Pair make 480 cupcakes for animals
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.