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!

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.

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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.

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.

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!

The Wedding Is Coming...

Last weekend I had the privilege of making a cake for a Game of Thrones inspired wedding. It was truly amazing!

I met Steve & Julie this time last year, and we immediately clicked through our mutual love of the TV show. They began telling me all about their plans for their wedding and I started imagining all the amazing potential cakes in my head. They decided on a semi-naked cake decorated with fresh flowers and dragon eggs, and a sugar dragon on top!

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The sugar dragon (Drogon, of course!) was a delicate balance of ferocious and wedding-appropriate prettiness - I thought he was adorable anyway! Once his wings were in place, he provided the perfect show-stopping topper to their cake.

Steve & Julie chose three flavours for their wedding cake - White Chocolate & Raspberry, Lemon & Lavender, and Chocolate Salted Caramel.

They included just the right amount of Game of Thrones details in their big day. Bisham Abbey provided the perfect backdrop, complete with a towering Christmas tree. Tables were themed by Game of Thrones houses, banners adorned the walls, and the happy couple even cut the cake with swords.

A stunning wedding! Congratulations to Steve and Julie!

Flowers provided by The Garden Room, check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/thegardenroomflowers/

2018 dates are already getting booked up quickly! To avoid disappointment contact Caked here to book your consultation.

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!

Caked is taking bookings for 2018! To book your consultation with Claire click here. Don't leave it too late for summer dates!

 

Beautiful Buttercream & Gold Wedding Cake

I love it when clients share photos of their wedding day with me!

Ste & Aimee's wedding day was back in August, and I couldn't resist sharing their cake in all its glory. This was one of my favourite cakes of this year, and the moody backdrop of St Bart's Brewery in Farringdon added a whole new dimension. The flowers, the buttercream, the gold...such a gorgeous cake to work on.

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Their cake was made up of two tiers of white chocolate sponge with white chocolate & raspberry buttercream and one tier of chocolate mud cake with white chocolate & oreo crush buttercream.

The stunning flowers were provided by Ladybird Flowers and the beautiful photographs were by Alexander Newton Photography, links at the bottom of this post.

I was also excited to create a tower of doughnuts for Ste & Aimee, as the groom specifically loves them! 

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The cake table and doughnuts were beautifully styled by the St Bart's Brewery team.

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Congratulations again to the happy couple!

To book your wedding cake consultation click here to contact Claire and start planning your dream wedding cake.

Ladybird Flowers - http://flowersladybird.com/

Alexander Newton Photography - http://www.alexandernewton.co.uk/

 

 

Chosen Wedding Fair - this Sunday 8th October

Caked will be exhibiting at the wonderful Chosen Wedding Fair at the Islington Assembly Hall in London this Sunday 8th October!

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I can't tell you how excited I am to be exhibiting at this fair, and to meet all the super talented suppliers who will be there alongside me. Chosen handpicks their suppliers and actively supports small businesses in the wedding industry. It really is a lovely group to be a part of.

So come along for some truly unique ideas for your big day, and of course to taste some cake! I'll also be giving away iced biscuit wedding favours on the day while they last!

Tickets are £4 and you can pre-book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chosen-wedding-fair-london-tickets-38250932569

Hope to see you there!

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!

New Flavour Added!

I've been busy in the Caked kitchen working on some delicious new flavours to add to my cake menu. 

To kick off, may I present Tropical Breeze.

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Layers of light pineapple and banana sponge, paired with a delightfully zingy pineapple, lime and coconut buttercream. The flavours work so well together and offer a delicious alternative to your more traditional cake flavours.

So if you're looking for a tropical twist on your wedding day (or for your next celebration whatever it may be!) have a try of this yummy cake. I'll be including it in all upcoming consultations so book now to have a taste!

To make an enquiry or book your cake consultation click here. Check out the full cake menu here.

Happy Birthday Caked!

Caked is one year old today!

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One year ago today I officially launched my business. I'd been working towards my dream of owning my own cake business for a long long time, but I was finally there. Ready to hit go on the website I'd been working on for two months, and ready to start earning my living doing what I love.

It's been quite a year! There have been surprises, challenges, great times, not so great times, and I definitely spend almost as much time in Excel as I used to working in an office. I've worked with gorgeous couples planning their perfect wedding day, and even more clients to provide cakes for their celebrations and events. I plucked up the courage to exhibit at my very first wedding fair (with the support of my good friend Lisa - thank you!) and can now drive through central London without suffering heart palpitations.

And I've loved every minute. Even the Excel part. And that's because it all contributes to my very own business. I've put my heart and soul into Caked - and into each and every one of my cakes - and will continue to strive to bring the most beautiful and delicious cakes to my lovely customers.

Here's to the next year!

Check out all of my latest wedding cakes here and get in touch here to talk about your upcoming event. I can't wait to hear from you!

 

Caked Charity Masterclass

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting my very first Caked Masterclass! 

Five eager and excited ladies came down to a gorgeous barn kitchen in Great Bookham ready to learn how to make chocolate truffles and iced biscuits - just in time for Easter. The event was held to raise money for Christians Against Poverty - a great opportunity to support a very worthy charity.

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We made simple rolled truffles, starting with a ganache and then later getting stuck in to roll the truffles, coat in cocoa powder and decorate. My students also learned how to pipe biscuit outlines, flood ice their biscuits and play around with colours and techniques to create beautifully decorated biscuits.

Check out my ganache demonstration below...

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The results were pretty impressive, especially as no one in the class had ever tried working with royal icing or made chocolate truffles before.

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Everyone was amazed at how easy the chocolate truffles were to make - don't they look delicious? We made dark chocolate rose truffles and milk chocolate orange blossom truffles, using dried rose petals, pistachios and edible glitter to decorate.

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During the break we hosted an afternoon tea complete with tea and scones, jam and clotted cream.

A huge thank you to Kathryn who was the mastermind behind this event and did a fantastic job of organising everything. Kathryn is raising money for CAP, a charity dedicated to helping people out of poverty through debt counselling, life skills and help with addictions. If you would like to help her, click here for more information.

 

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 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.

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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.

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Tall, tall, tall

Bring the wow factor to your wedding with a towering centrepiece. The higher the better!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.