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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
20121031-White chocolate cake with indigo-purple roses.JPG

Blues, purples and indigoes have been a very popular wedding colour scheme this year. I have made this particular style of cake (a white chocolate helterskelter of fans and chocolate roses) with many different coloured roses, pink, gold, dark red, green, milk chocolate, black and Cadbury's purple. This one was more blue than purple, very unusual, but the advantage of making chocolate roses, rather than using fresh flowers, is that you can match them to any colour scheme, even if unknown in nature.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
20121020-Christening cake from wedding cake top tier.JPG

It used to be a tradition for the top tier of the wedding cake to be used at the Christening of the first baby. It some instances this tradition continues. The top tier needs to be fruit cake and has to stored in a cool dry place, or it can be frozen but this is not necessary. The old icing and marzipan has to be removed and reapplied and then an appropriate decoration for a christening. In this case the 6" hexagonal top tier had teddies, blocks and butterflies.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
20121017-Heart shaped cake with glittery hearts.JPG

This was a large 3-tier heart shaped wedding cake, iced in white and sprayed with lustre dust for a shiny finish. The sugar hearts on the sides had white edible glitter and the purple hearts on the top had purple edible glitter. The bride was very pleased with it:

"Hi you did our wedding cake for us on 7th sept 12 and it was fab. Just would like some help on how to store our top tier fruit cake properly as we'd like to save it for our first born christening when we have them."

It is a tradition to keep the top tier of your wedding cake to use for the Christening of your first baby, and some couples still do so.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Karen came to me with a very specific idea of how she wanted her wedding cake. It had to be 3-tiers, with the bottom two tiers stacked and the top tier on pillars. A model bride was to be standing on top with the groom about to climb to the top using a ladder. There should be a drape from the top tier to the bottom with the bridesmaid, her daughter, sliding down the drape.

Then she wanted all the flowers she was to be going to have in her bouquet to be represented in two sprays on the cake, which included lily of the valley, purple roses, lilac and purple sweet peas, lisianthus, pink dendrobium orchids and a specific purple and cream viola. I had made all those flowers in sugar in the past, but some of them not for a long time, and certainly never all in the same spray.

Here is the finished result:

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and here is a close up of the bridesmaid sliding down the drape:

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This cake was for a wedding at Little Channels, near Chelmsford in Essex.
Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
I was asked to make a birthday cake for a chocoholic, but the design was left up to me. I decided to go to town, wrapping the cake with milk chocolate, and adding chocolate roses, chocolate cherry blossom and chocolate calla lilies, finishing with a chocolate plaque with name and age.

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
20121011-Round cake with roses between tiers.jpg

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A bride asked me for a quotation for a 3-tier round iced cake with fresh white roses between the tiers this morning. I had a look on my website and could not believe that I didn't have a picture of a round one in the iced wedding cake section. I have made dozens of cakes like this over the years of wedding cake making. I have even developed a special system so that the cakes are supported, leaving the centre free to put a dish of oasis so that the roses are in wet oasis all day, thus remaining fresh and crisp, not wilting and going floppy as the day goes on. I also like to be the one to supply the roses as I can get them a couple of days early and make sure they are open enough to completely fill the gap between the tiers. Certain varieties of rose are better at opening fully than others.

So here is a picture of one with pink roses. Also there are pictures of square cakes with roses between the tiers on my website.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
20121010-Dark green and ivory wedding cake.JPG

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This cake was for a particularly big wedding at Hedingham Castle. I was a bit dubious about the colour scheme when I started making the roses but in fact the finished cake looked stunning, very classy, the green was so dark in almost looked black in some pictures. The cute bride and groom gave it a little kitsch twist, standing at the foot of the cascade of roses.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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It was my Mum's 80th Birthday at the weekend so I used the opportunity to practice a new lace technique/product called Sugarveil. You pour a special icing into a very fine mould, scrape away the excess and allow it to firm up. When it is dryish it can be peeled out of the mould and used to wrap round cakes, make bows etc. It is very pretty and extremely realistic. The equipment is expensive, so I now need lots of orders to make it worthwhile having bought it.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
20121008-Autumn wedding cake.JPG

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I loved the colours of this wedding cake. It was, of course, chocolate cake insde with milk chocolate icing, and a cascade of autumnal coloured hand made chocolate roses. It looked beautiful at Down Hall on Saturday, among similarly coloured flower arrangements.

The bride was delighted and texted me to say:

"Hi Melanie, just want to say a massive thank you for our amazing cake... you're brilliant!! We had the best day of our lives and that beautiful, delicious cake was.. well.. the icing on the cake;) xx"
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
A bride this year especially requested red velvet wedding cake. Apart from having watched the scene in 'Steel Magnolias' where the groom's cake was a red velvet armadillo I knew nothing about it. I promised the bride I would try. It took 5 attempts/recipes until I was satisfied with the flavour, colour and texture. The flavour is very delicate, slightly chocolate, slightly vanilla with a little something introduced by the buttermilk. The colour should be red, but not too red, a reddy-brown is preferred by the connoisseur apparently. The texture is very light and soft.

This is what the finished cake looked like, just like an ordinary wedding cake (in so far as any of my wedding cakes are 'ordinary'), it is only when it is cut into the red velvet is revealed.

This was a very tall cake as the venue, Boreham House, has a vast marquee/pavillion and needs a tall cake to really stand out.

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