Your Wedding Cake – Inside and Out!
It goes without saying that your wedding cake should be a showstopper that will be captured in pictures forever more.
Wedding cake trends come and go however the timeless flawless finish with sharp edges will be around for some time. 2022 has seen a rise in popularity of texture:, bas relief, concrete effect, stencilling, gold or silver leaf, edible crystals, brush strokes, edible tartan, and of course the ever popular ruffles.
Separator tiers are much requested, and add extra height and a sense of occasion to your cake. My particular favourite is an acrylic tier, with added stencilling to compliment the cake design.
My style has evolved into a ‘less is more’ approach, providing simplistic elegance complemented by my signature sugar flowers.
It makes the years of learning my craft so worthwhile when couples tell me that one of the reasons they choose me as their wedding cake designer is because of my sugar flowers!
I am often asked if the sugar flowers are edible but unfortunately they are not. The flower paste itself is edible however the petals and foliage become very brittle when dry. There are also non-edible items used to make the flowers.
The sugar flowers do however provide a lovely memento of your wedding day as if they are stored correctly they will last for years. (The sugar flowers from my wedding cake are nearly 28 years old!)
Roses are by far the most requested flower and while blush roses and peonies have been incredibly popular, complemented by filler flowers and foliage, a single statement sugar flower provides understated drama to your wedding cake.
I also love when couples personalise their sugar flower selection, such as a beautifully bright Californian Poppy for an American groom to compliment a Thistle representing the bride’s Scottish heritage.
But it’s not all about looks!
As stunning as your cake is on the outside it should also taste delicious on the inside.
I am often asked – mostly in disbelief – if wedding cakes used to be all fruit cakes! And luckily wedding cakes have moved on and I have a selection of tried and tested flavours available on my website. A Cake Sample Box containing 5 of my most popular flavours will help with your selection. I always smile when I hear that either the bride or groom doesn’t like a particular flavour and then choose it after they have sampled it!
Currently my most popular flavours are lemon & elderflower, sticky toffee and raspberry & white chocolate. Which flavours would you choose?
I look forward to meeting you and chatting all things wedding cakes at the Luxury Scottish Wedding Show at Houston House in October 2022.
What to expect from your wedding cake designer
When I think back to our wedding preparations I reflect on my naivety, having never organised a wedding before. I didn’t know the right questions to ask and had never heard of mood boards so expected the professionals to guide me through the process. Some were excellent. Others not so much.
One thing I didn’t have to think about was a wedding cake designer as my Aunt made stunning wedding cakes and I was very excited that it was my turn. It went without saying that our wedding cake would look and taste amazing and would simply appear at the venue on time, not just because she was a guest but because I knew I could trust my Aunt.
Now that I make cakes I frequently ask myself what I would have wanted from a wedding cake designer all those years ago and smile when I think of how times have changed.
What hasn’t changed is the sense of occasion and the desire to bring many different facets together to create the perfect day, one that will be etched on the memories of the happy couple and their guests for a long time. One that reflects the thought and preparation put into personalising the day.
I am in my element then meeting with couples and chatting all things wedding, especially the cake. My initial contact is often at wedding fayres, or through my website (link?) or social media. I particularly love it when you come my way by recommendation.
It is a privilege to be a part of such an auspicious event and I love listening to your wishes and ideas and marrying (ha ha) them with my guidance and expertise to present you with a cake that makes a statement.
The Person Behind the Cakes
Like so many, my cake journey started with birthday and celebration cakes for my family and developed over the years into a passion for exquisite and show stopping wedding cakes decorated with beautiful and realistic handcrafted sugar flowers.
A background in architecture where I was used to running multi-million pound projects has helped shape the person I am today; creative, responsible and with a meticulous eye for detail. I even use a spirit level on my cakes!
It’s not all about the looks
I’ve always felt it important that a cake not only looks fabulous but tastes amazing too and I love nothing more than tweaking flavour combinations.
You are invited to meet me in my home kitchen studio where we can chat all things wedding and cake design. You also get to sample a selection of delicious cake flavours with either a cup of tea or a glass of bubbles. In the current climate I am offering Cake Sample Boxes for collection or delivered to your door.
Style & Design
The biggest compliment of my work is when couples come to me because they love my style. I take much pride in creating my cakes which have been described as striking, classy and elegantly simple.
I get so much fun and joy from the design process whether it’s for couples who know exactly what they want or those who need more input and planning for their perfect cake to materialise.
My love of what I do along with my training and experience and my wish to make your day special sees me prioritising listening to your wishes so that between us we can present a show stopping centrepiece cake on your big day.
“Choose and job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”