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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.