Category Archives: Wedding cakes

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

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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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.

Boho Cakes

We still love the trend for boho cakes here at Little Bear HQ especially as it gives an excuse to get out the feathers! At the beginning of the month I created two feathered cake creations – one for a lovely friend of mine, Sarah the Flower Bird‘s daughter’s 18th and the second for a boho themed dessert table for a baby shower.

I really love this design – it’s ultimate boho elegance and would look equally at home at a country festival wedding as it would at a chic city celebration don’t you think? I certainly would have been happy to have something like this for my eighteenth birthday cake!

This baby shower dessert table has a very laid back boho feel. The guests feasted on a red velvet cake, vanilla meringue kisses, mini lemon meringue tarts, rasberry macarons, coconut brownies and cookie dough cake pops! Yum!

Don’t forget that we now offer fully styled dessert tables too in association with Westwood Design. We will be showcasing one of our collaborations at the upcoming A Most Curious Wedding Fair at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane on 6th-8th March.

To conclude the feathered boho round up, this cake that I created for the Most Curious Promo Shoot was also featured on Time Out earlier this month!

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

Styled Dessert Tables

New for 2015, we are delighted to be teaming up with the very talented Westwood Design to offer styled dessert tables with a difference. Steering away from the stereotypical “pretty” vintage styling that has been used tirelessly in recent years, we want to offer an alternative approach.

Incorporating influences from still life painting, nature and a bygone industrial age, we intend to provide you with something beyond your average dessert table. Think of it instead as an edible installation to add the wow-factor to your wedding or event.

With a background in interior design and architecture, stylist Georgia of Westwood Design has a great understanding of how to utilise space as well as having plenty of experience in set design, floristry, wedding, fashion and interior editorial photo shoots, advertising and films.

Westwood was created from Georgia’s “obsession with injecting colour, fun and dreamy surrealism into people and places. Not one for colouring inside the lines, she found herself fascinated with creating scenes, arrangements and moments of perfect madness that have a little extra something.”

Recently Georgia coordinated a fantastic team of suppliers to create this “English Gentleman’s Club Shoot” which we are delighted to have featured on Love My Dress yesterday.

Contributors to the shoot included one of our lovely partners, Cecilia of Heart Aflutter – just look at this incredibly elegant Nadia Manzato dress that she stocks!

Anyway, I hope this has given you a taster of the kind of style that we could bring to your wedding or event. For more details or to talk through your requirements, get in touch through the contact page or drop us a line at info(at)littlebearcakery.com

In the meantime, head over to Love My Dress to see the full feature including the wealth of talented suppliers involved!

Photography – Bianco Photography
Flowers, Styling & Props – Westwood Design
Venue – Union Club, Soho
Dresses – Nadia Manzato via Heart Aflutter
Headpieces – Blackbirds Pearl via Heart Aflutter
Shoes – Love Art Wear Art Via Heart Aflutter
Hair & Make-Up – Laura Anne Make-Up
Tweed Suits – Tweed Addict
Table Linen – Table to Dine For
Tableware – The Vintage Hire
Stationery – Lamplighter London
Cakes and Desserts – Little Bear Cakery
Models – Clio Gressani and Ryan Szanyi

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.

 

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?

Autumn Leaves Wedding Cake, Barnett Hill

This morning’s wedding at Barnett Hill, Surrey, is a wonderful celebration of the rich colours of Autumn. The couple’s colour scheme incorporated burnt orange and brown and they opted for a simple wedding cake design of cascading sugar leaves which tied in beautifully with their DIY place settings featuring leaves that they had collected.