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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Melanie Ferris Cakes has a facebook page and I usually post the items I put on this blog on the facebook page as well. So if you like seeing the cakes I have made you could like the facebook page and then the cakes will come to you, you won't have to make a special point to come and look at this blog specifically.

http://www.facebook.com/MelanieFerrisCakes

I hope I got that right.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
This design is the most regularly requested Christening/Baptism cake I make. It is quite a large cake - 9" by 13" - but not as deep as the 3-4" of the more regular shaped cakes. It is very simple, so not as expensive as more elaborate designs, as the cost of a bespoke cake is mostly in the labour. However, it is prefect for a christening or confirmation cake, with the doves representing the Holy Spirit and just the name of the child, and sometimes the date.

Here it is in 3 different colour accents.

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And here is a more funky version for a confirmation cake, as the children were older, and didn't want it too babyish.

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
I enjoyed making this cake a couple of weeks ago. It was two fruit cakes stacked and carved to make the upside down flower pot shape, then marzipanned and then iced in grey sugarpaste round the sides and an orangey brown on top. Once I had put the detailing and handle on I sprayed it with edible lustre spray to give it a metallic finish, and used piping gel to make the 'beer' look liquid.

This client often 'spoils' her husband and had a special beer brewed for him, hence 'Fingers Jim', the name of the beer, and, as he enjoys Iron Maiden music, I also printed off some edible beer mats with images from his favourite tracks.

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
This was a lovely commission a couple of weeks ago. A son and daughter clubbed together to get Mum a 60th birthday cake, and wanted a 'Dalmatian' theme. So I made a square cake with white icing, covered it in black 'Dalmatian' patches and piped an inscription in red. They had wanted a red collar on the dog so I took this a bit further and instead of a ribbon made a red collar round the cake. I modelled a cute sugar 'Dalmatian' for Mum to keep.

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Category: Novelty Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
At one time the only cakes that babies had to celebrate their arrival were Christening Cakes. Now I do not only Christening/Baptism Cakes, but Naming Day Cakes, Baby Reveal Cakes and Baby Shower Cakes.

The cake below was for a baby shower, and was a lemon sponge cake made into a building block, iced in white with blue edging and Baby T on the front, with modelled pink sugar converse trainers. The blue and pink combination was because the new mum-to-be didn't yet know the gender of her baby.

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
And here is the other handbag birthday cake I made last week. Organised by her daughter in law, Ann loves black and pink together. It includes a sheaf of 3 pink sugar calla lilies that she can keep.

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
It was a two handbag birthday cake week, last week. This was the first one, a white handbag with indented quilting, sprayed with lustre dust so it had the leather sheen found on these handbags. It was for an 18th birthday. Laura's mum could afford a handbag cake for her daughter, but not the bag itself, she said. I also made a black version, a couple of years ago. This one was so loved that the recipient refused to cut it!

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
This was another wedding cake I made last week. The bride and groom wanted this unusual combination of white icing but with plain chocolate ganache dripping down each tier of cake, with chocolate dipped strawberries to decorate. It was for a wedding at Leez Priory on Friday.

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
This pretty 5-tier cake was for a wedding at Gosfield Hall this week. The cake itself was very simple, but the cascade of fresh flowers was eye catching. I have had to devise a method of keeping the flowers in place without any wires being inserted into the cake, and have come up with a system of attaching a 'sausage' of Mexican paste all the way down the cake and then attaching the flowers to that. The cake is usually displayed at the foot of a grand stair case at Gosfield Hall and so I climbed up and took an 'arty' photo from above as well.

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
And here is another birthday cake with sweets on that I made a couple of weeks ago. This was in the colours of the recipients favourite football team. So now I have a 3kg bag of chocolate beans with very few red, blue or yellow!

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Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
A few weeks ago I was asked to make 4 year old Lilith a sweetie birthday cake, by her doting granny. What a lovely commission. I so enjoyed trawling the shelves for sweets that would be suitable to go on a young child's cake, soft ones that would be to a child's taste, so no liquorice or humbugs, but lots of marsh mallows, jelly babies and foamy bananas. I then spent a lovely hour or two arranging them in patterns on the cake. The smell was amazing. To note the age and name of the child I made a sugar lollipop which I stuck in the top of the cake.

I had a lovely card from granny:

"Again you surpassed our expectations, Lili adored it and was very excited about the lollipop which she skipped away with after the party. The amazing achievement was that your creation was so relaxed and informal - just the right effect... until next time..."

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
This was the second butterfly cake from last week. This had the Martha Stewart style Monarch butterflies, but in 2 colours of purple, and ivory, to match the wedding colour scheme. The butterflies were placed at random on the cake and from the top they fluttered on silver wires. This was for a wedding at Greenwoods in Stock, on Saturday.

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