It’s been 18 months since I moved out of London to beautiful Bedford and at the weekend I delivered my very first Wedding Cake to the iconic Bedford Swan Hotel. Set on the river embankment, I’ve visited the hotel’s spa on a few occasions and love its classic decor – the swimming pool is done up like a Roman baths. It’s my kind of place!
Nicola wanted a cake to stay in keeping with a very classic English style. A tiered cake with fresh flowers between each tier, not arranged formally but looking almost as if they were growing wild.
The original sketch may have had different coloured flowers (remember that quite often, when the cake design is first discussed, other details have not yet been finalised) but the main change was in the positioning of the edible lace. I love working with my couples and Nicola was a seriously stylish Bride with some fab ideas!
I simply adore this design. It manages to be simple and complex all at the same time (very much like the baker). The pale green fondant icing is overlaid with white Cake Lace in two separate designs. I used Serenity for the top and bottom tiers and Art Deco for the middle.
My top tip for using Cake Lace is to cover your edges – for this design, I have piped a line of pearls in royal icing and painted them with a pearlescent lustre when dry to bring them to life. There is something about this little attention to detail that makes a cake look so much more finished.
Integral to this design was the element of fresh flowers. For a stacked cake like this, I will always fit the flowers myself to save the florist another time-consuming job on the day! A three tiered cake like this takes around an hour to complete as each flower is individually cut, wired, and bound in florist tape to keep them looking fresh for longer. It’s a job that I really enjoy!
I love the shot above of me hard at work with my hair set in pins for my Halloween party! The gorgeous flowers were supplied by Greycourt Florists… I even ended up with a little gypsophelia left over, which came home with me to pad out my own white roses.
If you are planning a 2017 Wedding, now is most certainly the time to get in touch to discuss a consultation and cake tasting. What better way to spend an evening in the colder weeks ahead than chatting about cake with me over a cup of something warming – tea, coffee, whisky, you choose your poison!
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