Wedding Cakes - The Designs

One of my favourite parts of the wedding cake timeline is the designing. I love getting the creative juices flowing!

At your wedding cake consultation, we’ll chat about your dream cake. Some couples know exactly what they want their cake to look like. Other couples don’t have a clue! It doesn’t matter though. During our consultation, I’ll ask lots of nosey questions about your big day to draw inspiration for your cake design. We usually get to a rough idea of how it will look by the end of the session, after which I set to work.

Whether it’s a simple semi-naked cake decorated with just a few fresh flowers, or a multi-tiered show-stopping cake, I create bespoke cake designs especially for each of my couples. I never recycle old designs. I may only send you one design if you know exactly what you want, or I may send you four. Sometimes there may be a bit of back and forth to reach your perfect cake - that’s fine!

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It takes about a week to send designs after your consultation, during which time I’ll be sketching up ideas and final drafts, and the all important pricing. Each design is carefully calculated taking into account cost of ingredients and materials, and time to create.

I love sketching couples’ cake designs, although I have to admit my sugar skills are far better than my drawing skills (which is good I suppose - your cake will always look better than the design!) With a few years of wedding caking under my belt now, my cake sketches are getting better and better, but just in case, all my designs are annotated to give you the best possible idea of how your cake will look.

To start planning your dream wedding cake, get in touch to arrange a consultation, and you can have your very own bespoke designs…and beautiful bespoke wedding 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! 

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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. 

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!

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!

 

 

Littleton Park House Wedding Fair

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

Littleton Park House, Shepperton Studios

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!

Littleton Park House Wedding Fair - Caked stand

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!

Pastel & Gold Naked Wedding Cake

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

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!

Heatherden Hall Wedding Fair

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.