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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
For a small, an informal, or a second wedding I am often asked to make a wedding cake that is a single tier. This month I have made two of the same design, an adaptation of a 3-tier cake I make called the Art Nouveau. It has sugar pleats across the whole cake and a sheaf of calla lilies.

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I don't make many novelty birthday cakes, but here is one I thoroughly enjoyed doing, and it turned out beautifully - a landrover:

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23/11: Parcel Cake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Here is a picture of a stack of parcels for a 21st birthday. When doing a parcel cake it is important to pay attention to detail. If the cakes are offset then they should be offset on the board too. And make sure that the design on the 'wrapping paper' mirrors the way real wrapping paper would have a partial design where it is folded under. The white parcels with black spots, set off against a dark red background is ideal for a man's cake.

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Whether to have fresh flowers on cakes can be quite a controversial issue.

There are a number of points to consider:

Pros:
Cost - Fresh flowers are cheaper than good quality silk flowers or sugar flowers
Look – Fresh flowers will match in with the rest of the flowers for the wedding, either the table decorations or the bouquets and buttonholes etc

Cons:
Longevity – Fresh flowers do not stay looking fresh for long unless they are in oasis or water, so they must be placed on the cake on the morning of the wedding, or made into posies in oasis if they are to be made up in advance.
The effect of water on sugar – Fresh flowers must not touch the icing as the moisture from the stems or petals will eat into the sugar, ruining the smooth effect of sugarpaste or royal icing
Are the flowers edible, or at least non-toxic – roses and violets for example are edible (providing they do not have pesticides on them), whereas lilies and ivy are actually poisonous.

It is possible to get round all these cons if you wish to have fresh flowers on your cakes. I am happy to advise the best way to deal with the issues.


Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Wasn't it horrid weather in Essex yesterday? It rained nearly all day and the roads to Newland Hall were flooded. After setting up Shelley and Geoff's cake there I went on to The Fennes to set up Tracy and Stewart's cake. I hope they had a lovely day, in spite of the weather. They certainly had a classically elegant cake.

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14/11: Giant Cupcake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Here is a lovely giant cupcake I have made for a wedding today, to match the muffins which have been made for each guest with their names on.

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Have a fantastic day Shelley and Geoff!

14/11: Giant Cupcake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Here is a lovely giant cupcake I have made for a wedding today, to match the muffins which have been made for each guest with their names on.

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Have a fantastic day Shelley and Geoff!
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
This is held on the second Tuesday of every month. We had a fun evening tonight, watching Georgie demonstrate making clowns with sugarpaste and pipe cleaners - not strictly edible, of course, but very cute. If anyone wants any details of the Guild I will let you have them.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Here is a picture of an absolutely classic cake, which I usually do in all white, but done here in an elegant silver and white theme:

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Red, Ivory and Gold is a very popular colour theme perennially. Here are 3 totally different cakes on the same theme:

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Here is a really pretty cake, very delicate and girly, that is very popular at the moment:

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
The Replica Wedding Cake went down well as follows from the lady who commissioned it:

"Hi Melanie,

Thank you so very much for the cake of course it was wonderful and they were both suitably speechless when they walked in and saw it!

Everybody said how fantastic it was and a lovely idea perhaps we could start a trend of Anniversary Wedding Cakes !

They were shocked and lots of people asked where it was made and I told them about your website so I hope you get a few more commissions from them.

Many thanks again Melanie a fantastic job !"