Monthly Archives: October 2015

Bas-Relief Ruffles Wedding Cake

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely San of Sanshine Photography at a styled shoot that we worked on together in East London. In-between looks, San was kind enough to photograph one of my cakes which I exhibited earlier on in the year at A Most Curious Wedding Fair – this pale blue bas-relief ruffles wedding cake.

I’m a huge fan of bas-relief detailing. Wonderfully simple but also intricate in its complex layers of texture, it adds an sense of elegance to a cake design. In this cool blue tone on the top tier, it reminds me of a weathered stone statue.

For the middle tier, I added a brushed texture and layers of both cool and warm metallic tones.

The bottom tier consists of ribbon rose ruffle detailing made from sugar paste, another take on the ever popular ruffles cake designs.

Finally I added the creeper leaves as if they were climbing an old garden statue. This cake is almost something you might find in the Secret Garden, neglected for years with its organic and stone textures.

A huge thank you to Sanshine Photography for taking these beautiful pics for me. Do pop over and check out San’s website and blog to gawk at more of her stunning photos. She is honestly one of the loveliest photographers I have had the pleasure of working with. San has bags of character and is sure to have you giggling and feeling relaxed when capturing your wedding day. Watch this space for our upcoming collaboration with Serendipity Weddings, The Flower Bird and Laura Anne Hair and Makeup too!

Maxeen Kim Photography

This final pic was taken by the wonderful Maxeen Kim, of The Little Bear Cakery and Westwood Design stand at A Most Curious Wedding Fair earlier on this year.

Chocolate Ganache Wedding Cake

Not a fan of icing but can’t stand the sight of ANOTHER naked wedding cake? Then the chocolate ganache wedding cake could be the alternative choice for you! Left bare for a simple, minimalist finish, it remains elegant with clean crisp edges and is versatile in terms of decoration.

The example I have today on the blog is a chocolate ganache wedding cake that I created for a very dear friend of mine this summer. The couple had a low-key marquee garden reception with simple decoration and flowers so this cake fit the bill perfectly with its simplicity.

The chocolate ganache sides were left plain and I created an unstructured cascade of handmade sugar flowers, leaves and berries in my signature “sprouting” style. The blush and neutral colours tied in with the bouquets and arrangements provided by the florist.

As there is no sweet icing, the chocolate ganache wedding cake is also perfect to serve as a decadent dessert as this couple did. Serve it alone or with the addition of cream, berries, ice cream or anything you fancy really!

Huge congratulations to two of the most beautiful people I know. It was a pleasure to spend this most special of days with you and share in your happiness.

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Photo credits: White Ribbons Photography

The Naked Wedding Cake

Well the popularity of the naked wedding cake certainly hasn’t waned this year! It is definitely not just a passing fad with so many couple still opting to go bare – whether you’re not a fan of icing, prefer a rustic look, are on a budget or just simply because! They don’t have to be a boring option. I have previously blogged on their versatility (see here) but thought I would do a little round-up of some of my favourites from this year so far…

First up is this colourful number which I created for a wedding at The Proud Archivist last month. With heaps of berries, a cute little (bargain) bunting cake topper from Paperchase and a beautiful selection of edible flowers from Greens of Devon.

Brixton East was a new venue to me and the location for another September naked wedding cake. It was such a great space and the owner was so kind and welcoming – I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a venue with a warehousey feel. The couple had their own bespoke cake topper made for them and I decorated the cake with lots of berries and a handful of fresh flowers supplied by fave florist Westwood Design.

The next cake was for an April wedding at The Londesborough Pub in Stoke Newington. Decorated with berries, little edible flowers from Maddocks Farm Organics as well as a lovely personalised cake topper from Etsy. I’ve had three clients opt for this lovely moon and stars design from JolieEnRose.

This full-on floral number saw me return to the beautiful Gaynes Park in Essex. Lily & May provided the array of flowers which included roses, freesia, astilbe, lavender and rosemary.

Next up was a decadent naked chocolate cake which I created for a wedding at Trinity College in Oxford. The brides sister commissioned the cake and provided the lovely floral selection.

This couple rented an amazing house on the seafront at Whitstable for their wedding ceremony and reception. It was such a unique setting for an intimate celebration and as well as a naked wedding cake centrepiece with crystallised violas from Eat My Flowers, the couple opted for personalised Oreo style cookies, gourmet marshmallows, berry meringues, salted caramel macarons and praline macarons to complete their dessert table spread.

This towering naked wedding cake was for a wedding held at the Oasis Banqueting Hall in Barking, East London. Pink and red berries and cherries for decoration to fit in with the pink theme as well as crystallised apple blossom from Eat My Flowers. Apparently the cake was demolished in seconds by the eager guests!

And finally the simplest of them all, for a wedding just the other week at The Artisan of Clerkenwell. One tier of Belgian Chocolate cake, two tiers of Red Velvet and berries was all this couple needed to complete their cake.

With bookings flying in for more naked wedding cakes for next year, don’t delay in booking yours, get in touch today to check availability!

Pink Ruffles and Gold Leaf Wedding Cake

May was such a busy month this year with 10 wedding cakes, my 30th birthday and hen-do and of course plenty of prep for my own wedding and cake! However this pink ruffles and gold leaf wedding cake has to be one of the highlights. It was full on maximal with the detailing – a stark contrast to the stripped back naked wedding cakes of late.

I loved every aspect of this wedding because of the couple’s really personal and local approach. They were married just a stone’s throw from their Bermondsey flat and had their reception at their favourite local restaurant Zucca with canapĂ© and drinks reception at The Vitrine Gallery over the road.

To top it off, I had a wedding dream team to work with – Charley Beard aka London Bride, styling and coordinating and the wonderful Laura of Babb Photo working her magic behind the lens.

The main decor theme was frilly blush pink peonies with gold accents which translated directly onto the cake with delicate gold leaf and lace detail, handcrafted sugar peonies and spray roses and layers of undulating ruffles.

The couple chose 3 tiers of “Cherry Bakewell” from my cake menu, which the Zucca chefs served up as dessert accompanied by ice cream.

I love how the couple included their darling little dog Freddie in the day – even in the cake cutting!

To see more of this wedding in detail, head over to Laura’s blog for a comprehensive round-up featuring plenty of fun and quirky snaps of a perfect London wedding.

Photo credits: Babb Photo

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