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Friday 18 September 2009

Win! National Cupcake Week contest! Blue Door Bakery

Right, this is your last cupcake competition! No more cakes! We've seen sooooooo many cupcakes this week. And we still want more! Although expect to see a lot of savoury recipes next week to cancel out all this sugar we've eaten.

The final competition is for all you people in the Midlands. Blue Door Bakery are full of happy treats. Look at this cupcakes! They're mint chocolate in case you were wondering. Yummy.

So what do we want from you today? Absolutely anything cake-based. Talk about cake in the comments, send us cake recipes! Email us photos of cake you've made! Retweet about cake! Blog about Blue Door Bakery! Just all sorts of cake based talk for today. Go on, tell us a cake joke. It's the last day of National Cupcake Week so do something cakey and fun. You know what? Tell us a cake joke that makes us laugh our loud and you'll get TWO entries.

The only clincher? Blue Door Bakery are in the Midlands, so they need to be delivered within 20 miles of Birmingham. Don't live there? Well they'd make a lovely present for someone who does. And you get cupcake credit for 12 months as well so you don't have to nab them straight away. There's more of that cupcake credit again.

You've got until 4.30pm to get your entries in (comments, tweets, emails, we don't mind today! all of them if you like!) and we'll announce the winner a little after that. Of course, a big thank you to Blue Door Bakery and all of the other bakeries who have given away cupcakes this week. You're all lovely.

The small print bit: Competition cakes only delivered within 20 miles of Birmingham (but if you don't live there, you can always send them as presents to someone who does). Please don't shout at us if you don't win. We're not allowed to enter, which is just as well because we know no jokes about cake. Still, we wish we could enter our own competitions. Humph.


  1. As a fellow cupcake baker I just wanted to say Blue Door Cupcakes always look yummy! Good luck to whoever wins, I am sure you won't be disappointed.

    Happy National Cupcake week everyone. I am sure that buying cakes will help our ailing economy or something like that so they're practically guilt free!


  2. It is my birthday on Monday and unfortunately rather than heading down to Beas of Bloomsbury like I had planned (thank you for the tip) I am now working an eleven hour shift. Rather than mope and pout about having to work at a golf club on such a special occasion I am now going to make lots of cake and give it to all of my customers so there will be cake and in my head I can pretend it's an all day cake party. Birthday saved!

  3. Damnit, Leamington Spa is 26 miles from Birmingham! Ah well... I guess I do at least have friends in Birmingham who'd appreciate cake; in fact, one is coming to visit for my birthday next Saturday, so I could potentially get them sent to her and ask her to bring me one!

    Having so many baking novice friends I recently developed a failsafe cake recipe that anyone could manage. I put it on my blog, sent it to my novice friends, and have had nothing but good feedback - and it has been made everywhere from Inverness to Tavistock, by bloggers in Canada and Texas... My friend in Newcastle even credited it with having restored her relationship with her sulky pre-teen son.

    You can find the recipe on my blog in the Caroline's Cakery section:

    By the way, I promise to stop stalking Domestic Sluttery next week. I know it must be bad as, having never met any of you lovely ladies, I dreamed I was moving into a big shared blogging house with all of you last night. We were fighting over who got the fluffiest blankets on the sofa when I woke up this morning!

  4. Haha, at first I thought "Oh no, I can't enter..." but! My biggest brother lives in the Midlands with his other half, so this would be a good opportunity to win cakes for them :)

    Well... Cake. I already mentioned that my mum bakes cakes to order. And she experiments with a wide variety of recipes - the famous apple cake, the extravagant Black Forest Victoria Sponge, a rhubarb crumble cake, a lemon curd cake, a brilliant classic coffee & walnut cake...the list goes on.

    What is more amazing though is that my mum makes cake accessible to EVERYONE. A huge percentage of the population have coeliac disease, meaning that regular cake is off limits - this is just cruel :( SO! For every cake my mum bakes, she bakes a gluten-free equivalent! The coffee shop she supplies has had a huge increase in custom due to this fact alone. In most coffee shops, you'll have maybe one or two choices of gluten free treats, but in Froth on Top in East Grinstead, nearly EVERY cake has a coeliac-friendly alternative. So, coeliacs have a massive choice of delicious cakes to have with their coffee :) Now THAT is commitment to a cakey cause!

    I love my mum. She truly is a star. I don't have coeliac disease myself, but several friends that do, and sing my mum's praises. Yay, mum!

    Now, if I won today, the cupcakes would go to my big brother and his (soon to be) Mrs, as a two-tone gift. Firstly, to thank them for all their support over the years (especially my big brother, who has always looked after me, since I was tiny), and secondly, to congratulate them on their wedding! They set a date for next August, and it is set to be a really, really fun day. They're an honest, down to earth pair, and rather than splash money all over the place, the priority is FUN. I can't wait :) They have even asked me to sing for them on the day, and I am honoured to be able to offer that to them on their special day. Hurray!

  5. I know people in Birmingham! I am actually a short hop down the road (1 train stop), so can hapily pop in of a weekend to collect them if I win!

    Anyways, cakes have made up a major part of my life for many years. I use them to make people happy, to settle myself into a new workplace,to surprise and please a friend. A well cooked cake with lashing of frosting is one of the nicest gifts in the world, beaten only by a pair of shoes!! And that is only becasue I couldn't make the shoes myself!

  6. Ladies
    My favourite cake-based joke...

    "FRUIT CAKE RECIPE - Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.

    You'll need the following: four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle or two of rum.

    Before you start, sample the rum to check for quality. If it's good, let's get started.

    Take a large bowl, and a measuring cup. Check the rum again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer; beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one seapoon of thugar, and beat again. Meanwhile, make sure the rum has retained it's fine quality. Cry another tup. Open a second quart if necessary.

    Turn off the mixer. Break two arge leggs, and add to the bowl, and chuck in the cup of fried druit. Mix on the turner, and beat till high. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the rum to check for tonsisticity.

    Next, sift two cups of pepper or salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the rum. Now sift the lemon juice, and strain the nuts. Fold in some chopped butter. Add one table. Spoon. Of brown thugar or whatever color you can find.

    Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 gredees. Don't for get to beat off the turner. Now pour the whole mess into the coven and ake. Feed to your goat. Check the rum again, and bo to ged."

    No I'm not one for a sob story, but ever since I told my OH that I want to lose weight I have been banned from baking cakes (boo hiss) and buying cakes. As luck would have it I am in Solihull (B'ham) working for the next week so I could get those gorgeous cupcakes from Blue Door Bakery delivered to work and he would be none the wiser! xx

  7. Why are pirate cakes so great? Because they aaaaaargh:
    Pirate cakes

    I don't live in Brum, but if I won I know people that do who would very much aprpeciate them :)

  8. I've got so many people I know excited about cupcakes this week - my best friend baked loads last night, and all the lads I live with were scoffing them down! Who says boys don't like cupcakes? My last day of work is next weds and so tuesday night I'm going to make these cupcakes:

    Which look amazing and I can't wait to make - I told the lads this and they all got rather excited! Sometimes it sucks being the only girl in a house full of smelly, messy, loud, farty boys, and cupcakes and muffins and brownies are my only solace. Our kitchen is usually infested with dirt so when I clean it I can bake and then happiness is abound! Until they mess it up again :( So I don't bake as often as I should - I need these amazing cupcakes in my life!

    Also, I live in Wolverhampton (pretty sure thats within 20 miles of Brum!) and so its ace to see a bakery outside of London! :D That's for letting me know about them, I'm definitely going to use them in the future!

    Bring on the cakes in cup form!

  9. here's the thing. i heart my nieces to pieces. and whenever i go down to birmingham they always plead with their big brown eyes (especially niece #4, aka amber, you wanna watch out for that one) until i give in and bake them some cupcakes. on their behalf, for a testimony on how much they love love love cupcakes, check out my flickr set for amber's fourth birthday. the first time i made a hyowge batch of cupcakes. i would absolutely love you forever if Blue Door Bakery cupcakes arrived on their doorstep and made their day!

  10. I don't know any cake jokes but I do have
    A)a very cake-worthy friend in Birmingham, and
    B) a link that will make you laugh until you snort tea out of your nose. May I present:

  11. I would love to win these, but even my Christmas Cake joke can't compete with Charlie's link above...

    Its the funniest thing I have seen in ages x

  12. it is a fab link! But tell us the joke anyway, go on...

  13. Hi Siany

    I posted it earlier - I'm the one who has been banned from baking by my evil cupcake hating other half!


  14. Sorry! I do read all the comments but there's a lot of Kats and Katies!

  15. Wow! An actual cupcake comp that I'm ideally suited to enter for a change although I'm worried as their website says they deliver within 5 miles of Hagley rather than 20miles of Birmingham so hope you're right!

    Anyway, I've dabbled in the making of cupcakes and found a great recipe in a mag for Lemon Curd Cupcakes, not sure if I'm allowed to include it so had better not!

    Haven't got a photo of my baking to share but I think I must do OK as no-one has ever refused 2nds LOL but as I've never had a professional cupcake *sob*, I have no idea how they compare apart from knowing mine look rather pathetic in comparison!

    Thanks for a great week of posts for National Cupcake Week- roll on next year's!

  16. A joke from me...

    An overweight business associate of mine decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to avoid his favourite bakery.

    One morning, however, he arrived at work carrying a gigantic tray of chocolate cupcakes. We all scolded him, but his smile remained cherubic.

    "These are very special chocolate cupcakes," he explained. "I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and there in the window was a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed, 'Lord, if you want me to have some of those delicious chocolate cupcakes, let me have a parking place directly in front of the bakery.' And sure enough," he continued, "the eighth time around the block, there it was!"

  17. Just been sent this via email:

    A man wants to celebrate his wife’s Birthday by throwing a party. So he goes to order a birthday cake. The salesman asks him what message he wants to put on the cake.

    Well he thinks for a while and says, “Put ‘You’re not getting older,’ at the top and ‘You’re getting better’ at the bottom.”

    The real fun didn’t start until the cake was opened the entire party watched the message decorated on the cake:

    “You’re not getting older at the top, You’re getting better at the bottom.”

    Now thats a Cake Wreck!

  18. Score! I'm within 20 miles of Birmingham! I thought I'd share with you a picture of a massive butterfly bun that my boyfriend made me for Valentine's day this year: And my favourite buns that I bake are vanilla sponge ones:

  19. One of my favourite friends in the whole wide world (who I met on the other side of the world in Oz) lives in Hagley and thoroughly deserves cake for her and her beeyoutiful new(ish) baby...

    Not a cake story in fact the opposite but one of my favourite memories of her is when we were out in Melbourne one day, we saw an emaciated fashionista bambi-leg strutting down the street. "Look at her,' said Sal crossly, "she looks dyslexic." Ah bless her..

  20. ****You're only ever 3 minutes away from fresh chocolate cake!!!****

    L.u.s.h! Happy baking girlies!

    Emma x


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