27 July 2009

Beth's Bridal Shower

I am very much looking forward to making Beth and Robin's wedding cake this September. I had the great pleasure of meeting Beth's parents and sister Charlie at one of our consultations. After the consultation Charlie asked me if I would make cupcakes and cookies for a surprise bridal shower for Beth which was held at the weekend. The party colours were pink, lilac and green and so keeping to this colour scheme I made British style cupcakes in three flavours: orange, lemon and chocolate:

The 'shower' had an umbrella theme (!) and so I also made shimmery umbrella shaped cookies in gingerbread, lemon and vanilla flavours.

26 July 2009

Geraldine and Paul's Wedding Cake

I had the great pleasure of designing and making Geraldine and Paul's wedding cake this week. The wedding was held at beautiful Slebech Park near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. The inspiration behind the design came from Geraldine and Paul's wedding stationery by laser-cut specialists Chartula. Prior to our first consultation Geraldine had emailed me a number of images - of their wedding flowers, colour swatches and also a proof of their stationery design. The laser-cut pattern was so beautiful, incorporating the wild garden feel of Slebech Park and Geraldine and Paul's initials that I sketched out a design for the cake which involved replicating the stationery design on the middle tier of the cake using piped royal icing.

The cake itself was a trio of cherries: the bottom tier cherry almond fruit cake, the middle tier chocolate chunk cake filled with fresh cherry compote and chocolate ganache and the top tier madagascan vanilla sponge filled with fresh cherry compote and vanilla buttercream.

19 July 2009

Baby Shower Cookies

Baby showers are yet another lovely idea which we have transported across the pond from America.  They are a wonderful excuse for ladies (and men too should they fancy) to gather together before (or sometimes after) the birth of a baby to offer support and friendship and they are a fabulous reminder to the mum to be that she has a network of friends to call upon after such a life changing experience.  Typically guests bring small gifts for the baby and the hostess (normally a close friend) organises drinks and nibbles for the guests to feast upon.  There's no more perfect fare for baby showers than cupcakes and cookies in my opinion!  I made these cookies for a shower just last week:


10 July 2009

Summer Garden Cupcakes

I love pink and green together. If you choose pale pastel colours you will have a pretty vintage chic effect, - with deeper fuscia tones you get a vibrant, funky romantic feast for the eyes. Lovely. These british style cupcakes topped with poured fondant icing are decorated with vine-like white royal icing tendrils and intricate hand moulded roses.

5 July 2009

Pretty in pink

Earlier this year I was contacted by a lovely lady who had seen iced's cupcakes at a friends wedding and wanted us to make her cake for her wedding at Homewood Park located just outside Bath.   It was an absolute pleasure working with Zoe and Mark to design their cake.  They picked four different flavoured cupcakes: sumptuous chocolate (moist belgian chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream), ginger lemon (ginger cake with zesty lemon buttercream frosting) vanilla vanilla and carrot cake, which were decorated with handmade sugar roses, butterflies, daisy clusters and gerberas.  The top tier cake was a lemon drizzle cake sandwiched with lemon buttercream.  
We kept to a colour palate of white and varying shades of pink to match the wedding flowers and bridesmaid's dresses.  The couple also decided to order iced cookies for their wedding favours.  We made rugby ball shaped chocolate cookies for the men with a hint of cobalt blue to match their neckties, four mini heart shaped vanilla cookies in different shades of pink for the ladies and special sparkly vanilla teddybear cookies for the little guests.  Zoe hand wrote tags for each cookie with the guest's name on the front and a personal message on the reverse which was a lovely personal touch.    
Many thanks also to Zoe's wedding planner, Julie from The Wedding Genie who ensured the whole set up process was fantastically smooth!