Made In Cupcake Heaven
Cupcake Heaven founder Loraine Telfer moved to Balquhidder Station in 1978 with her husband Jim, two young children and two dogs. She ran the village shop for five years while Jim commuted south every day to work as a joiner.
In 1983 the couple made a decision to close the shop and extend the building to form a restaurant. Doors to The Golden Larches opened in 1984. For the next 35 years Loraine enjoyed bringing up her family, running her restaurant and making friends in the area and adjoining communities. In 2003 the couple extended the popular restaurant by adding a conservatory. In addition to building a reputation for friendly hospitality, Loraine's home baking talent ensured regular repeat visitors.
Nine years later, The Telfer's made a decision to sell the business with the intention of retiring. They had no desire to leave the area, so they worked out a plan to retain four acres of their land. They sought planning permission to build a house at Balquhidder Station, sold the roadside restaurant to the current owners Alistair and Alida Buchan in 2012 and lived on-site at Balquhidder Braes Holiday Park across the road, during the early stages of building their dream house. Jim's joinery skills proved handy and Loraine's creative talent influenced the kitchen layout and the interior styling.
Architecture and house building occupied their time for the next year or so. When the project was nearing completion, Loraine realised that she had an abundance of time and energy and that she was not ready to slow down. Cake making had long been a passion and interest for Loraine so she decided to utilise her skill and spacious well equipped kitchen to produce home made cakes for sale.
Loraine started Cupcake Heaven offering home made and bespoke cake designs and biscuits. Her delightful and delicious cakes are proving popular from her regular Stirling Farmers Market stall where, e.g., carrot cake, T Breads, millionaire's short bread, tray bakes, Belgian biscuits and decorative multi coloured cupcakes often sell out. Regular farmers market displays, local holiday cottage guest requests, an annual stand at the BLS Highland Games in Lochearnhead and a quality reputation has ensured Loraine a steady stream of orders from T breads, occasion and celebration cakes to party cupcakes since the business's inception. "I am really enjoying life" says Loraine, who is clearly living the dream...living in Cupcake Heaven.
Cupcake Heaven enquiries:
- Loraine Telfer,
- mob - 07717 063340
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