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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.

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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.

 

Step awaaaaay from the cake!

10 Oct

After a lovely and intense workout, I always get inspired. Usually I get inspired to eat things that I shouldn’t eat, but luckily today the inspiration led me elsewhere.

I have been running Bella Pastry Bakery in Gaborone since around 2009 (under a different name). It had initially started out as just a cupcake catering company because cupcakes are my passion. I absolutely love them. I find them to be more practical than a cake. You can have your own individual one without having to purchase a whole cake and cut it into slices and run the risk of letting the cake dry out unless you finish it in the same day. They are portable and virtually your own private cake. What is better than that, really?

 

Bella Pastry Cupcakes

 

Another reason why I love cupcakes is because they are so adorable to decorate. Yes you can decorate cakes and send special messages via them, but that just strikes me as so old-fashioned. Cakes are overdone. Our grandparents and parents have completely overdone the cake thing. Might as well put a toothpick with a written message into a scone or a rock bun and call it innovative.

 

Photo Not Mine

 

Cupcakes are just generally a fresher way of entertaining. You can use them to spice up your corporate events, huge birthday parties, nightclub events, anything. By simply placing a small edible image and some edible glitter on top of these little babies you can promote your brand/event in such a cool and non-traditional way. And, you can eat it afterwards, it literally doesn’t get any better than that.

Bella Pastry Corporate Cupcakes

 

So why am I giving you this whole schpeel about my seemingly intense love affair with cupcakes? Well because, I wanna tell you another little story about my business experience. After endless calls from people asking if I do kiddies cakes, and 3D cakes and this cake and that cake, I bit the bullet and decided to train myself on how to make abovementioned cakes and started to include them in my menu. Not something I wanted to do AT ALL, but in business, sometimes you have to get over yourself and do what you don’t want to do to get what you need. What you need being revenue, profit, and the likes.

 

Bella Pastry Cupcake Cake…best of both worlds 🙂

However, being the perfectionist that I am, I have decided to (for the moment) stray away from CUSTOMISED cakes (we still doing plain cakes with buttercream icing) for the simple fact that I don’t like doing shabby jobs. I want my customers to feel like they’ve walked out of Buddy’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey (think Cake Boss on TLC), or Divine Delicacies in Miami. Not a shebeen version of a bakery in Gaborone. So, it’s best to stick to what I know and what I know, is CUPCAKESSSSS (and cookies, brownies, muffins, cake pops/truffles and Cinnamon Rolls). But yes, it’s time to bring Cupcakes BACK to the headlining spot on the bill and to gently ask you, my trusty customers and friends, to step away from the cake.

One of our delivery boxes in the “Sweet Little Things” Cupcake range…

What you want from a cake, you can get from cupcakes, guys. In an even more nifty and presentable manner for that matter. It’s 2012. You do not need the towering fondant covered cake that your guests will not even eat and that you and your husband will dangerously FORCE your teeth into months after the wedding because it’s tradition. Why not go for a Cupcake/Cake Tower combo. That being a tower of delicious, highly edible cupcakes with a top cake (so you can still stick to the tradition of having that gosh darn fruit cake and plastic icing).

 

Bella Pastry Cupcake Tower

Photo Not Mine

 

Wanna propose? Why not get your fiance-to-be a box of delightful little cupcakes with the words “Will You Marry Me” spelled out on top, or stuck into the cupcakes? Want to apologise, say ‘thank you’, ask anything else, inappropriate or appropriate? Yes, dear friends, you can surely do that with cupcakes.

Photo Not Mine

Bella Pastry “Sweet Little Things” Range…

Bella Pastry Cupcakes

Photo Not Mine (Perfect for Bridal Showers/Bachelorette Parties/Engagement Parties)

Want to give your clients something to remember you by, and NOT  a mousepad or a cooler-bag with a dinner set in it for camping purposes? Yep, cupcakes…..

Bella Pastry Cupcakes for Botswana Guardian

So the next time you would like to do anything related to what I have ever so nicely spelled out for you above in this very long-winded blog post, think of Bella Pastry and our Sweet Little Things range …. nothing gives me more joy than helping you make others happy….so do the right thing. Close your mouth before you say the word “Cake”, unless you’re putting the word “Cup” in front of it (well at least when you’re ordering from me LOL) … and kindly, think outside the box!!!

Marilyn Monroe Cupcake Art courtesy of Baked By Melissa. Those are all mini cupcakes. Yes, we can do that too!

 

Remember, call +26774437735 or +26772925268 or email bellapastrybakery@gmail.com to place your order today and to find out how WE can help YOU step away from the cake and make a much bigger impact with our lovely cupcakes!

We still sell other baked goods too 🙂

More Kiddie Cupcakes

3 Oct

Here’s another pic of some cupcakes I did for a little boy’s birthday party last Saturday. These were Red Velvet Cupcakes, covered with an edible image of one of the characters from Cars, and frosted with red icing and edible glitter. So cute 🙂

 

These cost P148/dozen. You know what to do … Call 74437735 or email bellapastrybakery@gmail.com to place your order today!

 

 

Corporate Cupcakes

12 Jul

I was elated to get a request from one of our local newspapers, Botswana Guardian, for corporate cupcakes the other week! FINALLY!!! Companies here fail to realise how there are so many different ways to enhance your marketing and client/customer retention that go beyond the traditional cooler bags and t-shirts and other obnoxious corporate gifts (like those ridiculous branded desk clocks…..bleh)!

The rest of the world has grabbed onto the whole branded cupcakes trend for events and other corporate purposes, so I breathed a huge sigh of relief when Guardian asked us to do their corporate cupcakes which would be given to their clients as gifts.

It’s the Guardian’s 30 year anniversary, so they are in the process of doing breakfast runs to their clients using our cupcakes (amongst other yummy eats gotten from elsewhere) on an almost weekly basis.

 

 

Fabulous, fabulous stuff. Well done to you, Guardian, for picking up on the trend and congratulations on an amazing 30 years of providing our nation with accurate and time-relevant news! Be blessed!

What’s better than a cupcake?

12 May

A big ass one!!! 🙂

Introducing, Bella Pastry’s ginormous Cupcake Cake. Perfect for birthdays or if you genuinely would just like to see yourself binging on a ridiculously sized cupcake. Made in any of our cupccake flavours and covered in fondant in a color of your choice, this big boned baby goes for P200 (with deco) or P150 (without deco). But sincerely, who wants a beautifully large cupcake without deco??

My favorite part here is the cherry, which I made with sugar paste. It’s a big deal, to me.

 Do the right thing and call: +26774437735 or +26772925268 or email us at bellapastrybakery@gmail.com

Don’t deny yourself the sweetness 🙂