The Frome Wedding Fayre - Sunday 8th September

I’m very pleased to announce that Caked will be exhibiting at the Frome Wedding Fayre on Sunday 8th September. If you’re planning your big day, come along to the Cheese & Grain in Frome to meet a whole host of lovely and unique suppliers.

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Be sure to stop by the Caked stand to see my latest cake designs and try some delicious cake!

It’s completely free to pre-register for the event, just head over to The Wedding Emporium’s website here: https://the-wedding-emporium.com/pre-register/

I look forward to seeing you there!

Beating the Heat

It’s the hottest day of the year (so far) and for most that means an uncomfortable day of commuting and generally trying to keep cool. But for cake makers, it poses some particular challenges…

 

With the summer months being the most popular for weddings – although “off-season” is becoming increasingly popular nowadays – cake designers across the UK have all sorts of strategies for keeping their cakes looking beautiful and fresh.

 

My own strategies include ice packs taped to the inside of heavy-duty cake boxes, cranking up the air conditioning in the car for a good 15 minutes before setting off and shivering all the way (I’m usually very environmentally conscious but here I’m afraid I have accepted defeat), and keeping my cakes in the fridge for as long as possible before a flurried last minute prep.

 

In preparation for the big day, it’s always a good idea to discuss where the cake is going to be displayed, and make sure that it won’t be sat in direct sunlight. Venues will be able to advise on where the sun comes in during the day to avoid any such mishaps.

 

The type of cake is important as well. A fondant-covered cake is much more robust and can be left out without any problem (though still not in the direct sun!), but it’s always best to arrange delivery for semi-naked and especially buttercream-covered cakes as late as possible.

Buttercream wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers - photo by Alexander Newton Photography

Buttercream wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers - photo by Alexander Newton Photography

 In short, we cake designers do everything in our power to make sure your cake arrives in pristine condition. It’s all about the planning, so speak to your cake maker if you’re worried about anything and they will be able to advise. Particularly as you never know what an English summer day will bring.

 

Happy heatwave everyone! I hope you and your cakes stay cool!

Introducing the Caked Studio

For the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed settling into my brand new studio, and I’ve been loving it!

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After relocating my business from London to Dorset, I decided now was the time to create a dedicated cake space. I wanted somewhere that I could store all of my cake equipment and ingredients (there’s a lot!) and host consultations in a relaxed atmosphere.

As always with these kinds of projects, the final version ended up quite a bit bigger than the original plan, but I couldn’t be happier with my little cake studio. I enlisted Garden Affairs for the build and can’t recommend them enough (there’s a link to their website at the bottom of this post). They were so quick and efficient, and understood my vision perfectly.

Since the build, friends and family have been helping me paint and add all the finishing touches to make it my little cakey haven. Thank you to everyone that has been involved!

I’m now super excited to reveal all the hard work!

Come and see the studio by booking a wedding cake consultation or ordering a cake for collection (all by appointment only). Caked is located just outside of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Garden Affairs design and build the most beautiful garden buildings, from sheds to actual mini houses! The designs are beautiful as well as functional, and the team are fabulous. Check out their website here: http://www.gardenaffairs.co.uk/

Love That Wedding Recommended

I’m excited to announce that Caked is now recommended by Love That Wedding! You may notice the new badge on my website, and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Love That Wedding. They’re a fantastic source of all things weddings in the South West, specifically throughout Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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I recently exhibited at their wedding fair in Salisbury back in March, and I’m hoping to attend more later in the year. The shows are the perfect way to meet all sorts of interesting suppliers in the area and collect inspiration for your big day.

Love That Wedding have been a great support to me while I relocate my business in the West, and I look forward to working with them closely over the next few years!

Dessert tables - when cake just isn't enough

Dessert tables are becoming more and more popular, with couples choosing to offer their guests a sumptuous spread of desserts and treats alongside their cake, rather than a traditional table-served dessert.

This can be a sumptuous display of desserts stretching as far as the eye can see, or simply some mini versions of your main cake or even cupcakes. You really can let your imagination run wild, and certain themes such as colours or flavours can be interweaved to create a gorgeous display.

I created this decadent display of desserts for Mary & Mark last summer. Alongside their show-stopping 4 tier wedding cake, they had brownies, mini cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, marshmallows, chocolate strawberries, sweets and decorated biscuits, all in romantic tones of pink, white and gold.

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Louise & Nick opted for smaller wedding cakes rather than one large one as part of a dessert table, along with a macaron tower and more. All of the individual cakes and treats incorporated their colour themes and leaf motifs.

Beautiful photo by @parrotnpineapple

Beautiful photo by @parrotnpineapple

If you’d like to add fewer desserts to your cake table, smaller versions of your cake are a popular option. Serving a selection of mini cakes or cupcakes alongside your main cake creates interest and is a great way of adding portions. They’re also easy for guests to take home at the end of the evening, and children love them!

Caked offers a fully bespoke service for all budgets, so if you’re interested in adding something a little different alongside your wedding cake, get in touch to start designing your truly individual dessert table. Contact Claire at Caked to book your consultation here.

Love That Wedding Show 10th March 2019

I’m thrilled to announce that Caked will be exhibiting at the Love That Wedding Show at Salisbury City Hall on Sunday 10th March!

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This is my first wedding show in the area and I’m excited to talk to couples about their wedding cakes, and meet all my lovely fellow suppliers.

If you’re planning your big day come along for what I’m sure will be an amazing day!

Caked has moved to Dorset!

I’m pleased to announce that Caked has relocated to the beautiful West Country.

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For 3 years, Caked has been based in London and I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many beautiful venues such as Hedsor House, Kensington Roof Gardens and St Bart’s Brewery. I’ve also loved working with all the amazing wedding suppliers in the area.

Now it’s time for a bit of a change, and I’m delighted to be relocating to Shaftesbury in North Dorset. I’m busy building my cake studio which will be ready for action in a few weeks, and I’ll be hosting wedding consultations there from end of March onwards. I can’t wait to show it off soon!

I’m excited to explore my new area and meet new clients, suppliers and venues. I’m hoping to take full advantage of all the delicious local produce in the area, and integrate Caked into the local community.

I’ll be delivering throughout the South West and further if needed (cakes travel surprisingly well!), so if you’re planning a wedding or celebration soon, get in touch to enquire. I still have some dates free for this summer but don’t leave it too late - everything is handmade from scratch so I only take on a small number of orders per week.

For couples who have already booked for this year and next, not to worry! Nothing will change for you and you will still have your beautiful delicious wedding cake.

Interested in booking a consultation? Click here to contact Claire and start planning your dream wedding cake.

Bridebook Silver Award for Caked

It’s been a busy few months in the Caked kitchen, with lots of changes afoot. More on that very soon…

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce Caked has won Silver in the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2019! Thank you to Bridebook for their continued support, and be sure to check them out for all your wedding planning needs.

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Stay tuned for some big announcements in the next few weeks!

Friday Flavours - Strawberry Prosecco

Chances are, you're ordering a cake to celebrate something - perhaps it's your wedding day, a birthday or anniversary - and what better way to celebrate than with bubbles!

Caked's Strawberry Prosecco flavour is everything you want from a celebratory cake. Light vanilla sponge soaked in a prosecco syrup and filled with prosecco buttercream and strawberry conserve. It's light, it's fun and a little bit cheeky!

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Glass of Prosecco optional.

Click here for more information on booking your wedding cake with Caked.

Friday Flavours - Classic Carrot Cake

Whenever I include carrot cake in a consultation, without fail someone will say - "Ah my mother/grandmother/aunt used to make the best carrot cake"

And that's why we love it! Carrot cake is comforting, it's delicious, and it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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I offer my carrot cake with or without walnuts (my preference is with), and with or without raisins (my preference is without). Everyone has an opinion on these details! A white chocolate buttercream filling is the perfect accompaniment.

Got a sudden craving for carrot cake? Click here to find out more about booking your wedding cake with Caked and to arrange a consultation (and eat some cake).

Time for a cuppa...

Last week I launched Caked Teas - a luxury afternoon tea brought to your home!

All sandwiches, scones and cakes will be made with high-quality ingredients, and it doesn't stop there.

Delivered with your order will be a selection of delicious teas from Tea Pigs. From traditional Everyday Brew to their refreshing Peppermint Leaves, they'll be something for everyone.

The perfect accompaniment to your Caked Tea!

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To order your Caked Tea, contact Claire at Caked here with your event details.

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!