Yeah yeah, I'm well aware that I posted about my 'first paid order' a few weeks ago. Well, scratch that, pretend you never read it, it never happened...right? Right! I'm choosing to discount that particular order as it was for a very good friend of mine and the only reason I took the money was to pay for the edible glitter she wanted, I love her far too much to gain from her happiness :) Anyway I digress, this here is my first real paid order!
Let me tell you a story, there's one person in Newcastle you go to for wedding, birthday and party cupcakes, and her name is Lottie McPhee! She owns a tearoom in Gosforth, holds several market stands a month and pretty much owns the whole cakey lottery oop north! All said, dear Lottie is going on holiday to foreign lands, lucky for her and lucky for me ;) A client of hers ordered 100 cupcakes for a wedding anniversary but when confirming the order, Mcphee declared she was to be away so couldn't help her. Through some good friends and this here blog, the lovely client came to me with her request. Lets just say I was happy to help :D
I thought it would be a breeze, but boy oh boy is 100 cupcakes a lot! I was on all day, but thankfully I now know ingredient margins for such a huge number. This has really helped me with understanding bulk order requirements and I'll be much more prepared next time. If there ever is a next time.
Martha Stewart was my savior through this, her easy to follow recipes and bulk baking techniques really pulled me through! Thank you Martha! I followed her basic chocolate chip base and added white chocolate chips to 50, raspberries and white chocolate to 25 and strawberry cheesecake to 25.