Introducing the Caked Studio

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

Caked-cake-studio

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/

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!

Caked-cake-flavour-strawberry-prosecco.JPG

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.

Carrot-Cake

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).

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! 

Wedding-consultation-cakes

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. 

Coming Soon - Caked Teas!

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

Caked-Teas-1

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

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.

Spiced Apple Chai

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.

St-Clements.JPG

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.

RedVelvet

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.

RedVelvet-Closeup

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.

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.

Ste&Aimee-AlexanderNewtonPhotography
Ste-Aimee-WeddingCake-AlexanderNewtonPhotography

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! 

Ste-Aimee-Doughnuts-AlexanderNewtonPhotography

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

Ste-Aimee-WeddingCakeTable- AlexanderNewtonPhotography

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/

 

 

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.

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.

Tropical-breeze-cake-flavour

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.

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.

Bronze Bright Flowers Wedding Cake

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.

Elegant Orchid Wedding Cake

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.

Romantic Pink Peony Wedding Cake

Tall, tall, tall

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

6 tier white & bronze wedding cake

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.

Bright Print Frangipani Wedding Cake

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.

Naked Pastel & Gold leaf wedding cake

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!

 

 

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.

Spring-cake-menu-trio

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.

Spring-cake-trio-above

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!

Littleton Park House Wedding Fair

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!

Caked Wedding Fair

Heatherden Hall Wedding Fair

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

Heatherden-hall-wedding-fair

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.

Naked-wedding-cake-gypsophilia

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.

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.

Caked_Wedding_Cake_Consultation

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.

 

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!

 

 

Caked To Order

I'm excited to announce Caked's new service - Caked To Order!

Whenever you're in need of cake, simply choose from Caked's new Winter menu for delicious mini cakes or layer cakes.

Corporate_Mini_Cakes

Three festive flavours are available:

Red Velvet - luscious red velvet sponge with vanilla buttercream and decorated with gorgeous gold discs.

Winter Spice - light white chocolate sponge with spiced vanilla buttercream and coconut flakes.

Chocolate Gingerbread - decadent spiced chocolate sponge with spiced vanilla buttercream and topped with mini gingerbread men.

Layer cakes are available in 6" or 8" sizes, while mini cakes are available in boxes of 6 or 12. Check out the new page for details and pricing here.

And if you can't choose between the flavours, why not go for a mixed box of 6 or 12 mini cakes - the perfect festive cake trio!

Don't forget to personalise your cakes! Add a piped message of your choice to your layer cake, or add your company logo to your mini cakes and layer cakes.

corporate edible cake toppers

For the full menu and details on pricing, personalisation and delivery, visit the new page here. I'm looking forward to helping you celebrate the festive season with Caked!

Autumn Leaves

I love Autumn, it's my favourite season. There's a tree outside my kitchen window (where I spend a lot of my time!) whose leaves change from green in the Summer, to orange and bright yellow in Autumn, and then deep purple once Winter comes. At the moment it's a mix of brilliant orange and yellow, its best time.

I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and at this time of year it's hard not to notice all of the beautiful orange, yellow and brown leaves adorning the pavements. Like most things, seeing this makes me think of how they would look on a cake.

Autumn Leaves Cake

My autumn-inspired cake features crisp delicate sugar leaves cascading down, with hues of orange, yellow and brown popping out from the pure white background.

Autumn Leaves Cake - close up

More and more people are choosing to get married out of the typical wedding seasons nowadays. If you're getting married in Autumn 2017, why not consider stepping away from the traditional floral designs, and feature leaves instead? Or as well? On a crisp sunny November day, I can think of nothing better. Especially when looking out of my window at those beautiful leaves.

See all of Caked's latest designs here. Get in touch to start planning your wedding cake for 2017 or 2018!