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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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This image was found via inked weddings

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?!

 

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Wedding cake tips

So the wedding planning has arrived at the all important cake. Where do you start? and, what happens to the cake after? Here are a few little hints, tips and ideas for your cake.

Small wedding, impressive cake
Having a small wedding but still want that impressive 3 or 4 tiered wedding cake? There are a couple of options…
1. Go with tradition and save the top tier for your first childs christening (or your first anniversary party – disucss this with your cake creator though, as not all cakes are freezable)
2. Get a couple of dummy’s – use dummy tiers to allow you to have that sky scrapping impressive cake without the wastage, and reduce the cost

Do yourself a favour…
I have been to plenty of weddings where the cake is served as dessert, in the evening or boxed up as favours for the guests – all excellent money saving ideas. You already have the cake, you should let them eat it! I fully intend to cut the bad boy up on the day and serve it to the guests, everyone loves a midnight snack and you cant go wrong with cake!

Can’t decide on a flavour?
The groom wants carrot, you want chocolate?! Easy solution, talk to your cake creator and incorporate both flavours into your cake design. Each tier can easily be a different flavour. My personal favorite flavour is chocolate cake with a cookies and cream filling!

Keepsake?
Photos are always going to be your ever lasting keepsake of your special day, but how else can you remember those special moments? If stored carefully handmade sugar flowers can last for years.

I have also seen, through the power of pinterest, there are companys (American I think) where if you send images of your wedding cake they will make a miniture replica that fits in the palm of your hand. How cute!

Inspiration

There are many ways to find inspiration for cakes, whether baking yourself or looking for that perfect design to get made.

It can be an old photo, a TV programme (My guilty pleasure has to be Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss – but sometimes just watching them can make you go “oooooooh thats a good idea for doing that”) magazines, the internet or just good old fashioned talking to people.

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There are many publications around today, and most of them available in your local super market, but my favourite is Squires Kitchen Wedding Cakes – a design source. It has loads of ideas and some little tutorials for the statement cakes in that issue. Sometimes its nice to know how other people are producing the same thing as you but in a different way.

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Most magazines are around £4.99, which I think is a little expensive when you can get access to an infinite number of images on the internet. Which leads me to my favourite place of cake inspiration…. You guessed it, Pinterest!

I find the range of ideas and tutorials around on the internet so useful, sometimes just watching a youtube video or finding an interesting image on pinterest or google can give you a new idea for a cake or a different technique to try. I love to experiment and develop the techniques I can do on cakes.
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I have a dedicated “cakes” board on pinterest, that I think has over 400 cake images and ideas on, feel free to have a look through and follow, I am always adding more to it.

(All images using in this blog post are not my own and have been found via google images, for illustrative purposes only)