There are so many fantastic new independent businesses popping up in Bicester at the moment and much to my waistlines’ dismay, a lot of them are cake businesses! The most recent I’ve discovered is TLC Cupcakes, which launched a couple of months ago.
About TLC Cupcakes
The owner of TLC Cupcakes, Dean and his partner relocated to Bicester earlier this year and have taken this fresh start as an opportunity to begin a new business venture – cupcakes! Dean has over 14 year’s experience in the kitchen, so definitely knows a thing or two about baking and is now translating everything he’s learnt from working in professional kitchens to his business.
TLC Cupcakes is clearly a heartfelt project that Dean and his partner have put their everything into – this can be seen in the sweet nods to their family within the branding and the name. Dean branded the business using Disney because of his son’s love of Disney and the inspiration for the name ‘TLC’ came from the initials of his son’s name and his partner’s two children’s names. It’s also coincidentally the acronym for ‘tender loving care’, which cake definitely provides!
TLC specialise in bespoke cupcakes for every occasion – you can request any flavour, colour or design of cupcake and Dean will do his very best to make it happen in the tastiest and prettiest way possible. From flavourings of gin & tonic and strawberry and prosecco to intricate decorations of unicorns, rainbows and Pokémon, the sky really is the limit for these guys!
You can buy cupcakes in boxes of 6 (£9.50), 12 (£18) and 24 (£34) or, in a unique 7 cupcake bouquet (£13.50) – perfect for a slightly different gift for a loved one – and you can easily order your cupcakes via their website shop. You simply choose the number of cupcakes you’d like, select your cake flavour and then note down your design requests and any dietary requirements you may have (they can also cater for gluten free and vegans).
Enter your details and select your collection/delivery preference. They offer free delivery on all orders over £10 within a 5 mile radius or up to £5 delivery for any orders outside of this radius (within reason). You can also collect your cupcakes for free. Once you’ve placed your order, Dean will then get in touch to follow up with a quick chat to clarify exactly what you want from the design as well as timings.
The TLC Cupcakes Experience
Last weekend Dean kindly dropped round a box of 6 of their cupcakes. I loved that the Disney branding was also subtly carried through into the packaging with the cute Minnie Mouse style ribbon wrapped around the box…
I gave Dean free rein to do whatever flavours/designs he wanted as I love all cake (shock) and he freshly baked two delicious flavours that morning – vanilla sponge with biscoff and salted caramel buttercream, drizzled in homemade salted caramel and topped with a lotus biscuit and vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream, chocolate sprinkles and a white chocolate button.
Sometimes sticking with simple, firm favourite flavours is best and that was definitely evident here!
The cakes were soft, light and fluffy and the ratio of cake to buttercream was great – there was a lotttt of buttercream!
The flavours were delicious and the added texture of the toppings were a very welcome surprise. They weren’t too sickly sweet either, which I think is quite an easy downfall for a lot of cakes.
We gobbled the lot throughout the night and the next morning… cake for breakfast is acceptable, right?
Independent businesses are all about being personable and delivering products from the heart and I really feel like TLC Cupcakes do this. From the Disney branding and the business name to the personalised nature of creating the customer’s designs exactly as they envision them, you can see the love that goes into this business every step of the the way.
Whether you’re after cakes for a birthday, baby shower, kid’s party or anything in between, TLC Cupcakes will go above and beyond to make your cupcake vision a reality!
To take a look at some of the designs TLC Cupcakes have done in the past and/or to place an order, head over to their website.