My cake journey started out as a young girl obsessed with sweet treats. I learned to make my favourite bakes mainly so that I could fuel this obsession by whipping them up whenever I wanted. Over time, friends and family started to comment on my cakes and suggested several times that I should start up a business. They were very flattering comments but a lack of confidence prevented me from pursuing it any further. The more I baked, the more positive comments I received, so instead of diving in head first, I decided to dip my toes in to test the water. I started up a free website where I could upload images of my cakes and named the site Love & Cakes.
Looking for something sweet for your wedding? Deliberating whether to serve up something shop bought or home-baked? Well, look no further because I am going to give you five good reasons why your wedding cake should be home-baked.
Photo: Emma Tarn Photography
As a cake baker and decorator there are times when you’re just not able to get that all important picture of your cake to share with potential clients or when you do, the lightings wrong, the picture is blurred or the angle doesn’t compliment the cake. So I decided to join forces with the amazing Emma Tarn from Emma Tarn Photography to recreate that moment so often missed at the wedding venue.
Everyone knows that weddings are expensive and trying to keep to a budget can be a challenge. Your venue, catering and honeymoon (if you are having one) has eaten a large chunk of your budget and you want a beautiful cake, but do not want to blow the rest of your budget on it. What can you do? How can you keep your cake costs down? Well here is some insider advice.
If there is anything that cake baking has taught me, it is the need to be aware of people’s allergies, intolerances and personal preferences. At first it was a challenge having to think in a completely different way to what I was used to and although I overcame many of these, I am acutely aware that there is always more to learn.
The idea of buttercream sandwiched between layers of sponge, iced with more buttercream (or ganache) beneath a layer of sugarpaste icing doesn’t really appeal to you. What can you do? You’d like a dessert served at your wedding, but you want it to stand out as different. This article discusses what options are open to you when choosing an alternative to cake.
Photographer: Emma Tarn Photography
Flowers provided by: Windmill Flowers
This can be a tricky one to decide. Do you adorn your cake with fresh flowers or sugar flowers? In this article I am going to guide you through the different things to think about, so that you will be able to make a decision and be happy with it.
It’s a new year and you’re down to the tastiest part of your wedding planning - the cake. But before you make your decision, you may want to get an idea of what is out there in the world of cake design and trends. The great thing about cake design is that your inspiration can be taken from anywhere - your favourite colour, fabric, pattern, story or comic! Yes, even batman can feature on your cake!
Below are just a few ideas of what is still bang on trend for 2018
The cake design you've chosen is beautiful and the cake tastes absolutely delicious. How do you know? Because you booked that all important cake consultation and tasting. At your consultation you would have discussed set up of your cake and how you'd like it displayed, but for those of you who want to get some ideas beforehand, this article will help you with that.
When it comes to budgeting for your wedding cake, it can be difficult to set aside a specific amount of money. Most cake makers create bespoke cakes that are specific to their customers requests, so prices will inevitably vary. Having a good idea of what you want will get you off to a good start, but if you don't, these can be discussed at your cake consultation.
If you do know exactly what you want, do not hesitate in finding the cake maker who can do this for you. Generally, they require at least 6 months notice, and some months are typically busier than others so will call for more notice to be given. Try to give your cake maker as much information as possible about your ideas so they can give you an accurate quote. If you have expensive taste and love the idea of cascading sugar flowers, intricate piping details or tiers that reach the ceiling, be prepared to spend. The more time consuming and detailed the design is, the more it will cost. Don't forget to ask about delivery charges and equipment hire as you will need to factor these in also.
All in all, make sure that you have the cake that YOU want, but also that you've set an affordable budget. If you don't mind compromising on specific details to reduce the cost, that's fine but make sure it's a cake you're going to love!
"Baking and cake decorating is my passion, making happy customers is my goal." - Bianca