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Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This is a large chocolate cake with layers of sponge drizzled with orange juice and cointreau, filled with chocolate buttercream and orange curd (which I can only find at Waitrose now), and coated with chocolate buttercream. I have piped all round the edges of the tiers and made loops and swags. Then I bought local strawberries, dipped them in plain chocolate and filled the ledges all round the cake. The top has the bride and groom dressed in their dive gear modelled in sugar.

The whole thing made a wonderful dessert for the wedding reception meal.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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Charlotte and Hugh had their reception at Pontlands Park last Saturday. I loved their cake, which was a delicate shade of green with white embroidery, and the big bows gave it a wow factor. The bride and groom on a motorbike made it more personal and quirky. (This was not made by me.)

This is what the bride's mother had to say:

"Dear Melanie,
Just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful wedding cake. It looked amazing and tasted delicious. We had so many compliments and have passed your name on to several guests. It was really nice to see you again - I just wish I had more daughters to enjoy planning another wedding! (Although my husband may not agree!)
Best wishes,"



Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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Emma and Peter were married at The Belvedere last week. Their choice of cake was a stunner, with fresh white roses and lilac freesia between the tiers and their names piped n lilac icing on all the faces of the cake.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
I have done a couple of square offset stacked cakes recently. What this means is that instead of stacking the cakes on top of each other straight, they are twisted round, or offset. Have a look and see if you think they look right. Like whimsey cakes there is a fine line between the cakes looking quirky, or just as if the cake decorator had been on the sauce the night before.

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This cake had dots piped on the sides (a very popular decoration on wedding cakes at the moment). For the purposes of the photograph I placed some pink sugar roses on the cake, but at the venue (Pontlands Park) the florist used fresh pink peonies.

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This cake had 25mm aubergine ribbon round each tier, overlaid by a string of silver balls, with a fountain of handmade silver sugar hearts and stars, and silver beads, on silver wires on the top. The venue for this cake was Crondon Park.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was a very complex cake with many components and, as such, a very enjoyable challenge. The cakes were on sheets of glass rather than cake drums, with iced polystyrene blocks between the tiers. Each tier of cake was wrapped round four times with narrow chocolate brown ribbon and then icing dots were piped in the gaps between the ribbon. A cascade of sugar mango calla lilies and bear grass completed the cake.

This cake was delivered to Le Talbooth in Dedham last week. When the bride and groom returned the sheets of glass to me on the Sunday they were very complimentary. It was a real stunner of a cake.
Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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These are such fun birthday cakes, colourful and nostalgic. Sticking all those smarties on takes a long time though. If you are going to make one set aside at least 6 hours.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This is a classic looking cake with square glass vases supporting the tiers, and just three red sugar roses and bear grass decorating the tops. Sometimes a bride has a specimen flower inside the vases.

This was delivered and set up at Cromwell House a few weeks ago.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
I had a weekend a couple of weeks ago when I did three cakes which had fresh flowers between the tiers. Over the years I have developed a system of supporting the tiers so that it looks as though the cakes are held up by the flowers, while allowing the flowers to be in wet oasis so that they will stay fresh all day, or, indeed, for a few days.

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This cake had a wide satin ribbon round the base of each tier, large hand made white chocolate roses on the sides and large sweet avalanche roses between the tiers. The brides mother did the flowers as she took the cake several days before the wedding to the venue the other end of the country. I loaned her the support mechanism and explained how to use it.

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This cake had dainty little white sugar flowers on the sides. The flowers were provided by the florist and were vendella roses, gyp, freesias and other dainty, country type flowers, all in keeping with a beautiful country marquee wedding.

The bride was so pleased with this cake she put a comment on my googlemaps entry (unsolicited) and sent me a card saying:

"Dear Melanie

Thank you so much for our beautiful cake, it was so yummy it went so fast. It was perfect, just what we wanted. We will be back on all our cake needing occasions.

best wishes
Bex and Steve Clements"

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This cake had white chocolate cigarillos on the sides and vendella roses between the tiers. This was all chocolate inside.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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I had a brief of 'a cake for a girly girl who likes shopping, New York, shoes and chocolate'.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was a seriously chocolately cake, with a gooey fudgy chocolate cake, chocolate ganache/buttercream filling, and thick slabs of white chocolate round the outside, and white chocolate shards on the top.

Claire asked for lisianthus petals scattered over the cake, but when I visited various florists the day before there were none to be had, so I came home and made sugar ones for her. Better, really as now the whole cake was edible.

This was all made and delivered to Channels Golf Club, near Chelmsford, before the recent heat wave, so no problems with melting chocolate and gooey messes.

This is what Claire had to say:

"Dear Melanie

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the delicious wedding cake you supplied us with. We had no end of lovely comments and it was all gone by the following day. We'll definitely keep you in mind for the future. Thanks again!

Claire and Stuart"
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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Cadbury's Purple is a popular colour scheme at present. Chloe liked the chocolate and cream version of this cake that I made but wanted it in her colours.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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This is a very popular style of cake for a Golden Wedding. The cake is large (12") square and will therefore cut up into 144 x 1" fingers, and by the time a couple have reached their 50th anniversary they have usually accumulated a lot of friends and family who would like to celebrate with them, and the sugar spray of flowers can be kept as a memento.

This is also the second time I have made a golden wedding cake for a couple called 'Margaret and Stan' - obviously popular names at the time.

This is what they thought of it:

Thank you Melanie for the Golden wedding anniversary cake you did for my Mum & Dads 50th anniversary. Everyone said how lovely it looked & tasted beautiful, will be sure to recommend you to friends & family. John from Ongar.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Hi Melanie,

Just wanted to say a thank you for dad's cake it looked great and tasted even better ! Such a lovely cake ! Being a non gluten free eater I can honestly say it was delicious ! Thoroughly enjoyed it !

Plenty left over today too so I know what im having tonight !!

Thanks
Amy x

Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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A couple came to see me clutching an old Wilton book of wedding cakes, and when I saw it I thought 'lovely, it will be royal icing, and I can do royal icing'. I enjoy doing royal icing because I trained to do it when I did my City and Guilds, 15 years ago, and indeed at evening classes before that, and I want to keep my hand in, as it may well have a revival.

As it turned out the cake that the couple wanted was not royal icing, but pulled sugar, which is not something I trained to do. I explained this to the couple and rang my City and Guilds Teacher, with whom I am still in touch, and obtained the names of a couple of people she thought may be able to do pulled sugar for them. I gave the names to the couple, but also said if they had no luck finding someone to do pulled sugar I would make a cake that looked as close as possible to their picture, but using a different method.

A couple of weeks later they rang and said they would like me to do their cake. See the results above. I used a pasta roller to make the sugar really thin and brushed it with 'silver snow' dusting powder to get the sheen. I then put ruffles around the cake, and made bows and flowers as in the original picture.

This is what the bride and groom said about their cake:

Dear Melanie,

Thank you for the beautiful cake, it was all that we asked for and it tasted great too.

Thank you once again

Melissa and Duane x




Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was a birthday cake for a grown up Motor Racing fan. My husband informs me that the numbers on the cars are wrong and there is no such thing as a 44 on a Formula 1 car. I only put that because it was the age of the birthday 'boy'. And I made him the winner.