Hand Painted ‘London Love’ Wedding Cake

THIS WAS A 6 LAYER RAINBOW CAKE! Unfortunately, being a cake decorator you don’t get to be there when they cut the cake which is sad when it takes so long to assemble and especially when it includes so much coloured sponge. I must make another one, just for me. I met this lovely couple at the Chosen Wedding Fair that I exhibited at in Spring, the cake was very personal to them as London was where they found each other, but there were icons from their home countries around the cake; The Andes snow-capped mountains and Table Mountain. The Thames and the birds joined all the locations together along the bottom, like one long panoramic view. This cake was lovely to work on and really represented special places to the couple. It also has their cat sitting next to them by the bench, the family, happily ever after. Awww!

Tutorial: How To Paint a Meadow Cupcakes

If you need a helping hand looking for these tools, check out Squires Kitchen, it has some really fun things to play with, Enjoy!

Baking Tip: How to achieve a BRIGHT sponge cake using gel colours

My Indoor Meadow with Hand Painted Cakes at The Chosen Wedding Fair

 

Last Sunday I ventured into the magical world of The Chosen Wedding Fair, so much lace and pretty bespoke creations everywhere!
This was my stall, I decided quite early on that I wanted to make more of a ‘mark’ when displaying my painted wedding cakes. So I decided to bring a meadow with me! Lots of hessian, straw and twigs filled the back of the van, and even a couple of wooden old crates to add height, I LOVED IT! It totally made me want a shop front just so I could play with window displays all day long. Alas, not this decade!

I also met tonnes of lovely people, including Kiki who organised the show. She was running around making sure everyone was happy, which they were, so well done to a great job!

So here are some new Creative Cakery Friends that I would recommend you check out, if not for a wedding then just for inspiration, they are really fun:

Lucy, Illustrator – The Story House
Lottie, Wedding Blogger – Lace and Love Hearts
Tania, Retro Ballroom Dancing – Sapphire Groove
Emma, Florist – Ladybird
Retro Photo booth – Strike a Pose

Next week  have my next injection of Brides and engagement ring spotting (fun!) at The Vintage Wedding Fayre in Bethnal Green, York Hall. “Tis the season to get wed!”

Painted Birdcage Cake with 30 Flowers

I think this would make an epic wedding cake, but this little (massive) guy was for my lovely cousin who turned 30 last month. We went through loads of options for what design to have, discussing all the things she … Continue reading

My Cakery’s First Wedding Fair!

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

Black Rose Wedding

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

Hand-painted ‘Meadow Wedding’ cake

So I seem to have unintentionally created a few cakes which ‘talk’ about meadows, fields and gardens. But I really can’t help it and as I have said before, my favourite time of year is spring and meadows encompass that. … Continue reading

Cupcake Bouquets with Mint and Thyme

This was my first attempt at cupcake bouquets. I decided to use a window box for one and a regular plant pot for the other. The window box was the one I was most excited to try out and it … Continue reading

An Enchanted, Frosty Wedding Cake

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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.

top view

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.

side tree

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.

full tree

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…

rose detail

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.

side tree

branch rose detail

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!

cutting cake1

cutting cake2

 Congratulations Kate and Luke!