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Help us expand our delicious hand-made Welsh Cakes from Copper Kettle Bakery across the US!
Help us expand our delicious hand-made Welsh Cakes from Copper Kettle Bakery across the US!
66 backers pledged $8,405 to help bring this project to life.

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Copper Kettle Bakery sells delicious hand-made Welsh Cakes through local farmers markets, farm stands, and high end food stores in Massachusetts (including The High Street Market, Volante Farms, Allandale Farm, Foodies and Brothers Marketplace) as well as online. Help us share our family’s premium Welsh Cakes with foodies and dessert lovers across the US!

With this Kickstarter campaign, Copper Kettle Bakery will expand its operation by hiring a Part Time baker and Part Time farmer’s market manager. This will enable us to bring more Welsh Cakes and Welsh Cake mixes to a broader consumer base.

  • Part Time Baker - with an additional team member we can increase our Welsh Cake output by more than double. This position would also be trained in giving in store demos of the Welsh Cake mix and be available for in-store and market samplings.
  • Part Time Farmers Market Manager - with the addition of this position, we can manage and attend more farmers markets without impacting other operations. The position would help hire, train and manage the seasonal staff at all the farmers markets. They would also provide coverage at select farmer's markets.
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WHO AM I?

HELEN COATES 

I grew up in South Wales, UK, where early morning weekends were spent in the kitchen. My mum Eileen and grandmother Irene were kneading dough and warming the griddle for our morning Welsh Cakes. I loved to help them cut the circles of dough. Even today, the smell of allspice and cinnamon takes me back to the warmth of that kitchen filled with love. ​​​​​

My mother used to take me to a café in our village that served tea, Welsh Cakes, and sweet breads. They filled every teapot with boiling water straight out of their copper kettle. I told my mum as a child: “One day, I am going to open a bakery and call it the Copper Kettle.” 

After my mum passed away in June of 2013, I found myself craving the taste of Welsh Cakes. I began baking them for family, neighbors and friends. As the requests grew, I realized that I had found my calling. I love to share the tastes of my childhood with friends in my new home in Massachusetts. In the fall of 2013, I made it official, opening Copper Kettle Bakery. ​

ABOUT COPPER KETTLE BAKERY

Copper Kettle Bakery has successfully introduced light and flavorful fresh Welsh Cakes to the Northeast United States. Created in Wales, Welsh Cakes are a hybrid of a scone, a biscuit and a pancake. Griddled, not baked, Welsh Cakes have a unique taste and texture quite unlike any other baked good.

Current flavors include the traditional Currant as well as Cranberry and Chocolate Chip. Welsh Cakes are the flagship product of Copper Kettle Bakery. Several seasonal flavors will be reintroduced throughout the year once the company has scaled its operations to meet growing demand.

WHY WELSH CAKES?

Because they are traditionally griddled on a bakestone, an electric griddle or frying pan, the inside of the Welsh Cakes has a soft, less crumbly texture while the outside is like a pancake studded with fruits or chocolate. Our fresh Welsh Cakes have a 5-7 day shelf life, and they are also PERFECT out of the freezer. Welsh Cakes taste great all by themselves but also taste delicious topped with butter, jam, honey or your favorite topping. We enjoy them with wine and cheese too. They make perfect gifts, lunch box treats, and they are a really nice alternative to cookies. 

Our Welsh Cake mixes allow you to griddle twice as many Welsh Cakes at home. If you like the thought of having your kitchen always smell like the holidays and you like scones and cookies, you will love Welsh Cakes!

A POSITIVE PROBLEM

Our bakery started in our licensed home kitchen in 2013. In order to meet the growing demand from specialty food retailers and select supermarkets, we have since added to our production capacity by joining a bakery incubator space. In addition, we recently launched our artfully packaged and branded Welsh Cake Mixes which are available to existing retailers and new distributors in New England. The product mix adds an additional revenue stream and, given the inherent longer product shelf life, expands our geographic reach while introducing more people to Copper Kettle Bakery and our delicious Welsh Cakes.

WHY FARMERS MARKETS?

Selling at local farmer’s markets is a great way to introduce people to Welsh Cakes. In 2014, we began successfully selling fresh Welsh cakes at two local farmers markets, which produced enough revenue to launch our Welsh Cake mixes. This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to add a farmers market manager who will be able to hire enough staff to sell our fresh Welsh Cakes and mixes at 7-9 local farmers markets.

OUR ADVANTAGE

Because of the way Welsh Cakes are made by hand in small batches, there are very few companies willing to take on the challenge. We love the traditional way of making the product, which is what gives it its unique taste and texture. Because of this and our past sales, we believe we can capitalize on our experience and take the business to the next level. 

We have already developed recipes for six additional seasonal flavors of Welsh Cakes that we can use to expand our product line with the additional baker that this campaign will provide.

WHAT'S IN A WELSH CAKE?

Our ingredients - We bake with the kind of quality ingredients you’d find in your mother’s kitchen: unbleached flour sugar, butter, rBST free milk, free range eggs, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, and, depending on the flavor, chocolate chips, cranberries and currants.

 WHAT'S IN OUR PACKAGING?

Our packaging is made from renewable resources and the ink is plant based.

 

PRESS

Copper Kettle Bakery was privileged to be featured in the Boston Globe in 2014:

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REWARDS

By becoming a backer of this project, you will help us expand to the next level, and in exchange, you will receive Copper Kettle Bakery products (and some great bonuses).

HAVE A QUESTION?

Ask the founder directly. She will respond when she is out of the kitchen! Helen@CopperKettleBakery.com

Risks and challenges

Copper Kettle Bakery is up and running and has been for a little over a year and a half. In order to continue, to be able to grow and to become sustainable, we need to add people to build our capacity and distribution.

At this time, we are a company of 1 full time employee (the founder) and 2 contractors as well as a sales broker. Griddling is done in the middle of the night to allow the founder time to be able to package, sell and distribute product. (Sleep? What’s that?)

The risk at this time is scaling operations while maintaining our quality and existing customer relationships.

The biggest challenge around this is the upfront cost to hire people as well as train and set up our staff for success.

We believe that, given a chance, people across the country will love our delicious Welsh Cakes. But we don’t want to have to sacrifice quality in order to expand.

Looking back to the beginning in 2013 we left the year behind with 1 wholesale account. By the end of 2014 we had a total of 6 wholesale accounts and this year so far we have added 2 new accounts with 5 more stores. Please help Copper Kettle Bakery grow to serve a wide audience without compromising the home-made taste of our delicious Welsh Cakes!

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    Thank You including being kept up to date on all the newest products and launches from Copper Kettle Bakery

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    1 Mix or 6-Pack of Welsh Cakes (You Select the Flavor - Chocolate Chip, Currant, Cranberry) + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    Welsh Cake Variety Pack (All 3 Flavors) You Choose Mix or Ready to Eat Packs + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    6 Boxes of Mix (your choice of flavors) + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    A Bit of Everything - All 6 products (3 Mix, 3 Ready to Eat) from Copper Kettle + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    Plan ahead basket - Get ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas basket - All 6 products (3 Mix, 3 Ready to Eat), 1 jar of UK honey and a hand made Welsh mug + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    6 Months of Welsh Cakes - We'll Deliver DelicIous Products from Copper Kettle every month for 6 months + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    A Welsh Cake demo class for you and 10 of your friends at your house with take home packages of mix. (Must be within 30 miles of Westwood, MA) + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    A Year of Welsh Cakes - We'll Deliver Delicous Products from Copper Kettle every month for a year including new flavors and products as they arrive + Bumper Sticker + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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    Patron Status for life - You get to decide one of our next flavors, Welsh Cakes for a year, plus we'll send you every new product from Copper Kettle - forever! + Thank You + Your Name on the Copper Kettle Supporter Page

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