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Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This pink and white cake was for a wedding at Crondon Park last weekend. Only the bottom tier was cake, the rest was a dummy inside, making it light enough to stand on a china pedestal stand.
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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Inspired by my button competition entry I decided to make a new display cake with a theme of buttons. In fact this cake is made up of 4 different tiers, with designs that might be found on a bridal gown. So pearl buttons on the base tier, ribbon roses covering the next tier, pearls on the next and applique embroidery on the top tier. A truly 'haberdashering' cake! Keeping the whole thing in pure white kept cohesion of design. It's in my display window at the moment and I am thrilled with it.
Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
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This was my entry for the Chelmsford Sugarcraft Guild in-house competition last night. The theme was buttons. It is all edible and made of sugar, including the buttons and the tin, which is 8" in diameter. It came joint first in the master class, and jointly won the best in show trophy with Georgie Godbold. I now have to decide what to do with it. If I put it in the shop window the blue will fade really quickly, so I will probably have to enjoy it privately...
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This dear little cake was a first anniversary gift from the groom to his bride. The blue roses were a reflection of those that were on their wedding cake the year before. How romantic is that!
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This pretty wedding cake was for a wedding at Gosfield Hall last Sunday. The two tones of sugar roses matched the organza of the chair bows and shimmered with a pearl lustre. The cake was vanilla sponge, chocolate cake and lemon flavours. There was lovely sunshine that day so I hope the bride and groom had a wonderful day.
Category: Chocolate Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This chocolate and summer fruit feast was for a celebration at Gosfield Golf and Country Club last Saturday. As well as having the wow factor for a photographic opportunity, it was also perfect for dessert, with plain and milk chocolate cigarillos round the sides and a selection of summer berries heaped on the top of each tier, and underneath that three layers of chocolate cake, drizzled with Cointreau and orange, sandwiched with chocolate ganache and orange curd and coated with chocolate buttercream
Category: Wedding Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This is a wedding cake I made for a couple at Stock Brook Manor in Essex on Sunday. Five tiers of cake in vanilla sponge and carrot cake with a sugar drape caught up on each tier with a spray of handmade yellow sugar roses. A little model bride and groom at the base, and can you spot the barn owl hiding in the foliage on the bottom tier. They had a barn owl deliver the rings to them at the ceremony.

I had this e-mail from Maddy:

Hi Melanie,

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the beautiful cake you provided for us at Stock Brook Manor. Absolutely everyone commented on how lovely it tasted!!

Love from Maddy & Chris Fredriksen xxxx

04/05: Sugar Shoes

Category: General
Posted by: Melanie
I was just thinking about all the different pairs of shoes I have made to decorate cakes, or sometimes shoes that are cakes. I once made a tramp's boot wedding cake (it's a long story). Here are some of them that I could find pictures of:

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Wellington Boots with woolly inserts for 40th birthday

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Timberland Boots for the base of a Wedding Cake

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Platform shoes for the base of a wedding cake

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Pink stilettoes for a 60th birthday

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Baby Converse trainers in pink for a baby shower

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Open toed pink stiletto as part of many items on a 60th birthday cake

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Silver glittery shoes that matched the party invitation

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White maryjane booties on a Christening cake

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Blue converse trainers and pink maryjanes on a baby reveal cake

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Pink ballet shoes
Category: Birthday Cakes
Posted by: Melanie
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This was a 60th Birthday cake for John, a GP, hence the stethoscope and big blue '60'. His interests are WW2 aeroplanes, walking and reading, which were represented with stencils and models on the side of the cake.

His wife e-mailed me with:

'Dear Melanie,
Thank you so much for my husband's birthday cake. It looked and tasted perfect and was much admired.
Best wishes'