Archive | November, 2012

Some Bella Pastry FAQ’s :-)

13 Nov

I wanted to take a little time to post some questions with answers that I often get asked in regards to what Bella Pastry offers and how we operate. I hope this clears up a lot for the new customers, and re-emphasizes a few things for oldies. Enjoy guys 🙂

What is Bella Pastry Bakery and where are you guys located?

Bella Pastry Bakery is a gourmet dessert catering service. At this moment, we are not a shop, there is no shop or place where you can drive to, arrive, and pick up one or two cupcakes, sit down and have them, and then go home. Though that is the ultimate dream and vision for Bella, it is not what is occurring at the moment. Like Curry Pot, Executive Catering and On-Time Catering, Bella Pastry does the exact same, but just with dessert only. So just like how you  cannot decide you want a plate of Seswaa and rice and drive to the Curry Pot offices and expect to get one on a random Tuesday, you cannot do the same with Bella Pastry Baked goods.

We operate on an “orders only” basis. Meaning, you have to call +26774437735/+26772925268 or email bellapastrybakery@gmail.com to place an order with enough notice for us to be able to prepare it for you with the care and love that we want to put into ALL of our orders. Hence why I always advise against placing last minute orders. No one in the service providing industry likes to say “No” to a customer, but at the same time, last minute requests oftentime present with last minute results. So please be sure you place your orders well in advance (at least 24 hours for smaller orders and 72 hours for actual event orders).

Once you’ve placed your order, you can arrange for delivery/collection (which I will cover later) and the house from which the orders are prepared is in Phakalane. Directions are only provided upon request.

Do you guys make customised 3D birthday cakes?

At the moment we only make simplistic birthday cakes. Not 3D ones. Those include buttercream frosting cakes like the one below:

And some fondant covered ones, but nothing over-the-top or hectic.

We do however specialise in customised 3D Cupcakes and they are a wonderful alternative to the traditional cake.

Do you make wedding cakes?

Bella Pastry doesn’t make traditional wedding cakes, but we do make gorgeous and stunning cupcake-cake tower combo cakes for weddings, such as the ones below:

Do you guys deliver?

Yes we certainly deliver but only for orders of 12 and upwards. Delivery outside of Phakalane costs P25. Delivery to Village/Tlokweng/Kgale Area costs P30. For any orders of less than 12, you will have to collect. As I mentioned earlier, directions will be provided upon request.

What is a Spot Sale?

Every now and then I will post on the Bella Pastry Twitter page or Facebook page that cupcakes are available for a low price (lower than the menu price). Let me explain to you slowly what this is about.

Often a customer will make an order for maybe a Bella Box which is a combination of three different cupcake flavors and thus results in me having leftovers of a certain flavor because there is only so much of a minimum you can make when making cupcakes without destroying the flavor and quality of the cupcakes. On days like this (which are random) I will advertise a Spot Sale, advertising the cupcake flavors on sale, and they will always be at a cheaper price.

The reason they are cheaper is simply because they are leftovers and thus are not decorated in the same way that someone who ordered a batch of cupcakes for a bridal shower or work event would have theirs decorated. Often times they are frosted using just a plain knife and not a decorative tip. See below:

Pre-order Cupcakes

Spot Sale

So how do you know if there is a Spot Sale going on? Follow @BellaPastry on Twitter or Like the Bella Pastry Bakery page on FB. If you don’t see a Spot Sale being advertised on that day, please know we do not have any available cupcakes, unless of course you place an order. Which you can always do. Whatever we have we advertise to sell. Makes sense, yeah?

Do you guys do savoury treats as well?

The answer to this would be no. We specialise only in desserts and won’t be able to help with samoosas and chicken wings and the likes.

Do you provide jumping castles, clowns, other ambiguous things for kiddie parties?

No. Again, we are simply a dessert catering service. Though we have a new Dessert Table Inspirations offering (see previous blog post), we do not assist with anything that is not involved with the dessert catering aspect of your event at this time.

Do you have a minimum order amount?

Yes. Our minimum order for cupcakes is 12. Our minimum order for the baked goods section (Excluding cakes/pies), is 24.

Do you offer bulk discounts or office discounts?

Yes, depending on how much you are ordering and how frequently you are ordering, we do provide discounts. Especially for office orders. For example, if you sign a contract with us that includes us delivering to your office on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis, we offer you a sizeable discount for doing so.

Do you offer baking lessons?

At this time, no. No baking lessons are offered. However we are looking for young, vibrant people to train and hopefully employ to assist with preparation, decorating, washing/cleaning, etc. So if you are interested, please contact us so we can discuss!

I hope that answers your questions guys. These are simply just the most frequently asked ones. If you have any questions that are not posted here, please send an e-mail to bellapastrybakery@gmail.com and you will have a response soonest.

Dessert Table Inspirations

13 Nov

Hey guys! Just wanted to introduce you to another side of what Bella Pastry does.

Above and beyond providing you with sinfully delicious cupcakes and other baked goods, we now are also dipping and dabbling head-first into a little bit of the event process with our new Dessert Table Inspirations.

We all know how important the dessert part of an event is. And if you don’t know how important it is, I need you to crawl out from under the rock you have been dwelling under and get down on it!!

 

Whether it’s a massive wedding, a birthday party, baby shower or kiddies party, the dessert portion of the event is a pretty big deal. All events need desserts, and don’t you dare argue with me on this one because you know it’s true. Who doesn’t like a little bit of sweet, or a lot a bit of sweet? If you raise your hand to that, you may or may not have a problem, and now would be the time for you to not be on this blog 🙂

So back to dessert tables. Now Bella Pastry provides you with actual table rental, deco, and other accessories to accompany the desserts you have chosent to take center stage at your event. By accessories I mean vases filled with flowers, balloons, decorative touches such as glass bowls filled with candy, marbles, marshmallows. We also do personalised touches such as signage, cute little sayings, banners, whatever it is you need to make your dessert table look like something out of a movie!!

Photo Not Mine, but this is a gorgeous example of the possibilities

Below is a copy of one of our Dessert Table Checklists for you to have an idea of what I’m talking about here. When, not if, but when, you arrange for a consultation, we’ll bring this along so we can go through all the things you need for your event!

So do best and call 74437735 or 72925268 or email bellapastrybakery@gmail.com to arrange for a consultation for yur next event.

Menus and Order Forms

13 Nov

A few weeks ago I posted the new Cupcake Menu onto the Cupcake Menu page, but just in case you are having trouble navigating through the blog and still can’t find it, here it is below:

Just click on the picture for it to expand.

And another addition to our service is our Bakery Order Forms.

 

 

To ease the process of ordering, just fill in our order form and email it back to bellapastrybakery@gmail.com. Will save you the effort of having to place a call.

 

The Gaborone Food and Wine Show

5 Nov

For the past few weeks I’ve been hectically busy trying to prepare for the 1st ever annual Gaborone Food and Wine Show that just took place on Saturday, 3rd November 2012.

I don’t even know where to start, but I will just say it was an absolutely AMAZING event!! I had soooooo much fun selling and manning that Bella Pastry stall, and just being at the event. Very well put together and very much needed in this somewhat sleepy town of ours!! A big well done to the organizers! And a big thank you to my partner in friendship, Tumiso, for helping me out at the Bella table. It was SO crazy (in a good way) and we sold out of our goods by 3pm. Hectic!!!!

On our menu for the day were Red Velvet Cupcakes (duh), Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes, Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, and Strawberry Cupcakes.

 

Of course all things red velvet were a HUGE hit….people were going crazy over the cake that was going through so much in that blazing Botswana heat. Its always a good feeling to introduce people to the wonder that is the Red Velvet phenomenon and to have them appreciate why a little cupcake costs the amount it costs, etc. Events like this give people like myself an opportunity to not only whet the appetites of many but to allow people to have a better understanding of what exactly gourmet desserts and dessert catering is all about and why it is important and why it should be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully these pics will give you an idea of what Bella Pastry can do for  you in terms of your entertaining needs. Dessert Tables are fast becoming the new “in” thing especially at weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, etc. So definitely be sure to contact us to discuss options. As you can see, Bella Pastry is crazy about detail and its more than just providing edible treats, but also an aesthetically pleasing display to compliment your event.

Lastly, endless thanks to all the people who support Bella Pastry through and through. Family, friends and most importantly customers who give us a fighting chance in this game!!!! I love seeing people happy and seeing people enjoying our treats and I will continue to do my best to ensure that everyone keeps smiling when it comes to the delivery of these sweet treats of ours!!