Saturday, 28 May 2011

Trimpley Green WI

Had a great night last week with the ladies of Trimpley Green WI.  After an evening full of laughs, they all went home, very proud of their sugar teddies.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Wedding Cake - my opinion

Well, I think I quite like it!  And well done to the team at Fiona Cairns for pulling it off.

For a start, it’s 5 stacked cakes in one – quite a feat as each one will be as much as (if not more than) one person can carry.  I’ve just weighed out the fruit for the 12” base tier of a wedding cake and the fruit alone is around 4 kilos (9lbs).  Add on 3kg of marzipan and 3kg of fondant and that’s only the base tier!

There is a huge amount and variety of flower work.  Maybe some of it’s not up to the standard of the best in the business, but it gives a good overall impression and I think it’ll start a trend for one colour, blocked flower work. 

I’m not a Royal Icing expert and apparently it’s not ‘true’ Lambeth, but it fits well with the Palace setting and I think it will give Royal Icing in all shapes and forms a boost next year.

How will it translate to a smaller cake?  You could take the top section, perhaps scale it down to 4, or even 3, tiers.  I would opt to keep the base, probably as a single tier of 4 cakes, and add a three or four tier on top.  I thought the cake looked a bit dumpy – I’d have preferred a bit more height – so maybe add separators between the tiers.  This will keep the overall shape and style of the cake but make it a more manageable size for most brides.

And the cost?  Realistically, I can’t see any change from £1000 for the smallest, simplest version.  There’s still going to be a large amount of flower work and piped decoration.  If you opt for the seven-cake version, I’d quote in excess of £2000, maybe not what most brides are expecting (or willing) to pay - we'll have to see!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Wedding Cakes - A Design Source and Cakes and Sugarcraft

Just received my copies of Wedding Cakes - A Design Source and Cakes and Sugarcraft and I've got cakes in both! Very exciting :o)

Monday, 28 March 2011

Online Ordering

The online shop seems to be up and running again but I'm offering 10% discount till the end of the month to anyone mentioning Blogger.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Wedding Ideas Magazine

Spotted one of my cakes in Wedding Ideas Magazine today - always nice to see yourself in print :)

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Online Ordering

There seems to be a problem ordering from the on-line shop. It won't let you put anything in the basket! Please email any orders to and I'll invoice you either directly or through PayPal. Mention Blogspot for a 10% discount on everything except Corian boards :0)

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Rose and Calla Lily Wedding Cake

My first wedding cake of 2011, incorporating the ruching on the bride's dress, as well as the roses and calla lilies she was carrying.  It looks really small on the stand, but it was a 12" chocolate, 9" Irish cream liqueur and 6" vanilla sponge, weighing a total of around 20 kilos.

The venue, Birtsmorton Court, looked lovely and the weather was better than anyone could hope for in March.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Peopleton WI

Had a lovely evening on Tuesday with the ladies of Peopleton WI.  I gave a short demonstration then everyone had a go at modelling a teddy.  Great fun and a huge amount of laughter.  How is it that 30 people following the same instructions can produce 30 different teddies?  I remembered to take the camera so here they are...

Friday, 4 March 2011

Article in Worcestershire Living

A few weeks ago, Worcestershire Living Magazine asked if I'd like to be in their wedding feature. I sent in a few photos and heard nothing more. Until we found a copy last week, and there I was, on p21. Have to say my cake stood up well against the others featured :0)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hello and Welcome

The Blogspot allows a lot more features and options and, hence, versatility than the 'in-house' blog.  Look forward to more updates.