Monday, November 11, 2013

Bluebells Cakery Book Launch and Giveaway

Over a year ago I noticed a cute little cake shop open just down the road from me.

As any cake-fanatic would, I went to check it out and I was blown away with this sweet little shop that seemed to pop out of nowhere.

Hillsborough doesn't have many cafes or cake shops so it was a big deal that something so quaint opened so close to where we live.

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Bluebells Book Launch

On my first visit I chatted away to Karla and found out a little more about her and Bluebells Cakery. I found out she had lived and worked in London previously and frequently sold her baked goods at the French markets in Parnell, La Sigale.

It's all very well to have a nice shop and lovely customer service skills but the real question on my mind was, what do the cupcakes taste like?!

After sampling a couple of delicious cupcakes (and blogging about them). I decided that Bluebells Cakery sold the best cupcakes I had tried in Auckland, and I don't say that lightly.

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Bluebells Book Launch

A year and a bit down the track and Mr S and I still frequent Bluebells for a coffee and a cupcake.

Whenever I visit I pop my head around the corner and see the lovely projects Karla is working on. We chat about cakes and I usually tell her about my baking failures then I console myself with delicious Bluebells baked goodies.

I was so excited to learn about her book deal a year ago, when the day finally came for the book launch I couldn't have been happier for Karla.

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Bluebells Book Launch

The book launch was absolutely lovely with all the details in check. The venue was at Mildred & Co and was beautifully decorated with lovely floral arrangements (with bluebells flowers of course!) cupcakes on swings, pastel cake stands, beautiful towering cakes, vintage china and gorgeous balloons. It was like the book was brought to life!

It was truly such a lovely book launch and was a great way to catch up with some blogging friends like Melissa and Courtenay from Baking Makes Things Bettter.

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Bluebells Book Launch

I bought myself a copy of the cook book (even got it signed!) and starting flicking through. I couldn't believe just how many recipes there were!

I'm really looking forward to trying out the Chocolate Lamington Cupcakes (one of my favourites from the cafe) and the Berry Cream Tartlets.

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Bluebells Book Launch

I think the coolest thing about the Bluebells Cakery book is that there are baking tips and step-by-step photographic tutorials on how to do everything from lining a cake tin to baking a decorating an ombre cake.

One thing I still can't seem to master is the famous Bluebells cupcake icing technique. You know what they say, practice makes perfect!

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Bluebells Book Launch

If you'd like to get your hands on a copy of Bluebells Cakery you can find it in all good book stores, buy online or pop into Bluebells to get a copy.

Competition Closed!

Congratulations to Erica Carey, who has won herself a copy of Bluebells Cakery. 


Karla is giving one lucky Lydia Bakes reader a copy of her fabulous cookbook. All you have to do to get in the draw is leave a comment below telling me which is your favourite cupcake flavour (check out the Bluebells Cakery Website for the flavours).  Please include your name and email address in the comments below.

Good luck! The winner will be picked at random using the randompicker.com generator and notified on Facebook on the 19th of November 2013. Entries only open to New Zealand residents.

Bluebells Book Launch

43 comments :

  1. I'm not in Auckland so I haven't been able to try the cupcakes, but I think my fave would be the good ol' chocolate :)

    Looks like a delish book launch! I'd love to win a copy. (Suzanne, suzanne.chesmar@gmail.com)

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  2. I'm with you on the lamington cupcakes - genius! The regular lamingtons look amazing too. I made the ginger crunch and the melting moments on the weekend - very very good - such a beautiful book. Thanks for the photos, the launch looked amazing!

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  3. Mmmm red velvet is my favourite! Love bluebells, totally agree that it's a little gem in hillsborough

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  4. I love red velvet cupcakes
    belindabroekes@gmail.com
    Belinda

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  5. The Banana, Salted Caramel and Brittle cupcakes sound de-lish!
    Erica Carey - ericajanecarey@gmail.com

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  6. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I wish I lived in Auckland so I could try some of these! The banana, salted caramel and brittle one is my favourite - it sounds delicious.
    My email: esimatos@hotmail.com

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  7. I've never been to Bluebells Cakery before. But looking at their cupcake flavours I would say that the Lemon Curd cupcakes would be something I would love to try. My email is estherchan.ky@gmail.com

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  8. You can't go past good old vanilla, although choc raspberry is fantastic! Actually, can I just say all of them?!

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    1. oooppps! Forgot to add my email - courtenay.kilpatrick@outlook.com

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  9. They all look AMAZING, I think I would go for the LEMON CURD CUPCAKE! A trip to Auckland is definitely in order!

    thegibsons@slingshot.co.nz

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  10. You took gorgeous photos!
    Oooo definitely banana, salted caramel & brittle!
    And thank you for doing the giveaway :)

    (hisomint@gmail.com)
    Mint

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  11. It would have to be the one with lemon curd...mmmmm

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  12. Hi Karla The book looks fabulous and the Chocolate Lamington cupcake would have to be my favourite ;-) Liz, petalflowersnz@gmail.com is my email address.

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  13. Love the choc lamington cupcakes

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  15. My favourite Blubells Cakery cupcake would be Lemon Curd. Thanks for the chance to win this georgeous book.

    Alison

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  16. The chocolate lamington one sounds amazing! Will have to come over some time and we can wander down.

    Andrina Wilson - wilson.andrina@gmail.com

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  17. Oh my...I spotted this cookbook today in my local bookstore (in Kerikeri) it looks absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately I have never tried a Bluebells Cakery cupcake but I definitely will when next in Auckland! I will take your recommendation and try the chocolate lamington cupcake first! And if I win the book I will try baking it myself first! Pleased to have discovered your blog too...thanks, Kerry

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    1. Oops, omitted my contact email (fingers crossed!) kerry.cane@xtra.co.nz

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  18. My favourite is the Lemon Curd - so good! Emma Nicholls emma.nicholls@hotmail.com

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  19. oh!!! yumm! I would love to try the Red Velvet cupcakes - yumo! This cafe is just down the road from me - will have to go visit :) Thanks for the gorgeous photos and info Lydia!
    Angela Kirk - missangelrulz@gmail.com

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  20. Love Bluebells!! My favourite would have to be Lemon Curd cupcake, but all of them are amazing :)
    Antonia - antoniagibs@gmail.com

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  21. Lemon curd! Always lemon curd. :P

    Danelle Bourgeois
    me {at} danellebourgeois.com

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  22. The photos look amazing Lydia! My favourite cupcake would have to be the chocolate lamington :)
    Bonnie (bon.ni135@gmail.com)
    xx

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  23. I've never been but those pastel iced vanilla bean cupcakes look divine! ashleighkeen@gmail.com

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  24. The Chocolate Lamington Cupcake would have to be my favourite! It's a classic kiwi invention and I bet it would taste amazing!

    Georgina Bayly
    georginabayly28@gmail.com

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  25. The only one of their cupcakes that I've tried are the classic Vanilla Bean - DELISH! Would seriously love to win this book to try out the different techniques on my cupcake and cake creations <3 <3 <3

    Katyanne Topping
    TheCupcakerNz@gmail.com

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  26. Gorgeous photos as always! Sounds like an amazing book launch. I think chocolate and raspberry has to be my favourite - I love that combination. oohcrumbs@gmail.com

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  27. Banana, Salted Caramel & Brittle
    Erika (erika1rogers@yahoo.co.nz

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  28. Favourite would be the vanilla bean!

    Kelly Wong
    hello@twohonesttruths.com

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  29. Red Velvet is always so good- fingers crossed!
    Your pics from the launch look so good :)
    olivia.s.wong@outlook.com

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  30. Ohhh my looking at all those scrummy flavours!!! I'm going to have to pay them a visit the next time im in Auckland... Dying to try the Lemon Curd Flavour.

    Great Pics on your blog Lyds your becoming a very talented photographer.

    xx Leanne
    leanne.palmer@live.com

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  31. I can never decide between Red Velvet and Lemon Curd - so either, they're both delicious!
    I love your blog - glad I discovered it!
    Holly Thomas
    hollys-stuff@hotmail.com

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  32. Def the lemon curd, with coffee and walnut a strong second!
    Lyn Stewart
    three_blondes@xtra.co.nz

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  33. My favourite cupcake flavour would be their red velvet cupcake!
    Hannah flyingunicorn721@gmail.com

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  34. Ooh what a devine sounding giveaway! I visited Bluebells for the first time just recently with my family. The food was delicious and I loved the vintage themed decor and little teacups they had. I also spied a sign on the wall when I was there saying that they delivered to the CBD on Wednesday's...for free! Now that is dangerous! :P My favourite flavour would have to be Banana, Salted Caramel & Brittle. Mmm.

    Caitlin: caitlinharsant@hotmail.co.nz

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  35. Definitely coffee & walnut- there's something about that combo that just sings! Emma Reynolds bitemyshinymetalass.ema@gmail.com :)

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  36. Yum!! I had such a hard time choosing a favourite flavour! But after much discussion with my hubby, I'd have to say I'm a chocolate and raspberry girl!
    Michelle Powell email: phonethepowells@gmail.com

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  37. Yum!! I had such a hard time choosing a favourite flavour! But after much discussion with my hubby, I'd have to say I'm a chocolate and raspberry girl!!

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  38. OMG!!!!! Wish I was stopping in Auckland when I come back in December. I would love the Chocolate Lamington one. I MISS Lamingtons :-(
    heather-nicole@outlook.com

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  39. Lydia it was great meeting you last night. My favourite cupcake would be, banana, salted caramel and brittle, sounds yummy
    Bgerbich@xtra.co.nz

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  40. Yum! They all sound delicious. My pick is the Chocolate & Raspberry ones. Fiona Speers email: fionaquentin@hotmail.com

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