till tomorrow icon_sad.gif thanks all

Davwattie Posted 31 May 2011 , 9:36am
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Originally Posted by allaboutcakeuk

Hi all, having a little problem this morning - have any of you had this prob and any solutions? I've got a box of Renshaw icing white. It's normally quite soft. the date expiry is Feb 2012 but every pack is really hard work to knead and crackling round the edges like it's really dry. I so don't need this this week!! Can anyone recommend a solution or is it dump the lot and start again but won't get my new box till tomorrow icon_sad.gif thanks all




Ive had that before, i just put on a big plate and pop in microwave for a about 10 secs(so it feels a bit warm) and then give it a good knead.

Worked for me, but if its still no good then you havent lost anything thumbs_up.gif

allaboutcakeuk Posted 31 May 2011 , 10:58am
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Originally Posted by Davwattie

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Originally Posted by allaboutcakeuk

Hi all, having a little problem this morning - have any of you had this prob and any solutions? I've got a box of Renshaw icing white. It's normally quite soft. the date expiry is Feb 2012 but every pack is really hard work to knead and crackling round the edges like it's really dry. I so don't need this this week!! Can anyone recommend a solution or is it dump the lot and start again but won't get my new box till tomorrow icon_sad.gif thanks all



Ive had that before, i just put on a big plate and pop in microwave for a about 10 secs(so it feels a bit warm) and then give it a good knead.

Worked for me, but if its still no good then you havent lost anything thumbs_up.gif




Thanks Davwattie, my old tutor said microwave but not much or a bit of Trex wasn't sure what was best. Thanks I will pop in micro for a few seconds see if that helps it a bit. is a nightmare when a whole box is so dry!! and it's not cheap is it! icon_smile.gif

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