Category Archives: Ruffles Wedding Cake

A Coral and Gold Wedding

Today I am delighted to be sharing with you a few snippets of the real wedding of one of my lovely couples Lucy and Tom who had their reception at BMA House in May earlier this year. The couple opted for a coral and gold wedding theme and their day was beautifully captured by London based wedding photographer, Fiona Kelly.

Having seen a couple of my ruffles cakes on my website, L & T had a good idea of what type of wedding cake they were after so the design process was very straight forward.

The colour scheme of coral and gold was the main focus for the cake decor with ombré ruffles for the bottom tier and handpiped graduated polka dot detailing brushed with gold for the top two tiers. The cake was then finished with a single statement handcrafted peony sugar flower to tie in with the wedding flowers.

The stunning floral arrangements were created by Naomi of Naomi Joy Floral Design. I love the combination of the greens, whites, pale peaches and dusky pinks with the bright coral peonies and blushing hypericum berries.

L & T clearly put a lot of thought into the little details such as “on theme” extras for the guests to get creative with when signing the guest book and little love heart treats.

They also weren’t afraid to get stuck in with a bit of DIY with Lucy creating the table plan herself with a big piece of card and gold glitter paper bought from Paperchase as well as the homemade glitter table numbers inspired by this post on Rock My Wedding – so simple yet effective don’t you think?

Huge thanks to Lucy and Tom for letting me share a little piece of their special day on the blog. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your wedding and I wish you both all the very best for the future.

Another special mention and thanks to Fiona Kelly for sharing her beautiful images with me. I have been an admirer of her work for a while so it is always wonderful to work on a wedding with such a talented lady. She describes her work as “Photography that offers a little bit of elegance, some understated romance, a lot of fun and a relaxed approach.” If that sounds up your street, then I urge you to have a browse through her stunning portfolio here.

Supplier Credits
Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography
Venue: BMA House
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Flowers: Naomi Joy Floral Design
Bride’s dress: Ivory and Co purchased at BOA Boutique
Groom’s suit: Edit Suits, London
Guest Book and cake topper: Ginger Ray
Lucy and Tom sign: Meri Meri

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.

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 canapé 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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Gold Ombré Wedding Cake

Running your own business as a sole-trader can be a very lonely existence at times. However, as I have grown into the wedding industry more, I have learnt that there is such a fantastic network of other likeminded people and businesses out there, most of them being amazingly talented women. As time goes by, and one builds more acquaintances and friendships, it’s always a pleasure when you end up working on the same wedding. One of said lovely people is Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography who I have written about before here.

I was so pleased when I discovered that the lovely couple from this wedding had chosen Joanna as their photographer and I knew of course that the photos would be good!

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

The happy couple were married at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire on a wet and windy day back in November. It may have been rainy outside but inside the beautiful country house, it felt cosy and welcoming especially with the couple’s decor accented with deep red and gold.

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

The incredibly stylish bride (just look at that dress!) played a very large part in the design of the cake opting for layers of gold ombré ruffles with a scattering of deep red hand crafted sugar roses.

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

It was definitely one of my favourite cakes of 2014 and made it into my favourites roundup which in case you missed can be found here. With so many stripped back naked cakes last year, this one was a real fiddly labour of love in comparison which is the kind of work that I really enjoy! Not forgetting also a little mention to Poppy’s Cake Toppers who created the wonderful little bespoke bear cake topper for the couple.

As a final note, if you are a fan of Joanna‘s work, then you really must check out her new Dot & Fox Print Shop for some fantastic pieces to liven up your walls.

from Dot & Fox Print Shop by Joanna Brown Photography

from Dot & Fox Print Shop by Joanna Brown Photography

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.

 

Pink Ruffles on the River!

So following on from my previous post, this cake is far from naked! And with all of the simple, stripped back cakes around, it’s all the more enjoyable to really put my skills and patience to the test with something as intricate as this design. With around 50 individually crafted ruffles, it’s a very satisfying piece of work once complete which then merely exists for half a day more!

That’s what makes it super special when a fantastic photographer comes along and captures such beautiful images of your hard work so that you can look back on it and provide evidence!
The master at work in question here is James Darling of jamesdarlingphotography.com and I’d like to send over my warmest gratitude to him for allowing me to share his wonderful images with you.

One of the many perks of my job is having the opportunity to visit so many places and seeing the diversity of that London has to offer. The couple had their reception at the Westminster Boating Base which was a beautiful setting overlooking the Thames and perfect for a medium sized wedding party.
The couple opted for a top tier to keep for the Christening of their first child and they had the following flavours from top to bottom…
“Traditional Rich Fruit Cake”
An 8 week matured rich fruit cake packed full of sultanas, currants, figs, cranberries, apricots, cherries, ginger and toasted nuts all soaked in lashings of brandy
 
“Perfumed Pistachio & Rose”
A pistachio sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and layered with Fortnum & Mason’s award winning rose petal jelly and cardamom buttercream
 
“Luscious Lemon”
Zesty lemon sponge soaked with Limoncello syrup and layered with lemon curd and a light lemon buttercream
 
“Classic Victoria”
Vanilla bean sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and layered with Morello cherry preserve and vanilla bean buttercream
 
Wishing the happy couple all the best and every success in their new lives together!
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