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.

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!

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!

 

Prestige Wedding Fair at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Prestige Wedding Fair at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. 

Caked Stand Heatherden Hall Wedding Fair

I met lots of lovely couples looking for the finishing touches to their wedding, and some looking for inspiration for their 2018 weddings.

Heatherden Hall is a beautiful venue, and I spoke to lots of couples who were actually getting married there (if your wedding venue is holding a wedding fair, it's a great idea to go along to help visualise the day!).

I also met lots of talented and inspiring fellow wedding suppliers on Sunday, so I feel I have to share them with you here! 

Fabulous Suppliers

AKA Party & Wedding Band - the lovely and talented Matt will help get your party started! Check out his amazing band here: www.akafunction.co.uk

William Young Tailoring - I had the pleasure of exhibiting next to Willy and his sharp suits. Check out their website here: http://www.williamyoung1876.com/

Jon & Michaela - beautiful and unique photography for your wedding day, with a lovely intimate feel to their photos. Have a look at their beautiful photos here (and their gorgeous dog!): www.jonandmichaela.co.uk

Forever Gem Stems - Jane creates stunning jewelled bouquets for a sparkly unique touch for your special day. Check out her creations here: www.forevergemstems.co.uk

Ruth's Flower Design - I fell in love with Ruth's whimsical and rustic floral displays! Take a look here: www.ruthsflowerdesign.co.uk

And of course, if you're planning your wedding, remember to have a look at my latest wedding cake designs here, and let me know about arranging your consultation.

Wedding Fair at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios - Sunday 23rd November

I'm delighted to announce that Caked will be exhibiting at the Heatherden Hall wedding fair this Sunday!

Set within the iconic Pinewood Studios, Heatherden Hall is a beautiful wedding venue, with all the glitz and glamour you'd expect from a film studio. 

I'll be showcasing some new cake designs and there'll be tasters for everyone, including some very special edible gifts to take away with you!

I can't wait to meet and chat to all the lovely couples that will be there. It's free entry, from 11am until 3:30pm so hopefully see you there!

For more details, see the organiser's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/600983770053841/

Click here for a taste of Caked's latest wedding cake designs.

Valentines Mansion Wedding Fair

Sunday was Caked's very first wedding fair! The venue was the beautiful Valentines Mansion & Gardens in Ilford, Essex - a stunning venue for a wedding.

After weeks of hard work designing new cakes, making the cakes, and planning my stand, finally came the time to pack up my little car and head off to Essex with my good friend Lisa who was kindly helping me out for the day. Setting up my stand was so much fun, and exciting to see it finally come to life.

Valentines Wedding Fair - Stand

The best part of the day was meeting the other wedding suppliers exhibiting at the fair and of course, meeting all the lovely couples planning their weddings. The standout cake was definitely the naked cake decorated with fresh roses and seasonal fruit - people are absolutely loving naked cakes at the moment and it looks like this will continue into next year as I've already had plenty of enquiries requesting them. 

All in all, a great day, and I'm already looking forward to taking Caked to more wedding fairs soon. Stay tuned for more info!

You can see all my latest wedding cake and favour designs here, but remember all cakes are designed especially for you. Get in touch here to start planning yours with Caked!

Check out the beautiful venue here: http://www.valentinesmansion.com/

Wedding Cake Inspiration - Where To Start?

At the beginning of designing a wedding cake, brides (and it is usually the brides!) are often a little stumped as to what they want from a cake. I offer a completely bespoke service, and it can be daunting working from a blank canvas. Usually though, the cake is one of the later details on the huge list of things to organise, which means you can draw inspiration from so many places. Here are some of them...

 

Invitations

Your invitations act as a little teaser to your guests for what to expect on the big day. Give your cake designer a copy of your invitation or save the date, and they will be able to draw out colours, themes, flowers, and whether you're going for a contemporary or more traditional style. 

Take a look at these delicate iced biscuit favours I recently designed using a copy of the couples' invitation. Taking the font style and colour, I recreated it using piped royal icing, so that they fit perfectly with their themes.

Monogrammed iced biscuit favours

 

The Dress

I take a lot of inspiration from bridal wear trends, and including details from your wedding dress can add a subtle personal touch. Swatches or photos of the dress can inspire piped lace, beading details, ruffling and more. It doesn't have to be the entire dress in cake form (but if that's what you want, then that's also fine!) but small details can be incorporated into the design. Take this simple white falling petals cake I designed recently - f/w '16 bridal collections incorporated lots of 3D florals and belted skirts, all of which can be beautifully recreated on a cake.

Falling Petals white wedding cake

 

Flowers

Flowers are a huge part of a wedding, but they don't have to stop there. Whether it's a cake adorned in hundreds of flowers, or a simple flower on the top, flowers are hugely popular on cakes, and help bring the room together. 

Fresh flowers are a great option (so long as all the flowers are safe to use!). At Caked, I specialise in sugar flowers, so you can have your bouquet recreated in sugar! That means you can keep them after the wedding (maybe not forever, but let's just say I still have my first ever flower posy I made from 5 years ago and they look exactly the same). Sugar flowers are miniature works of art, and the best compliment I can receive is when people don't realise my flowers aren't real. 

Here's a wedding cake I made recently which featured over 300 sugar flowers, all taken from the couples' flowers. After consulting with their florist, I selected to make peonies, roses, delphiniums, blossoms, sweet peas and rose leaves. The cake perfectly matched the huge and colourful flower displays they had throughout the room.

Sugar Flowers wedding cake

 

Themes

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Gatsby, Christmas...themed weddings are so much fun and provide obvious inspiration for the cake. But don't forget other themes, like seasons, colours and locations. 

If you're getting married in Spring or Summer, floral themes are an appropriate choice. If you're opting for an Autumn wedding, maybe autumnal colours, and if it's Winter, maybe blues, silvers and some sparkle. Don't feel you need to be restricted by seasonal themes though. If you're getting married in July go for some sparkle if you want it, and for a Christmas wedding don't feel like you have to have a red and green bauble cake.

Where you're getting married can also offer inspiration. A barn wedding cries out for a rustic cake - naked perhaps, or decorated with delicate flowers - or a beach wedding could be decorated with seashells or exotic flowers. Think about where your cake will be and how it will sit within its surroundings.

Finally colours are something couples tend to decide early on in the wedding planning. This is probably one of the most common details to use when designing the cake. Remember though, less is more, and it's important to keep the design balanced. Recently I was given the brief of blush and gold, so to prevent the cake becoming too blingy, I kept the gold touches to a minimum with a shallow gold leaf tier and gold flecks on the bottom blush tier, and kept the rest of the cake white.  

Blush & Gold wedding cake

 

History

It doesn't just have to be about fitting in with everything else on the day. Maybe you have a particular memory that you want featured on the cake, or a detail about the proposal that is especially important to you. You can feature memories on the cake in the form of cake toppers, silhouette designs, or maybe you even want your dog or cat on there!

The bottom line is that your wedding cake is the chance to be truly creative and personal. Whatever you want for your wedding day, whatever is important to you, it's the perfect opportunity to be elegant, wacky, sparkly, colourful, understated, pretty, bold, whatever you want, because it's your personally designed wedding cake.

Are you planning your wedding? Get in touch with Claire at Caked to start designing your perfect bespoke wedding cake, whatever it is you're after!

Wedding Favours - A Brief History

Wedding favours are a part of every wedding, and it's often where couples can be really creative and let their personalities shine through. After making a batch of 140 decorated cookie favours destined for an Italian wedding last weekend, it got me thinking about the origin of the wedding favour. I've taken a brief look back at how these little trinkets of appreciation came to be.

Monogram Wedding Favours

It is thought that giving gifts to guests started in France back in the 16th Century. Beautiful small boxes made of porcelain or crystal and encrusted with precious jewels would be filled with sugar almonds or other sweet confections, which symbolised wealth and royalty. These were known as bonbonnieres and handed to guests at opulent parties and banquets. At this time, sugar was believed to have medicinal benefits, so the act of giving a sweet gift was a symbol of care towards your guests. 

At this time, as sugar was incredibly expensive and available only to the very richest of society, bonbonnieres were limited to royals and aristocracy. As the price of sugar decreased through the centuries, the tradition of giving gifts of small sweet confections to guests became more popular among the general public. This tradition has seen particular longevity at weddings. 

Besides the symbol of care-giving and appreciation, in many cultures weddings are seen as lucky events. The couples' luck is thought to be passed onto their guests in the form of giving wedding favours.

Favours differ from culture to culture, but a popular choice - not just in modern times but since the 16th Century - is the sugared almond. It is thought the bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the sugar represent the bittersweet nature of marriage (nothing like being honest!). These are typically given in parcels of five to symbolise fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. Personally, I haven't seen sugared almonds at a wedding for a very long time, but I love what they represent.

Nowadays, wedding favours range from small trinket gifts to CD's of the couples' wedding playlist, but sweet edible gifts are still a popular choice. Beautifully decorated cookies, a couple of macarons in a dainty box, or a selection of delicious truffles can all help demonstrate a couples' appreciation to their guests, while continuing the tradition of passing on care, good health and luck to their guests.

If you're choosing favours for your wedding, contact Caked to inquire about designing favours especially for your guests. Want to truly personalise your favours? These monogrammed decorated biscuits are a beautiful way to thank your guests and show them you care. See more on our wedding cake page.

Monogram Wedding Favours
Packaged Monogram Favours