Pair make 480 cup­cakes for an­i­mals

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

It took 90 eggs, 5kg each of su­gar, flour and but­ter, and hours and hours of work, but once again, Cromwell chefs Ta­mara Trent and Carla Paraniha have pulled off a cup­cake-bak­ing blitz. On Sun­day, the pair, from the Golden Gate Lodge, baked, iced and dec­o­rated 480 cup­cakes, which had been presold to the pub­lic as part of the an­nual SPCA Cup­cake Day fundraiser. It was the third year the duo had been in­volved with the fundraiser and, de­spite the num­bers of cup­cakes or­dered in­creas­ing each year, Ms Trent said the pair had the job down to a fine art, with a good sys­tem in place to make sure the day wasn’t too stress­ful. This year, Ms Trent chose a “Flo­ral Frenzy” theme for the cup­cakes, and has spent the past few weeks mak­ing flow­ers, la­dy­bugs, but­ter­flies and bum­blebees out of royal ic­ing to go on top of the ic­ing. Be­cause the ic­ing kept for so long, she was able to make the dec­o­ra­tions in ad­vance. The event was in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity each year, and Ms Trent said they were happy to do­nate their time to help sup­port a great cause. Most of Sun­day was spent mak­ing the cup­cakes, which were then col­lected on Mon­day to co­in­cide with the ap­peal day. With the cup­cakes sell­ing at $10 for a pack of six, al­most $1000 was raised this year. And as if they weren’t all cup­caked out, the pair was al­ready look­ing ahead to next year’s fundraiser, with Ms Trent think­ing about a pos­si­ble Ki­wiana theme for the cup­cakes.

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