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There be dragons….

I do love a dragon, although I’m not sure I believe the myth that they are bad and to be slayed.  

I’ve been wanting to make one for a while. And decided the time had come to give it a go. I used an upcoming wedding fair as the excuse.

Now I know what you’re thinking, a dragon is not very weddingy (is that a word?) But why shouldn’t it be? A wedding cake should reflect the couple, and if they are into that kind of thing, then why not? 

And he got a great reception. We called him Dave, for no other reason than alliteration and that everyone knows a Dave. 

So here is Dave the dragon! 


And to carry on the theme of individually I threw these into the mix too. White chocolate hand painted with cocoa butter paint. I’m a little in love with them, and with Dave. 

Tatler

Yes, that’s right. Tatler. The society magazine above all others. 

You may remember I was in Vogue back in November? Well soon after Tatler got in touch. It was another read and read again moment, but indeed the email was there, and addressed to me. They would like to feature me in their Wedding 2017 supplement! Well okay then! I mean I wasn’t going to say no to that. 

If you’d told me when I started this that I would be in both Vogue AND Tatler, I’d never have belived you. But here I am! My little cake business is going places! 

Glam, lux and seagulls

Just before Christmas I was involved in a beautiful photo shoot at nearby Clovelly. If you don’t know Clovelly then google it! It’s stunning, and a more romantic place to marry you’d be hard pushed to find. 

  The styling was done by the very talented Suzi from Ambience Devon . And massive thank you to Em from Clovelly Weddings for organising everything. 

This was my first shoot, and I was amazed how many people are involved! 

Thank you for including me. And many thanks to Tim Lamerton and  Nick Pearce for their wonderful photography. 

I am looking forward to many more trips to Clovelly! Including the Wedding Fair on April 2nd. Come along, there will be cake! 

London Calling! 

When London calls it’s only polite to answer. Especially when it’s asking you to bring a cake with you. 

Now I know what you’re thinking, I live in Cornwall. That’s quite a way from London! Well yes, that’s very true. But where there’s a will, a sturdy box and lots of bubble wrap, there’s a way. 

You see I’m not Cornish by birth. I’m from Northampton. And most of my family are still up that way. Except my cousin and her family who are in London. Hence the call to bring a cake from Cornwall to London. As I was invited to the family party anyway, I may as well do the cake, right? After all doing cakes for family was how this whole thing started in the first place. 

So I packed the cake, and a bag. Catching up with family was by far the best part of the weekend, as well as watching the cake be chopped up and eaten. I don’t usually see that part! 

I do love London. So when it next calls and asks for cake, I’ll be there! 

A plea to wedding magazines and blogs. 

On Sunday I did my first wedding fair of the year at the beautiful Saunton Sands Hotel. It’s one of the best ones I do and such a lovely start to the year. 

However this year I had a issue. Not with the hotel, but with brides asking availability. It’s January, and several were asking about dates in May this year. Only four months away! Of course I had to turn them down because May has been booked out for months. However the magazines and blogs are still advising that you don’t need to bother about the cake until 4 or 5 months ahead. Please, please, please stop advising this! It’s not fair on the couples getting married, as they select their cake designer only to be told we are booked. June 2018 is already booked up for me. 

Those of us who are good at what we do, and have the reputations, get booked up early. Just like a popular venue does. So please wedding industry, please stop advising that the cake is an afterthought and can be last on the list. Seeing people’s eyes light up on seeing my stand, and tasting my cakes, only to have to tell them I can’t do their cake, and watching their faces fall was depressing. 

I get asked a lot when they should book the cake? How much notice do I need? It’s not a question of how much notice, but have I got availability. My answer is always the same. As soon as you possibly can! Book the date, pay the deposit to secure it. Then you can think about exactly what you’d like the cake to look and taste like. But get that deposit paid! Don’t lose your dream cake designer because you’ve listened to the ‘4-5 month lead time’ advise. 

I hope I don’t have to keep blogging about this problem. I really hope the industry takes responsibility for the advice they give. 

Rant over! Here’s my stand from Sunday with new 2017 designs. 

Christmas offer. 

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me……not five gold rings, but…. a BIG DIAMOND RING! Far preferable to French hens and partrages I think you’d agree?

If that’s what happened over Christmas then huge congratulations! I hope the proposal was everything you’d dreamed of. 

Personally my husband proposed to me in a layby, during a thunderstorm….. but hey ho. It was memorable at least! 

So now you can put all those dream wedding plans into action. Including the cake. 

And, as it’s Christmas, I’ll give you 50% off a consultation  (usually £25) if you book one between now and the new year. Remember you don’t have to know exactly what you want, or for how many at this stage. But if you think you’d like me to make your cake, then don’t leave it too long! May 2017 and June 2018 are already pretty much booked up. Fear not though, a deposit will secure your date, even if you’ve not decided yet what you want. 

Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year! 

When should I book the cake? 

This is something I get asked a lot at wedding fairs. And my answer is always the same. As soon as possible. 

However, to my alarm, a friend of mine planning her wedding read in a leading wedding magazine that you only need to book the cake four months ahead! I was shocked!!!! This was ‘professional’ advice! 

Sadly it once again proves that in the wedding industry, the cake is considered an afterthought.

But I’ve already got several 2018 bookings, and I’m meeting a couple in the new year who are 2019! So four months is a joke.

Please, please don’t listen to such advice! A good cake designer gets booked up just as far ahead as any other supplier and venue. 

As soon as you know your venue and a rough idea of numbers, then book your cake. You don’t need to have decided 100% on your design, flavour or colour scheme. But pay that deposit and secure your date! I hate having to turn people down because their date has gone. And if I’m booking up that far ahead already, then so will every other cake maker. 

And to all bridal blogs and magazines. Stop telling people that they only need four months for their cake! You are setting people up for disappointment. 

The cake below was booked two years before the wedding. And that’s not unusual. 

BLACK FRIDAY!!!

Yes I know it’s an American import, but who doesn’t like a bargain? 

So here’s the deal.

From now (Friday evening) until Monday the 28th Nov at midnight. If you book a wedding consultation it will be HALF PRICE! Plus, yes there’s more! You will also get 10% off your wedding cake! 

A consultation consists of three flavours of your choice to try. Plus one to one with me to discuss your cake. I’m always happy to come to you if that’s more convenient 🙂 

Cake Masters Awards. 

You may remember my post a few weeks ago about going to the Cake Masters Magazine Awards dinner, otherwise known as the ‘Cake Oscars.’? 

Well last night was the night! I’ve spent the weekend here in Birmingham, at Cake International. As part of that was the awards. And it’s a huge deal! In Cake land it doesn’t get much bigger. 

Now you may also recall my telling you that the wonderful UNSA that I’m admin on, were up for an award. And so was the Sugar Arts for Autism collaboration I was involved with. This was an honour for all involved. 

Although we didn’t win, it was still a great experience. And I hope I can go again next year. Even if I’m not involved with anything in the finals, just going was great fun. Cake royalty to left and right, and posh frocks all around!

At least it was posh once we got there. Walking from the hotel involved a posh dress with cupcake Vans. Yes I looked like an idiot, but I didn’t fall over, which was worth all the odd looks. And there were many odd looks…. 

So here’s a massive congratulations to all the worthy winners. And here’s to next year! 


And no my camera wasn’t broken. The lights were pink!!