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Cupcakes - the foodie craze, Sussex Life talks to a Horsham business

PUBLISHED: 16:09 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:49 28 February 2013

Cupcakes - the foodie craze, Sussex Life talks to a Horsham business

Cupcakes - the foodie craze, Sussex Life talks to a Horsham business

Cupcakes are definitely the foodie craze of the moment. Kate Eastman headed to Horsham to meet one of the newest exponents...

Cupcakes are definitely the foodie craze of the moment. Kate Eastman headed to Horsham to meet one of the newest exponents...

Based in the heart of West Sussex Cottage Cupcakes is a family-run business. Using organic eggs laid by their own hens, they bake delicious cupcakes in their cottage kitchen.


Owner Denise Bugler insists on only using her own hens organic eggs within her cakes, it makes all the difference to the taste, explains Denise. I have been making cakes for 10 or more years, ever since I started my own family, but I only began making them professionally at the end of last summer.


Denises inspiration for starting her own business was because her youngest child had recently started full-time school and wanted to do something creative with her time. So last year she went on a jam master class where she learnt how to make jam.


It was a lovely lady called Hazel, the companys owner and teacher that made me see just how easy it could be to turn my own business ideas into reality, says Denise.


I took some time to think about what I could do and, after floating several ideas around, Cottage Cupcakes became my number one idea.


Denise finds that it can vary how many cakes she sells. Some weeks Im baking over 100 cakes and others only 20, but I am always recipe testing, so the smell of freshly baked cakes is a regular one. Our three children very happily hold the position of chief tasters!

It nearly all ended in tears for one order says Denise, I had spent an afternoon preparing a beautiful tower of cupcakes for a new customer, it was not a design I had made before and it looked lovely. My husband collected the children from school that day and brought them home, usually all new flavours and decorating ideas are put to the test on the children and because they had not seen these cakes before they thought they were a test batch and heartily tucked into them, phoning me to tell me how tasty they were and how pretty they looked. Luckily I had time to start all over again and the order was delivered on time with a happy customer and very happy children!


Denise currently offers vanilla, chocolate and lemon flavour cupcakes, with vanilla, chocolate and lemon flavour frosting. Next month she will be introducing a red velvet range, which are made with rich chocolate made with 100 per cent cocoa, coloured red and decorated with a butter cream swirl.
My favourite cupcake to make is a swirly luscious butter cream topped cake, sprinkled with subtle edible glitter and pretty sprinkles, says Denise. Its an elegantly over the top cake that allows me to indulge my girly side, however my favourite cupcake to eat is one topped with gorgeous white chocolate curls, extremely indulgent!
Beginning in June, Cottage Cupcakes is going to offer childrens cupcake

parties, we will come along and teach your children to decorate our home-baked cupcakes.


We plan to come along in advance to set up and, probably the best part of all as far as the parents are concerned, we will clear up at the end of the party

Cottage cupcakes are bespoke and tailored to every individual customers request, from fun bright childrens party cakes with sprinkles, to elegant wedding cupcakes.
Some customers have their own ideas when they place an order and others seek our advice, we are always happy to discuss and suggest ideas and designs, I love the challenge, says Denise.

Cottage Cupcakes
www.cottagecupcakes.co.uk
T: 07778 875962.
denise@cottagecupcakes.co.uk

Three more Sussex Cupcake makers

The Indulgence Cupcake Company delivers freshly-baked muffin-size cupcakes to Brighton and Hove.
www.indulgencecupcakecompany.co.uk
T: 01273 419727 or email order@indulgencecupcakecompany.co.uk

Polka dot Cupcakes make bespoke cupcakes for weddings, parties or just because you fancy something special. Based in Eastbourne.
T: 01323 461061
E: cupcakespolkadot@aol.com

Consumed By Cake are a small bakery based in Worthing specialising in bespoke handmade and decorated cakes, cookies and cupcakes.
T: 07971 167972
E: bycake@yahoo.co.uk

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