The guide to making your own popcakes
PUBLISHED: 10:16 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:17 20 February 2013
First there were cupcakes. Then came popcakes. And now in the North East there's a book to show you how to make these bite sized treats, as Sue Campbell reports
We like a bit of sweet cake in the North East. And we have plenty of great home grown ones singing hinnies, stottie cake (yes, I know its really a bread), boiley cake and harcakes to name but a few.
But the Yanks are coming, and after the influx of cupcakes you can hardly throw a stick without hitting a cupcake company these days theres the Popcake.
We have mentioned this popular interloper from the USA in these pages before. And one of the first companies in North East, and indeed in the UK, was Popcake Kitchen of Durham.
What are popcakes? Well, they are small piece of sponge cake and buttercream, wrapped in whats called candy melt, shaped and decorated any way you like, and presented on a lollipop stick. Easy to eat bite sized piece of cake that can be rolled out for parties, birthdays, Christmas, even weddings.
Popcake Kitchen is run by Helen Attridge and Abby Foy, who started it a year ago. Helen has a background in hospitality and Abby has a first class honours degree in graphic design and both sets of skills have proved very useful in a burgeoning cake making market.
They started the business after hearing about popcakes from Helens American born sister-in-law. And now after 12 months of growing the business, they have taken their success a step further.
They have produced a book, Cake Pops, which is said to have recipes for every occasion. There are 28 designs, from heart-shaped pops for the one you love, to cocktail pops for your next girls night in.
Helen said: Our most popular popcakes tend to be the fun novelty designs, such as the caterpillar and penguins. These designs are especially great for childrens birthday parties and are an alternative to the traditional celebration cake. They can also make great gifts and can add a special touch to a wedding.
Helen said they wanted to make the recipes easy for home bakers, with designs varying in difficulty, making them accessible for beginners and experienced cooks alike.
Although a number of other companies are now producing similar products in the region, Helen and Abby are the first in the region to produce a book.
The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of North East Life
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