Your Wedding Cake Consultation with Caked

It's a busy time in the Caked Kitchen! Wedding season hasn't officially started yet, but lots of couples are now at the stage of planning all the extras for their day, and most importantly their wedding cake.

A consultation is a great opportunity to talk in detail about your wedding cake. We'll talk about all the aspects of your wedding - your flowers, your wedding breakfast, your schedule for the day - all the details that can affect the cake. You'll be able to flick through some magazines and my portfolio for inspiration. You can even bring along your invitations and dress swatches.

I'll be able to advise how much cake is needed, where the cake should be displayed, and all the other details for your big day. 

All of this over a cup of tea and plenty of cake to taste. It's one of my favourite parts of cake designing! 

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Together we'll come to a design you love. This may not be at your consultation, but I will keep designing until you have your dream wedding cake.

Contact Caked to book your wedding consultation! Consultations are a complimentary part of your wedding cake booking - there is a £25 charge but this is deducted from your order at time of booking. 

Caked Teas - Afternoon Tea brought to you

I'm so excited to launch Caked Teas!

Afternoon tea is a special way to celebrate all sorts of celebrations - hen parties, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries...

But sometimes, it may not be convenient to visit a luxury hotel. Or you might want to be a little louder than you could be in a stylish establishment. Whatever your reason for preferring to stay at home for your celebration, there's no reason to compromise on your afternoon tea.

Introducing Caked Teas!

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A traditional afternoon tea brought straight to your home. A selection of dainty finger sandwiches, plain or fruit scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of delicious patisserie-style cakes, delicate petit fours, and of course a selection of TeaPig teas. Everything you need to enjoy the perfect afternoon tea.

Click here to find out everything you need to know, or contact Claire at Caked to start planning your tea party!

 

Afternoon Tea - A Brief History Part 2

Afternoon tea should be provided, fresh supplies, with thin bread-and-butter, fancy pastries, cakes, etc., being brought in as other guests arrive.” 
― Isabella BeetonMrs Beeton's Book of Household Management

The practice of taking tea in the afternoon was established, but it was a while before hotels such as Claridges and the Ritz started to offer afternoon teas.

The Langham is credited with being the first hotel in London to offer afternoon tea, opening its doors in 1865. Other hotels did not follow suit until the 1920s.

Whilst gentlemen retreated to clubs, tea rooms offered a place where ladies could meet to take tea and gossip. They were also one of the few places young single women could be seen un-chaperoned. In later years, music was added and so began the age of tea dances, which remained popular up until World War II.

These days, the full afternoon tea experience is a treat reserved for special occasions. Luxury hotels offer a wide range of rare teas and sumptuous cakes and desserts, though sadly no dancing! The cakes have become more elaborate and innovative and, more recently, themed teas have emerged, for example Mad Hatter Tea Parties and Gentlemen’s Teas.

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Afternoon tea has come a long way from its humble beginnings of a small snack between meals. In the next couple of weeks Caked will be launching Caked Teas – afternoon tea brought to your home or event. More information coming very soon!

Friday Flavours - Vanilla Salted Caramel

Salted caramel as a flavour has been a buzz word of the food industry for a few years now. Unlike other trends that may have had their moment (I'm looking at you Cupcakes, Cronuts and Duffins!), salted caramel has proved it is no passing gimmick. 

And there is good reason for that. It just works. 

Cake is sweet, and when you fill or top it with more sweetness from rich buttercream, it can be a little too much for some palates. But with a swirl of salted caramel drizzled on top, or a spoonful (or several!) whipped into buttercream, that saltiness cuts through all those sweet flavours perfectly. 

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Which is why my Vanilla Salted Caramel is one of my most popular flavours. If you're more of a savoury person, or you're not keen on overly sweet flavours, this one is for you! At Caked, I use a homemade salted caramel to swirl into the buttercream, it's delicious!

Caked is now fully booked until end of May 2018, but there are still limited dates available for June onwards. Contact Claire at Caked to book your wedding consultation and taste some of the featured Friday Flavours.

Afternoon Tea - A Brief History - Part 1

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
Henry James

In a couple of weeks, Caked will be launching a brand new afternoon tea service, and in anticipation I’ll be looking into the etiquette, trends and history of this most British of traditions.

We think of tea as the national drink, but in fact before the 1700s coffee was the favoured hot beverage of the English. It was in coffee shops, not tea rooms or pubs, that people would gather.

When tea arrived on these shores it was seen as a rare medicinal drink, until trade with India brought down the price and turned drinking tea into a sign of class and respectability. But the idea of afternoon tea as a meal didn’t begin until the 1800s.

Surprisingly, we have the increased prominence of affordable gaslight to thank for this. As it became cheaper to light homes, the time of dinner moved fashionably later. This was at a time when it was normal to only have two main meals in the day – breakfast and dinner.

Afternoon tea itself is attributed to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. It is said that because of this later dinnertime, she would get “a sinking feeling” in the afternoon. And so she requested a tray of tea, bread and butter and cakes delivered to her room at 4 o’clock, to see her through to dinner. After some time, Anna started inviting friends to join her for tea in the drawing room of her home at Woburn Abbey.

Eventually this became a widely adopted social event. Every afternoon, upper-class ladies would change into their finery and attend tea, which consisted of dainty sandwiches and small morsels of cake served with Indian or Ceylon varieties served in bone china cups.

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I’ll be continuing this history in my next post, when I’ll be looking at how hotels adopted afternoon tea and turned it into the decadent and elaborate ritual we know today.

And look out for more information coming soon on Caked Teas!

Coming Soon - Caked Teas!

Exciting times at Caked HQ! Next month I will be launching a brand new branch of Caked - Caked Teas!

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Caked Teas will offer the luxury of afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home. Celebrate a special occasion with a full afternoon tea delivered straight to your door - perfect for hen parties, baby showers, birthday celebrations and anniversaries. 

With a full selection of sandwiches, scones, delicious cakes and petit fours, Caked Teas is the perfect way to celebrate in style.

Caked Teas is launching in April - more information to follow soon!

www.cakedpatisserie.co.uk/caked-teas

Chosen Wedding Fair - Sunday 25th March 2018

Caked will back at the Chosen Wedding Fair this Spring!

Come along on Sunday 25th March to meet some amazing wedding suppliers - Chosen Weddings hand-selects interesting and innovating suppliers, from photographers, stationers, make-up artists, and of course wedding cakes!

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Be sure to stop by Caked to see my latest designs and taste some delicious treats.

The Chosen Wedding Fair will be at the Islington Assembly Hall from 11am - 4pm. Visit www.chosenwedding.com to book your tickets, tickets are just £4. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday Flavours - Lemon & Lavender

This was one of the very first flavours on my cake menu, so it has a special place in my heart.

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Developed for the very first wedding cake I ever made, my good friends Matt & Ari had lavender as the main theme of their wedding. They specifically wanted lemon cake, but when I added the lavender twist, they were sold. Their buttercream wedding cake was decorated with crystallised lavender around each tier.

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With the floral twist, Lemon & Lavender is particularly popular for summer weddings. A super zesty lemon & lavender syrup soaks through the fluffy lemon sponge, with an equally zingy buttercream, it makes a perfectly light cake for serving after a large meal.

As one of my signature flavours, Lemon & Lavender is included in most consultations. If you're keen to taste it for your wedding day, contact Claire at Caked to arrange your wedding consultation. Dates still available for Summer 2018!

 

2018 Wedding Cake Trends? Go With What You Love!

The wedding industry is shaped around trends, and they are there for a reason. Essentially they are a round-up of what is popular at a given time. 

But when planning your wedding, I think it's so much more important to think about what YOU want. Don't worry about what all the wedding mags and blogs are telling you you should be doing. Pick the things you like and go with it.

In fact, the biggest "trend" I've seen recently is a complete lack of theme. Couples seem to be picking what they want because they love it, rather than sticking to a particular colour scheme or look.

That said, it is useful to know what is popular, even if it's just for inspiration. Rather than grandly announcing the 2018 wedding cake trends you "should" be following, I will simply share some elements of wedding cake design that I'm loving at the moment.

I love metallics. Anything gold, copper, bronze, pewter. The shinier the better.

I love natural-looking flowers (whether fresh or sugar). Wild, whimsical, traditional English country garden-style flowers trailing and wafting.

I'm loving a bit of texture, particularly in the same colours. You'll be seeing a lot of white on white bas relief detail from me this year.

I still love marbling, maybe with some brighter colours involved.

And finally, I'm close to loving painted cakes - it's a work in progress!

My final thought on 2018 wedding cake trends? Go with what you love and will make you happy on your big day!

Contact Claire to arrange your wedding cake consultation. There are still dates for Summer 2018 available!

Friday Flavours - Chocolate Oreo

This one's a must for any chocolate lover!

Chocolate Oreo is another popular flavour for weddings. Layers of rich fudgy chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream and crushed Oreos. 

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If you're serving your cake as dessert (a great way to save some pennies and make sure everyone tries the cake!), this is a great choice as it's a little richer than other flavours. It's almost more like a brownie than a cake!

If you're keen to try this flavour and more, book a consultation for your wedding cake with Claire. Click here to get in touch.

Friday Flavours - Spice Apple & Chai

This is one of my all time favourite cakes, and it's fast becoming a favourite with Caked customers too!

I created Spiced Apple & Chai when the lovely Rebecca & Nick asked me to create a bespoke flavour for their autumnal woodland wedding last October. After much experimentation with apples, blackberries, toffee and much more, they fell in love with the sweet and warming spiced apple.

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The light gently spiced apple sponge is soaked with a warming spiced syrup, and perfectly complimented with a fluffy chai buttercream. It's different, comforting but most importantly, absolutely delicious!

Contact Claire at Caked to book your wedding cake consultation now! 2018 Summer dates are fast filling up so be sure to book soon!

Friday Flavours - St Clement's

January is dragging on, so I think it's the perfect time to introduce a brand new flavour - St Clement's!

This one packs a super citrussy punch, and would be a perfect choice when serving cake after dinner.

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With an orange and lemon almond sponge, soaked in a citrus syrup and accompanied by a yuzu buttercream, this cake will definitely get the tastebuds going.

Get in touch if you fancy trying the new flavour, along with my best-selling flavours like Red Velvet and White Chocolate & Raspberry. Contact Claire at Caked to book your wedding cake consultation now!

Friday Flavours - Red Velvet

Welcome to Friday Flavours!

Each Friday I'll be showcasing one of my signature cake flavours, and introducing some new ones along the way.

To start things off, I can't think of anything more fitting than one of my bestselling flavours - Red Velvet.

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I always find it difficult to describe the taste of Red Velvet. It's an oil-based cake, so not as rich as a cake made with butter. But there's a creaminess to it, a hint of chocolate, and for want of a better word, it's deliciously moist.

No one quite knows the origin of Red Velvet, but it first appeared in America in the 1920's. Many claim to be the inventor of the cake - including the Waldorf Astoria in New York! - but it's generally thought to be a Southern-style cake.

What is certain though is the clear resurgence in recent years, not just in America but worldwide. There are many different recipes, mine took over a year to perfect. I pair mine with white chocolate buttercream, an ideal companion especially for wedding cakes.

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So if you're looking for a show-stopping wedding cake, Red Velvet could be for you. I include Red Velvet in all my consultations so if you're keen to try, book in your wedding consultation now!

Click here to book your consultation with Claire and taste Red Velvet for yourself.

Happy New Year from Caked!

As 2017 comes to a close, I feel an enormous sense of pride looking back over the past year. My little business that started in 2016 has grown so much, and I have huge plans for the next 12 months. Here's a look back at some of the highlights from Caked's 2017...

Weddings

I love a wedding! I had the privilege of making wedding cakes for lots of beautiful couples this year, including a 7 tier showstopper and a Game of Thrones inspired cake complete with sugar dragon on top. Semi-naked cakes were super popular, a trend which looks set to continue for 2018. Here are just a few from this year.

Wedding Fairs

Fairs are a great opportunity to meet suppliers and find inspiration for your big day. I love meeting couples and it allows me to showcase new designs (I always add a slightly daring one in there!)

Next year I'll be at the Chosen Wedding Fair at Islington Town Hall in March, plus more to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more information!

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Celebrations

Any celebration needs a cake, and I'm always happy to help. From children's birthdays to anniversaries, a cake will add a sweet touch to any party. Here are some of my favourites from this year!

Classes

I held my very first Caked workshop earlier this year to help raise money for Christians Against Poverty with the lovely Kathryn Thomas. Students learned to make chocolate truffles and decorate Easter biscuits. It was a great day!

2018

Next year is already looking busy for Caked, and I can't wait to get started! Thank you to all my wonderful clients this year. I feel extremely lucky to get to work with such lovely people and help them celebrate all the important moments in their lives. 

Happy New Year everyone!

If you're getting married this year get in touch to talk about your wedding cake! Click here to arrange a consultation with Claire, or to ask about your next celebration.

Christmas is here!

Caked's 2017 Christmas cake menu is here!

This year there are two special treats available. First are my mini cakes in three delicious festive flavours:

Festive Red Velvet - layers of red velvet sponge with white chocolate buttercream

Chocolate Orange - layers of deliciously rich chocolate mud cake with chocolate orange buttercream

Speculaas - layers of vanilla sponge with speculaas flavoured buttercream (spiced biscuit!)

Each cake is decorated with a sugar Christmas decoration.

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As always these are available in boxes of 6 or 12, and you can choose one flavour or a mixed box if you can't decide.

For an extra special gift, go for a beautiful box of decorated Christmas cookies. Available in chocolate or gingerbread, and decorated in Classic Christmas or Gold Christmas. 

More information on all of these Christmassy treats is available here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Wedding Is Coming...

Last weekend I had the privilege of making a cake for a Game of Thrones inspired wedding. It was truly amazing!

I met Steve & Julie this time last year, and we immediately clicked through our mutual love of the TV show. They began telling me all about their plans for their wedding and I started imagining all the amazing potential cakes in my head. They decided on a semi-naked cake decorated with fresh flowers and dragon eggs, and a sugar dragon on top!

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The sugar dragon (Drogon, of course!) was a delicate balance of ferocious and wedding-appropriate prettiness - I thought he was adorable anyway! Once his wings were in place, he provided the perfect show-stopping topper to their cake.

Steve & Julie chose three flavours for their wedding cake - White Chocolate & Raspberry, Lemon & Lavender, and Chocolate Salted Caramel.

They included just the right amount of Game of Thrones details in their big day. Bisham Abbey provided the perfect backdrop, complete with a towering Christmas tree. Tables were themed by Game of Thrones houses, banners adorned the walls, and the happy couple even cut the cake with swords.

A stunning wedding! Congratulations to Steve and Julie!

Flowers provided by The Garden Room, check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/thegardenroomflowers/

2018 dates are already getting booked up quickly! To avoid disappointment contact Caked here to book your consultation.

Woodland Wedding

Last weekend I had the pleasure of making a beautiful autumnal woodland-themed wedding cake for the lovely Nick & Rebecca.

They celebrated their wedding day at the atmospheric Grim's Dyke Hotel in North London, the perfect setting for their theme with its wooden panel interior and ancient woodland surrounds.

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Nick & Rebecca wanted their theme to carry through to their cake, and I loved playing around with the design to achieve this. They decided on a fondant-covered cake decorated with burlap ribbon, sugar roses, oak leaves, acorns and pine cones. I even convinced them to include gold-painted animal figurines (which I have since fallen in love with and would include on all future wedding cakes if I could!).

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The autumnal theme didn't stop with the decoration. Nick & Rebecca asked me to develop a bespoke autumn inspired flavour for the top tier. After some experimentation with apples, blackberries and salted caramel, they opted for a delicious spiced apple cake with chai buttercream (which has proved such a hit it is now a mainstay on my menu!).

As well as the Spiced Apple & Chai, they had White Chocolate & Raspberry, and Chocolate Oreo.

Finally, how cute were their wooden squirrel toppers (complete with sugar acorns nestled between them!)?

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Huge congratulations to the happy couple!

Caked is taking bookings for 2018! To book your consultation with Claire click here. Don't leave it too late for summer dates!

 

Beautiful Buttercream & Gold Wedding Cake

I love it when clients share photos of their wedding day with me!

Ste & Aimee's wedding day was back in August, and I couldn't resist sharing their cake in all its glory. This was one of my favourite cakes of this year, and the moody backdrop of St Bart's Brewery in Farringdon added a whole new dimension. The flowers, the buttercream, the gold...such a gorgeous cake to work on.

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Their cake was made up of two tiers of white chocolate sponge with white chocolate & raspberry buttercream and one tier of chocolate mud cake with white chocolate & oreo crush buttercream.

The stunning flowers were provided by Ladybird Flowers and the beautiful photographs were by Alexander Newton Photography, links at the bottom of this post.

I was also excited to create a tower of doughnuts for Ste & Aimee, as the groom specifically loves them! 

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The cake table and doughnuts were beautifully styled by the St Bart's Brewery team.

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Congratulations again to the happy couple!

To book your wedding cake consultation click here to contact Claire and start planning your dream wedding cake.

Ladybird Flowers - http://flowersladybird.com/

Alexander Newton Photography - http://www.alexandernewton.co.uk/

 

 

Chosen Wedding Fair - this Sunday 8th October

Caked will be exhibiting at the wonderful Chosen Wedding Fair at the Islington Assembly Hall in London this Sunday 8th October!

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I can't tell you how excited I am to be exhibiting at this fair, and to meet all the super talented suppliers who will be there alongside me. Chosen handpicks their suppliers and actively supports small businesses in the wedding industry. It really is a lovely group to be a part of.

So come along for some truly unique ideas for your big day, and of course to taste some cake! I'll also be giving away iced biscuit wedding favours on the day while they last!

Tickets are £4 and you can pre-book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chosen-wedding-fair-london-tickets-38250932569

Hope to see you there!

Summer Weddings 2017

I think the lack of posts over the last few weeks is testament to the busy wedding season – the last couple of months have flown by!

Since the beginning of July, I have produced 38 tiers of cake, 215 biscuit favours and some yummy doughnuts. And I moved house!

It’s been a whirlwind and I’ve absolutely loved it. I can’t wait for an even busier 2018 wedding season, but for now, here are some highlights from this summer.

Next year is already looking busy so be sure to book your consultation soon to secure your date! Click here to contact Claire at Caked to start designing your wedding cake.