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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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The purple roses on this cake were made of chocolate paste, as I find chocolate paste takes colour very well, doesn't harden like sugarpaste and the edges of the petals stay smooth however fine they are smoothed. Also I think chocolate paste tastes better than sugarpaste.

It was an impressive 5-tier cake, standing about 2 foot high, all in chocolate cake apart from the bottom tier, which was fruit cake. The second tier down was an eggless chocoate cake, from a BBC recipe that I found years ago, and is as delicious as my usual chocolate cake. It matched the purples in the marquee at Newland Hall, near Chelmsford in Essex, which looked beautiful with dark purple chair sashes and purple butterfly place names.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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I made a batch of Rocky Road yesterday for a Sugarcraft Guild Committee meeting. This was what was left, much to my daughter's relief.

I have been wondering whether to add Rocky Road, or Chocolate Biscuit Cake, to the flavours of wedding cake I offer. Only an option, I think, for a tiny top tier, as it is so rich. But if Prince William can have a whole groom's cake made of it, why shouldn't Essex grooms be allowed a little too.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This is the other wedding cake that I made last week and delivered and set up on Friday. It was for a reception at Boreham House, Boreham in Essex.

This is a very popular cake design, understated and classic, 4-tiers of cake, some fruit, some sponge, with ivory icing and a sugar ivory drape dropping from tier to tier, caught up on the ledges of each tier with a spray of sugar ivory roses, rose leaves and gold berries.

This is what the bride e-mailed me:

"Hi Melanie

Your cake was absolutely beautiful. Thank you sooo much for helping make our wedding reception a success."


Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was an unusual cake that I made for a wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex this week. The wedding had a lovely vintage feel with the flowers in teapots and china vases, in pinks and ivories.

The cake itself had sugar lace in a wide strip sweeping down the front and back, and two specimen sugar roses, lightly coloured in pink at the edge of the petals.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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How about something like this to cheer up a bleak March day like today? Actually it was for a wedding in February, at Crondon Park in Stock in Essex. But the same thought applies: a wedding cake like this would put a smile on many a guest's face.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was for a very large wedding at Leez Priory in Essex at the weekend. There were 5 tiers of cake and one dummy tier, the cake being a mixture of fruit cake, and vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and raspberry puree. The cake is iced in ivory sugarpaste and decorated with a cascade of large, handmade cream coloured chocolate and sugar roses.

The bride was at the venue when I delivered and set it up and was delighted with it. She rang me later and said it tasted wonderful too.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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Hexagonal is a shape that is often chosen for anniversary cakes, and I have made many hexagonal golden wedding cakes. This one was for a ruby, or 40th, wedding anniversary.

It has a spray of handmade, lifelike red freesias, roses, little blossoms and berries in sugar on the top, together with an inscription. On the sides are royal iced rose buds in a pinky red/ruby colour.

Although the weather was awful on Sunday I hope the couple had a lovely cosy time indoors with their friends and family, celebrating this milestone in their married life.

I had this e-mail today:

"Dear Melanie,

This is just to say a huge, "Thank-You", for the excellent cake you made us for our Ruby Wedding on March 17th.

The cake itself was delicious and the icing and decoration were superb.

Many thanks once again."
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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I did a workshop for the Chelmsford Sugarcraft Guild Cygnets Group on Saturday. They are working on a theme of Superstition at present, so we made magpies and black cats. These are the ones I took as examples. Everyone of the children produced a very creditable magpie and cat, and they were all different. They are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of helpers.

14/03: Iolanthe Cake

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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This was also a 'first'. This cake was requested to celebrate the life of the client's mother. It was, of necessity, a really short notice commission. The lady had been a Gilbert and Sullivan singer and had been particularly good in Iolanthe. I researched the Operetta and discovered that Iolanthe was a fairy who fell in love with a mortal and was banished fom the land of fairies. There were frogs involved too, so I made a stout (opera singing) fairy, sitting on a lily pad, with a tiny frog in her hand and a large frog sitting next to her.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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This is the first Welcome Home cake I have made. Not, as you may think, for a son returning to the nest after military service, or a child coming back after university, but a husband to his wife because they are moving back to the place she came from and always wanted to return to.

It is a 10" square cake with a bas relief sugar champagne bottle with hand painted label, sugar curly streamers, and stencilled applique champagne bottles on the side. The 45 represents the number of the house they are moving to.

And the place they are returning to... Writtle in Essex; a delightful, traditional, village with green and duckpond.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This 6-tier version of my helterskelter cake is iced in sugar rather than white chocolate, which is necessary when the wedding theme is white rather than ivory. The handmade sugar roses are edged in edible silver glitter. It is a very impressive cake, with the base cake drum being 18" across and therefore just fitting on my largest silver display stand and standing nearly 30" high. Because of its size the bottom two tiers are 'fake' inside as there is no way I could lift it if it were all cake.

This was for a wedding at Stock Brook Manor, in Essex.