Category Archives: A Most Curious Wedding Fair

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.

Tree Wedding Cake

This weekend I had the opportunity to create another tree wedding cake for a lovely couple that I met at A Most Curious Wedding Fair last year.

They were married at Skinners’ Hall in the City of London, home of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, one of the City of London’s Great Livery Companies. The Hall itself, situated near Cannon Street, is a stunning Grade 1 listed building dating from 1670 when it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London. Certainly an impressive spot to be taking your wedding vows!

This tree wedding cake is the third that I have created and perhaps now my favourite! I love the simplicity in the colours of the flowers. One of my favourite florists Sarah, The Flower Bird, was in charge of the wedding flowers and so I liaised with her when creating the sugar flowers in order to find something that would compliment her own stunning creations.

I created white roses, blossom, white lilac and senecia which hinted at the gorgeous predominantly white and green floral arrangements.

I also carved the couple’s initials into the bark and finished the bottom of the tree wedding cake with edible soil and meringue mushrooms.

After a mass tasting session, the bride and groom chose Banana Choc Chip, Coffee and Rum and Boozy Chocolate from the Little Bear Cakery menu to go inside their wedding cake.

It’s such a joy to create all of the fine details for a cake such as this and I think that the tree wedding cake felt just as at home in a historic venue in the City as it would in a teepee in the countryside! It also makes an impressive alternative to the naked wedding cake if you are looking for something a little more rustic.

DIY Gold and Glitter Dipped Feathers

In the lead up to this weekend’s Most Curious, the wedding show for the style-savvy couple, I was asked to create a step-by-step tutorial on my DIY Gold and Glitter Dipped Feathers for Wedding Magazine. Head over to the Wedding Magazine website to read the full feature including all the wonderful things Most Curious will have in store this weekend at The Old Truman Brewery, East London, but I thought I would share the full picture tutorial here as well for all you lucky lot!

These DIY gold and glitter dipped feathers are super easy to create and you only need a few bits to get you started. They can also be used in 101 different ways as part of your wedding or party decor: as place names, invitations and stationery to floral arrangements, headdresses or even as I do as part of my signature feather cakes!

For this DIY Gold and Glitter Dipped Feathers tutorial
You will need

Feathers – I find goose feathers are a good choice and are widely available online and from craft shops
PVA glue
Paintbrush
Glitter – preferably a non-toxic variety such as Rainbow Dust
Scrap paper

Begin by dipping the paintbrush in a small amount of PVA glue and apply a thin coating to the tip of the feather. The easiest way to do this is to lay the feather flat on a scrap piece of paper and starting from around 3cm from the tip of the feather, gently brush towards the tip. Continue to brush gently in the same direction until you have a very thin even coating.

Lift the feather from the scrap paper and transfer to a clean piece of paper. Lay the feather flat again and sprinkle over enough glitter to cover the glue area.

Once sufficiently covered, carefully lift the feather, shake off the excess glitter and transfer to another clean piece of paper to dry.

Once dried you can either leave it as it is or repeat the process on the other side.

Top tips

  • As long as you work neatly and do not apply too much glue, your feather shouldn’t stick to the paper when drying.
  • Working on clean paper when sprinkling the glitter will make it easier to collect the glitter to reuse it. Simply, pick up the paper and carefully bend it to funnel the glitter back into the pot.

 

Don’t forget we will be exhibiting at Most Curious this Saturday and Sunday 7 – 8 March at The Old Truman Brewery AND all VIP ticket holders will receive a free goose feather from me to have a go at the DIY gold and glitter dipped feathers themselves. I will also be teaming up with the wonderful Westwood Design to showcase our new styled dessert installations! What more reason do you need? Get your tickets now!

2014 wedding cakes favourites

2014 was a great year for Little Bear Cakery and saw the business take a huge step forward. Having juggled a full-time pastry chef job alongside the cakes for 3 years, in September I finally left my job in order to pursue Little Bear Cakery full-time! As I’m sure any small business owner will appreciate, it’s a difficult and nerve-wracking leap and will certainly have its ups and downs but I am really excited for 2015.

And what better way to kick off a new year than with a brand new website also? I owe huge thanks to my long-suffering partner (soon to be husband!) for designing my website from scratch. I am also eternally grateful to my wonderful friend Jennie Webber who has created such fantastic illustrative work in the form of the logo and footer.

So, before I launch head first into such an exciting year, I thought I would share a few of my 2014 wedding cakes favourites…

First up is the infamous tree cake. The first one was created for a lovely couple who were married in February and had their reception at the Barbican Conservatory. I was so happy when they told me their plans for the cake as I love a couple who are prepared to take risks and go for something out of the ordinary. This was also the perfect cake for a wedding taking place in what is effectively a giant greenhouse!

After the success of the first one, I then created another tree cake to travel around to all of my wedding fairs where it received an equally positive reception and even featured as Editor’s pic in Ultimate Wedding Magazine.

2014 was also the year where I finally had the opportunity to explore my own ideas and test out new designs. My first feather cake was one that stood out at wedding fairs and was featured in Square Meal Weddings as part of their East London urban wedding spread.

It then went on to feature as part of a stunning styled shoot by Ruby & Stardust entitled Pocahontas in love in Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding magazine.

In May I created one of my most challenging cakes to date – a 4.5 foot tall wedding cake inspired by St Bride’s church, the building that is thought to be the original inspiration of the tiered wedding cake!

Ombré remained very on trend in 2014 both inside and outside of cakes!

James Darling Photography

James Darling Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

But nothing was more popular in the last year than the naked wedding cake and I predict they will remain a firm favourite for 2015 also! Here are a couple of my favourites…

So I wish you all health and happiness in 2015 especially to those of you getting married this year! I am feeling the pressure of a 5 month countdown to my own wedding but can’t wait to get stuck in to designing my own cake!

I’ll leave you with this little feathered creation that I made for the Most Curious Wedding Fair 2015 promo shoot. It’s set to be their biggest and best show yet so I hope to see you all there at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane on the 7-8 March.

 

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A Most Curious Wedding Fair 2014

The dust has just about settled after last weekend’s A Most Curious Wedding Fair at Hackney Downs Studios, East London, so I thought it was about time I shared a few pics of my stall!
With over 900 people through the doors over the two days, the fair was a great success and the hangar at Hackney Downs Studios was certainly a great venue.
I was pretty glued to my stall the whole time, so sadly I didn’t get to explore all of the wonderful exhibitors there properly. There were a couple of florists that did catch my eye though…the first being the lovely Sarah “The Flower Bird” who was on the stall next to me and “Ivy Pip & Rose” who had a fantastic floral display on her stall.

I would also like to give a special thank you to the fabulous photographers who have been so kind as to share their photos from the fair with me, Roberta Matis and Martina Capodanno. They are both truly very talented ladies so I would highly recommend checking them out if you are looking for a wedding photographer.
I had lots of little tasters available on the stall for all to try. The macarons and marshmallows proved extremely popular and there was also a lot of interest in the nude feather cake.
Special thanks also go out to my lovely helpers Ashley Fryer of the fantastic food blogs The Greedy Girls and Peach Trees and Bumblebees, my long-suffering fiance Darren and the fabulous Jennie Webber who created my sign for me at very short notice. Jennie has an amazing new website which I URGE you to check out now – her artwork is just incredible!

I’m still receiving so many enquiries about “naked” wedding cakes proving that they are one trend that is certainly sticking around. This little number would make a perfect addition to a dessert table don’t you think?

If you missed it, then you’re in luck as we will be exhibiting next at the London Vintage Wedding Fayre at York Hall, Bethnal Green on May 11th so do pop down and join us!
Photo credits: 1,2 – Martina Capodanno http://martinacapodanno.com/
Photo credits: 3,4,5,6 – Roberta Matis http://www.robertamatis.com/