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Creating Heavenly Cupcakes

December 11, 2013  •  3 Comments

Christmas Magic at Cupcake Heaven

Every wondered how the magic happens…?

Every weekend the wonderful people at Cupcake Heaven create "Something Special for the Weekend" So, knowing I wanted to do a photo story on them I set them a challenge for this weekend coming. 

Now, for me, mixing two things that I love, cake AND Christmas means that inspiration should have been over flowing, and to be honest, I wasn't doing too bad. But what follows in the next few images proves that your starting point is hardly ever your ending point.

Last Monday (Dec 2nd) I left Sandy and Sharon thinking about Mistletoe and Wine, and Holly and the Ivy….


Brain storming for Cupcake HeavenSandy and Sharon are busy thinking about inspiration for their "something for the weekend" cupcake


Usually their brain storming happens with Paul and Graham at a local pub over a glass of something festive and a tasty morsel of food, however, this time it started in the shop, although it may not have ended here.


Taking notes of cake ideasCupcake Heaven in Salisbury like to make notes about ideas for their cake ideas, hand written and with sketches


Everything about Cupcake Heaven is the personal touch, including the fact that note taking is all done by hand, scribbled notes and lots of A4 pads of paper filled with ideas and musings.



Having left Sandy and Sharon on the Monday with Christmas song titles to inspire them, I went home thinking about a million other things. What do you think about when you think of Christmas, I have crackers and sweets, brandy snaps and stockings, decorations and everything was just whizzing about in my head. However I've learned that having all the ideas is all well and good, but someone then has to turn these ideas into cakes!


Prepping or experimentsIcing bags, cakes and colouring at the ready


Things like chocolate or vanilla cake??? Red icing and red cake cases??? Do we add anything into the cake mixture itself, maybe mixing a flavour with the icing… Thankfully I'm not the one making the deciding factors.

Sharon has been baking for a few years now (being a lady I didn't ask how long) but she's incredibly talented and was kind enough to share some tips of her trade. So if you've ever wondered how to get a bit of colour in your icing (like an ice-cream Mr Whippy) you need two pipping bags, one set ready with the nozzle, the other snipped just at the end with a small hole for the coloured icing to be pipped down the bag of the main icing bag.

Then you run a line of the coloured icing down one side of the main icing bag before filling with normal vanilla icing; it's so easy, why I never figured this before I don't know.


Adding colour to your icingAdding a little colour to the main icing bag before putting the main white icing in makes for a fabulous decoration on a cupcake

And doesn't it look amazing!


It seemed that Sandy and Sharon had set on the idea of a peppermint candy themed cake, and I instantly got excited about the possibilities. However, on this first try we decided that there was just a little too much red - it reminded me of the clove flavoured gob-stoppers I used to get as a kid, a little too red hot, so….


Mixing up green icing Mixing green icing for Cupcake Heaven's Something for the Weekend cupcakes


We thought that green might be a better colour… mixing up more icing and prepping the icing bag ready



Adding there green to the piping bag and then topping with vanilla, it was really starting to come together. But it's always the attention to detail that makes the different between something thrown together and something well thought out and professional.



Now, a big decision, do the candy canes look better sitting on the icing, or pushed into it, we actually debated this at some length


Sprinkles on cupcakestrying different sprinkles, edible glitter on christmas candy cane cupcakes


And should pearlescent or silver edible glitter be used? I bet you didn't think it would be so difficult to choose. 


Taste testing Christmas CupcakesServed up and ready to eat, candy cane cupcakes


They do look delicious don't they, and we were about to sign off on the decision before I got all excited and suggested something else


Candy crush cupcakescrushed up candy canes sprinkled on top of the cupcakes


So, what would happen if the candy cane is crushed…?


Good enough to eatCandy crush cupcakes by Cupcake Heaven and photographed by Barbara leatham photography, Wiltshire and Salisbury based


Now, I'm not saying that this is the final evolution of this particular cake, so you'll just have to pop along to Cupcake Heaven this weekend to find out! But I do think that if I ever hang up my camera I could take a job in creating cupcakes - just as long as there's somewhere like Cupcake Heaven that can make them for me.

Is it me or do you feel like cake right now?


You can find Cupcake Heaven here

9 The Maltings

Phone 01722 340344


In the mean time, you can read more about Cupcake Heaven in my first blog about them "It Really Is Cupcake Heaven"

My huge thanks to Sandy, Paul, Sharon and all the staff at Cupcake Heaven for letting me sneak into their world and share it with you; Salisbury is a richer place having you guys in town x




Paul Gregory(non-registered)
We at Cupcake Heaven are always open to a challenge
We have made savoury cupcakes before, but our customers never even bought one
so we have not repeated it.
Elaine, please go to our FB page and tell me what flavours you like and
I and Sharon and Sandy will meet in the pub and see if we can make some for you .

Thanks again Barbara for the fantastic blog.

Do you think they'd be up to the challenge of making a cupcake for someone who hates cupcakes and trying to change my mind? Savoury maybe? Although I do quite fancy liquorice ;-) x
I love these posts but I so want one of those cupcakes now! xx
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