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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.

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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Little Bear Cakery 2014 Wedding Cake Designs

Just a quick post to show you some of my latest designs for Little Bear Cakery. I will be exhibiting them at my up and coming wedding fairs so pop along if you can!

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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/

Tree Trunk Wedding Cake at The Barbican Conservatory

I am so thrilled to show you all my latest cake! My clients came to me with a picture of a cake from the amazing Kaysie Lackey of the People’s Cake and ask me to recreate her Woodland Wedding Cake in a style to suit their theme. The inspiration for the cake came from the couple carving their own initials into a tree in the early days of their relationship and when they saw a cake with this idea, they knew they had to have it for their big day.
The couple had their reception at the Barbican Conservatory and so the natural theme worked extremely well with the setting.
The sugar flowers were made to match their wedding flowers with purple anemones, calla lillies and dusky pink roses.
The crowning glory were the bird cake toppers which I also handmade to suit their theme.
The inspiration for them came from the fact that the newlyweds would actually be “Mr & Mrs Finch” so they wanted to include birds in some way.

The rest of the cake was entirely edible, right down to the soil and mushrooms on the cake board.
All in all, it’s a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake don’t you think?