Going national….

Well to Nottingham. Last week was a good friends birthday. She’s a batman geek and her parents asked me to make her a batman cake. No problem! Except they live in Nottingham…..

I have posted cakes a couple of times before, and they are fine as long as you wrap them really well. Of course fruit cakes are easier, as they are denser and less likely to suffer damage. But this was a chocolate sponge. In fact it was two chocolate sponges! As the birthday girl had ordered a cake for her dad, who’s birthday was a few days later, neither of them knew. I had to be careful what I said! Make sure I was talking to the right person about the right cake!

Anyway, they survived!! Both cakes arrived in time and in one piece.

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A wedding footnote?

Yesterday I did another wedding fair. It was a lovely day in a beautiful location, and I met some lovely people again. There were four of us cake makers. And their cakes were stunning! Proving the artistry and skill that goes into creating a cake.
However I’ve been noticing a trend during my cake making journey. No matter what the occasion, the cake seems to be almost an afterthought in this country. So many couples passed by us cake makers, or muttered things like ‘oh mum could make that.’

We were all given a copy of a local wedding magazine. A beautiful publication with lots in. Except cakes. There was a single page about wedding cakes. And only a very few adds by cake suppliers. I also noticed that most of the real weddings features lacked any photos of the cake, although everything else was included. It’s incredibly frustrating, and not helping our industry! It only adds to the misbelief that the cake is just a footnote to the occasion.
Why is this? What have us cake makers done to deserve such sidelining?

With the popularity of The Great British Bake Off, and the proliferation of cake shows, you’d think we would be getting more recognition.

I’ve talked before about the frustration of customers not wanting to pay for ‘just a cake.’ But it’s no wonder they dismiss our skills when even the wedding/events industry seems to see the cake as an afterthought. I think a leaf should be taken from Americas book.

Our culture has always celebrated special occasions with food. And what better than a cake? Cakes are always happy things. No one can be sad when given a cake. Feed your guests with something special.

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Laws of gravity….

And how to defy them! At least making it look that way.
I’ve been itching to have a go at one of these, and my husbands birthday gave me the perfect opportunity. He likes a drink…..

So I stole one of his empty cans and set to work. The cake inside is lemon with vanilla buttercream and lemon curd. The white fondant was airbrushed to try and get the effect of a glass mug full of beer. My airbrush fought back!

Anyway this was the resulting cake 🙂

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Shades of white….

Not grey 😉 (Sorry had too! If you know me you know why.)

I’ve been spending some time doing one of my favourite things, sugar flowers. I decided to stick to white for this little project. I wanted something I could take to two upcoming wedding fairs.
I’ve recently started using Satin Ice fondant, and I’m a convert. Although it’s softer than others I’ve used, so I was sceptical it would mix well enough with the CMC powder. I’ve tried several ways of making flowers. Pure gumpaste, 50/50 and mixing the powder into fondant. After much playing around I’ve found the balance of fondant to powder and like that best. Although it’s very much personal choice, you may find something else works best for you.

Anyways, these are the results 🙂

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Frills and pretty things…..

This week I’ve been playing around with frills and ruffles. A little while ago I did a pink ombré frill cake for wedding fairs, but was frustrated at how they seem to sag.
Then I discovered the amazing Maggie Austin (I bow down) and her pert frills! Clearly there is a way!!
And indeed there is. And it’s face palming simple once you’ve been shown. I watched Ms Austin and it was a case of ‘oh of course!!!’ A bit of a cakey eureka moment.

So here is my first go at pert frills. I’m rather pleased 🙂

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Getting in a spin

Getting in a spin in the form of a washing machine! A cakey first for me. This was a birthday cake for a gentleman who fixes washing machines. No getting away from them even on your birthday! But it was a fun cake to make.

I also got to play with more pink 🙂 I really am such a girl!! And the reactions to the two tier christening cake were a delight. It’s what makes it worth doing.

Things are a little quiet now as my boy is on Easter holiday, but I’m still getting into the cake room! I’ve a white flower display in mind I’m trying out. Watch this space!!!

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