Ally Bradley, Kiss Me Cake's Chief Baking Officer, teaches Anna Turns a thing or two about cups
PUBLISHED: 12:06 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013
As well as a master cupcake baker, Ally Bradley has been know to play the role of matchmaker. "A policeman proposed to his girlfriend with five of my cups decorated with the words 'will you marry me?' and the fifth cup had the ring inside"
Ally Bradley, Kiss Me Cakes Chief Baking Officer, teaches Anna Turns a thing or two about cups
Words by Anna Turns
Photos by Andy Mac, Head High Productions
As well as a master cupcake baker, Ally Bradley has been know to play the role of matchmaker. A policeman proposed to his girlfriend with five of my cups decorated with the words will you marry me? and the fifth cup had the ring inside, explains Ally. It was a beautiful surprise and I got invited to the wedding.
Many people bake cupcakes these days as the cupcake craze continues, especially at Valentines, but exquisite decoration is what takes time and experience. Ally knows that presentation is key: cupcakes are often for sharing, so they must look great. I love decorating the cups once they are set and iced, says Fine Art graduate, Ally who uses anything kitsch and edible, from glitter to butterflies.
My mission is to combine flavours from the Med to the Middle East in cupcakes such as date and orange blossom, rose water cups and baklava cupcakes as well as sticking to traditional flavours
Ally grew up in Greece, Switzerland, Lybia and the Middle East and spent a lot of time eating various cuisines. My palette has been used to an eclectic mix of flavours so my mission is to combine flavours from the Med to the Middle East in cupcakes such as date and orange blossom, rose water cups and baklava cupcakes as well as sticking to traditional flavours. Ally Bradley recently quit her corporate job in Mayfair and moved to Bigbury-on-Sea to pursue her childhood dream of baking. She qualified in baking and decorating in order to set up her own cup business, Kiss Me Cake, dubbing cupcakes as a stylish type of comfort food. Since moving to south Devon, Ally enjoys sourcing ingredients right on the doorstep including lemon curd from Bigbury, and fresh produce from the Riverford Farm Shop near Yealmpton. Eggs are sourced from a nine year old boy in Bigbury called Joshua Gilbert who runs his own mini-business Cheeky Chickens, selling eggs from his own chickens to locals before and after school.
Allys business has a traditional English-themed atmosphere, and her cups showcase a combination of bold and subtle flavours with twists such as passionfruit, poppyseed and Turkish delight. Inspired by family recipes, she has incorporated her English grandmothers recipe for lemon meringue pie into a lemon and poppy seed curdy.Ally is creating a line of savoury cups as a healthy luncheon treat and is busy experimenting with flavours. My favourites so far are the Green Goaty with goats cheese, marmalade and tarragon, Stavros made with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes with a sprinkle of oregano and a Croque Monsieur inspired by the French alpine treat, jambon and compte cheese.Baking is certainly not just for grown-ups. It is so important to let children help out in the kitchen as well as teaching them all about baking. Cupcake-decorating classes are great for childrens birthdays, hen parties or just a nice sweet treat over the weekend! Ally is also currently compiling a list of recipes to create her own recipe book. I have created Kiss Me Cake for cups, Kiss Me Bake for baked goods such as biscuits, cookies and muesli and Kiss Me Shake a collection of smoothies and juices, says Ally. Sounds delicious!