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Friday Fun

Well it’s been a hectic week here at Cake Case HQ. 1 wedding cake decorated, 2 blog posts written and some fun new blog themed series decided upon.

The first of which starts today, My “Friday Fun” where I sum up our week and what’s to come over this weekend and things I have seen and learnt this week. Think of it as a getting to know the Cake Case a little better. I think it is really important to know who you are buying from, especially when you are working with someone to create something unique and personal to you.

This week my wedding cake project has been this simple yet effective white and purple 4 tiered cake, with as many roses as I could fit on it. Tiers 1 and 3 are wrapped in crisp white sugar paste to add a soft flowing affect.

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On top of my new brain wave and decorating a pretty purple rose wedding cake, I seem to have spent an in ordinate amount of time at the dentists again this week, don’t worry, it isn’t because I’ve eaten too many cakes! I’ve finally had teeth removed so I can have the back sections of my brace fitted, bring on a sparkling smile in 12-18 months time! Hopefully just in time for our wedding.

So, as you can imagine I am “pinning” all things wedding, and the things I am loving this week include:

Bell jars for centre pieces – whether it is filled with flowers, objects or table numbers, they are a simple and effective way to have table centres without them taking over the table.

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Wooden “guestbooks” – I love the idea of a cut through of a tree truck or a large wooden letter signed by all your guests as a memento of the day.

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this image was found via google.

Colour coded sweet tables – Forget favours, which let’s face it, generally get forgotten, have a sweetie table instead…. who could resist it!? Any why not colour code it to your theme as well. (where better excuse to scour sweet shops and of course test the sweets in advance).

Helpful suppliers – I have loved the helpful suppliers I have encountered so far, not pushy (I HATE pushy) but just genuinely helpful and love their craft/believe in the product they are selling.

So what is to come this week?

The start of my celebration cake blog series highlighting different cake ideas for birthday and celebratin cakes.

I have a couple of celebration cakes to make this week, 1 being made as a surprise (more details next week) and 1 arsenal themed birthday cake to make. Can’t wait to work with these clients!

Also remember we will have wedding cake consultation appointments available and some wedding cake slots for this summer, why not get in contact with the Cake Case to get a quick quote?!

 

Love them or hate them…

I have toyed with posting this blog for a little while now, but here goes nothing…

Cupcakes . Duff Goldman hates them, but is the cupcake trend here to stay?

Sometimes I just can’t make up my mind about cupcakes. On one hand I love them, they are bite sized, fun to make and decorate, you can produce a range of designs all in one go (my favourite is still my pac man cupcakes I produced a couple of years ago) and have as few or many as you like. And to be honest delivering a box of bright and colourful cupcakes just puts a smile on my face.

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A few years ago they were hailed as cheaper alternative to a large celebration or wedding cake and the trend really took hold, but now I see many people moving back towards single or multi tiered cakes instead.

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But why?

When you see cupcake stands popping up all over the place I actually think it isn’t too hard to figure out.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean every cake shop selling cupcakes! Some are beautifully done cupcakes, you know the ones, sold in a stunning little shop around the corner from you or down one of the back streets in your local town centre. These are the shops that love baking and love producing good quality cakes and cupcakes that warrant the price they charge, the time, the precision, the art….

But more and more often I see companies jumping on the cupcake band wagon to make a quick profit, mass produced cupcakes sold in shopping centres at what I would consider bespoke cupcake prices, and quite frankly they are not the same quality I would be happy producing, with some at £3.50 a cake, are they really cheaper?

When you think the average 8” cake costs approx £50, which works out at about £2 a portion, there really isn’t that much difference between the two (I mean if you are going for good quality cakes).

And that’s the key word here, quality. Like anything, you need to make sure you are getting what you pay for.

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If you want cupcakes for your wedding or celebration, then go for it, they are a fun way to present your cake. But support your local cake shop, the one that you walk past every day, the one where you stare at the array of colours in wonder before licking your lips and carrying on to work, talk to the cake designer and make sure you get what you want.

I think the cupcake bubble will burst…or at least deflate a bit and the large mass producing cupcakes stands will start to disappear, but that beautiful little cake shop will still be there, doing what they do best, creating you any kind of cake you like!

(All cupcakes shown in this post are by The Cake Cake, photography by John Knowles)

All About The Cake Case

Hi!
I have just updated the “About” page for the The Cake Case blog! Take a look, or have a read below…..

The Cake Case is a small independently owned and run wedding and celebration cake business run by Debi Gibson. After years of making a large number of cakes for friends and family, from birthday to baby shower cakes, Debi decided it was time to start a business.

So in 2012 Debi started to develop ideas and techniques, and test them out on friends, family and anyone else who happened to say they liked cake. Thanks to this willing band of tasters and testers over the past 2 years, Debi has developed her own style of cake decorating and as of 2014 officially started The Cake Case as a registered business.

Debi makes large tiered cakes through to celebration cakes and cupcakes, each with it’s own distinctive style and special attention to detail.

Debi loves getting her inspiration for cakes from all kinds of sources, from books and pinterest (everyone loves pinterest!) to her favorite wedding blog, rock and roll bride, and is always looking at ways to experiment and create a new eye catching design.

Cakes should be as individual as you are!