Category Archives: Sugar Flowers

A British Wildflower Wedding Cake

This British wildflower wedding cake was one of my favourites from last year and so I’m delighted to share with you these images this morning courtesy of Pete Davies Photography.

It’s always lovely when an old school friend gets in touch, but even more so when they announce that they’re getting married and would like you to make the cake! The consultation was a great excuse for a catch up to hear about life and wedding plans. E + J had a wonderfully relaxed approach to wedding planning and were open to ideas for the cake. With the rest of the details of the day remaining quite simple and classic, the main inspiration was taken from the flowers in order to create this wildflower wedding cake design.
Wildflower wedding cake
The wedding took place at Marlborough College in Wiltshire where the bride’s parents are still living and working. On this sunny weekend at the beginning of August, the chapel where the couple were married looked truly magnificent!
Wildflower wedding cake
The ceremony decor was kept to an absolute minimum to let the beauty of the chapel speak for itself.
Wildflower wedding cake
The colours used for the flowers paired beautifully with the chapel’s features picking out the blues, greens, pinks and golds.
Wildflower wedding cake
My design brief for the sugar flowers was quite simple – seasonal blooms in pale pinks, blues and buttermilk yellow with some ferns to dress the wildflower wedding cake.
Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake
I therefore opted for a mixture of roses and cosmos with a stem of blue delphinium as the star of the show.
Wildflower wedding cake
The overall base design of the cake was inspired by the bride’s Stewart Parvin wedding dress and Emmy accessories. I added a satin sheen to the entire cake to mimic the fabric of the dress and added a piped silver pearl detail as a nod to the embellishment on the bride’s sash and headpiece.
Wildflower wedding cake
The rather sweet little bear cake toppers were E & J’s personal addition.
Wildflower wedding cake
Finally a special mention and huge thank you to Pete Davies Photography for sharing these beautiful images with me. Pete is based in Marlborough where he has run his own studio for 25 years. As well as photographing wedding and portraits, Pete now photographs mainly commercial work for clients such as Virgin Holidays or Macmillan Publishers, New York.
Wildflower wedding cake

A Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Tropical Paradise Wedding
As I’m writing this, it’s a rather grey and gloomy January day outside of my window so I thought I would share this Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration shoot as the perfect antidote! So crank up the heating and whisk your mind away to warmer climes…
Tropical Paradise Wedding
The shoot was put together by stylist Charlotte Munro and shot by the wonderful San of Sanshine Photography. The concept for the shoot came from the idea of bringing a destination feel to a British wedding. In a country that is notorious for unreliable weather, we wanted to show you that you can bring the outside in with these colourful and light-filled wedding ideas.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
Choosing a light and airy venue with plain walls is key to achieving this look. The West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington provided the perfect blank canvas for us with it’s large windows which flood the vast chamber with an abundance of natural light no matter what the weather is doing outside!
Tropical Paradise Wedding
Cue Susie of Tissue Blossoms to inject that colour and tropical paradise wedding flavour with her incredible paper flower creations:

“I turned to nature for inspiration. Birds of paradise, hibiscus, dahlias, lisianthus, passion flowers, orchids, heliconia, giant jasmine, gerbera and roses… So many ideas! I started a 6 week project of individually hand-cutting and crafting these beautiful unique works of art. Designing with paper creates infinite possibilities where our cold British nature can’t. A stylist’s dream is to have no worries about availability, longevity, size, colour, shape of flowers or allergies that the wedding guests might have, and this is where my flower creations out of paper truly shine. It was a privilege working on this project and seeing the flowers of my imagination come to a reality, knowing they make a lasting artful keepsake as well as a beautiful backdrop for any couple!”
Tropical Paradise Wedding
For the cake I wanted the sugar flowers to speak for themselves and to show that you can have fun with your theme! Keeping the icing plain white and finished with a simple silk ribbon, I went big and bold with the handcrafted sugar flowers. I love experimenting with flowers and colours outside the wedding norm and so this shoot was the perfect opportunity to try something new. I created pink hibiscus, orange gardenia, pale pink bauhinia and yellow frangipani with a few wafer paper gold leaves to match the overall tropical theme.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
I love all of Charlotte‘s little styling flourishes, from the fluoro pineapples, pretty pink and orange cocktails and the vibrant laser cut mdf place settings which can then be painted in your colour of choice.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
The real key to fully achieving this look though is of course having a fantastic photographer who specialises in natural and ambient light photography such as the wonderful Sanshine Photography. She is a true master!
Tropical Paradise Wedding
I do hope you have enjoyed browsing our Tropical Paradise Wedding and that it can hopefully inspire you in your wedding planning!
Tropical Paradise Wedding

Photography: Sanshine Photography | Styling: Charlotte Munro | Venue: West Reservoir Centre London | Hair: Roisin Kinch | Make-Up: Nina Bains | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Paper Flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Suit: Jon Kruger Ivory Dress: Amanda Wakely at The Bijoutique | Coral Dress: Free People | Shoes: ASOS | Bride: Jess Bergman | Groom: Philipp Gelter

A Floral Wedding Cake for a Chic City Wedding

I am gradually gathering pictures of my favourite weddings of last year in order to do a round up of my Best of 2015 (slow progress considering we are half way through Feb but I will get there eventually!) This floral wedding cake was a firm favourite. There were so many beautiful pics from this chic city wedding though that I thought it was definitely worthy of a full post. The lady responsible for these gorgeous photos is Kirsten Mavric, a London based wedding and portrait photographer. Check out her 2015 favourites here!

The venue for this August wedding was the South Place Hotel, a very stylish hotel situated in the City near Moorgate. It boasts 2 restaurants and 4 bars on site including a Michelin Star fish restaurant where the couple held their wedding reception.

There is also an idyllic sun terrace providing, as the hotel describes it, “a slice of Provence in the heart of London”.

The groom’s sister-in-law happens to be florist, Byrd & Spry and so she created the stunning floral arrangements.

I couldn’t help but share a few of the pics of her beautiful work!

The florals also provided inspiration for the cake: big fluffy roses, brunia berries and hydrangea petals all handcrafted from sugar.

I commissioned LBC favourite, Kate Cullen, to make one of her pretty handpainted silk ribbons in wisteria blue to complete the cake. Kate created a bespoke colour to match the ribbon on the wedding invitations. The bride also contacted me before the wedding in need of some ribbon for her daughter’s dress and so the little flower girl had a matching silk ribbon sash too!

The couple opted for 3 tiers of perfumed pistachio and rose for the wedding cake and a selection of mini bites including blueberry marshmallows, raspberry macarons and vanilla meringues.

I love this cake cutting shot where you can see the bridesmaid peering in for the best view!

And just look at the bride’s incredible dress… isn’t she just the epitome of London wedding chic?

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

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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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.

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

Lace Pearl Wedding Cake, Gibson Hall

This morning I’m sharing with you a lace pearl wedding cake from a lovely winter wedding which took place a few weekends before Christmas at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate, in the City of London. The bride and groom opted for a beautiful and slightly festive colour scheme of deep burgundy red, cream and a hint of gold.

The inspiration for the cake design came from the bride’s stunning Justin Alexander dress with all-over lace and pearl button back detailing.

Image from Justin Alexander Bridal Blog

Image from Justin Alexander Bridal Blog

The lace brush embroidery design around the tiers was taken from a section of the bridal lace and the piped pearl swags hinted at the pearl button details too. A simple burgundy ribbon and handmade deep red sugar roses were then added to compliment the colour scheme.

The bride and groom opted for three different flavours for their four tier cake – coffee and rum, zesty carrot and red velvet. Have you checked out our new 15 flavour cake menu yet?

Front Door and Purple Lisianthus Wedding Cake, Brick House Farm

I had a slightly unusual brief for this week’s wedding cake. I was simply told that the couple wanted to include themselves (in wellies), their cat and their front door….
I wanted to keep the feel of the wedding cake fairly traditional so I decided to incorporate the purple lisianthus from their wedding flowers creeping up the sides of the cake as if it were the walls of a house and therefore giving the front door context. The couple could then stand in front of the “house” with their cat tying the whole cake together quite neatly.
The couple opted for three tiers of lavender sponge with vanilla bean buttercream and wild blueberry jam and the ceremony and reception was held at a wonderful venue in Kent called Brick House Farm.

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!
x x x