Custom Cakes - My Story

People often ask how I discovered cake decorating and ask how my business began.

My passion for cake decorating and sugar craft began as a small child. I always remember my mother creating the most wonderful birthday cakes for me and my brother. I would spend hours looking through her cake decorating books, marvelling at the designs and carefully choosing what birthday cake I would have each year. With these fond memories held close to my heart, when my own daughter had her first birthday party I decided I would carry on the tradition and I baked and decorated her birthday cake. Everybody at the party was most impressed with the 2 tier fairy castle cake I had lovingly spent hours creating. Family and friends then began asking for celebration cakes in all shapes and sizes and before I knew it friends of friends too. After my success designing and creating cakes for family and friends I became confident in myself, my work and with a wealth of practical experience under my belt, in 2009 I took the plunge and launched my business The Custom Cake Shop, baking and designing custom cakes.

Today I enjoy passing on my experience and knowledge to others through Custom Cake Classes by The Custom Cake ShopSince 2011 I have been busy teaching cake and cupcake decorating, running cupcake classes, hen party workshops, children's parties and hosting private corporate events. 

Although my path has changed direction and led me into teaching, I still consider a select few bespoke cake commissions but availability is extremely limited as I find my diary quickly fills with class and party dates. If you would like to make a cake enquiry please email your requirements along with the date you require to Rachel@customcakeclasses.com. 

Click on the images below to view a selection of some of the my personal favourite cake designs I have created.

Hen Party Cupcake Decorating at Gascoyne Place, Bath

CUPCAKE DECORATING PARTIES AT GASCOYNE PLACE IN BATH

Whether you are after a fun Hen Party activity, a glamorous girly day out with your friends, a corporate team building event or an extra special birthday treat, a private cupcake decorating class is a wonderful and unique way to spend an afternoon.

We are delighted to have teamed up with the stylish and cool Gascoyne Place in Bath to offer an extra special package for your special event. Bathed in history, Gascoyne Place is conveniently situated within Bath City Centre making it the ideal location for Hen Parties visiting this historic city. Our cupcake events at Gascoyne Place are held in the elegant Georgian first floor dining rooms that look out directly onto Sawclose square and Bath’s historic Theatre Royal.

Hen Party Cupcake Classes Bath

THE PACKAGE

On arrival you will be welcomed into the warm private surroundings ofGascoyne Place with a glass of bubbly. When everyone has arrived your group will be seated at the large table and each given a pretty apron to wear ready to begin making your cupcake decorations. You will be guided through the class design with demonstrations given every step of the way.

Mid class you will take a short break for you all to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and complimentary cupcake courtesy of The Custom Cake Shop. Feeling refreshed you will then take back to your seats to complete your cupcake designs, each using a piping bag to pipe beautiful butter cream swirls and adorn with your handmade decorations.

The class will last approximately 2 hours and will include:

  • A complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • 6 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate per person
  • A short break mid class for complimentary light refreshments such as tea, coffee and an extra cupcake to enjoy!
  • All ingredients and equipment are supplied for use during the class including aprons
  • You will learn a variety of piping techniques and how to make small delicate decorations
  • A pretty presentation box will be provided for each of you to take your cupcakes away safely
  • We will take photographs throughout to capture the special memories of your day (available to download after the event)

 

Our hen party and group bookings package at Gascoyne Place costs £35 per person with a minimum group size of 8 people. Group bookings at Gascoyne Place can take place on any day of the week or weekends, morning or afternoon.

Gascoyne Place is such a cool and welcoming place to visit that many people find they don’t want to leave! Many of our groups stay for lunch in the resturant or drinks at the bar before of after the cupcake class. For more information or to make a reservation please visit their website here.

 

Cupcake Decorating for Hen Parties, Bristol and Bath

CUPCAKE DECORATING PARTIES & CLASSES BROUGHT TO YOU!

As well as our cupcake decorating classes at St.Vincent's in Bristol and Gascoyne Place in Bath, we also have a home visit package available where we bring the cupcake workshop to your home, holiday cottage, office or party venue. The package costs £30 per person with a minimum group size of 8 people.

We have travelled all over the south west hosting hen do, team building events and birthday party cupcake classes at numerous offices, cottages and holiday homes.

We provide all of the ingredients and equipment including tablecloths, aprons and cake decorating tools for the duration of the party. All we need from you is a big enough table to work on for your party size requirements.

We will arrive in plenty of time to set up the work space ready for the cupcake class. We take pride in arranging the cupcake decorating table to look immaculate which will impress your guests on arrival.

Your group will be guided through the class design with demonstrations given every step of the way. You will be taught how to colour sugar paste, make a selection of pretty decorations and learn how to pipe a variety of soft butter cream swirls.

Once the class has finished we will then completely clear the area of any mess that may have been caused leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your day. You won’t know we were ever there!

The class will last approximately 2 hours and will include:

  • 6 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate per person
  • All ingredients and equipment are supplied for use during the class including aprons and tablecloths
  • You will learn a variety of piping techniques and how to make small delicate decorations
  • A pretty presentation box will be provided for each of you to take your cupcakes away safely
  • We will take photographs throughout to capture the special memories of your day (available to download after the event)

Times, dates and numbers are flexible with this package. Please note, a mileage charge may be applicable.

How to make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

How to make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are a brilliant idea for a children’s birthday party or alternatively a summery addition to an afternoon tea party! These yummy treats are so quick and easy to make and they look so effective. This recipe will make approx. 12 vanilla cupcake cones.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

You will need:

For the Cake:

  • 150g  Unsalted Butter, Softened or Marg
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 3 Medium Eggs

For the topping:

  • 250g Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 500g Icing Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons of Milk

For the Decoration:

  • 12 Ice Cream Cone Cups
  • A box of Cadbury’s Ice Cream Flakes
  • Dr. Oetker’s Soft Shimmer Pearls

 

Method:

For best results it is better to bring the ingredients to room temperature before you begin.

Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees and separate the Ice Cream Cone Cups and stand them in a deep cupcake tin. If you are having trouble getting your cones to stand, crunch tin foil around the outside to help support your cone.

Using a hand mixer on a medium setting, cream together the butter and caster sugar. Beat the eggs with a fork and slowly add to the mixture a little at a time.

You may need to add a spoonful of flour to stop the mixture from curdling.

Next fold the remaining flour into the mixture.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes How To

Using a dessert spoon, take one heaped spoonful per cone and divide the mixture in to your cupcake cones.

The mixture should come about half way up the cone case. 

Carefully place the cones in to the oven for approximately 25 -30 minutes or until golden brown and spring back to the touch!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Recipe

When the cakes are ready, carefully remove them from the oven. Leave the cakes stood in the tin to cool for 5 minutes and then place on a wire rack.

Whilst the cupcake cones are cooling you can begin to make your butter cream topping.

Using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream together your butter and icing sugar. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you achieve a nice consistency for piping your butter cream. In warmer weather or warm kitchens less milk is needed.

I divided my butter cream into 2 separate bowls and mixed in a tiny amount of pink Sugar-Flair food colouring to one half of my butter cream to turn it pink!

Once your cakes have cooled, insert a large nozzle (ideally the Wilton or Jem 1M or 2D), into a piping bag and fill with butter cream. The nozzle pictured is from a large nozzle set from Lakeland.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes Tutorial

Starting at the outside edge of the cake, pipe a high swirl of butter cream by guiding the nozzle around the edge of the cone case, applying even pressure, circle around and around, on top of the previous layer below until you eventually end up at the centre.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes How to make

To decorate, cut an ice cream sized 99′ flake in half and gently push into the butter cream. Hold the cake above a bowl and add the sprinkles!

And voila! There you have 12 delicious Ice cream cone cupcakes!

  This recipe will make approx. 12 vanilla cupcake cones.

If you would prefer to make a chocolate sponge then simply substitute 2 level tablespoons of flour for 2 level tablespoons of cocoa powder.