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.

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.

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.

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 - 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!

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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

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.

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.

 

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.

Caked wedding fair - Claire Thomas

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. 

Christmas Lights Christmas Cake

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!