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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I am sometimes asked to make cakes for clients with certain allergies or cultural dietary restrictions.

My eggless sponge is popular and my particular favourite is a gluten free chocolate souffle cake recipe given to me by Rosemary. It is gorgeous:

Gluten Free Chocolate Souffle Cake

4 eggs
4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
4oz plain chocolate
3oz ground almonds
1oz potato flour

Separate the eggs.
Melt the chocolate. Whisk in the softened butter, sugar and egg yolks.

Beat the egg whites separately until soft peak. Fold them into the mixture together with the ground almonds and potato flour.

This is enough for a shallow 8” round tin, or a slightly deeper 6” square. Line with greaseproof paper.

Bake between 130oC and 160oC for about 1 hour.


27/09:

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I had a lovely message left on my phone today: "I just wanted to say thank you very much for our wedding cake, it was unbelievable, it tasted fantastic and everyone loved it". Thank you for the comments Jennifer. This is the cake she meant, a classic, elegant and understated design:

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I had the calmest bride ever on the phone today. She wanted details of my dummy cakes as she was getting married tomorrow and her cake hadn't turned up this morning. When she phoned the cake company they informed her that they had gone into liquidation. Within an hour she had found me on the internet, phoned, visited and chosen a dummy cake and had taken it away with her. Problem solved.

When I started hiring out dummy cakes I had the idea that it would be for brides who wanted a WOW cake but didn't have the money for a real one. In reality it has more often been for a bride who has had a probem with the wedding cake she has ordered. In one case it was when the cake was in a car involved in an accident. In another it was when the cake maker had got the date wrong and was expecting to produce the cake a week later than it was required.

Anyway, Lisa, I hope you have the most fantastic wedding ever, tomorrow. All my love xx.

To see the dummy wedding cakes I have for hire go to
www.ferriscakes.co.uk
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I had a lovely e-mail today from Sarah:

"We both wanted to say a BIG thank you to you for the wonderful cake and cup cakes. Everyone commented on how wonderful they looked and tasted.

We would always be happy to recommend you to anyone - Thank you again !!"

This is what she was referring to:

Butterfly Cup Cakes
www.ferriscakes.co.uk



Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Only two wedding cakes to make this week, so it feels very leisurely. However, I will bake 12 fruit cakes as well, so that they can be maturing, having been fed with brandy, ready for weddings in 3 months time. I use Delia Smith's rich fruit cake recipe, with a little tweaking of my own, and the result is a lovely moist, moreish fruit cake, perfect for weddings and other special occasions.

20/09: A Busy Week

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Last week was my busiest of the year. Hence no posts for 5 days. I have made 8 cakes this week, all but one were wedding cakes, the last being a luscious white chocolate christening cake for Sam, with blue teddies and hearts. Have a good christening Sam! I love doing the cakes with the chocolate cigarillos and chocolate ruffles, they really have that WOW factor.

However, my favourite cake this week was one of my Art Nouveau' style cakes but using roses instead of calla lilies. It was so stylish yet pretty. I forgot to take a photo myelf so I will ask the bride if she will send me one.

Just one left to deliver, to Crondon Park, just up the road, with fresh black boccara roses between the tiers, and then all the left over chocolate cake, a positive mountain, is being donated to the Galleywood church family afternoon. Lots of hyper children, tee hee hee!
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I spent some time last week mass producing (making three) sets of bride and grooms out of sugar. Because they are custom made each figure is unique and reflects the actual bride and groom in clothes and personal features. Each little bride has the correct hair colour and style and the dress is made to replicate the one the bride will be wearing. Flowers are the correct colour and style, as are the grooms' suits. In addition one of the groom's was waving a Chelsea Football Club scarf, and another pair stand in their allotment, complete with shed, wellies and tools. They all look so sweet.
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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I spent yesterday afternoon decorating a 3-tier stacked cake with a cascade/waterfall of ivory and blue sugar roses for a wedding at Hedingham Castle. It looks lovely. The beauty of sugar roses is that I can colour match to the wedding theme/scheme. They don't have to be a colour that is found in nature. I can also supply colour matched sugarpaste and chocolate roses separately if a bride wants to decorate her own, or a supermarket bought, cake. She just needs to send me a swatch/colour card.
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13/09: Whimsey Cake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I had a lovely letter from Katie and Stuart, for whom I made a Whimsey cake at Greenwoods in July: "there were lots of comments made about your cake, and how the toppers looked exactly like us. The guests loved the design and the taste of your cake, which they are still commenting about now!"

13/09: First Entry

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I would like to keep a diary of the cakes I make and the fashions in cakes etc. Hopefully I will be able to update this regularly.
Category: General
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