About Me

Welcome

Hi! Welcome to Hello Cuppies, I’m Natalie and I run a bespoke cake company called Cuppies ‘n’ Cream and this blog is a little spin-off from that to help me indulge my love of writing, baking, and travelling.

I’ve been blogging since around 2015 but in December 2016 re-branded, moved to a self-hosted platform and started to take things a little more seriously.

I live in a lovely little town called Wokingham in Berkshire but am originally from good ol’ North Yorkshire.

What’s my blog about?

My blog is a well-balanced mix of baking, food and travel-related posts but you’ll also find the occasional post about a restaurant I have visited or a parenting-related subject. I write about Reading a lot as I live very very close and love to support local independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

I love receiving an invite to a media night at a restaurant and have shared my experiences at Pho, Franco Manca, Honest Burger, plus more. You can find my food reviews right here.

Many things make me happy so I’ll be blogging about all of these and sharing my passions. Either way, I hope you enjoy.

I Love to Travel

In 2016 I chose to expand my blog purely because I love writing and realised that I had much more to talk about than just my love of baking.

I grew up in the beautiful city of York until moving out at 17. Before this I hadn’t been very far at all, a school trip to France and a few cheesy hen parties in Turkey and Greece just about covered it. And although I dipped my toe in the water with a few European holidays it wasn’t until I met my boyfriend Steve in 2010 that I truly got bitten by the travel bug. In the 8 years we’ve been together we’ve managed to fit in a lot of travel so it only seemed natural to include this on my blog. I do accept sponsorship opportunities which include press trips and often review accommodation, plus more, in the UK and around the world.

Some of my sponsored travel posts include:

    • Exploring Tuscany and staying in the most amazing Villa where again, I ate another insane amount of pasta.
    • Partnering up with Jet2 and experiencing how talented their pilots are at landing on one the scariest runways I’ve experienced.

I’m a Mum

My first and most important priority is that I’m a Mum to 13-year-old Coby and 13-year-old step-daughter Lucy. My son is my pride and joy but I also am well aware that parenting isn’t all fun and games so writing about my experiences with Coby has actually proved to be quite therapeutic!

It’s fair to say that despite how much we love our children, they 100% drive us bonkers, right? I had Coby when I was quite young and always thought I’d be a ‘cool’ Mum… I’m not. But I think I’ve figured it out.. just. Here’s one of my most popular rambles about him driving me insane… and here’s a much nicer one when I’m back to liking him again 😉

About Me

Recipes, Cakes and Bakes

I’ve been baking professionally since 2011 and I picked up the caking bug after baking some cupcakes for a friend’s daughter. I am completely self-taught and have developed my skills by experimenting and creating lots of new flavours and combinations along the way.  I hate over the top recipes and techniques so will try to keep things simple, but still as effective as possible.

One of my all-time popular posts is this one about how I price my cakes and make a living from it.

Throughout my blog I explore recipes, decorating techniques, tutorials, and also includes my visits to ‘cupcakeries’ (Is that a word? I don’t know, but I like it).  You’ll find ideas for cupcakes, cakesbrownies and cookies too.  One more thing to add is that I hate artificial flavourings and extracts.  All my recipes will use the ‘real-thing’ in the ingredients.  I love the taste of fresh ingredients and my favourites are lemons and raspberries.  Oh, and I always try to source locally if possible too.

When I write up a recipe my aim is to guide you through the process in a way which will help you enjoy your baking experience.  I really go to town on flavour, and hold back on faffing, ending up with bakes which are easy for anyone to achieve, and giving you an end result which you will truly love.

I want you to feel confident and relaxed when recreating a recipe from my blog – if you do feel that then there is every chance you will enjoy being in the kitchen and baking as much as I do.

I’ve worked with Canderel, Fentimans, and Tassimo to name a few.

PR Friendly

If you’d like to contact me about anything else please do, I welcome emails and am open to working with brands, companies and I’m a huge supporter of independent local and smaller companies if you think we can work together drop me a mail! Stats and other relevant information are available on request.

Hello Cuppies – UK Blog – Stats as of December 2018
Foodies100 chart position 102 (out of over 10,000)
Domain Authority 30
Page Authority 36
Audience: Mainly UK, 18-44 and majority female.
Social media total 25,500+

Winner of the 2017 Clickstay blogger competition.

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If you would like to place a cake order with me please take a visit to my actual cake website at www.cuppiesncream.co.uk

Brands I’ve Worked With 

In the Press

Cuppies ‘n’ Cream has featured in various publications from Woman Magazine to The Express. Other titles include ClickstayMeet Other MumsBBC Radio Berkshire, XN News, Love My Dress, Wedding Tattle, Want that Wedding, The Wokingham Times & The Reading Chronicle.

10 Comments

  1. 3rd September 2014 / 9:51 am

    Hi Natalie! Your blog is amazing! Can’t wait to read more x

    • Natalie Dickinson
      Author
      3rd September 2014 / 10:30 am

      Hi Lauren, thank you so much for your kind words, I’ve just had a peek at your blog too and look forward to having a good read later x

  2. Ozzy
    23rd September 2014 / 6:24 pm

    I don’t know how I ended up on this page, but I absolutely loved it.

  3. Bead Charmer Girl
    10th November 2014 / 6:46 pm

    I love the name of your blog! I’m looking forward to following along on your baking adventures. The photo’s you’ve posted make me want to read more. :[)

  4. 4th August 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Just read most of this and spent ages here. Love it Natalie! Izzy x

    • hellocuppies
      Author
      4th August 2017 / 3:35 pm

      ooh hi Izzy, thank you! That means a lot, hope you’re well xx

  5. Sue Wood
    8th October 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    Thank you for the course today, extremely helpful, fun and enjoyable, wold recommend these courses to anyone, Natalie is so friendly and kind.

  6. Sue Wood
    8th October 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Hi Natalie

    Can you remind me what brand of sugar paste we were using today and where I would buy it from please.?

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