Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentine's Day

Apparently this year is going to scurry right past us. Valentine's Day orders are already being placed and I'm still tucking Christmas decorations back in boxes! AND Can you believe that it's been nearly 10 years since that Y2K hoopla? Weren't we all suppose to spontaneously combust or something as we approached the new millennium? Just goes to show that hype is often overrated and sometimes lacking in complete truth. One thing's certain: time keeps movin' along.

So here we are inching into February and just a bit more than two weeks away from Valentine's Day. This year this festive celebration falls on a Saturday.

Now, for those of you regular Cupcake Cottage customers you know that Saturday mornings can be a bit busy here at the Cottage. Some Saturday mornings we may not see a customer for 30 or 40 minutes. While many Saturdays we are greeted with a line of patient customers waiting for our doors to unlock at 10:00 a.m.
If your sweetie has declared our cupcakes to be his or her favorite, then we would encourage you to place an order early. We'll be pushing our baking numbers up for Valentine's Day as we strive to accommodate as many of you as possible. Since we refuse to compromise our process of baking from scratch we will still have our limits. Quality over Quantity applies here!

Valentine's Day '08 we baked just under 1,000 cupcakes. About 450 of those cuppies were for preorders while the other 500-plus were for walk in customers. We sold out within 2 hours that day! This year, be "the early bird that gets the worm"(or cupcake) and order early before the date books up.

(and) Yes, we will have lots of Valentine decorated cupcakes in our cases for walk-ins! We open at 10:00 a.m. Click here to sneek-a-peek of our flavors of that day!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Displaying Your Cupcakes

One of many choices from Taylor's Rental
When it comes to the business side of baking I tend to 'tip-toe' into unchartered waters. Such is the case regarding the display and presentation of a large number of cupcakes. Since we are not a catering company we do not keep cake tiers, trays, plates or food stands on hand for customers to rent for their event.

So what do we tell those needing to display 900 babycakes? We make suggestions!
If you are placing an order for a large amount of cupcakes and are in need of display options here's what we suggest:

~ If your event is taking place at a special venue be sure to ask the facility if they have display items you can consider and use. Some places do!
~ Consider an event planner for your special gathering. The right one can make sure your sweet treats are presented perfectly!

~ Check the internet. Often times, customers want to purchase unique display items that they can keep for future use. Start with a general web search of cake stands, cake tiers, etc...

~ Consider renting display items. Many of our customers have found what they need at Taylors Rental here in Fort Worth. They are located just north of the Camp Bowie & University Drive intersection. Their website has some wonderful ideas and suggestions!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year!

the above photo taken from the this site

Here's to wishing you the very best in 2009!

We will be back to baking on Tuesday, 13 January. Until then, if you have specific questions regarding orders for next week feel free to email me.