Christmas Cupcakes, in the house!

The days are shorter, the air is colder and central London is ablaze with beautiful lights, which means that Christmas is just around the corner! We love London at Christmas time, and we don’t think that anyone visiting the capital at this time of year could help but get swept up in the festive spirit.

Christmas Cupcakes

Team C&D start thinking about Christmas waaaaay earlier than is probably acceptable, but this means that we have loads of time to come up with an amazing Christmas offering. This year our Christmas selection will include returning superstars like Christmas Pudding, Salted Caramel, Christmas Spice and Red Velvet with some very welcome newbies like Mince Pie, Chocolate Truffle and Candy Cane!

In addition to our standard offering, we also specialise in really amazing, original corporate cupcakes and can add any logo you like to our fun festive selection. If you don’t want to ferry them all over London, we also arrange deliveries, so we’ve got your corporate gifting covered! Email info@crumbsanddoilies.co.uk for more info!

 

 

10 Wicked Years!

Wicked Cake 1

This September saw 10 years since Wicked, the story of our favourite gravity-defying green lady, first graced the stage in the West End. What better way to celebrate 10 Wicked years than with a sparkly green cake? We gave our classic Unicorn Cake a wicked makeover so that it was greener than Elphaba, added some glitter, green meringues and voila!

We hope the cast and crew LOVED the cake, and we wish them another 10 Wicked years!

Ganache Wedding Cake

These cold days and dark nights have us yearning for and reminiscing about the brighter days of Summer… Remember when it was light until 10PM? Remember when the parks were full of shirtless people, basking in those rare and precious rays? Remember when it was so hot that setting up a four-tier ganache wedding cake in a warm conservatory was nothing short of terrifying? No? Well we do!

tiered-ganache-wedding-cake

Lucy and Garey had their wedding reception in the stunning Great Conservatory at Syon House this Summer, and we had the pleasure of making a beautiful chocolate wedding cake for them. While we were more than a little nervous about the heat, our worries were for nothing, and the final result was worth a little panic. Congratulations, Lucy & Garey!

Childline Bake-Off Ball!

It’s that time of year again, and as much as we’d like to avoid it, it’s inevitable… We’re not talking about the greying sky, the shorter days or the end of Summer, but rather… the end of Bake Off! Tonight marks the very last GBBO as we know it, and we’re going to be consoling ourselves with more than a couple of baked goodies while we curl up to watch the Bake Off finale tonight.

Bake Off Gang

In brighter news, we had the amazing opportunity to support the NSPCC with the annual Childline Ball. This year was extra special as it marked 30 whole years of Childline. This year, the team at NSPCC teamed up with our favourite TV show ever (GBBO obvs!) for a completely Bake-Off themed ball! To ensure an authentic Bake Off experience, we helped to create a Technical Challenge, by providing uniced C&D Cupcakes with plenty of buttercream and sprinkles, for the guests to recreate, and be judged on, some designs we’d prepared earlier.

The evening was captured by the talented guys at CPG Photography, and we’ve included our favourite moments for you here!

 

Custom Olympics Cupcakes

Olympic Cupcakes Who knew that four years could pass by so quickly? It feels like just yesterday that Olympic fever struck our lovely city. Now it’s Rio’s turn, and we’re super excited… finally some coverage of professional trampolining on National Television! The guys at Seven Dials PR are excited too, apparently, as they commissioned us to create these Olympic themed cupcakes to send to their lucky clients.

Custom Doctor’s Coat Cake

Ducktor CakeThe lovely Lucy came to us for a retirement cake for her dad (prof McGurk to you!) and wanted us to include a nod to his excellent fashion sense! We hand-painted the design from his favourite tie onto vanilla sugarpaste, which encases a delicious Red Velvet sponge. Happy retirement, Prof. McGurk!

 

Tatty Devine and Crumbs & Doilies Team Up!

Tatty DevineThe C&D gang are BIG fans of the awesome Tatty Devine brand, and we’d like to think that the feeling is mutual. We partnered with Tatty Devine to celebrate the launch of their awesome Rainbow Cake Necklace.  We baked some special Rainbow Cakes to feed their lucky (and hopefully hungry) customers, and they created this beautiful range of special C&D necklaces for us to give away to some fortunate followers on Instagram! Here’s a closer look at some of our favourite pieces…

Amazing rainbow wedding cake

Wedding Cake 1When Jo asked us to create her wedding cake and told us to do whatever we wanted, we were pretty excited. The amazingly talented head of the Crumbs kitchen, Sally, created this masterpiece from her own imagination, and we think it’s brilliant. Each beautiful tier is a different decadent flavour inside, which means there was something for all 150 guests. Congratulations Jo!

Bespoke Cornetto Cake

Cornetto 1

Never ones to turn down the chance to eat ice cream in the name of research, we naturally jumped at the chance to help the guys at Cornetto with this birthday gift for Perrie from Little Mix. This decadent beast of a cake, based on a Choc Caramel Crunch Cornetto, is two tiers of rich chocolate and caramel sponge, covered in caramel buttercream and ganache, piled high with all kinds of ice cream related trappings. Now that the work is done, we probably deserve another Cornetto… right?

 

Monsters, Inc Cake

Monsters Inc CakeThe Monsters, Inc movie may be almost 16 years old (I know, right!) but it’s appeal is timeless. We recently did this scarily awesome cake for Hala’s 7th Birthday party! The monstrous cake features hand-made sugarpaste models of the whole gang, lurking outside the many doors of Monstropolis. Happy Birthday, Hala!

Epic Wedding Dessert Table

Cake table 1

Despite a particularly inclement July, there’s no denying that it’s Summer in the UK, and that means it’s wedding season! We’ve had the honour of supplying cakes and bakes to many happy couples over the years, and we love how different each wedding is! These particular nuptials were pretty exciting, as the lovely bride and groom, Ani & Patrick, let us loose on their dessert table. Left to our own devices, we created a range of sweet treats to keep everybody going long into the evening, and the result is pretty amazing. Congratulations, Pat & Ani!

 

 

 

Rainbow Pride Cupcakes

Rainbow Minis

Last week was one of our favourite in the London calendar – Pride week! What’s not to love about a celebration of equality, acceptance and love? Oh and let’s not forget all the rainbows and glitter…

We turned our Soho Store into a homage for all things Pride related, and didn’t hold back at HQ either. Here’s one of the many amazing rainbow cupcake orders we made last week!

Alice in Wonderland Cake

Alice in Wonderland Cake

We can’t count the number of Alice in Wonderland inspired orders we’ve been asked to do, over the years. There’s something so compelling about Lewis Carroll’s characters and the magical world that they inhabit, that the story has been rendered timeless. We love working with this theme, as it allows us to be playful and creative, and no two orders are ever the same.

This beautiful two-tier buttercream cake is a soft Vanilla Sponge with a Piñata centre, full of mini smarties, that are just begging Beatrice & Otelia to “eat me”…

 

Aaarrr! Pirates!

Pirate Cake

Ahoy, land lubbers! OK that’s all the pirate lingo I have for now, but luckily this order speaks for itself.  Hector may only be four, but he knows what he likes, and what he likes is PIRATES! We did this amazing Pirate cake, complete with hand-painted treasure map and a quite menacing looking skull & crossbones, for this birthday this weekend!

 

Octonauts Cupcakes

Octonauts

If you don’t have a child (or you aren’t) under the age of 12, you probably don’t know who the Octonauts are…. but even if you don’t, you can’t deny that they’re pretty cool dudes. What’s not to love about anthropomorphic animals who live under the sea and go on rad adventures? Nothing! Here’s some super cute Octonauts themed cupcakes we did for a, you guessed it, Octonauts themed birthday party!