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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

Tropical Bohemian Wedding Shoot

At the end of last summer, and with busy wedding season still in full swing, I hotfooted it down to South-East London to join a fantastic team of suppliers and create colourful “big day” inspiration in the form of a tropical bohemian wedding shoot!

Whilst we may not always be able to guarantee tropical warmth and sunshine in the UK, we can certainly bring a taste of the tropics to our decor as a nod to warmer climes.

The concept for the shoot was dreamt up by the lovely Frances of Frances Carlisle Photography and Nicole of Love Art Wear Art. The amazing Andri from Always Andri (who I avidly follow on instagram!) then added her styling expertise to the team.

The location for the our tropical getaway was the picturesque Severndroog Castle, tucked away in the trees in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, it is the perfect setting for a smaller wedding ceremony or gathering. It has a winding spiral staircase leading up to an impressive vista boasting a view of seven counties over the treetops!

The brightly coloured florals were supplied by The Fresh Flower Company. You really can’t go wrong with a hanging flower backdrop and this one is certainly no exception! I also love the additional greenery of palms and cheeseplants.

A drinks trolley laden with cocktails and delicious exotic fruit is a totally tropical essential and the addition of edible flowers to the cocktails add an extra special touch don’t you think?

Styling your table with leaves and chinese lantern plants is an inexpensive and and alternative way of adding interest to your place settings.

I am totally in love with the palms, peacock feathers and pineapples of Pepper & Joy‘s tropical jungle stationery. Surely every letter should be sent in an envelope that special!

For the cake, I created an ever-popular rustic buttercream finish in a vibrant peach. I then dressed it with fresh tropical flowers and a palm leaf and finished it with miniature gold sugar pineapples to keep it fun and playful.

Model Chloe’s vibrant hair fit the bill perfectly and Amanda Roberts was the lady in charge of executing her laid-back bohemian hair and make-up look. Chloe wore two different dress looks on the day: first up a beautiful floral embroidered dress called Ivy from Naomi Neoh‘s 2016 collection, followed by a floaty off-the-shoulder number – the Woodland Wedding Dress from the Saja Collection at Rock the Frock Bridal.

And of course finally, Nicole’s incredible and unique shoe designs for her label Love Art Wear Art – so hard to pick a favourite!

I hope this tropical bohemian wedding shoot has inspired you to bring a little something different to your wedding decor. Do check out all of the wonderful suppliers below:

Venue: Severndroog Castle
Photographer: Frances Carlisle
Stylist: Always Andri Wedding Design
Dress 1: ‘Ivy’ (2016 collection) Naomi Neoh
Dress 2: Saja at Rock the Frock Bridal
Shoes: Love Art Wear Art
Florist: The Fresh Flower Company
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Hair & Makeup: Amanda Roberts
Stationery: Pepper and Joy
Tableware: Classic Crockery
Model: Chloe Papworth

Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot

Towards the end of the summer, I was fortunate enough to be part of some beautiful styled shoots. This Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot is no exception, showcasing the wealth of talent that the wedding industry has to offer today.

Curated by Annabel from Love My Dress for Goldsmiths UK, Little Bear Cakery favourite Georgia of Westwood Design was in charge of the concept, styling and stunning flowers.

I love this shot of Annabel on this gorgeous chair from Vintage Style Hire. Kate has a wonderful collection of furniture and smaller items for hire – the perfect individual touches to dress up your wedding venue.

I kept the cake and sweet treats super simple as they had a minor role to play in this shoot with the jewellery by Goldsmiths taking centre stage. This is just a little almond and apricot cake with orange mascarpone icing. Georgia then styled it up with her beautiful blooms.

Peach marshmallows and raspberry macarons completed the sweet line-up.


Georgia did an incredible job with the table settings. How pretty are the jewel-like colours with the gold?

Superb stationery as ever from The Charming Press.

Is there anything better than a Westwood bouquet?

How sweet is this little locket too?

I’ve only shared a snapshot of the beautiful pics by Naomi Kenton. For more pics and to learn more about Goldsmiths jewellery, head over to Love My Dress or the Goldsmiths blog.

Shoot Curator + Model – Annabel Beeforth, Love My Dress
Photographer – Naomi Kenton
Concept, Styling, Flowers – Westwood Design
Vintage Furniture Hire – Vintage Style Hire
Location – Paradise by Way of Kensal Green via Coco Wedding Venues
Stationery – The Charming Press
Silk Runner/napkins/ribbon/gift wrap – Kate Cullen
Hair + Makeup – Issidora
Jewellery – Goldsmiths
Cakes and Desserts – Little Bear Cakery
Tableware: Classic Crockery Hire

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!

Iceland Poppies Wedding Cake

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time for me to share with you my Iceland poppies wedding cake that I created for my very OWN wedding last month! I will be doing a post soon with the full round up of the wedding but I thought I’d give you a sneak preview first of the all important cake. All of the pics were taken by our very talented photographer Anushé. She took the most wonderful pictures of our special day and I can’t wait to share the rest with you.

The theme for our wedding cake stemmed from a relatively new obsession with Iceland poppies. This is totally down to the lovely Georgia of Westwood Design who brought the most amazing white Iceland poppies to our stall at A Most Curious Wedding Fair back in March.

I just love the way they are so organic and bendy in appearance and seemingly burst out of their little bristly buds back to front. To me they are nature at it’s quirkiest and are so beautiful to behold in all stages of germination. I really wanted the poppies’ undulating form to come across on the cake as if they were just happily going about their business sprouting in all directions out of the cake.

With Iceland poppies being a little unpredictable in the warm weather, we actually chose some fantastic artificial poppies to fit in the main arrangements as well as on the tables. I love how this picture shows the correlation between the arrangement and the cake. The vases also went particularly well (again inspired by my collaboration with Westwood Design at AMCWF).

The geometrics element came from a love of terrariums. Our wedding invitations, created by my wonderful bridesmaid Jennie featured succulents, cacti and terrariums which became an underlying theme for the day along with the poppies. I wanted to subtly tie in this detail to the cake without overcrowding the poppies and so added a few copper hexagons to the detailing. The finishing touch was the beautiful silk ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish which matched the ribbon on my bouquet also.

I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed creating something more in my life. I absolutely relished every moment of this cake from the tiny fiddly little stamen to curving the emerging poppy heads into place.

I hope you like it too – Do stay tuned for the full wedding instalment which I promise to share very soon!

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.

Bollywood Glam Wedding

At the end of last year, we were so pleased to be a part of some really fabulous styled shoots. Each one really shows the diversity in the wedding industry today and none more so than this Bollywood Glam Wedding Inspiration which was the brainchild of the wonderful Kiki from Chosen Wedding.

With hot pink, orange and gold accents, it was a fun and bold colour palette to work with and I loved creating this henna inspired cake design with gorgeous flowers from Heaven Scent.

The full shoot can be found on Bespoke Bride so do head over to marvel at the talent from another great team of suppliers. Our favourite Heart Aflutter Bridal features too with the wonderful “Heart of Gold” dress by Claire La Faye.

 

Styling: Little Wedding Helper // MUA: Laura Naish // Model: Lucy Scarfe // Photographer: Caroline Hancox // Embellishments: In Your Dreams // Flowers: Heaven Scent // Stationery: Belly Button Boo // Concept, Curation & Direction: Chosen Wedding // Dresses: Heart Aflutter Bridal & Vintage Trousseau// Cake: Little Bear Cakery // Cookies: Cakeycoo // Venue: Shehnai, Reading//

Christmas Cheesecake

Every year, my friends and I get together for a “fake Christmas”. It’s always a merry affair with everyone bringing a dish, a Christmas playlist pumping, copious amounts of red wine and of course a good old game of Charades.

I’m usually on pudding duty and having made a yule log the passed few years, this year I wanted to try something a little different. New York cheesecake is always a favourite amongst our friends and so I decided to put a festive twist on my classic recipe. I replaced my usual digestive base with ginger nuts, added some brandy soaked sultanas, a hint of clove and topped each slice with chunk of florentine.

Ingredients

75g sultanas, soaked for at least an hour in 30g brandy
250g ginger nuts
135g butter, melted
850g Philadelphia full-fat cream cheese
250g caster sugar
20g plain flour
1/8 tsp of ground cloves
1 vanilla pod (or 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract)
1 lemon
3 medium eggs
1 egg yolk
100g cream

To decorate

150 ml double cream
1 tblsp icing sugar
florentines

Method

Preheat the oven to fan 160C. Lightly grease and line the base of a 9″ deep loose bottom tin.

Blitz up the ginger nuts in a food processor until you achieve a fine crumb. Stir in the melted butter before evenly pressing the biscuit mix into the base of the tin.

Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the base from the oven and allow to cool. Turn the oven up to 200C.

Meanwhile, place the cream cheese and caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add them to the bowl along with the finally grated zest of 1 lemon.

With the mixer on a medium speed, beat the ingredients together until just combined. Add the flour and ground cloves and mix to combine.

Sour the cream with the juice of the lemon and leave to stand for a moment.

Lightly beat the eggs with the yolk and gradually add them to the cream cheese mix.

Add the soured cream and lightly mix.

Blitz the brandy soaked sultanas in a small food processor until they are fairly finely chopped.

Finally add them a spoonful at a time to the mixture and gently fold them through.

Pour the mix into the prepared tin and place in the preheated oven.

Bake for 10 minutes at 200C before turning the oven down to 90C and cooking for a further 50 minutes to an hour.

The cheesecake is done once it is lightly coloured and the centre has a slight wobble.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack for at least an hour before transferring it to the fridge and allowing it to set overnight.

To decorate, whisk 150g double cream with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar until it reaches stiff peaks. Pipe rosettes around the edge of the cheesecake and place half a florentine on top.

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New Website!

I am delighted to announce that my new website littlebearcakery.com is now up and running! It’s now easier to see just what Little Bear Cakery has to offer with cake galleries for inspiration and basic info and guides to help you make the right choices.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to my very talented friends Jennie Webber and Nick Cobby for designing my fabulous new logo as well as dishing out plenty of helpful advice.

Jennie is a fantastic visual artist and illustrator who draws inspiration from the curiosities of nature. Her drawings and etchings are truly fascinating and I urge you to have a peek at her work here.

Her partner Nick is a freelance Animator and Graphic Designer with an incredibly diverse portfolio. One of my favourite pieces of his work to date is this video…

Here’s to East London Creatives….Looking forward to moving onwards and upwards in 2014!