Tuesday, 4 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Goodies

Don't forget to order your St Patrick's Day goodies for March 17th. 

Guinness and Chocolate cupcakes with Irish Cream buttercream..............how Irish is that?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Princess!

It's been such a busy time at the shop lately that we've not even had time to photograph all our cakes :(

Here is a little sneak preview of a little baby cake that we did last week with a little princess on the top.  The baby is all sugar and edible of course, with a little tutu and a crown made of sugar which we covered in silver leaf and Swarovski crystals.  Too cute!

This was for a Princess themed baby shower.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

All This Week - Valentine's Treats

This week is Valentine's week and because nothing says "I Love You" quite like sweetness and chocolate, we've created some lovely goodies that will help you say just that to your loved ones.
CUPCAKES
Let's start off with cup cakes; this week we're offering Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate Fudge buttercream, Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream and French Vanilla Cake with Raspberry buttercream.  These are all decorated with edible flowers and of course are made with pure butter.  

SHORTBREAD
Here we have our delicious Scottish Shortbread.  Now, if you've never heard of this before or never tried it, I (Lynne) can assure you that you will not have tasted any shortbread as good as this. Having been born and bread in good old England, I know my shortbread and this recipe has the right texture and taste enough to make any Scotsman cry!  Not all shortbreads are created equal you see, it's a long story and a long history.  We serve our's simply in fingers with the traditional fork holes on the top. Once again we only use pure butter for our shortbread and you will definitely taste the difference.

FRENCH MACARONS
By popular demand these little French goodies are back!  We have made them pretty and pink and filled them with a raspberry buttercream, so delicious!
 SUGAR COOKIES
Heart shaped large and small sugar cookies covered in sweetness, and love with 24k gold painted decorations for the ultimate finish we have put these into little gold boxes (1 large or 4 small per box) so that all you have to do is seal it with a kiss.





MINIATURE CAKES
A delightful little cake to share this is a perfect size for two people and looks so pretty in it's individual box, a lovely gift for anyone one that you love....you can even use it to pop the question! If you would like us to customize your cake with a message....just give us a little advanced warning and we'll be happy to do that for you free of charge.
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Red velvet champagne truffles, the ultimate in chocolaty decadence.  These are not for the light hearted and are bitter-sweet cocoa covering, a la francaise!  These are presented in a little box of six with hearts on each truffle.
HEART COOKIES
Little pieces of love, these heart shaped cookies are sandwiched with buttercream and packaged, two at a time in a little clear bag and tied with a pink ribbon.

PRICES

Our prices will vary according to the way the items are packaged, but here's a rough idea:

  • Miniature cakes - $15 each
  • Champagne Truffles - $10 for six
  • Heart Sandwich Cookies - $3 bag of 2
  • Boxed Sugar Cookie (large) - $4 
  • Boxed Sugar Cookies (4 small) - $4
  • Cupcakes - $3 each
  • Shortbread - $3 (2 pack)
  • French Macaron - $3 each




February Newsletter

Let Them Cakes February, 2014
Let Them Eat Cakes
Dear Lynne,

With Valentine's Day almost upon us, here are some ideas of our sweet treats to give to your loved one.  Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for a coupon for a free sample pack.  Just cut it out and bring it in, and don't hesitate to share this with your friends and family so that they can get their freebies too!
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VALENTINE'S DAY TREATS

We have concocted some wonderful treats for Valentine's Day and it's not too late to phone in your order.  We will also have a display full of things to come and pick up at the last minute in case you forget to order in time.
Beautiful cupcakes in three flavours, Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet with cream cheese, French Vanilla with raspberry buttercream, all decorated with our signature sugar roses.
We have delicious, luxurious, buttery shortbread that is the ultimate to serve with tea or coffee for a quick Valentine's breakfast, or try our cappuccino biscotti, sure to please!
Also we have on offer mini heart cookies filled with delicious buttercream in either vanilla or orange and cardamom flavours. 
Our mini cakes are always a hit at Valentine's Day and we are offering Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet or French Vanilla all decorated with sugar flowers and ready for your personal message.
CAKE OF THE MONTH

We are proud of all our cakes, but this little one captured our hearts this month, a beautiful jungle cake to match the shower invitations for this little boy.  We used both sugar techniques and hand painting with edible paints to create dimension for this creation.
We topped this all off with a beautiful sugar baby which can be kept for a long time as a memento of this event.  To keep sugar decorations, simply put them in a box or if you want to display them then make sure they are behind glass, out of direct light and they will last for years.  Some museums have sugar pieces that date back almost 200 years.  The important thing is to keep all moisture away from the piece, so don't freeze them or put them in the fridge because it will ruin the finish.
 
HAMILTON SPECTATOR ARTICLE

Let Them Eat Cakes was lucky enough to be asked to write an article for the Hamilton Spectator's Love insert to their newspaper last Friday.  Our aim was to be as informative as possible about how to choose a wedding cake.  We stressed that purchasing a cake from an Inspected and Certified by the Health Department source is key.  Our certificate hangs in our entrance letting everyone know that our kitchens are clean and maintained to a high standard and all our staff have Food Handler's Certificates.
Even before you think about what your cake tastes or looks like, you need to verify that your vendor meets all the legal requirements otherwise your banquet hall or restaurant is legally bound not to serve it.
HOW TO DESIGN A CAKE

When we begin to design a cake for a client we always ask for some information so that the cake will fit the occasion.  It is rare that our clients just bring us a picture and ask us to make it.  It is relevant to know that if we copy a picture that you have brought in, or if we design a cake from scratch for you and personalize it, the price is the same.  
Why not have something that matches exactly your event.  So, if it's a birthday, shower or other celebration then a table napkin or invitation is probably the best thing to bring in.  Sometimes our clients bring items like a blanket, quilt or favourite toy (or simply a picture) so that we can use that for inspiration.
For weddings we request an invitation as this sets the tone for your wedding and is a great first step in getting to know your style and personality.
To illustrate how we can work with a graphic, we decided to create a cake that looked like our logo, so that you can see how we drew inspiration from a picture to make a cake design.
 
CAKE TASTING SCHEDULE
 
Please click the icon to go to our cake tasting page.  You will find the 2014 cake tasting schedule along with two other ways that you can try our delicious cakes if you can't make it in at that time.
These events are Open House, so you don't have to RSVP and you are welcome to come to more than one event until you have tried enough cake to make your choice.
We request that only two people per cake order are in attendance so that we have enough space to accommodate the large number of clients that we have and so that there is enough for everyone.  If you would like other family members or friends to taste the cake too, you are welcome to purchase a pack of samples to take home for them.
 
CONSULTATION OPTIONS  
 
We love meeting our clients and discussing their needs with them, this is the most exciting and interesting part of our job....besides actually creating the sugar masterpieces that is.
Please click the link to see our opening times keeping in mind that we can be flexible if you think you may need to come after hours or on a Saturday morning we will always try to accommodate you.

Another option that we are now offering is a Virtual Consultation for out of town clients who would still like to meet with us 'face to face' and take a look around our store.  This can either be done just one on one by Facetime or Skype, or you can send a friend or relative to come in and we will connect together with you at your chosen time.  To use this option please click on the icon.
Sweet regards,

Lynne Jury
Let Them Eat Cakes

Saturday, 1 February 2014

National Cupcake Day


We are happy to be part of this fund raiser for the SPCA by donating the total proceeds of our baked goods sales* (pastries, cookies, cupcakes from our daily selection) to this worthy cause  for a whole week!  

*Please note this does not include sales of custom designed wedding or celebration cakes

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Testimonals

It's so nice to get positive feed back from our clients.  If you'd like to read more, please click the icon below:


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Perfection Is In The Details

Just a little selection of last weeks cakes, a sneak preview of what we'll be posting on the website shortly.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Baklava Day!

Wonderful and made in-house by Rose,  this baklava is the best you've ever tasted.  Hurry, hurry, hurry it's all going to be gone soon and it's soooo delicious!
Buttery and sweet, but not too sweet, with nuts and it's flaky crispy pastry this tastes of the best caramel, mmm.

January 2014 Newsletter

Let Them Cakes January, 2014
Let Them Eat Cakes
Dear Lynne,

Introducing to you some wonderful things for 2014, we just can't wait to share!  Don't forget to check out all our links there are three savings to be had in this e-mail.
NEW CAKE TASTING SCHEDULE

Please click the icon to go to our cake tasting page.  You will find the 2014 cake tasting schedule along with two other ways that you can try our delicious cakes if you can't make it in at that time.
These events are Open House, so you don't have to RSVP and you are welcome to come to more than one event until you have tried enough cake to make your choice.
We request that only two people per cake order are in attendance so that we have enough space to accommodate the large number of clients that we have and so that there is enough for everyone.  If you would like other family members or friends to taste the cake too, you are welcome to purchase a pack of samples to take home for them.
CONSULTATION OPTIONS  

We love meeting our clients and discussing their needs with them, this is the most exciting and interesting part of our job....besides actually creating the sugar masterpieces that is.
Please click the link to see our opening times keeping in mind that we can be flexible if you think you may need to come after hours or on a Saturday morning we will always try to accommodate you.

Another option that we are now offering is a Virtual Consultation for out of town clients who would still like to meet with us 'face to face' and take a look around our store.  This can either be done just one on one by Facetime or Skype, or you can send a friend or relative to come in and we will connect together with you at your chosen time.  To use this option please click on the icon.
CAKE OF THE MONTH

This beautiful all white two tier cake is stunning in it's simplicity.  Smooth white fondant with white sugar flowers with white pearl centers which adds a pretty touch without being too girly.

Pictured here on one of our Let Them Eat Cakes custom made cake stands it looks sublime.

For this month only we are offering this cake in a size suitable for 35 -40 guests for $160.00.  You can choose your flavours but this is for a white cake only 'as is'.  The cake stand is not included.

If you would like to take us up on this offer before January 31st, just add "JANUARYNEWS" as your code when ordering.
Sweet regards,

Lynne Jury
Let Them Eat Cakes

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Virtual Consultations

Although at Let Them Eat Cakes we have a love of all things old fashioned, we do like to keep up with technology!
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer solutions for out of town brides.  Through the years we have offered telephone consultations and have successfully designed cakes by phone for clients all across the US, Italy, UK, South Korea, Bahamas, Bermuda, Japan and Greece.  These brides were coming to Hamilton (and surrounding areas) to get married and were looking for someone to make their cake for them and so they looked on the internet and found us.
We can now offer Facetime consultations for anyone who has an iPhone, iPad or recent iPod.  We can also offer Skype consultations.  If you would like to use this method to contact us, please CLICK HERE and complete the form.
We look forward to meeting with you!

Winter Weddings and The Truth About Glitter

The nice thing about winter weddings is that we are able to go to town with the frost, snow and ice details on our cakes.
It's a nice way to bring in a seasonal theme to your cake and lots of sparkle at the same time.
The wedding cake below had a 'frozen pond' on the top where the bride and groom topper stood (we are waiting for a picture from the happy couple) you can just make out the snow drifts on the top.
The snowflakes were covered in fairy dust in a range of colours from silver, blue and pink.
The sparkle on these elements comes from a special food safe product this is not the same type of glitter that you get at the dollar store!
It would not be suitable to cover a whole cake with the glitter because although it is made for food products and food safe, it isn't a 'food product' per se.  To give an example, birthday cake candles are food safe.  They are created to go on and come into contact with a food item.  If some of the wax drips on the cake it is not a problem, it can be eaten.  However, it would not be recommended to cover a cake with candle wax as it is not a food product.  The same principle applies to metallic finishes on cakes, it's all edible, but you wouldn't really want to cover your whole cake in it.