May 16, 2011

Vintage Jewellery Box Cupcakes

We recently got asked to create from Vintage style cupcakes but we decided that we wanted to go for something different to the usual Shabby Chic Vintage style that we keep seeing across the UK cupcake/cake market.

After some brainstorming we took inspiration from an old vintage jewellery box and decided that our cupcakes would be full of old fashioned style gemstones, vintage buttons, brooches and jewellery, all in old vintage style colours, dusky pinks, mustard and dulled yellows, ivory and muted blues - we had the ideas, and couldn't find anything similar on the net so we went to creating our exclusive Love Cupcake Vintage Jewellery Box cupcakes, and below you can see they looked divine! We'd say all that were missing were some gorgeous ivory pearls which we'll definitely be adding in next time :D

So many people loved this style that we decided to schedule one of our Love Cupcake Masteclasses to a Vintage Jewellery Box Theme for Saturday 6th August 2011. We'll be covering all aspects of our usual Cupcake Course / Class (see details here but we shall be excluding cutter/floral work for this session and replacing with:

Vintage Buttons
Normal Buttons
Vintage Colours
Embossed Lettering
Edible Painting

There are just four limited places for now - book your place, email

For those that have already attended our previous classes, we are looking to schedule an "add-on" class to just learn Vintage Jewellery Box decorations only which is likely to be held during the week - watch this space!

Mrs LC xx

May 01, 2011

The Importance of Food Hygiene

 Food Hygiene is such an important topic and one which i thought i would highlight as it's a very useful topic, and has not only helped me within business, but also when choosing restaurants and venues.

Love Cupcake & Food Hygiene 
Love Cupcake are proud to be inspected by our local authority, our most recent inspection being in November on our new premises in Rayleigh, where we were awarded an excellent score of 5! Food hygiene is very important to us here so we were very proud that our score reflected this, so of course we're very pleased that this information is now available for everyone to see. We also hold a food hygiene certificate (Level 2 for Caterers) from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Here's a sneaky peak at our lovely clean kitchen....

The Scheme
The nationally recognised scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency although there are many similar smaller schemes if your local authority is not part of it yet (if you are unsure you may check with your local council to see how you can view food hygiene scores/records) The food hygiene rating scheme for our local authority and other Essex areas launched on 14th February 2011. If you haven't heard of it before then i shall explain further.

The scheme is run by local authorities and the Food Standards Agency and helps us choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat, as well as supermarkets,other food shops and home food businesses, such as Love Cupcake!

The scheme also encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards by making records readily available to anyone using the Food Standards Agency website, so now if you are eating out, or ordering food or cakes, you can check a company hygiene rating here:

How are ratings worked out?
A food safety officer inspects a business to check that it meets the requirements of food hygiene law. The officer is from the local authority where the business is located.
At the inspection, the officer will check:
  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ – this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is ‘5’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good.

The rating given shows how well the business does overall. The business may do better in some areas and less well in others and the rating takes this into account. This includes those areas that need improving the most.

The officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements need to be made and what action they can take to improve their hygiene rating.

What do the ratings mean?
The food hygiene rating reflects the hygiene standards found on the date of inspection by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority.
A business can be given one of these ratings:

Food hygiene rating is '0': Urgent improvement necessary Food hygiene rating is '1': Major improvement necessary Food hygiene rating is '2': Improvement necessary

Food hygiene rating is '3': Generally satisfactory Food hygiene rating is '4': Good Food hygiene rating is '5': Very good

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are rated on a scale. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ – this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is ‘5’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good.
A rating shows you how well the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law. It gives you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen, or behind closed doors, so you can choose where you eat or buy food.

Does a food business have to show its rating?  

No, so if you see a business without a hygiene rating sticker or certificate, you’ll have to decide if you want to eat or buy food from there without knowing the hygiene standards. 

Putting a hygiene rating on show is a good advertisement for businesses that meet the requirements of food hygiene law.

A good food hygiene rating is good for business - don't be afraid to ask a food business their hygiene rating before you eat out, or order from them - you could receive more than you bargained for in the form of.

Here is a really useful video by the Food Standards Agency to help highlight the important of these scores

October 10, 2010

Pirates & Princess Party!

We were very privileged to be providing cupcakes for a special little girls birthday party recently, and with a fantastic "Pirates & Princesses" theme, it left us lots of room to create something special! We hear the cupcakes were a real talking point at the party and all that was left to decided was whether to have a Pirate or a Princess cake! Happy 3rd Birthday Frankie, we hope you had fun!x

March 11, 2010

Mr & Mrs

What an amazing week we had last week, two gorgeous brides tying the knot in Essex using Love Cupcake Cupcake Towers as their cake display, and boy did they look fabulous (both the brides and the cakes)

First congratulations goes to Kate & Paul, the new Mr & Mrs Pirie who went for a stunning Chocolate and Vanilla display with sparkling hearts and a special "Mr & Mrs" cupcake too!

The second congratulations goes to Donna & Darren, who chose a beautiful pink tower with blossom flowers, fit for a princess!

To contact us for a quote for your wedding please email us at , Wedding Cupcakes start from £2.00 each, and include delivery and set up to your venue. We deliver our wedding cupcakes free in Essex (for area's further afield please contact us)

Our cake stand hire is £40 (with a refundable £70 deposit) and can include optional light for no extra charge and includes set up and collection so there's nothing for you to do except enjoy your big day!

Congratulations to all the newlyweds!x

<3 LC xx