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!

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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.

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!

 

 

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!

Winter Rose

For a stylish Winter celebration, warm jewel tones and a touch of gold are the perfect choice. Here is my latest design, complete with a shimmering Winter roses, light sage leaves, gold berries and baroque style decoration.

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Contact Claire to add a beautiful wintery Caked cake to your next celebration!

 

Dahlia

Bright, bold and vibrant - Dahlias are a great choice to brighten up your wedding day or event. And they make excellent additions to cakes either as part of a bright floral display or as the main event, creating a striking and modern look. Here's my sugar dahlia in striking red. Dahlia's come in all sorts of colours though, so any colour schemes can be applied.

Dahli sugar flower

There are many varieties, but the typical dahlia is ball-shaped with a tightly packed sphere of petals. The uniform nature of the petals make them a truly stunning flower to feature in any floral display, whether real or made from sugar.

The dahlia symbolises dignity, and it gained huge popularity in Britain during the Victorian years, becoming one of the most fashionable flowers to be spotted in aristocrats' gardens. There is even a variety named after Charles Dickens's supremely dignified heroine Little Dorrit. 

Dahlia sugar flower, Language of Flowers

Europeans discovered the dahlia in Mexico during the sixteenth century but it wasn't brought to Europe until the early nineteenth century. It is at this time that it started appearing in English gardens. The flower thrived, with a poet (anonymous) praising it's ability to grow 'though severed from its native clime."

Interested in flowers and their meaning? I recommend Mandy Kirkby's The Language of Flowers which explores the Victorian tradition of applying meaning to the gift of flowers.

If you're planning bright florals for your wedding, or any other special events, contact Caked to ask about designs for your cake, cupcakes, cookies and more!

Geometric Lace Floral White Wedding Cake

It's still all about white wedding cakes this week. It's been a huge trend this year for cakes. Another big trend has been lace (continued from last year) and combining the two creates a stunning effect.

Adding some 3D floral effects accelerates us into the upcoming F/W 2016, with so many bridal designers adding delicate or dramatic floral flourishes to gowns. And this is something that can be easily translated into cake.

Here is my Geometric Lace Floral White Wedding Cake (a bit of a mouthful, I know. I will start naming cakes better one day).

Geometric Lace Floral White Wedding Cake

The geometric piped royal icing lace gives this cake a more contemporary feel, and cascades all the way down the top tier and sweeps gradually onto the bottom tier. Large and small white floral details flutter down to rest on top.

Geometric Lace White Wedding Cake - top view
Geometric Lace White Wedding Cake - close up

If you like the look of this wedding cake, or any others in Caked's wedding cake gallery, contact us here to talk about designs for your big day.

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers are a big trend for weddings this season, but it needn’t be limited to your flower arrangements and bouquets.

Decorating a simple and clean white cake with an array of delicate and colourful sugar flowers is a beautiful alternative to a traditional style wedding cake.

This simple two tier cake is adorned with purple foxgloves, white and yellow yarrow and white sea campion. Finished off with a hessian ribbon decoration enhances the rustic look.

Wildflower Wedding Cake

This cake would be perfect for a Summer barn or outdoor wedding. These are just three of the huge diversity of wildflowers, and the best thing is there are so many more. Consider which flowers are in bloom for your big day – perhaps honeysuckle and daisies in Autumn, or bluebells and primroses in Spring.

Are you planning a wedding? Caked specialises in sugar flowers so if you’d like to see your wedding flowers transformed into a cake, get in touch to arrange a consultation. See Caked's wedding cakes here.

A wedding cake fit for royalty

On Saturday I attended the wedding of Anna and Stefan at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, and I was lucky enough to make their cake for them. A sumptuous elegant venue deserved an equally sumptuous and elegant cake.

We decided on a three tier white cake, adorned with roses, peonies, blossoms and more. The cake itself was lemon and lavender, and white chocolate and raspberry (a personal favourite!).

Wedding cake - sugar flowers

A couple of weeks before the big day, their florist shared the final list of flowers so that I could match them to the cake. Roll on two weeks, and my kitchen was bursting full of sugar peonies, roses, delphiniums, sweet peas, blossoms and rose leaves. Over 350 flowers made it onto the cake!

Wedding cake - sugar flowers - roses, peonies, blossom, sweet peas, delphinium

The set up of the wedding was a military operation, with the already stunning Orangery being transformed into a wedding fit for a princess within two hours. Luckily the rain held off so that we could all enjoy the beautiful gardens before indulging in a delicious dinner. Afterwards, the cake was cut and served, and guests enjoyed cake, cheese and even a pick a mix table, as well as bespoke cocktails from the bar. 

Huge congratulations to the happy couple!

If you’re getting married, why not get in touch to start planning your wedding cake? Click here to arrange a consultation.

Blush & Gold Wedding

I love creating beautiful cakes for weddings, but it’s even more special when I get to attend the wedding as a guest as well.

On Friday I went to the wedding of Davina and Luke, and was privileged to design and make their cake. Their wedding was at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, a stunning setting with beautiful views.

I’d worked closely with the bride to make sure she had her dream cake. I was briefed on blush with touches of gold, with peonies and roses. She was also keen to get details of the lace of her dress included (and with an Alice Temperley dress, why wouldn’t you?). We decided on a blush pink bottom tier with gold flecks, a shorter gold tier, and two white tiers, one with piped lace detail. The entire cake was topped with a posy of the palest pink roses and an open peony.

Blush & Gold wedding cake, with sugar peony and roses

Blush & Gold wedding cake, with sugar peony and roses

The cake itself was a fruit cake for the couple to keep, lemon cake, and chocolate salted caramel, which were served as dessert with fruit.

I even made their favours – lemon flower cookies decorated with fondant and royal icing.

Lemon cookie favours

The cake looked right at home in the stately room of Pembroke Lodge, and the whole day was truly beautiful.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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