Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! We hope you have some great plans to celebrate this special day with the ones you love. As you can imagine, it is a big baking holiday for us – we baked over 15 dozen treats yesterday alone for customers and our vendor stores! We have several updates, but for the speed readers:
- New products – cake pops and cake truffles! Available as custom orders and at our vendor stores
- New partnerships with Mountainside Market in Princeton & Sweet Briar Photography in Rutland
- Had demo parties for our daughter’s birthday with Pretty Pretty Princess Parties and The Candy Dish – both HUGE successes and we highly recommend!
- OPCCakes honored by Birthday Wishes
- Upcoming event – the Taste of the Towns on Wednesday, March 6th from 5:30 – 8 pm at The Manor Restaurant in West Boylston
- Coming soon – have OPCCakes come to your house for a Girls Night Out or Kid’s decorating party!!!
- Bookings and Lead Time
New Products and Where to Find Them!
We’ve made some additions to our menu – in addition to the Giant Cupcake (great for birthday parties or smash cakes – serves about 10 people), we started making cake pops and cake truffles. These are selling like wildfire at Sweets & Java, The Candy Dish, and our new partner, the Mountainside Market in Princeton! What is a cake pop? It is cake and frosting mixed together and formed into a ball, then dipped in chocolate and decorated. The result is a sweet, moist, perfectly proportioned treat with endless flavor and decorating possibilities! Cake pops and truffles also keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge (1 at room temperature), so you can enjoy them for days (if you can wait that long!).
We started working with our newest store, Mountainside Market in Princeton (http://mountainsidemarket.com/) in early February. We are selling regular sized cupcakes, cake pops and truffles. We are hoping to introduce a line of gluten free and other ingredient-specialty products with them in the coming month or two. In addition to gourmet local foods and convenience items, the Market also has a small café and a fireplace, with local artists artwork displayed in their dining area. We couldn’t be happier to be working with them!
OPCCakes is Ready for Our Close-up!
You may have noticed our friends at Sweet Briar Photography (http://www.sweetbriarphotography.com/) helping us out here and there with our photos for our tutorial articles at www.massmoms.com. They specialize in newborn and infant photography in the Worcester area (Rutland, Holden, Princeton, Sterling, Paxton, Barre, and surrounding areas). We are very happy to now be officially partnering with them to provide smash cakes for their one-year-old photo sessions. Check out their packages – the Baby’s First Year package even includes a coupon for your child’s first (non-smashed) birthday cake! (http://www.sweetbriarphotography.com/investment)
The Biggest Birthday Weekend in History
Our daughter, Natalie, turned 5 years old at the end of January. To celebrate, we had her party at The Candy Dish in Rutland( https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Candy-Dish). It was a blast – we did cupcake decorating (Princess and the Frog themed), a candy craft, the kids played arcade games, and everyone went home with some great sweet treats. Alison did a wonderful job of running the party.
If that weren’t enough, we also did a demo princess party for her with Pretty Pretty Princess Parties (http://www.prettyprettyprincessparties.com/) Our daughter chose Ariel to come visit – we had two hours of face painting, crafts, storytime, and even a princess fashion show! We have designed custom princess doll cakes to go with their parties. A great idea for your little girl!
We are Honored by Birthday Wishes
Birthday Wishes is a charity that provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters. We have committed to making at least one cake a month for this wonderful organization. They recently honored us by asking us to make the cake for their annual Volunteer Appreciation Event in March! It will be some much fun to make a BIG cake for all the people who work so hard to bring special celebrations to some very worthy children.
The Taste of the Towns
On March 6th, from 5:30-8 we will be participating in the Annual Taste of the Towns, sponsored by the Holden Chamber of Commerce. This year it is at the Manor Restaurant in West Boylston. Tickets are $20 for the evening – and for that you get to enjoy samples of cuisine of many local restaurants, caterers, and specialty food companies like ourselves. It should be a fun night, so we hope to see you there!!!
Decorating parties – we will come to you!
We have had several requests to provide cupcake decorating and other crafty parties. We are currently putting together party packages for cupcake decorating parties for children, and cupcake bouquets, cake pop, and other decoration ideas for Girls Night Out. We welcome your ideas. Please watch our website and FB page for updates!
Time, Time where is the Time????
We are so gratified that our business is doing well after less than a year in operation. However, we are finding that we are having to turn down customers requesting cakes inside a week, just because we are booking out about 2 weeks in advance for custom cake orders! With one working parent and 2 small children, there just isn’t enough time in the date to accommodate everyone. Brides – we also have several dates in the summer and spring already set aside, so please contact us ASAP to reserve your dates! We truly hate disappointing our customers, so please let us know if you want us to make you something as soon as you are able.
Have a wonderful holiday everyone! Thank you again for all your love and support!
Miranda & Mike
Owl and the PussyCat Cakes