You must have heard of the POP Bakery - it's the place to go to buy all your children’s favourite characters shaped out of a delicious cocoa based cake mixed with cream cheese icing. These cake POPS were sold exclusively online… until now. Claire O’Connell, POP Bakery founder, and her team have recently opened up shop in Queen’s Park, where you and your children can take part in POP painting workshops, POP themed parties, and drop in sessions. I 'popped in' to the new shop last week to check out the space and tried my hand at painting a few POPs...
The POP Bakery is easy to find, with its bright-coloured, pop-themed exterior. Its adorably decorated chalk sign welcomes you into a pastel paradise, complete with polka-dotted walls, neatly organised shelves, and the Bakery’s signature Russian dolls. The tables are all set up for drop-ins, so I was immediately able to sit down and create a few Junior-themed cake POPS. Drop-ins are a wonderful opportunity for children ages six and up to paint their own cake POPS, using pre-shaped models. It costs £5 to paint a POP with a minimum buy of three POPS. Your child can mix and match blank POP designs and use the POP Bakery’s range of edible paints, also available to purchase in store and online.
As I sat down to start decorating my cake POPS, I had a lovely conversation with Clare about the shop. "There’s still a lot to get done", says Clare. "I could easily use a staff member just for tidying up and taking care of the front of the shop!"
Claire also mentions how great it is to be able to have her mum and sisters working at the POP Bakery. When the company was just starting out, the POP Bakery was run out of the basement of Mum Judith’s house, but now family members are able to escape to the bakery to bake fresh cakes and decorate for new and exciting clients. When I ask if she’d like to have her children working in the POP Bakery as well, Clare’s eyes widen in excitement. "I like to joke at the office that when I have kids, they’ll be rolling cake balls before they can walk!"
If you’re looking for a fun, unique party venue, for children or adults, the POP Bakery is the place to go. You can even order an individualised POP cake. Each cake POP is painstakingly handmade. So while drop-ins like me are painting their POPS, some team members continue working on POP orders in the back room. Frozen-themed cake POPs are a common order; in fact, Clare was working on little Olafs when I arrived. The 'Anna' POPs had already been made, and the detailing was exquisite. The POP Bakery also serves as a party supplies store, as well as a place to grab a cup of tea or a few sweets. Also for sale in the shop are Clare’s two books, Pop Bakery and Pop Party, so you can learn to make your own cake POPS at home.
I’m no artist, but I felt really relaxed painting my cake POPs. It’s a great stress reliever, so a good activity for the whole family, not just for the kids. Once I finished my Junior baby, my fluorescent fish, and my plain parrot, I was invited to put them on display behind a little stage so I could take their picture. Aren’t they just too cute to eat? My three POPs were expertly placed in a leopard-print box that read 'POPS AWAY!' and 'KEEP ME COOL' so that I could take them home. The POPs didn't last very long, because they were absolutely delicious!
The POP Bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 to 6, and Sunday from 12 to 5. Visit the POP Bakery website to find out more about parties, deliveries, and other products sold.
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