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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This 3-tier wedding cake was for a wedding at Crondon Park a couple of weeks ago. It has a double strand of moulded pearls on the middle tier, rising champagne bubbles piped on the top and bottom tiers, and fresh flowers in a country garden/vintage theme between the bottom and middle tiers and on the top.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Debenhams are having a Wedding Fair on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September - this weekend. I will be there on Saturday showing some model cakes, and Lucy Waller will be there on Sunday. So if you want to taste some cake, see some designs and discuss your dream cake come along.

On Sunday, Stock Brook Manor are having an open day and I will be showing one of my models there.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
An article about the Essex Record Office 75th anniversary was in the Essex Chronicle this week, including a picture of the Chairman of the Essex County Council, Kay Twitchen, cutting my cake.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This cake, which I made a few weeks ago, was a design based on the bride's dress. The edge of the dress was made up of scalloped embroidered lace, as I have piped on three of the tiers, and then appliqued with a floral lace design, incorporating crystals. The high waist had a triple loop, flat, satin bow. The dress was gorgeous, as I hope you will think the cake was too. It was for a wedding at Ye Olde Plough House at Bulphan, Essex.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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I have refurbished one of my show cakes for the Wedding Open Days coming up. This 4-tier square cake has a 5-row band of diamante round the base of each tier and three large red roses. Quite an eye-catcher.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
Last week my cake orders were a mixed bunch: two 50th birthday cakes, one elegant, girly one, and the other a massive 2-tier chocolate indulgence; a large corporate cake with cutting cake; and a 3-tier wedding cake with fresh flowers and sugar pearls.

This is the corporate cake: the Essex Record Office were holding their 75th anniversary celebrations on Saturday and were offering cake to the first 75 takers. I cut out their logo in sugar and stuck it on the top and put a plain blue sugar ribbon round the side.

The lady who ordered it was very pleased and sent me this message:

Dear Melanie,
Thank you so much for the wonderful cakes you supplied for our 75th Anniversary event at the Essex Record Office last Saturday – not only did the big cake look amazing but it tasted good too. A photographer was here from the Chronicle recording the cutting of the cake by the Chairman of the ECC, Councillor Twitchen, Lord Petre and our Archive Services Manager, Stephen Dixon so maybe a photo will appear in their next issue.
Kind regards,
Sarah

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Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
This Sunday, 22nd September from 11 to 5 I will be at Crondon Park showing my cakes and offering tastings, if anyone would like to come for an informal meeting. The venue will be dressed as for a wedding so you can see what it looks like and their other recommended suppliers will also be there for you to get ideas of designs and prices.

This is the new dummy cake I have made to display, but I will have a chocolate helter-skelter and a drape cake for you to see as well.

Lace and Pearls Wedding Cake

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was another big cake I made for a wedding at Newland Hall recently. Five square tiers (although the bottom tier was a dummy), white iced, with large white roses all over and extra petals as though some of the roses were so blowsy they had shattered. The bride loved the size of it, a real centrepiece for the room.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was the second wedding cake I made after returning from holiday. The roses were made of chocolate paste, which works better than sugarpaste as it doesn't crack round the edges, and can be made finer and is more malleable, as long as the weather is not too hot so they don't firm up!

The bright red is an unusual choice, but stunning. It was for a wedding at Channels in Essex.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
The first wedding cake I made after I returned from my holiday was a massive 6-tier white chocolate cake with white chocolate wraps, fans and shimmery white chocolate roses. In order to personalise the cake the bride and groom asked me to make two pairs of shoes to represent them. The bride is renowned for wearing really high platform shoes and the groom for wearing timberland boots. I made little sugar models of these which were placed at the foot of the cake, where I would normally put a modelled bride and groom if requested with this design of cake. The cake was about 30" high, and with the huge cake stand that they hired from Amanda Macleod must have been 36". I could barely lift the cake and Newland Hall had to lend me a 'man' to carry it!

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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
Since returning from my holiday mid August there have been non-stop wedding cakes. This week I finally have time to breathe and show you this cake, which is very pretty and delicate but with a lots of elements.

It is 4-tier, iced in ivory sugarpaste and then with a band of the same colour stencilled in a swirly pattern with white royal icing. I took great care to ensure that the patterns lined up through the centre of the front of the cake, having to strip the stencilling off twice when it was not perfect. Then sugar ribbon went round the bottom and 2nd from top tiers and a flat bow with a pearl and diamante brooch in the centre of each bow. On the top was a diamante spray with the initials of the bride and groom.

Because of the subtlety of the colour scheme the cake looked really delicate and understated.

The bride sent me an e-mail:

"Hello Melanie

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our wedding cake, it looked amazing and tasted amazing as well!
I was very happy when Stock Brook told me the bottom tier had not been touched so I could take it home

I certainly will recommend you to all my friends in the future

best regards
Philippa"

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