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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
It sometimes seems to me that wedding cakes are like buses: you don't make a particular style for ages and then two or three come along in quick succession. So last week and this week I am making cakes covered in butterflies.

This one was designed by the bride, based on a cake that originally had blossoms on it. The bottom tier is densely covered in sugar butterflies in a dark red, and as they rise up the cake both the colour becomes less intense and the number of butterflies. I think it is really effective.

This was for a wedding at Crondon Park, in Stock, Essex on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Last week was a 3 wedding cake week, all of them quite complex and detailed. This was perhaps the simplest, but not the least time consuming and all the brushing out of the royal icing for this technique took several hours. This was for a wedding at Greenwoods in Stock on Sunday and the all white cake was a very considered contrast to the guests in their gorgeous bright coloured and glittering saris.

The topper was provided by the bride and groom and was ingenious. They are made separately but when stood together the bride's arm goes round the groom's neck and the groom's hands round her waist, making it impossible for the groom to fall over. A great relief to a cake maker.

I also made a large eggless cutting cake for this wedding, as well as a tray of cup cakes. I think they had every flavour that I make.

It was gorgeous weather on Sunday and I hope they had a wonderful day all round.

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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This is the display of cakes I had at the Greenwoods wedding fayre last Sunday. This weekend is the Hoop Beer Festival and there are hundreds of young couples enjoying the beer and sunshine sitting on the grass over the road from my shop window. Unfortunately these cakes are not in my window as they are on loan to shops in central Chelmsford, including Samuels, who are having a 'wedding weekend'. Never mind, next year I will have a good window display during the festival, and let's hope the weather is as good. Last year it was rainy and no one sat on the grass.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This is the display cake I made for yesterday's wedding fair at Greenwoods in Stock, Essex. It is a 3-tier cake with the top and bottom tier iced in a pale aqua and the middle tier in ivory. The bottom tier has ivory stripes , the middle tier has a pair of appliqued love birds and the top tier has piped embroidered roses in pink and white. The bird cage on top is a lantern, but I have put some sugar butterflies on it.

The cake received a lot of interest at the show, as bird cage table centres and butterflies are very popular at present as a wedding theme.

It is not in my window at the moment as it is on loan, together with two other display cakes, in the window of 'As You Like It', a smart coffee and sandwich shop in Duke Street in Chelmsford. So if you would like to see it do pop along there.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
On Sunday I will be spending the day at Greenwoods Hotel in Stock, where they have a wedding fair from 10.30 to 3.30. I am working on a new display cake, which involves the design features current at present, vintage, bird cages, butterflies and Cath Kidson style colours. I will post a picture on my blog when it is finished, but if, in the meantime, you want to come and see some of my display cakes, meet me, taste my cake, and look at my portfolios come and see me at Greenwoods on Sunday.