What’s my blog about?
Hi! Welcome to Hello Cuppies and thank you for taking an interest in my blog. I’m Natalie, and I run a bespoke cake company called Cuppies ‘n’ Cream and my blog is a little spin-off from that to help me indulge my love of writing, baking, travelling and generally just to share my experiences. I live in a lovely little town called Wokingham in Berkshire but am originally from good ol’ North Yorkshire.
I’m a Mum
My first and most important priority is that I’m a Mum to 12 year old Coby and 12 year old step-daughter Lucy. Many things make me happy so I’ll be blogging about these and sharing my passions. My blog is a well balanced mix of baking, lifestyle and parenting posts but you’ll also find the occasional post about a restaurant I have visited or a holiday I’ve been on! Either way I hope you enjoy.
My aim when I write a blog post is to write as I would speak to a friend, (just with a little better punctuation and grammar of course.) 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.
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.
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, cakes, brownies 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.
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. 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!
As mentioned earlier, I grew up in the beautiful city of York until moving out at 18. 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 7 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.
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 September 2017
Foodies100 chart position 159 (out of over 10,000)
Domain Authority 30
Audience: Mainly UK, 18-44 and majority female.
Social media total 22,500+
Email subscribers 4000+
Winner of the 2017 Clickstay blogger competition.
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
In the Press
Cuppies ‘n’ Cream has featured in various publications from Woman Magazine to The Express. Other titles include, Clickstay, Meet Other Mums, BBC Radio Berkshire, XN News, Love My Dress, Wedding Tattle, Want that Wedding, The Wokingham Times & The Reading Chronicle.