Category Archives: Naked wedding cake

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.

x x x

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!

Naked Chocolate Wedding Cake

Wedding season has officially begun here at LBC and I’m excited to share with you this naked chocolate wedding cake from last week. I delivered and set it up at the stunning venue Leez Priory in Essex.

The couple were inspired by a previous naked chocolate cake which I created a few years ago. They opted for beautiful vintage look roses and gysophila from Lily & May as well as the cute little bird toppers from Diana Parkhouse which I have used on several wedding cakes before.

The couple chose flavours from my cake menu which I then customised for them to suit their tastes and overall look.

From top to bottom they had “Banana Choc Chip” with vanilla bean cream cheese icing, “Chocolate Orange” with Cointreau, hidden Belgian chocolate ganache and orange buttercream and “Belgian Chocolate” with hidden Belgian chocolate ganache and vanilla bean cream cheese icing.

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!

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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.

 

A Trio of Naked Wedding Cakes

September has been a busy month for naked wedding cakes with lots of couples opting for these berry dressed beauties! Here’s a little round up including all the details of those little personal touches…
This first cake is one of my favourites! Set-up at J and A Cafe in Clerkenwell, the couple opted for fresh berries as well as crystallised wild roses, fresh roses and this lovely bike cake topper with their initials.

 

They had two layers of Victoria sponge and a layer of lemon sponge filled with even more lovely raspberries.

 

Next up is this fun little number that I delivered to Putney a few weeks ago. The couple had a marquee in their garden and put a lot of effort into their DIY theme. The groom even made the amazing cake boards out of a tree from their garden – I don’t know about you but I would happily commission a couple from him – they’re superb don’t you think?
As they are into their diving, the couple asked me to make these little shark bride and groom cake toppers based on something similar that they had seen on Pinterest.
I also made a separate little cake for the bride as she is lactose intolerant so I created this chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache and salted caramel drizzle especially for her!
Last up is this four tier cake set up at One Friendly Place in Deptford, South-East London. The couple opted for four different flavoured tiers and I decorated each tier with fresh berries and cherries as well as white and purple lisianthus, gypsophila and roses. They also had a custom cake topper made of them and their three cats!
To balance all of these naked cakes I am keeping myself very busy in the LBC kitchen over the next few weeks creating lots of lovely sugar flowers…watch this space for some new designs very soon!
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The Rise of the Naked Wedding Cake

Some thought it would just be a passing trend but it appears that the “naked” wedding cake is here to stay! With more enquiries for this type of cake than any other this year, it is clearly proving more popular than ever.

Many people are opting for these stripped back cakes as they are a great solution for those who aren’t big fans of icing. Berries are also a great addition to cut through the richness of the cake and also turn it into a delicious dessert option.
And with prices starting from just £175 for a mini 3 tier cake to feed up to 70, it certainly keeps those on a tighter budget happy.

They are also incredibly versatile in terms of decoration. Dress them up as you please with berries, fresh flowers to match your bouquet or table decortations, edible, crystallised or dried flowers, mini bunting, or if you’re still stuck for ideas, I recommend turning to Etsy for a whole host of cake topper and accessory inspiration.
My client sourced these scrabble letters from Etsy as well as the cute little customised bird cake toppers from Diana Parkhouse.
photo taken from DianaParkhouse Etsy shop
Photo taken from SoLuvli Etsy shop 
Photo taken from CharonelDesigns Etsy Shop

Or why not keep it really simple and rustic such as this cake that I made for a wedding at Shepherd Neame Brewery in May?

I think these natural dried acorns would look lovely scattered around for an autumnal wedding don’t you think?
Photo taken from smilemercantile Etsy shop
And I love the idea of these little quail egg shells as well!
Photo taken from smilemercantile Etsy shop
If you want to chat more about ideas for your “naked” wedding cake or to place an order with Little Bear Cakery, do get in touch here.

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Easter “Naked” Wedding Cake with Edible Flowers and Berries

Happy Easter everyone!
Here’s the Easter “naked” wedding cake that I delivered yesterday to Tanner & Co, Bermondsey.
The couple chose four different flavoured tiers. From top to bottom:
“Classic Coffee & Walnut”
A light and fluffy coffee sponge flecked with toasted walnuts, soaked with an espresso syrup and layered with coffee buttercream

 “Classic Victoria”
Vanilla bean sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and layered with Morello cherry preserve and vanilla bean buttercream
  
“Boozy Chocolate”
A dark Belgian chocolate sponge soaked with Mount Gay rum syrup and layered with Belgian chocolate ganache buttercream
“Red Velvet”
A light and fluffy red vanilla bean sponge with a hint of cocoa, layered with vanilla bean cream cheese icing

The cake was then finished with fresh berries, edible flowers and a cute little cake topper that the couple supplied themselves.

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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/

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A Four Tier Naked Wedding Cake

I delivered this “naked” wedding cake to The Riverside Venue, Hounslow a few weeks ago. “Naked” wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular and are a great choice if you want a more natural and rustic finish for your cake. 
The couple opted for four different flavoured tiers. The top tier (which the groom wanted to keep all to himself!) was a chocolate sponge soaked with rum syrup and filled with coconut buttercream. The second tier was a vanilla sponge soaked with rum syrup and filled with passionfruit curd and coconut buttercream. The third tier was a chocolate sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and filled with chocolate ganache buttercream and fresh raspberries. Finally, the bottom tier was a pistachio sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and filled with cardamom buttercream and Fortnum & Mason rose petal jelly.
Many congratulations to Mandeep & Has!
Want to order a “naked” wedding cake for your wedding? Head over to littlebearcakery.com for details or email info@littlebearcakery.com