Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our new premises 1 month in and the bestest cake ever!

A little over a month ago we decided to make the move to new premises. I knew the move would be mammoth, I just did not expect it to be of epic proportions. Last night we celebrated our move to new premises with friends, family & Kiwicakers.

Today I'm feeling very loved. I received many well wishes, cookies, cards & flowers and to top it all off, the wonderful Kevin & Tracie from Chocolate Earth arrived with one of the best surprise gifts I have ever received - This cake featuring me bursting from a cupcake was 4 tiers high and is some of the best cake I have ever tasted. It was Kevin's Upbeet cake (it features beetroot juice in a rich dense moist chocolate cake, which after 27 years in the cake making business Kevin has perfected).

Do you think it looks like me?

You can see just how big it was, as Kevin cuts it up. Grandma Kiwicakes who usually scoffs anytime anyone is heard to say "I can't cut the cake, it's too beautiful" was allegedly heard to have said "oh you can't cut that!".

It was wonderful to be able to showcase what we've achieved here in the last month. I am pleased that we have gone from this - one day in to our move........................

Where it seemed there was no end in sight, during those long hard days of shifting, moving & reshifting to get things right -  to this ............................

Which looks even better filled with all our friends and family ..........................

For some time I have been itching to create my own candy buffet. Last night seemed like a great opportunity.

-->  She did an absolutely amazing job turning Trixie our logo in to a cookie. I was thrilled to have our brand new stainless steel stands, which we have exclusively commissioned (appearing on the Kiwicakes website soon) for our cookie pops and lollipops.

The signs I purchased as a download from etsy and my hubby helped me put the text in the right places - Thanks Vaughan!

The cupcakes were iced using chefmaster tropical fuchsia, but a word of warning under fluro lights, the colour just looks weird, take it outside in to natural light and it's fab! - the same can be said for our raspberry candy bags, again under lights, they look a totally different colour.

The Jelly Beans & Gumballs are from the Kiwicakes catalog - the life is sweet sign, was also from etsy.

The small chocolate bars are organic "Green & Black's" bars, which I stuck a Kiwicakes sticker to.

The Spearmint leaves in black & white are from Bin Inn in Kamo.

Miss Avalon, one of our guests must surely take the award for best dressed in the Kiwicakes theme colours.

This past month has been physically and mentally exhausting, we have tried to keep up with orders & email, we have done our best and at times have messed up. Our sincere thanks go out to those who understood our predicament and were gracious in accepting our apologies for errors in their orders.
We hope to have minimised this now - and regular blogging and sourcing of great new products should return to normal very soon. In the past month, many great new products have arrived and now that the new warehouse is settled, I will begin to list it all on the Kiwicakes website (including those great stainless steel stands.)
My special thanks goes out to all those who gave their time willingly to help me get to this point, during the last month. YOU ALL ROCK!

Friday, October 7, 2011

9 colours of tasty chocolate modelling paste in stock

When this big delivery of yummy chocolate modelling paste arrived earlier this week, I was a happy girl!. Finally it seems here in NZ we are getting some of the supplies we always wished we could get. This new modelling paste has been months in the fine tuning and it's finally ready for you to model with!

Modelling chocolate is a sweet, pliable and colourful dough made from fine chocolate, right here in New Zealand. It is as easy to use as clay. Pastry chefs and cake decorators make flowers and figurines with it - now you can, too! From designs and roses on wedding cakes to kids baking and decorating, modelling chocolate is easy and fun for everyone. Figures made with modelling fondant are more robust than straight fondant figures.

In the past week, I've had quite a few packs go out to Kiwicaker's around NZ. I've been getting good reviews back on it. One thing I can tell you is it is TASTY!

9 great colours to choose from. We will have a chocolate modelling class in store, using this great paste (towards end of November). Details will be loaded regarding our class schedule next week.
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