I was recently asked to provide a cake for a photo shoot, the brief was soft pastels and ‘dreamy’. My absolute dream plant is cascading lilac wisteria, so to match it with lace and peach coloured piping was to me, perfect. The black velvet ribbon also really adds some drama to the softness of the painting behind… in my opinion anyway! I would have loved this cake at my wedding, I think it’s a very ‘Me’ cake. I hope you like x
After much deliberation over what cake Fran wanted for her parents big surprise anniversary party, we came up with something from the past. It’s based on the bouquet that the bride had 20 years ago! The wedding photograph was placed next to the cake when presented, cute. To start off I painted a yellow water-colour wash over the base and to finish, I highlighted the painting with royal icing details. The whole cake was lastly glazed with a shimmer spray, to give it a pearlescent light. And if you are wondering, it’s a Victoria Sponge…
I’ve said it before, Spring is the best time of year and I feel like I’ve celebrated this with my Wisteria cake. Sugarpaste flowers are dotted around but they aren’t the star of the show, the frills battle it out with the dark cascading blooms for the top spot. I love the ‘billowy’ nature of this design – I feel like if a summer breeze was to whistle by the frills and the wisteria would sway around lazily. Or maybe I’m just a little swept up in the joy of seeing flowers popping up to say hello everywhere I look?! Anyway, here’s a few close up pictures (apologies as I kind of went picture crazy on this blog entry!)
A few days ago I was rushing around, balancing display cakes, white drapes and business cards on my head. Well it felt like that anyway. Not knowing what to expect at my first wedding fair I prepared myself in a … Continue reading
I just realised that I had forgotten to post this cake! It is for the up-coming wedding fair this weekend. I can’t decide quite what to call it but I guess that’s hardly important (suggestions welcome!) The roses are all hand-painted and … Continue reading
A very dear friend of mine got married on 28th December last year, my gift to the happy couple was this wedding cake. Kate is a bride of impeccable taste and as an Events Organiser, she needed everything to be ‘just right’, this included the cake, so the pressure was on.
We were clear that this wasn’t to be a christmassy cake, but a magical, silvery, frosted design that would tie into her colours of ivory/red/silver and grey. I knew the red would throw me so I only added a touch at the end. The Bridesmaids were in scarlet dresses and the groomsmen were in grey suits.
The wedding was held at Pembroke Lodge, which was also where the Ant and Bee wedding was (one of my personal favourites). So a beautiful white manor house in Richmond Park was the venue, the Royal Park, if you don’t already know, is huge and the local residents are mainly Stags, Deer and herons as well as lots of other fantastic woodland animals. There is even a large population of bright green Parakeets which I was told once escaped from London Zoo… but that might not be true.
I digress. So the white lodge was decorated in blue lighting so that Kate got her frosted, Narnia atmosphere. White twigs were arching over the aisle that she walked down and a harpist played, filling the room with magic. I would have been very watery-eyed if it hadn’t been for a small child making funny noises as soon as Kate entered the room. If you need tears on demand, I’m your girl and I am happy to attend weddings to open the flood gates. I could be called Rent-O-Blub, suggestions welcome…
Back to the cake. It was a chocolate fudge, 2 tiered giant. I hand-painted various snowflake designs and as you can see adorned the cake with a branch which I made from sugarpaste. The silver-leafed rose was also made from sugarpaste. I actually really enjoyed adding the depth of the branch and pairing it with the hand-painted detail, different to what my usual ‘flat’ cakes are like. I also had a nice opportunity to use edible silver leaf. which I think looks really effective and has a certain dipped-in-molten-silver appearance. It’s quite simple to use, you just brush it on a damp surface and fiddle about a bit… give it a go! It would look awesome on some cookies.
To finish off the cake, and what I was MOST pleased with, was the trademark Lorna’s Cakery spots – but this time I piped them on using simple icing sugar and water in a piping bag. It gave the cake extra polished angles – as you might have noticed the top-tier is purposefully off-centre but I think the piping brings the whole design to a close nicely. I also enjoyed the ‘craziness’ (waves hands in the air) of running the sugarpaste and icing over the top of the ribbons and lace, it’s the simple things that I enjoy obviously! Below is the ‘cutting of the cake’, which funnily enough happened on the dance floor! Please spot Kate’s fantastic expression in picture 1, complete cake fear!
Congratulations Kate and Luke!
(Click on an image to view the cakes of 2012 as a slideshow) Thank you to everyone who has ordered one of my cakes, it’s been a great year for Lorna’s Cakery x
This cake a real treat to design as I loved the brief! It was for my cousin’s friend who was having her engagement party, it was christmas themed! I was told the bride-to-be was really creative, loved vintage things and her favourite film was Annie.
The couple also LOVE christmas, so I went down the romantic picturesque route and I also think this cake deign has an anticipation of christmas eve feel about it. Helped by the Annie quote “its only a day away”.
The cake was a simple buttery sponge with jam and buttercream filling.
The pictures remind me of Dickens movies and when Scrooge looks in through the windows of happy christmas parties when he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present. Ladies with ball gowns and men with waistcoats and cravats come to mind. Lovely!
My cousin told me the-bride-to be loved it and said it was the best present ever, this made me so happy!! I love love love this job x
In early November I decided to embark on a new cakery venture; hampers for Christmas.
When I first started out I was extremely ambitious about what I could manage as I also have a full-time job and now, on the 2nd of January I feel like that two months taught me a lot about what I can ask of myself and my time. But don’t get me wrong, it was a fun lesson to learn!
Initially, I wanted to do basket hampers and have a list of items people could choose to include. However, after talking to a couple of friends for advice, I learnt that often people don’t really know what they want (in a nice way) and that it is easier to have fewer choices. So I went straight to offering only a £25 and a £40 hamper. Both would include a handpainted fruit cake. I think this was my downfall to be honest. Usually I would charge £40 minimum for a handpainted cake and more for a fruit cake as they are more expensive to bake. But my main reason for these prices were due to figures you might be willing to spend on someone for Christmas, these were meant to act as aunty/uncle/grandparent/parent’s gifts and I thought £25 and £40 was a good judgement of this.
The reason I wanted to include a handpainted cake was as it is what drives me apart from other cake bakers/decorators and I really mustn’t lose sight of this, it would have been easy to just do fancy looking festive cupcakes/brownies and gingerbread men but I need to remember my ‘brand’. And by ‘easy’ I mean in the aspect of time (as I only have evenings and weekends).
I think I have decided that in the future I would do smaller ‘cakery bags’ for maybe £15 which would be a cellophane sweetie bag filled with brownie bites. But I will think more about this later, possibly around Easter. As you can tell, it’s very hard to keep my brand in mind!
Anyway, I did enjoy this whole episode in the cakery diaries, but really did push my luck as with Christmas time there is lots of meeting up with friends and family in the lead up and to be honest I am looking forward to not doing hampers in every spare moment now…. But I am looking forward to getting a cake order so I can spend lots of time on one design and not on 14 hampers. (I tried to make all the designs on the hamper fruitcakes different in style)
I’m not sure of my next cakery chapter, but I am hoping it will involve the Squire’s Chocolate crafting course, so I can involve sculptured chocolate in some of my designs………. BUT I MUST REMEMBER MY BRANDING!!! Haha
The cake above was done for my friend Sophie’s mum who owns an allotment (hence the personalised garlic and carrot design!) Sophie is in Australia travelling and ordered a hamper as a surprise for christmas, how sweet! Her mum loved the garlic, it was like a little secret joke.
I decorated the boxes using my wonderful friend Polly’s magazine, WRAP. Check out her work here: http://www.thewrappaper.com/
The tags were also handmade, stitched with a bit of WRAP and brown paper.
I’d love to hear any comments if you have them! x