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!


Catch Jemma on Jamie’s FoodTube!

Great news for anyone wanting to brush up on their own cupcake skills – our very own Jemma has joined Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Family, from the bosom of which she’ll be offering up a selection of entertaining and educational clips on everything from making the perfect buttercream to working with royal icing.

You can watch Jamie’s introduction above and the first video (Perfect Buttercream) below, and while you’re at it be sure to subscribe to the Food Tube channel for forthcoming vids from not only Jemma but also Gennaro, DJ BBQ, The Chiappas and of course Jamie himself. There’s new videos every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday!

C&D voted Best Birthday Cake – The FT

We were very excited to open this weekend’s copy of the FT Magazine to find that our Raspberry Ripple cake had been voted as their Best Birthday Cake, seeing off strong competition from the likes of Konditor & Cook, Paul, Patisserie Valerie and more. Thanks guys! If you too would like to see what all the fuss is about then of course our Raspberry Ripple cakes are (ahem, shameless plug) available to order right here.

Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

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Wow, that’s a lot of alliteration. Anyway – those of you with a TV or internet connection and a penchant for cake-based fun and entertainment (which I’m hoping is pretty much everybody reading this) might like to know that the latest and, dare I say, greatest edition of Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club is on tonight and features none other than our glorious/inglorious leader, Jemma! That’s her on the left there, all attitude and apron strings, though she’s quite friendly in real life. Watch her and the rest of J&J’s cake army take on the might of the Italians as they compete to see who has the best puddings in the world!

You can watch J&J’s FFC with added C&D tonight on C4 and C4HD, as well as on C4+1, 4Seven and catch the whole series online too.

C and D Cupcakes on Daybreak!

Eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted some of our cupcakes showing up on ITV’s Daybreak show earlier this week in celebration of National Cupcake week. For those of you that didn’t, here’s a couple of quick pics!

Crumbs and Doilies Streetcar ad!

Hi all. If you’ve been out and about on London’s tube network you might have noticed a new Streetcar ad featuring yours truly (well, not me personally – there were image rights issues – but Jemma and Sally are in it) and our cupcakes.

If you happen to find yourself crammed up against said poster next time you’re making your way around the Underground why not snap a pic of you or a friend with it and Tweet us (@crumbsandoilies) or post something on our Facebook Wall? We’ll reward pic-posters with cupcake vouchers!

C&D in Rock Sound magazine!

Here’s a clip of some sweet Gaslight Anthem cupcakes we did a little while ago, courtesy of the good folks at Rock Sound magazine!

C&D on Market Kitchen

Hi all. Just a quick post for any of you who missed last week’s Market Kitchen (shame on you!) featuring our cupcakes to let you know that our cupcakes featured on last week’s Market Kitchen. The tasters said they were great, but misspelled our name. Win some, lose some I guess…It’s doilies you fools! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, here’s some pics!


C&D in Bliss magazine

OMG! Like, our cupcakes are totally featured as part of a shoot in this month’s Bliss magazine you guys!

Click below to see one of the pics, or of course go and pick up a copy for yourself – the March issue’s in all good newsagents right now.


C&D cupcakes on the One Show

Here’s some cupcakes we did for Christine Bleakley (of BBC One Show fame) for her birthday and to celebrate her Sport Relief attempt to water-ski across the English Channel. Check above for the moment Christine was presented with them by boxing champ David Haye, or relive the moment on the BBC’s snazzy iPlayer.

Happy Birthday Christine!


C&D in Cosmo Bride magazine

Morning all. Those of you looking to tie the knot could do a lot worse than pick up a copy of this month’s Cosmopolitan Bride magazine – it’s packed with exciting features, ideas and other great wedding-y stuff. Hmm? Why, yes, it does also have our cupcakes in! Fancy that… Available from all good newsagents now, as they used to say.

C&D in Tank magazine

Morning all. Just a quick note to say that fashionable types can find our cupcakes in the latest issue of Tank magazine being nibbled by the lovely Masha Tyelna. It’s in all good newsagents now!

C&D press round-up

Hi everyone. I love following the escapades of C&D in the press, but I’m a busy monkey and sometimes things pass me by. Anyway, here’s a quick round-up of last week’s top stories…

A quick mention in the Harper’s Going Out Guide 2009 (free with this month’s issue):

Official ‘Hot’ certification (woo!) from OK Star magazine:

And a pretty wedding pic in Your London Wedding:

I’ll make more of an effort to get out of the sprinkle cupboard and down to the newsagent in future. Promise.


C&D in Times2!

Hi all. Just a quick post to let those of you who enjoy following our exploits in the press that our Mint Choc Chip cupcakes feature in today’s Times2 supplement. A nice big pic on the front (my sprinkles will be all over the nation’s breakfast tables as we speak!) and even a recipe for said cupcakes (this month’s Flavour of the Month of course) inside.

…and if you don’t fancy making the trip to your local newsagent you can also read the article online here. What’s more, if you’re inspired by our little recipe you can enter The Times’ Cake Bake-Off for a chance to win a snazzy Kitchenaid mixer.

Happy baking!


C&D in The Independent!

Wow – it seems like only yesterday that we were mentioned in The Times. The news has obviously spread like wildfire, as today The Independent’s getting in on the action as well. Pick up today’s copy for a run-down of 10 of the best cupcakes available in the UK. Who’s the Best Buy? Who do you think?!