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3 Becomes 4!!

3 Becomes 4!!
Well after all of the waiting baby Smith finally decided to join us,
 Hugo Jack Smith arrived on 13 August; he is beautiful and has settled in great, even though I had totally wiped the memory of those initial sleepless nights!!!
 
 Kate did great and is coping great with the boys.
I had jokingly given Kate a window of two days in between cake orders to have the baby and she obliged by having him on the Monday allowing me the chance to get back in to the shop for the weekends orders!!!
This doesn’t mean I abandoned her straight away merely that I could work around sleeps, feeds etc :-)
Here are a few from the last couple of weeks
Rhea's Dora & Boots Secret Garden - Chocolate
Ruby's Mermaid - Vanilla & Strawberry
Giant Chocolate Cupcake
The lovely Rosemary & Ken get married!
GRACE-Gluten Free Lemon Madeira
 
COMMITMENT-Chocolate & Caramel
LOVE-Gluten Free Fruit Cake
All hand made Roses
 
Tala's Pink Elephant - Lemon
Carrot Cupcakes
Mixed Cupcakes
Always check inside!!!
Mini treats!
Next week Peek-a-boo is supporting
The Manly-Manado Walk 12
"Give Poverty the Flush"
Venue: Manly Scenic Walkway from Spit Bridge to Manly.
The Start is located at Ellery's Punt Reserve, the park north-east of Spit Bridge and just south of Avona Crescent, Seaforth.
The Finish is located on the grass bank in front of The Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade, Manly.

Details: The eighth Manly-Manado 10km sponsored Walk (from Spit Bridge to Manly) is taking place on Saturday, 8th September 2012. This year's Walk is raising funds for 50 mothers and babies at Compassion's Child Survival Programme in Manado, Indonesia. It will also help raise awareness of why water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) matter in a developing community. Every day 21,000 children die, most from entirely preventable causes. Around 3,000 children die every day from diseases related to water and sanitation.
Contact:
Mike Howorth (event manager)
Tel / email: 0418 969 467
spit-to-manly@hotmail.com
 
I am not actually doing the walk although I would be if I was not already busy (honest) anyway I will be there at the finish line from 10am
with a ‘Big Surprise” to help raise awareness of this great cause!
If you are not involved in the walk there is still time to enter at www.thewalk.org.au
There is also a link on there to make donations.
Or if you are not able to join in the walk come down to support the walkers and the charity including joining the biggest ever toilet queue in Manly!!!!!
If you are doing the race leave a comment on the blog so I can keep a look out for you or come and find me on the day, I think I will be on the grass in front of the Art gallery by Ocean World.
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Month by month Peek-a-boo's profile is growing
 as well as getting busier and busier
 God knows it needs to now Kate has finished work :-) 
As always, spreading the word really helps this - everytime somebody “likes” Peek-a-boo’s actual Facebook page it opens us up to a whole new community of possible CAKE LOVERS!!!!
 It also helps by ‘liking’ the weekly cake pictures.
You know how grateful I am for this, it has become a vital way of raising  Peek-a-boo's profile, and I will be running a couple of competitions through September for our Facebook members
as a thank you with some delicious prizes!!!!
 I am also doing a lot of sponsoring at the moment; Schools, Clubs, Churches and different events. This genuinely is to help our local community although it shamelessly gets a bit of advertising out there too :-)
I will keep you updated on the blog, I am quite booked up with
 ‘Sponsor/gifts cakes’ until December now, but if you have any money raising events coming up next year let me know.
There are a few exciting orders coming up, keep an eye out or “have an eye out” as Max says
As always, thanks for reading, please pass this on to anybody who may be interested and ‘Share’ it on Facebook, I am aiming for 200 likes now!
 
Happy Fathers Day on Sunday to all you fellow Dads!!!
 (Cough, cough Kate, its Fathers Day SUNDAY),
 Two children now, does that mean double the presents? :-)
Take care; enjoy your week
 
Neil
 
 
 

No cupcake Saturday this week!!!

 
No Cupcake Saturday this Saturday 25th August
Due to a fully booked out cake weekend and new dad duties I have had to cancell this months Cupcake Saturday!!!!
 
We will be back next month with some extra special cupcakes that I have been practising, in the meantime cupcakes can be ordered in boxes of 12's
 
 
 
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Well baby Smith finally decided to join us on Monday 13th August 2.15pm
 
Hugo Jack Smith
 
 
 
He is beautiful, very chilled and relaxed, Kate is doing great and Max loves him to bits although he looks a little pushed out already bless him.
 
 
We are getting used to the sleepless nights again (well Kate is)
I have also managed to squeeze quite a few orders in, I will post soon.
 
Enjoy this beautiful weekend 27c!!!!
 
Neil
 
 
 
 
 
 

The waiting game!!!

I didn't think I would get chance to do a new blog as today is my wife's due date!!!!
 
All of the little signs had fooled me into thinking he/she would come on it's due date, it still has a few hours to prove me wrong but I am starting to remember my impatience of Max's birth 10 days late!!!
 
Anyway it shouldn't be long so I will get on with my update!!!
 
Again, this month I have had great orders for some lovely people with fantastic feedback.
 
The month started with Kate's baby shower, you will be pleased to know I did not choose from the horrid cakes I put on Peek-a-boo's Facebook page as a joke.
 
I opted for a classy little number below, in Kate's favourite-Carrot cake. Now I know she is biased but she does say I make the best Carrot cake ever and I tend to agree :-)
         
 
 
 
 
 
Then it was the great "Soulfood" night at St Matt's with 2011 Masterchef winner Kate Bracks
We did 460 cupcakes, 300 portions of Kate's plum & red wine mousse, 300 portions of her Grand Marnier chocolate dipping sauce then 300 shards of fresh honeycomb to dip into the chocolate!
All three recipe's can be found in her book 'The Sweet Life'
 
 
The guy's with the goodies!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Back to the orders!!!
 
The South's Retro Jersey
 
 
Then the lovely Tamara calls with a list of hobbies that she wanted turning in to a cake for Imogen!
(I was quite proud of my 'wool' writing)
 
 
Cupcake Saturday
 
 
 
Then another of my favourites, I love colourful cakes
in White Chocolate mud
 
 
 
75th Birthday - what a celebration!
 
 
Austin's Spiderman cake
 
 
 
Brazilian colours for Karolinee!
 
 
 
More assorted cupcakes,"Happy Birthday Julie"
 I have had a lot of orders for cupcakes lately
 
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There are quite a lot of orders coming in, especially for the end of this month, which is great, word of Peek-a-boo is getting around, very exciting (keep it up)
 
This months Cupcake Saturday may have to be cancelled due to too many orders for that weekend, along with a new baby, surely it will be here by then!!!
 I will keep you posted.
 
 I will have pictures of my new addition to Peek-a-boo soon,"Candy Buffets". They are great, sort of a posh pick and mix for adults as well as kids, they used to be mainly used for weddings but they look and go down great at baby showers, birthdays, christenings and any other excuse you can think of!
Details coming soon
 
 
Also people keep asking me for tips and hints when baking cakes, this months tip which took me a while to appreciate (due to my impatience) is:
 
If a recipe says use softened butter, do not ignore it and throw it in the mixing bowl and hope for the best because you forgot to lift it out of the fridge!!!
 
For a long time I did this or microwaved it to 'OIL'.
 
If you plan ahead or leave it somewhere warm you will reap the benefits, your mixture will go into the oven with a light silky finish to it which will show in the finished masterpiece!!!
 
Try it and enjoy!
If it fails, order one from me :-)
 
Well I had better go and make Kate another "raspberry leaf tea" and feed her more chilli and pineapple to get this baby moving!
 
Take care, enjoy your week and make the most of this great sunshine, winter is exciting yea!!!!
 
Neil
 
 
 
 
 

Soccer, Kayaks, Flowers, Bicentenary and more!

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Well, another few weeks have disappeared and I thought it was about time I harassed you all with another blog :-)
 
It has been a great few weeks for Peek-a-boo with some fantastic feedback!!
 
$1 Cupcake Saturday was a great success, we sold out and received four orders for future cakes including two weddings.
 I also had a few big cakes going out for delivery which allowed customers in the shop
 a sneak look!!!!
 
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We are hosting a great foodie night on Monday 23rd July at St Matts Manly.
It will be a great night, Join us for 'Soul food' a taste bud explosion with our National 2011 Winner of Master Chef, Kate Bracks. Mon 23 July 7.30pm.
There will be a few Peek-a-boo surprises too!
Details here:
 
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Here are a few of my favourite orders from the past few weeks including a celebration cake for Wesley Missions bicentenary celebration, which was cut by a selected few including the 
The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of NSW
at the State Theatre Sydney!
 
Cupcake Saturday
 
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A classic!
 
Soccer cake
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One of my favourites-a lot bigger than it looks here!
 
Kyak cake
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My first edible photo cake on edible icing not edible paper!
 
edible image cake birthday
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I love this cake, another one of my favourites-The theme of the party was to come as your favourite colour!!!
 
colourful 50th birthday cake
 
Wesley Mission bicentenary cake
 
 
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The Rev Dr Keith V Garner
Superintendent/CEOWesley Mission
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The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of NSW plus guests
cutting the cake at The State Theatre
 
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A lot of people ask how do you get to the finished product when doing cakes, I am looking into holding small classes in the near future, here are a few pictures of the different stages of this cake
 
Baked and shaped!
 
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Sliced, filled and covered!
 
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Iced!
 
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Then decorated!
 
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We have a busy few weeks coming up including a new addition to our little family, my wife is due August 6th- I will keep you posted-obviously there will be a cake!
 
Also our next Cupcake Saturday will be Saturday 28th July
Don't forget $1 Cupcake for each person
 
Well, thanks for reading, as always pass this on to anyone who would be interested, find us on Facebook, "like" us etc!
 
Take care, enjoy the sunshine and have a great week!
 
Neil
 
 
 

Our 2nd $1 Cupcake Saturday!

Well, I can not believe that it has only been one month since our first $1 Cupcake Saturday.
It feels like it has been a long month, probably even longer for my 34 week pregnant wife!
 
This Saturday's sale will include a few new flavours that I have been trying out, so well worth a visit.
 
Just to run through the details:
 
$1 Cupcake Saturday is a bit of a sampler day, a chance to taste delicious cupcakes for $1 which retail in most cupcake shops from a minimum of $5.50 each

I will be open 10.00am-2.00pm
The $1 Cupcakes will be limited to 1 per person so bring the whole family down.
Additional Cupcakes will be available to buy on the day for $3.50 each
Pre orders are welcome in boxes of 6 or 12.
 
There will be no obligation at all to purchase further cupcakes after your $1 sample, it will just be great to share my new cupcakes with everyone, along with introducing you to the shop.
 
The coffee van idea did not work out, but regular Tea and Coffee will be available to purchase at $2 each and soft drinks $2.50
If you want to grab yourself a coffee on the way that is fine too.
 
Please forward this on to anybody who you think would be interested and spread the word.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
You can see some of last months $1 Cupcakes here on Nearly June already!

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Here are a few of this weeks cakes, there are some great orders coming up soon with a chance for me to do the big novelty cakes which I love!
 
pink layered cake
An elegant,pretty pink birthday cake, vanilla and strawberry covered in a pink white chocolate frosting..........
 
pink layered cake
Check out the layers!
 
princes torte cake
This is a "Princess Torte"
This looks like the simpest of cakes, but it is a Swedish national treasure (Lots of layers,sponge,custard, raspberry jam then topped a huge dome of whipped cream covered with marzipan.The pressure was on for a surprise birthday cake from Miguel of the fantastic www.flavoursofspain.com.au to his Swedish Wife.
Apparently it recieved the Swedish seal of approval!
 
Motorbike 21st cake                                 Amanda's Motorbike cake, Sorry Amanda but I had to sneak a few flowers on to it!!! 
 
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A sweet cake from the Lovely Ivy to her Daddy!
 
 
Enjoy the the rest of your week,
 
Neil

Our Biggest Morning Tea!!

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Thanks Joe & Wendy of Sensational Seafoods
 for your hard work!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nearly June already!

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Well, another busy few weeks have past us by and it is nearly June!!!
 
My first $1 Cupcake Saturday was great
 check out the assorted flavours and a few
recent orders.
 
The next $1 Cupcake Saturday is 30th June!
 
I will also be starting the Manly Village School markets soon so I will keep you posted on that.
 
This Saturday we are hosting our biggest morning tea alongside Sensational Seafoods Manly
Check out the details here
 
 
It will be a great way to start the Manly food& Drinks festival come and have Cupcakes and coffee, support a great cause, then go and enjoy the Food & Wine festival-Sounds like a plan.
 
See you there!
 
 
 
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$1 Cupcake Saturday

I have decided that $1 Cupcake Saturday will be held on the last Saturday of each month, Starting on Saturday 26th May 10.00am-2.00pm
I will be baking a great range of my favourite cupcakes including:
Malteser
Vanilla & Fresh Strawberry
Chocolate mint
Oreo cookie
Chocolate & Fresh Strawberry
Lemon Drizzle
Carrot cake
$1 Cupcake Saturday will be a bit of a sampler day, a chance to taste delicious cupcakes for $1 which retail in most cupcake shops from $5.50 each
The $1 Cupcakes will be limited to 1 per person so bring the whole family down
Additional Cupcakes will be available to buy on the day for $3.50 each
Pre orders are welcome in boxes of 6 or 12.
There will be no obligation at all to purchase further cupcakes after your $1 sample it will just be great to share my new cupcakes with everyone along with introducing you to the shop.
Who knows it could lead to regular Saturday opening.
Hopefully the "Coffee Van" will be on hand for us all to purchase from, which will go perfectly with the cupcakes.
Please forward this on to anybody who you think would be interested.
 
This week I am supporting the Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday down at St Matt's church in Manly (on the Corso) check here for more details, a great cause well worth your support, with a chance of getting your hands on a few Peek-a-boo cakes too!
 
 

I will also be featuring in the Northern Beaches Expo this weekend.
I will be in 1000 showbags, I am looking forward to the responce from that and will be popping in on Sunday to check out the Expo.
 
 
 
 
Have a great week, I hope to see you on Saturday.
Neil

Happy Tuesday all!

 
MOTHER'S DAY INFO BELOW!
 
Here are a few of last weeks 'creations' :-)
 
I had the chance to do another Wedding cake which is great, I have a few more Wedding cakes coming up, I am receiving fantastic feedback from them which is always good.
 
Mr & Mrs Richter's Luggage Wedding cake:
 
elephant luggage wedding cake
 
 
It gave me the chance to practice my figurines too!!!!
 
elephant luggage wedding cake
 
A few of the ever popular Baby Shower cakes:
 
 
baby shower baby face cupcake
 
 
baby shower baby face cupcake
Along with a few mini ones too:
 
baby shower baby face cupcake
Mother's Day
 
Now as promised here is the info on Mother's Day
 Sunday 13th May
 
This year a box of mass produced chocolates from the supermarket is avoidable!!!
Treat your Mum to a box of delicious individually handmade and decorated Cupcakes or impress Mum after dinner with the rare treat of a decorated "Mother's Day Cake" 
Either way you are sure to earn a few brownie points from Mum or your Wife and you will be supporting an independent local business at the same time :-)
 
Ladies- Order for your Mum then forward this blog to your Husband, Partner or Children!
 
The shop will be open on Saturday 12th May 10.00am-2.00pm
For Pick-up's and purchases
 
I have made a few options below:
 
All are available for pre-order which is advisable then there will be Cupcakes available to buy on the day in boxes of 6's or 12's
 
Option 1- 6 x "I LOVE U MUM" Cupcakes $21.00-(only $3.50 each)
Available in Vanilla, Chocolate or Lemon
 
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Option 2- 6 x "WE LOVE U MUM" Cupcakes $21.00-(only $3.50 each)
Available in Vanilla, Chocolate or Lemon
 
 
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Option 3- 6 x  "Flowers- MUM" Cupcakes $21.00-(only $3.50 each)
Available in Vanilla, Chocolate or Lemon
 
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Option 4 "Happy Mother's Day " Decorated 10" cake $55.00
Various designs
Must be pre ordered by 10/05/12
 
Available in:
 Vanilla & Strawberry
Chocolate
Lemon Drizzle
Carrot Cake
 
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To pre- order and avoid disapointment and a angry Mum! Please email me
Or phone on 0450 164 805
With your:
 Option number
Quantity
Flavour
And we will take it from there. If there are any allergies or intolerances please advise me as soon as possible to allow me to lead you in the right direction.
 
There will also be Hand-made chocolate gifts to buy on the day ranging from $3.50 each, great for the kids to buy for Mum with their pocket money.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
 
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 I have decided that $1 Cupcake Saturday will be held on the last Saturday of each month, Starting on Saturday 26th May 10.00am-2.00pm
 
I will be baking a great range of my favourite cupcakes including:
Malteser
Vanilla & Fresh Strawberry
Chocolate mint
Oreo cookie
Chocolate & Fresh Strawberry
Lemon Drizzle
Carrot cake
 
$1 Cupcake Saturday will be a bit of a sampler day, a chance to taste delicious cupcakes for $1 which retail in most cupcake shops from $5.50 each 
 
It will be limited to 1 per person so bring the whole family down
Additional Cupcakes will be available to buy on the day for $3.50 each
 
There will be no obligation at all to purchase further cupcakes after your $1 sample it will just be great to share my new cupcakes with everyone along with introducing you to the shop.
 Who knows it could lead to regular Saturday opening.
Hopefully the "Coffee Van" will be on hand for us all to purchase from which will go perfectly with the cupcakes and maybe a bit of face painting etc. for the kids.
 
Please forward this on to anybody who you think would be interested.
 
I will update more once Mother's Day is over!
 
Have a great week
 
Neil
 
 
 
 

Post Easter break!

Well, after giving you all a couple of weeks break, I am back with the latest on the cake front!
It has been a steady couple of weeks over the Easter break, with a few Easter treats, birthday cakes a Christening cake and a Wedding cake.
 
 
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I got the chance to practice my Character figures on Gaby's surprise 40th "G" cake, not bad for my first attempt!
 
 
 
40th Birthday cake
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Then there were 140-ish hand made flowers for Thomas and Liesels 12 layer Wedding cake
 
 
 
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Laylah's Christening cake
Christening/ Baptism cake
The party cakes are still proving popular....
Dinosaur birthday cake
Batman Lego cake
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birthday
Chocolate has been the most popular lately, Laylah's Christening cake was White Chocolate with fresh raspberries.
I have recieved really good feed back from each order. With having the extra space and time in the shop I have took time to improve my recipies even if I must say so myself,
 although it has ruined my diet each week!
I have a few really great orders coming up including three more wedding cakes which is great
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I will be starting my monthly $1 Cupcake Saturday at the shop in May
I am looking at starting May 5th
Then on the first Saturday of each month
Details to be announced next week
 May 13th is MOTHERS DAY!!!
I already have a couple of orders in and will have a selection of Mothers day ideas to
pre-order on next weeks blog along with some hand made Mothers Day treats which will be available to pre order or purchase at the store on $1 Cupcake Saturday
Ladies forward this on to your husbands or children!!!!
Also a good friend of mine Katia Balko photography is looking at putting a Mothers Day voucher together for a special Mothers day photo shoot,
a perfect gift alongside 1 dozen Cupcakes :-) details to come next week.
 
My website has reached over 12000 page views in total now along with 3682 Visitors which is very exciting for me as it is something I set up and update myself, through Vistaprint of course but all the same it is great news!
 
Page Views 12,049
 
Visitors 3,682
 
All I need now is each person who views the site to buy a cupcake  :-)
Peek-a-boo's Facebook page is doing well, I still need more people to take a look "Like" it and spread the word!
 
 
Thats all for this week, take care and enjoy the rain people!!!
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