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.

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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.

Christmas is here!

Caked's 2017 Christmas cake menu is here!

This year there are two special treats available. First are my mini cakes in three delicious festive flavours:

Festive Red Velvet - layers of red velvet sponge with white chocolate buttercream

Chocolate Orange - layers of deliciously rich chocolate mud cake with chocolate orange buttercream

Speculaas - layers of vanilla sponge with speculaas flavoured buttercream (spiced biscuit!)

Each cake is decorated with a sugar Christmas decoration.

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As always these are available in boxes of 6 or 12, and you can choose one flavour or a mixed box if you can't decide.

For an extra special gift, go for a beautiful box of decorated Christmas cookies. Available in chocolate or gingerbread, and decorated in Classic Christmas or Gold Christmas. 

More information on all of these Christmassy treats is available here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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 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.

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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.

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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!

Romantic Red Roses Wedding Cake

It's been hot this week. The UK has been basking in gorgeous weather, and I've been loving it.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday I was delivering a wedding cake not too far from where I live. It was a delicious red velvet three tiered cake covered in cream cheese buttercream. Yes, buttercream. 

I find transporting a fondant-covered cake no problem at all, but when it comes to buttercream, it's a little more difficult. I always take plenty of spare buttercream with me to patch up any scrapes or smudges, but with buttercream you're very much at the mercy of the weather.

I'd finished the cakes the evening before, and placed them in my (tiny) fridge overnight so that they could chill firm. Then I transported the tiers separately, with ice packs taped to the outside of the cake boxes to try and keep them as cool as possible, cranking up the air conditioning in my car to full blast. 

After a 40 minute journey through central London, the buttercream was already starting to soften. I managed to get the cake stacked and patch up the buttercream around the edges. Luckily the cake was set up in a shady area of the room!

Romantic Red Rose Wedding Cake

Theresa at Merry Wedding Blooms supplied the fresh red roses for the cake - aren't they beautiful? They certainly created a wow effect.

Romantic Red Rose Wedding Cake

So when it comes to English summer weddings - buttercream or fondant? If it was my choice, I would always go for fondant. You know where you are with fondant, and it's easier to manoeuvre. But that's a cake designer talking. I know many couples prefer the taste of buttercream (I do too!) and you definitely shouldn't be put off my me. But if you do opt for a buttercream cake, remember to think carefully about where it will be positioned and how long it has to be there for. If you're having an outside wedding, ensure there is a covered area to put the cake (for rain or shine!) and if it's inside, make sure it's not right by a window in the sun. Luckily this cake was positioned perfectly to keep it safe from the sun.

As we all know, you can never trust the English weather!