Thursday, 30 December 2010

Happy New Year

We've had a very busy Christmas baking, making merry and battling through the weather. Now we're looking forward to 2011 which will hopefully bring lots of wonderful weddings, plenty more chances to create some super-exciting cupcakes and meet lovely new friends.

In the meantime, Happy New Year. x

Friday, 26 November 2010

We're Making Merry this Saturday

We'll be at the Brooks Centre in Winchester this Saturday from ten o'clock, selling cupcakes and serving mini cupcake tasters to try. We'll be showcasing some of our Christmas designs too which we're taking orders for now so maybe we'll see you there.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Cupcakes for Christmas

A box of six or twelve of our finest cupcakes makes the perfect present, particularly if you fancy a festive theme. We can gift package an deliver them locally or nationwide too. Or if you have a Christmas party planned, cupcakes could really sweeten things up.

Just drop us a line and let us know what designs you fancy and who the lucky recipient will be and we'll make sure we have them ready for Chrimbo.

Here are some Christmassy cakes we've baked before... or we can create something specially for you if you have a theme in mind.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Special Delivery

We've been working for a while on the packaging for our 'Cupcakes by Post' with the help of the lovely Laurel from am associates. We're really excited to say that now we have an excellent new box to package up our cupcakes which is much more beautiful, much more environmentally friendly and much more effective at keeping our cakes in tip top condition until they reach your door.

We can bake and deliver gift boxes of six or twelve cupcakes locally or nationally to suit any occasion or theme, from a thank-you to a happy anniversary, a love token or special treat. Just give us a call or drop us an email.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Trick or treat? They're treats for sure...

We can't wait for Halloween... we've already sharpened our knives for some pumpkin carving, dug out our black and green stripey tights and started on some ideas for Halloween cupcakes. Here are a few of our favourites... and we're always open to other spooky ideas too. They'd certainly make a tasty addition to a Halloweentastic party or as a nice surprise for visiting trick-or-treaters...

Friday, 8 October 2010

We do like to be beside the seaside...

Ahoy there. We've been inspired by the sunshine and gorgeous blue sky for these seaside themed cakes...

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Weddings the Wiltshire way...

We're looking forward to taking part in the Wiltshire wedding show on the 10th October. It's at Salisbury town hall and promises to have exhibitors to suit every style of wedding and every budding brides requirements. We'll have plenty of mini cupcakes to try too so you can keep your energy levels up - hopefully we'll see you there.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

We're off to the theatre...

...well, the theatre bar at any rate. On Monday 27th September we'll be sampling and selling cupcakes at the gorgeous Eastleigh Point as part of their new menu launch. It'll be just like a mini food festival with plenty to eat and drink as well as being a good opportunity to have a nose around the beautiful building and get up to speed with all the fab stuff that happens there.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Up the garden path

We've been a bit unimpressed with the lack of summer lately but these cupcakes cheered us up a lot. Plenty of delicious chocolateyness and some gorgeously summery flowers, butterflies and bees... perfect even if you have to eat them indoors in your cardie with a nice hot cuppa...

Friday, 6 August 2010

Fancy a Dolly's shortcake or two?

We've been following the gossip about what's new in the world of cake since we set up Cupcake Dolly and seen the rise and rise of cupcakes, the rise and fall of macaroons and now it seems Whoopie pies are all the rage. We've sampled a good few Whoopie pies (for research purposes of course) but have been a little bit disappointed so we've invented our own version. Just as cute and much more yummy (we think anyway)... we present delicious Dolly's Shortcakes, available to order for parties and presents now.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Wedding season is in full swing...

Our blog has been a little quiet lately. That's partly due to the arrival of a small new member of the Cupcake Dolly team (welcome, baby Iris) and partly because we've been busy baking like mad for some lovely people's weddings...

One of our favourites was the giraffe themed wedding at Marwell, with scrummy chocolate and fudge cupcakes...

...and a fabulous giraffe print topper for the cupcake tower with a lovely chocolatey ribbon.

We've done 'pretty in pink...

...for a special day at Portsmouth Football club.

We've made cats and cars and lovely lilac hearts for a gorgous wedding in Wickham.

...And we've helped a few hen doos to go with a swing along the way.
Congratulations to all the lovely brides (and grooms) we've met so far and good luck to those who are still planning.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

See you at Cams Hall

We'll be at the fabulous Cam's Hall in Fareham this weekend for a special wedding Fair so if you're planning your big day and fancy sampling a cupcake or two, or feel in need of some ideas, why not pop along?

It's on Sunday 4th July from 10.30am -4.00pm - hopefully see you there.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Cupcake Dolly on Radio Solent

Erica popped along to BBC Radio Solent today to chat about cupcakes with Katie Martin. The hot topic was 'Junior Apprentice', and how the young upstarts got on with their cupcake challenge, which certainly made entertaining viewing last night.

You can listen on BBC iplayer here if you fancy it.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Model behaviour...

Last week our friends at 'The Other Duckling' made the most of the sunshiny weather and stepped outside to photograph some of their lovely springy products. Our cupcakes starred in their shoot, beautifully co-ordinating with some cute flamingo napkins and a gorgeous tea cosy. We love the cakestand too.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Wonderful wedding fair

We had a lovely time at the Swanmore wedding fair, meeting lots of fabulous brides and enjoying the gorgeous spring sunshine.

We had a great little corner of the marquee for our stand...

Our cupcake tower attracted a lot of interest...

We had a snazzy pinboard to show what we can do...

...and the cupcakes looked (and tasted) yummy...
All in all a wonderful day was had by all.

Monday, 12 April 2010

The Hampshire Wedding Fair, this weekend

We'll be at the Hampshire Wedding Fair again this year (can't wait!). It's at Swanmore Church in the middle of Swanmore, and we'll have an ace cupcake tower and plenty of yummy tasters. We'd love to see you there... (it's this Saturday 17th April between 11am and 4pm)

Friday, 5 March 2010

Cupcake competition record...

We had a record number of entries into our February 'win cupcakes' competition. A whopping 245 to be exact, which compared to our usual 20 or so is indeed a miracle. For this, in part, we thank the Dorset Cereals 'Little Blog Awards' which we've been lucky enough to feature in (a point we're particularly pleased about because we LOVE all things Dorset, even though we never win their pesky 'Spin the Bottle' prize, however hard we try...) We did pick some extra names out of our full-to bursting hat this time around, so hopefully there'll be plenty of happy recipients this month. Thanks to everyone who entered. x

P.S. The competition's always open too so just drop us a line if you want to take part...

Monday, 1 March 2010

Cupcakes for Hampshire Brides

We've had a lovely little blurb in Hampshire Brides magazine and Jo & Richard's wedding cupcakes featured in prime position... thanks very much Sally x

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Richard saves the day

This week has been pretty busy and Jo (one half of the Dollies) has been a bit poorly to boot. Her wonderful hubby Richard (our guru of all things technical) gallantly stepped in today to man our stand at Sunnyfields and give Jo a chance to chill out. No doubt Richard was his smooth charming self, and on reflection we may even recruit him for a bit more market action in the future...

Thanks lots Rich x

Spring snowdrops

A couple of weeks ago we made these cakes to celebrate the onset of spring and the snowdrop week at The Long Barn in Alresford. It's a gorgeous place to visit - and we can't wait to see the lavender in full bloom there later on in the year.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Sunshine at Sunnyfields

Now we're officially members of Hampshire Fare we made sure we had our snazzy sign up on our stall at the Sunnyfields Farmers Market this Saturday...

There was actually some proper springy sunshine so plenty of people popped by for a yummy chocolate cupcake or a slice of our covetable carrot cake...

...there were even people bravely sitting outside, coiffing coffee so it was lucky we had plenty of tasty snack solutions to keep everyone's energy levels up...

Friday, 19 February 2010

Cupcake Dolly to Excell

This week we made some special cakes for our new friends at Little Media who make the gorgeously glossy Baby Hampshire, Baby Surrey and Baby London magazines. They've got a stand at the big Baby Show at the Excell Centre in London this weekend, and they'll be handing out 400 of our mini samples to prospective magazine readers throughout the 3 day event. Hopefully our special themed stand will add that extra something to their display.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Romance is not dead... least it certainly wasn't for the lovely people braving the Siberian winds at Sunnyfields farmers market yesterday. Jo arrived armed with a whopping selection of loved up goodies and gorgeous valentines gift boxes and sold the lot so there'll be some serious schmoozing going on today as a result, and hopefully some very happy cupcake recipients. Happy Valentines Day. x

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Radio Dolly

Yesterday afternoon we made our first radio appearance (in spirit if not in body). On Katie Martin's show on Radio Solent there was a chat about the Business Link/SEEDA project focusing on packaging efficiency and sustainability which we're involved with - and we were one of the case studies they talked about. With the help of the lovely Laurel from, we're developing some superb new boxes for our cupcakes so they'll always be delivered in tip-top condition, and we'll be doing our bit to reduce packaging waste too.

Listen to the show on BBC iplayer here: .It's well hidden, but we're not technically advanced enough to post the exact bit we're afraid!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A bit of a mystery

Just for fun we run a monthly competition from our website to win a box of our cupcakes. Usually we have a good handful of hungry entrants but in the last couple of days we've had an onslaught of a couple of hundred. That's good news for us, but does lessen the likelihood for competition hopefuls we're afraid so we'll make sure we keep popping you back into the hat for the rest of the year.
PS. If anyone can shed any light on why we've suddenly attracted so much attention (we're usually pretty switched on about this sort of stuff but we're flummoxed this time) we'd love to know where you've heard about us...

Monday, 18 January 2010

Love is in the air...

It's a month until Valentines Day, but we're already thinking romantic thoughts. If you're after an original alternative to bouquets from the BP or a box of Black Magic, why not woo your Valentine with some of our loved up cupcakes. We could bake a selection like the ones here, pop a single cake in a beautiful little box for you, or make some totally bespoke cakes specially for your loved one.

We can deliver or post your cupcakes, add a personal message and perfectly package them. What's not to love?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Cupcakes, whatever the occasion..

If you're stuck for a great gift, we can bake cupcakes to suit any occasion (yes, really)...

From saying 'Happy Birthday' to a Pompey fan...

To saying 'Thanks' to a group of nurses...

...and we can be pretty speedy about it too!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Set your cupcakes up in style...

We've been on the lookout for a cute little cakestand to show off a small selection of our cakes for some time, and we've finally found this little beauty. It's available from for a mere £8.00. Beautiful and a bargain.