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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.

pac man cupcakes

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.

cupcakes

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)

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Proposals Ahoy!

It’s Valentine ’s Day, which can only mean one thing…..proposals ahoy!

Which means it MUST be the beginning of wedding season, so let’s take a quick look at some of the big trends for wedding cakes this year…Hold on to your seats!

Vintage
Firstly, still remaining a firm favourite with brides is the vintage theme; icing lace has really changed the face of vintage style cakes over the last couple of years. Team that with some traditional style piped royal icing, cameos or bird cage styled cakes and you are onto a winner.

Why not take at look at this link to wedding and wedding flowers vintage cake look book page, all the vintage cake ideas you would ever wish for! http://www.weddingandweddingflowers.co.uk/article/98/lookbook-vintage-wedding-cake-ideas

But what else will we be expecting to see this season?

Get Naked….
As we get more and more conscious about the foods we are eating there has been a definite rise in the number of egg free, gluten free, organic cakes available on the market, and there is one wedding cake variation has been booming thanks to our food conscious friends, the “Naked Cake”.

Because you cannot get fondant icing to meet the organic/vegan demands, the “Naked Cake” has become a stunning way to have your cake, and eat it too!

“Naked Cakes” can come in a range of shapes, sizes and styles, usually a traditional style Victoria sandwich, though I have seen some amazing lemon drizzle versions around! But think good old cake, fruit and cream, dusted with icing sugar and decorated with theme matching flowers. To be honest it also makes for a brilliant budget cake too!

Check out www.pinterest.com and just search “naked cake” for a stunning array of cakes and ideas! I’ve spotted purple, cinnamon and pear, ombre pinks and of course chocolate.

Bold and brassy
Other themes taking hold this season include bold colours, geometric patterns and metallic cakes.

All of these styles of cake can be paired with a number of different themes, metallic teamed with vintage to add some subtle gold touches can be the real icing on the cake (sorry had to get that in somewhere!)

To be honest these styles really lend themselves to the bride and groom having some fun with their cake design and creating something really unique to them.

White out…
Another contemporary way to make a real statement with your wedding cake is to go all white, no matter how much detail or what the theme, I have seen some beautiful wedding cakes that are completely white on white.

This article is from back in September 2013, but the gallery has some lovely examples of completely white (or ivory) cakes, which if you are struggling on cake colour choices could be just the answer to your woes. http://www.weddingandweddingflowers.co.uk/article.php?id=330

 

How wedding cakes are being displayed is evolving too, from on barrels, to sweet and dessert tables or individual cakes for each table….but that is a whole different blog post!

I think no matter what theme of your wedding is or the number of guests, your cake is something to have fun with and really make your own. Think of it as your own personal piece of art work….and you get to eat it after too!