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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Birthday Cake for a Doctor.JPG

This was a 60th birthday cake for a doctor (hence the stethoscope), who also enjoys sailing and cricket. Hopefully the blue and white colour scheme brings all the elements together. My client was pleased:

'Dear Melanie,

Thank you so much for the amazing cake and for delivering it to Greenwoods. The cake was much admired and very light and tasty. The whole evening went perfectly and everyone had a really great time.

I was so glad that you were able to help us at short notice and am very grateful.

Best wishes,
Pam Davies'
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
2 tier wedding cake with sugar roses.JPG

This 2-tier cake I made for an intimate wedding at The Warren in Essex in September.

This is what the bride had to say:

"Dear Melanie,

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful wedding cake that you made for us it was perfect.

We had a fantastic day, even the weather held out so we had drinks on the lawn, I couldn’t complain about anything

It was all good.

Thank you once again.

Lin Wilson (Now Edwards)"

Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Silver and White Helterskelter Wedding Cake.JPG

This version of my helterskelter cake was made with sugar rather than chocolate icing and is thus rather more delicate looking. The white sugar roses had their edges dipped in edible silver glitter to add a bit of sparkle.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Hay Bale Wedding Cake.JPG

I made this cake in September for a couple who were having a barn dance for their wedding reception. It was a huge chocolate cake which they used for dessert.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This lovely photograph of one of my cakes was taken by Carmel Jane Photography at a wedding at Maidens Barn in Essex at the beginning of August.

I hadn't put it on my blog up to now because the photo I took was dark and dull, but when the bride and groom sent me a thank you letter with a photo of the cake I contacted the photographer and asked if I could use one of her photos. She very kindly sent me a choice of 3.

The cake itself was a 3-tier round cake, each tier 4" high, with a mixture of dark and milk Belgian chocolate cigarillos round the outside and a fuchsia pink ribbon. Summer fruits arranged on the top and ledges included raspberries, reddish pink grapes, blackberries and blueberries. There are no strawberries as I wanted to keep to a pink colour scheme and avoid red. There was an additional large cutting cake as the cake was used as dessert.

This is what the bride and groom said:

"Dear Melanie

Thank you so much for the amazing cake you made for our wedding. It looked incredible and tasted just as good. Everybody is still talking about it - and those who weren't there all said it looked delicious when they saw the photos ... we wish we could eat a cake like that everyday. It was perfect for chocoholics like us!

Viviane and Leigh"

Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
21st birthday cake for Chaz.JPG

Chaz's mum ordered this cake over the phone. He likes to keep fit, so she thought the fresh fruit on it would appeal to him. The chocolate cake appealed to the rest of the family.

This is what she said:

"The cake looked gorgeous and tasted fab, Chaz loved it. Thank you
very much.

Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Heart shaped cake.JPG

This was a heart shaped cake with white chocolate cigarillos, on an offset 3-tier cake stand with a posy of fresh blue and white flowers on each tier. In case anyone is concerned I ensure the flowers don't touch the cake by placing cellophane on the top of each tier before laying the flowers on. The flowers themselves are in a dish with wet oasis so they stay fresh all day, and beyond if the bride wishes to give the flowers away to guests.

This cake was for a wedding at Crondon Park in Essex in September.
Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Simple Birthday Cake.JPG

The brief for this cake was a sponge birthday cake with peach flowers. I made peachy pink carnations, peach roses, goldy orange berries and white blossoms all in sugar and put the spray together with rose leaves in a crescent shape. At the venue, Pontlands Park in Essex, I sprinkled orange sugar blossoms on it. There is an orange sugar ribbon round the side.

This is what the lady who ordered it said:

"Hello Melanie,

Just a line to say thank you for the lovely cake. We were very pleased when we saw it and everyone said how nice it looked. Also a bit later on, tasted as good as it looked.

Thank you once again.

Kind regards,
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Becky sent me some photos, and these words, about her cake:

"Hi Melanie,

Hope your well.

Just wanted to thank you for our beautiful wedding cake, everyone commented on how gorgeous and delicious it was!
My only regret is that i didnt have any more wedding cake to eat myself!

I have attached some pictures of us and our towering cake!

Once again many thanks

Cutting the cake.jpg

For more details about this cake see the article on 19th June 2010.

Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
love heart cake.JPG

Here we have another version of the love hearts cake. This one is heart shaped and stacked with two sugar 'love hearts' on top and a pair of tiny bridal bears. It was for a wedding reception at Maidens Barn in Essex in June.

The bride and groom sent me a lovely card with a picture of them having a fun time on honeymoon:

"Dear Melanie

Just wanted to say thank you for doing our Love Hearts Wedding Cake for Us.

Everyone really enjoyed seeing the cake when they arrived and eating it, of course.

Many thanks again
Jo and Ed"

12/10: Reunion Cake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
This is the first time I have ever made a reunion cake. The lady, Pat, who was organising the reunion, designed the cake and I put her design into practice. This is what she thought:

"Hello Melanie

Just wanted to say a huge thank-you once again for making the cake for our cousin's reunion. The design was exactly what I wanted and more. The family weren't aware that we were having a cake made, so it was very special, and a lovely surprise. Everyone commented on the design and quality of the cake. The chef made a good job of cutting it into portions, and my cousins all had a piece with a leaf on top with their name on.

If ever we need another special cake, I shall be in contact again.

Kind regards

Pat & Ted Parker"

And here it is:

Reunion Cake.JPG
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Rachel, who has had cakes from me before, e-mailed to ask if I would make her son's 18th birthday cake, but as he has always had a Marks and Spencer Caterpillar Cake, can I copy one of those for him. Well no, I couldn't just copy that, as it is a chocolate swiss roll with a face and a few smarties. So I said I would design my own, grown up caterpillar cake that involved my gooey chocolate orange cake, but also included smarties.

I made an 8" square chocolate cake and put white chocolate paste on top with a large milk chocolate 18. Then I made 3 caterpillars in the shape of the 18, from chocolate paste with smarties to decorate and a nice smiley face. I fenced the caterpillars in with milk and white chocolate cigarillos, and put the birthday boy's nickname on the front.

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top view caterpillar cake.JPG
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Bright Orange and Pink Wedding Cake.JPG
Bright Orange and Pink Wedding Cake

This was a very jolly wedding cake for a wedding reception in a marquee in Writtle in Essex last week. The marquee looked fabulous, very bright with all the orange and pink: flowers, sashes, table cloths, and, of course, cake. The sugar groom was a ittle worrying though, as he kept leaning on the bride.

The real bride was kind enough to let me know that all had gone well:

"Hi Melanie

Just a note to say thank you for our lovely wedding cake, it was just
what we wanted and the colours matched perfectly!!!

Thank you so much

Clare & Dan Wastell"
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
2tier hexagonal cake.JPG

This was a two-tier cake, for a smaller wedding, with hexagonal tiers and sprays of handmade sugar lilac and cream roses, lily of the valley and variegated ivy, which is trailing down from the top to bottom tier. The narrow lilac ribbon and piped beading around the base of the cake emphasises the haxagonal shape. It is dispayed on a two tier stand for height and impact.

This is what the bride thought:

"Hi Melanie the wedding was wonderful.

We were so pleased with the cake(s) they looked and tasted superb.

Best wishes Karen"
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
In the middle two weeks of September, I had a 15 year old girl, called Abigail, from Baddow School do work placement with me. For two weeks she lined the tins, mixed up the cakes, made up buttercream and royal icing, and made modelling paste and chocolate paste. By the end of two weeks she had learned enough to decorate her sister's wedding cake. She had made sugar butterflies and blossoms, and modelled pale pink sugar rose buds.

Her mother bought a Marks and Spencer cake, which I showed Abigail how to assemble, and then she decorated it, as below. I think it is gorgeous, what a fabulous end product for two weeks work experience and a wonderful wedding present for her sister.

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
And finally - here is a miniature cake with a gold and white sugar bow.

Sugar Bow on Miniature Cake.jpg
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I have just realised I have not yet put a picture of a standard sugar bow, the puffy type that used to be tied on the back of party dresses, but are now more commonly seen on the backs of chairs at weddings.

Blue bow on top of cake.jpg

Bow on Side of Cake.JPG

Done well these bows look gorgeous, and they are not hard to do, you just need to be a neat worker, and to understand how a bow is tied in reality.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Chocolate bow on Cake.jpg

Well this one is actually a chocolate bow on a chocolate wedding cake, with the ribbon tails falling all the way to the bottom of the cake.

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Lilac vintage bow with monogram.JPG

Vintage Bow.JPG

These are what I would call 'Vintage Bows'. They make me think of Audrey Hepburn's neat 1950's clothes, and are perfect for discreet and elegant cakes.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I thought I would write a little series on the kind of sugar bows you can make for cakes.

Below is a classic parcel bow, usualy made of floristry ribbon on bouquets, or bought ready-made to put on parcels. Here it is made of sugar - each loop has to be made separately and then dried round a cylinder (I use cardboard tubes such as those for kitchen roll or foil), and then assembled when firm.

Parcel bow on cake.JPG
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Wedding Cake with  Stargazer Lilies.JPG

This was a 3-tier wedding cake with hand made sugar stargazer lilies and crystals on filament, with piped icing champagne bubbles rising up the cake. This was made for a bride at Crondon Park, Essex, back in June.