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.

A Weekend of Weddings

Last weekend, I had the busiest few days of Caked so far!

With three weddings in one weekend, it was definitely a test of my stamina. Wedding season is truly underway.

What I loved most about last weekend was the variety of the cakes - each one was completely different, and that's what I love most about my job.

Friday's cake was a beautiful 3 tier semi-naked cake decorated with fresh gypsophila (one of my favourite fresh flowers for cakes!). A hand-made sugar topper in the shape of the Chinese Double Happiness symbol sat on top surrounding by the delicate fluffy blooms. All tiers were vanilla sponge with different flavour fillings - coffee, raspberry and pistachio - with their different colours glimpsing through the buttercream slightly.

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Congratulations to the happy couple Mark & Ting on their wedding day at Morden Hall!

Saturday's cake was a peach fondant-covered 3 tier cake decorated with gorgeous fresh flowers. Each tier was dusted with a light sheen and finished with decorative piping and pretty bow ribbons. Flowers provided by Lalage Barren Flowers.

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Congratulations to Emilia & Toby on their wedding day at Ognisko Restaurant, Knightsbridge!

The weekend culminated in the biggest cake of all - a 7 tier showstopper decorated with all the places the happy couple have travelled to in their time together, all made in sugar of course. Their dream was to have a tall narrow cake, and that's certainly what they got! With details such as the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Statue of Liberty, Ayers Rock, the Rocky Mountains and their cute dogs, this was such a fun cake to make!

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And to add to the wow factor, the inside was rainbow sponge!

To add to their travel theme even further, they had adorable biscuit favours decorated as suitcases complete with travel tags of their honeymoon destination - Key West. I loved these!

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Congratulations to Paul & Vidas who were married at Kensington Roof Gardens amongst the flamingos!

Huge congratulations to all my couples from last weekend!

If you would like to arrange a consultation for your wedding, get in touch here to talk more about your wedding cake. There are still a few dates available for 2017!

New Flavour Added!

I've been busy in the Caked kitchen working on some delicious new flavours to add to my cake menu. 

To kick off, may I present Tropical Breeze.

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Layers of light pineapple and banana sponge, paired with a delightfully zingy pineapple, lime and coconut buttercream. The flavours work so well together and offer a delicious alternative to your more traditional cake flavours.

So if you're looking for a tropical twist on your wedding day (or for your next celebration whatever it may be!) have a try of this yummy cake. I'll be including it in all upcoming consultations so book now to have a taste!

To make an enquiry or book your cake consultation click here. Check out the full cake menu here.

Happy Birthday Caked!

Caked is one year old today!

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One year ago today I officially launched my business. I'd been working towards my dream of owning my own cake business for a long long time, but I was finally there. Ready to hit go on the website I'd been working on for two months, and ready to start earning my living doing what I love.

It's been quite a year! There have been surprises, challenges, great times, not so great times, and I definitely spend almost as much time in Excel as I used to working in an office. I've worked with gorgeous couples planning their perfect wedding day, and even more clients to provide cakes for their celebrations and events. I plucked up the courage to exhibit at my very first wedding fair (with the support of my good friend Lisa - thank you!) and can now drive through central London without suffering heart palpitations.

And I've loved every minute. Even the Excel part. And that's because it all contributes to my very own business. I've put my heart and soul into Caked - and into each and every one of my cakes - and will continue to strive to bring the most beautiful and delicious cakes to my lovely customers.

Here's to the next year!

Check out all of my latest wedding cakes here and get in touch here to talk about your upcoming event. I can't wait to hear from you!

 

Caked Charity Masterclass

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting my very first Caked Masterclass! 

Five eager and excited ladies came down to a gorgeous barn kitchen in Great Bookham ready to learn how to make chocolate truffles and iced biscuits - just in time for Easter. The event was held to raise money for Christians Against Poverty - a great opportunity to support a very worthy charity.

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We made simple rolled truffles, starting with a ganache and then later getting stuck in to roll the truffles, coat in cocoa powder and decorate. My students also learned how to pipe biscuit outlines, flood ice their biscuits and play around with colours and techniques to create beautifully decorated biscuits.

Check out my ganache demonstration below...

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The results were pretty impressive, especially as no one in the class had ever tried working with royal icing or made chocolate truffles before.

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Everyone was amazed at how easy the chocolate truffles were to make - don't they look delicious? We made dark chocolate rose truffles and milk chocolate orange blossom truffles, using dried rose petals, pistachios and edible glitter to decorate.

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During the break we hosted an afternoon tea complete with tea and scones, jam and clotted cream.

A huge thank you to Kathryn who was the mastermind behind this event and did a fantastic job of organising everything. Kathryn is raising money for CAP, a charity dedicated to helping people out of poverty through debt counselling, life skills and help with addictions. If you would like to help her, click here for more information.

 

Bright Blooms Wedding Cake

Last week I had the pleasure of delivering a wedding cake to the beautiful Kensington Roof Gardens. 

The Roof Gardens looked stunning with brightly coloured ribbons and flowers in amongst all the picture-perfect features they're famous for, and of course the flamingos! Such a gorgeous theme for a Spring wedding.

The cake was right in keeping with the theme. With two tiers of White Chocolate & Raspberry and a tier of my ever popular Red Velvet, it was barely masked in delicious white chocolate buttercream and decorated with stunning bright blooms from The Colour Green florist. A stunner for a bright Spring day!

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Check out all my latest wedding cakes here. This summer is looking busy but there are still a few dates available if you're quick! Click here to arrange your consultation with Caked!

The Colour Green Florist - www.thecolourgreen.co.uk

 

Caked is temporarily relocating!

Exciting times ahead in the Caked kitchen! This week work started on my little North London base to transform it into a bigger brighter space. A brand new kitchen is being built and I can't wait to show it off soon!

In the meantime, Caked is relocating to beautiful Surrey while all the building is going ahead. I'm hoping to be back in my brand new kitchen in the Summer, but rest assured if you have cakes booked in the next couple of months, I have an even bigger and better temporary kitchen to work from.

And if you're planning to book a consultation these are still going ahead, except I'll be doing home visits or meetings in central London only for the time being.

Exciting times in 2017!

Click here to see my latest wedding cake designs!

2017 Wedding Trends

For everyone planning their weddings for this year or next, here's a quick round up of the latest wedding cake trends for this year ...

Metallics

These are going nowhere fast (thankfully, I love a bit of bling!) but with a move away from classic gold and towards deeper richer metallic tones like copper, bronze and pewter.

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Romance

It's all about soft flowing fabrics and fluffy blooms in bridal fashion, which is recreated on cakes using soft blooms like peonies and big open roses, delicate blossom and elegant orchids, whether fresh or made from sugar.

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Blush

Another long running trend that sees no signs of ceasing. Blush is a classic wedding choice, and is brought to life with touches of metallics or romantic blooms.

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Tall, tall, tall

Bring the wow factor to your wedding with a towering centrepiece. The higher the better!

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Summery brights

In contrast to the soft romance trend, another big one is bright and beautiful. From subtle touches of bright flowers, to full on colourful blooms, ribbons and pom poms, the brighter the better.

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Still Naked

Naked cakes are still hugely popular, and are my most requested wedding cake. There are just so many options, and more importantly no rules! At the moment, I'm obsessed with incorporating metallics with flecks of luxurious gold leaf, and playing around with colours.

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Cake tables

Nowadays it's all about the spectacle. Accompanying your tiered cake with a table of sweet treats definitely creates that, and offers your guests more choice. Or consider presenting your cake as separate tiers along with accompanying treats. 


As much as trends are important, don't forget these are not hard and fast rules. Go for what you want and what makes you happy. You never know, what you think sounds crazy could just turn up in next year's trend round-up!

Check out all of Caked's latest wedding cake designs here and get in touch to arrange a consultation and start designing your wedding cake!

 

 

Littleton Park House Wedding Fair

Yesterday Caked travelled to Shepperton Studios for the Prestige wedding fair at the beautiful Littleton Park House.

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The venue was beautiful, with a nice balance of a large bright conservatory room and period details of the main house. Be sure to check it out if you're looking for a venue in the Surrey area.

As usual, the Caked stand was looking bright and sparkly, with lots of delicious treats to entice couples!

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I always like to debut a brand new naked cake design at wedding fairs, and this one has to be my favourite so far. I experimented with pastel-coloured buttercream and gold leaf, and I love the effect. Paired with some beautiful bright blooms, this cake was very popular yesterday!

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It was great to meet all the lovely couples planning their weddings and talk about their dream wedding cakes. 

As always, I met some amazing fellow wedding suppliers. Here are just a small selection:

Sugar For My Honey - Who doesn't want a sweet cart at their wedding? For all your sweet cart needs, check them out here: www.sugarformyhoney.co.uk

4 To The Floor - their music kept us entertained all day! For all your wedding band classics check them out here: www.tailored-entertainment.com

New Caked Spring Menu

The trees are starting to bloom with blossom and the daffodils are coming out, so it feels like the perfect time to launch Caked's brand new Spring Menu.

To celebrate Spring, this season's menu is all about florals.

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Lemon & Lavender

Light lemon sponge and zingy lemon buttercream with a subtle hint of lavender, and topped with dried lavender flowers.

Orange Blossom & Thyme

Delicious orange sponge with orange blossom buttercream and thyme leaves.

White Chocolate & Rose

Fluffy white chocolate sponge and white chocolate buttercream with a hint of rosewater, and topped with a dried rose bud.

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Treat your colleagues, clients or loved ones to these delicious treats - available as boxes of 6 or 12 mini cakes, or as larger layer cakes for a special celebration. 

The Spring Menu will be available for a limited time only so place your order now! Can't decide which flavour? No problem, mini cakes are available as mixed boxes!

Click here for more details and pricing.

Littleton Park House Wedding Fair - this Sunday!

Caked will be at the Prestige wedding fair at Littleton Park House this Sunday 5th March!

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I'm excited to see the venue as this will be my first time here. The venue is within Shepperton Studios just outside London. It's completely free to enter, so it's a great chance to have a walk around a beautiful venue and chat to some wedding suppliers about your big day.

And of course, don't forget to stop by the Caked stand for lots of sweet treats and my latest wedding cake designs!

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Heatherden Hall Wedding Fair

Yesterday I packed up Caked and travelled to Pinewood Studios for the Prestige wedding fair at Heatherden Hall. 

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Heatherden Hall is a beautiful venue with little touches of the silver screen around every corner. If you're looking for a beautiful art deco venue be sure to check this place out.

I had a great day chatting to lots of lovely couples about their wedding cakes. As always there was a lot of interest in naked cakes, with this little one on display.

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As always, wedding fairs are a great opportunity to meet fellow wedding suppliers, and there were some fabulous suppliers exhibiting yesterday. Here are just a few...

Oyster & Pearls - the lovely Sarah makes beautiful little favour boxes using an array of gorgeous prints. Check them out here: www.oystersandpearls.co.uk

Jamberry - beautiful nail wraps perfect for your big day. Kelly treated me to a tester and I love it! Plus they're great for cake making as they don't chip! kellym.jamberry.com

Unbelievable Magic - Ben demonstrated a trick that quite frankly flummoxed me. How he did it has been annoying me ever since (in a good way!) Check him out here: www.unbelievablemagic.com

I'll be announcing my next wedding fair in a few days so look out for it! In the meantime, check out all my latest wedding cakes here.

Heatherden Hall Wedding Fair - Sunday 19th February

Caked will be returning to the fantastic Prestige Wedding Fair this Sunday at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. If you're in the area, pop by to check out all of the wonderful wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting. And of course, stop by Caked's stand to see my latest designs and tuck into some delicious tasters!

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And the best thing? It's completely free! Heatherden Hall is also a fascinating place to wander around, and you can get married there. So it's a great opportunity to visualise your wedding day.

So come on down if you can, I look forward to chatting cake with you!

Wedding Cake Consultations with Caked

Fresh from an afternoon of wedding consultations, I'm having a "Wow I love my job" moment! 

Talking to couples about their wedding plans, watching them try my cake tasters and seeing a cake design come together is one of the best parts of being a cake designer (in fact, the only bad part is the washing up, and that's not even too bad).

I'm pretty sure it's one of the best parts of planning your wedding as well. What's better than talking about cake while eating lots of it? 

So for everyone out there planning their wedding, here's what to expect from your cake consultation with Caked, and some tips to get the most out of it.

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Firstly, make sure you arrange your consultation at the right time. Once you've arranged your venue and date, you know how many guests you're having, and you have your themes sorted. That's when it's time to book your cake consultation (earlier the better especially for popular Summer dates!)

I understand how hard it is planning a wedding alongside everyday life, so I will happily meet you at weekends or evenings. I host most of my consultations at my North London flat where I run my business from. But if that's not convenient for you, I'm happy to come to you or we can meet for a coffee somewhere in Central London (still with your cake tasters!).

When you arrive for your consultation, it's simply a case of relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee and talking about your wedding. I'll ask about your themes, your plan for the day (i.e. when and where you want your cake), and any other details that are relevant. We'll take a look at some of my previous cake designs for inspiration, plus flick through wedding cake magazines and Pinterest for more ideas. So even if you have no idea what you want for your cake, no worries! I promise we'll create the cake of your dreams.

And of course, if you have lots of ideas, that's great too. Bring along mood boards, Pinterest boards, swatches, postcards, invites - whatever you think will help inspire your cake design.

You'll be able to taste 4-5 different flavours. These are usually my most popular flavours, but if there's a particular flavour you want to try, just let me know and I'll do my best to provide it for you.

Cake flavours from left to right - Chocolate Oreo, White Chocolate & Raspberry, Red Velvet, Victoria Sponge, Classic Fruit Cake

Cake flavours from left to right - Chocolate Oreo, White Chocolate & Raspberry, Red Velvet, Victoria Sponge, Classic Fruit Cake

Your consultation will usually last just under an hour. Once I have everything I need, I'll work up some designs that I'll send to you a few days afterwards, along with quotes. 

So that's it! If you're planning your wedding and would like to book a cake consultation with Caked, get in touch! I can't wait to start designing your dream wedding cake with you.

 

Treat Your Valentine...

Is it too soon to mention Valentine's Day? If there's cake involved surely that's ok?

To celebrate this years appointed day of love, however you feel about it, snap up a box of these decadent chocolatey treats to get you in the mood for love.

Valentine's Day Chocolate & Raspberry Mini Cakes

Rich chocolate sponge with light raspberry buttercream and a devilishly naughty brownie heart on top. What better way to show your Valentine you care?

Available in boxes of 6 or 12, or as a 6" or 8" layer cake upon request, order by Friday 10th February for delivery on the 14th.  

Click here to order!

Valentine's Day Chocolate & Raspberry Mini Cake

A Trio of Afternoon Tea Treats

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to dust off my pastry skills last week, and I loved getting back into it! 

A lovely local client throwing a birthday party was looking for a delicious birthday cake and some afternoon tea treats. I was more than happy to help.

I offered a trio of afternoon delights - lemon & lavender mini loaf cakes, almond & blueberry tartlets and rose & raspberry macarons. And the delight on her face when I dropped them off made it even more special.

Afternoon Tea: Rose & Raspberry Macaron, Lemon & Lavender cake, Almond & Blueberry Tartlet
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream - birthday cake with sugar flowers

I adore afternoon tea, and love all the etiquette and history that goes along with it. I'll be exploring it more in the coming months, and announcing some exciting plans for a new offering later this year. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to share! But for now, I leave you with these tasty little morsels and the promise of more to come...

If you're looking for a cake to celebrate a special occasion, get in touch here!

 

 

Bring on 2017!

Happy New Year everyone!

The general consensus of 2016 may have been pretty bad, but I think it's important not to dwell too much on the negative and remember all the good things that have happened. It definitely was a tough year at times, but one of the greatest things in my 2016 was officially launching Caked.

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After years of falling in love with baking, practising, training and graduating as a pastry chef I finally launched Caked in June this year. It's been a true labour of love, and I've loved every minute!

I have been lucky enough to have had some amazing clients this year, and I've loved getting to know my couples through consultations and wedding fairs. Not one wedding cake has been the same, and I'm already looking forward to lots more weddings this year. 

Iced biscuit favours have been hugely popular as well - some even travelled all the way to Italy (amazingly without any breakages!)

It hasn't all been about weddings though - I've loved helping people celebrate their other momentous occasions with cakes made into books, dinosaurs, aeroplanes...including my latest Christmas cake below. 

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In November I launched my first Caked menu - the Winter menu was a huge success and I felt like a little Christmas elf delivering boxes of cakes all over London.

Caked Branded Mini Cakes

So what does 2017 have in store for Caked? For the moment, it's looking like lots more weddings, wedding fairs and a Spring menu on the way, to name but a few. But it's all the unexpected things I'm looking forward to the most. Bring on 2017, and I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!