Luxury Wedding Cakes – High End With a Twist

High end with a twist. Part 2.

 

I’m back!! Sorry for the radio silence. I had some major issues with my website, but that’s been fixed now. So I’m back! I’ll let you decide if that’s a good or bad thing.

 

Have you ever been to Sketch in London? After my blog last time about ‘high end with a twist’ wedding cakes I started to think of what that might equate to in other areas. And I remembered Sketch.

The Parlour at Sketch

Best friends and high tea.

 

Last year one of my best friends came over from America for a visit to London for her 50th birthday. She wanted to go somewhere for afternoon tea. We had already done Claridges and the one on the double-decker bus on previous trips (that is great fun!) So I wanted to take her somewhere a bit different this time.

And so I took her to Sketch. And it sums up ‘high end with a twist’ perfectly! To begin with its pink, and if you know me, then you know how much I love pink. The website is super fun to be on too. Then there is their dress code, “we ask our guests to dress with a sense of style and character.”

The Bar at Sketch

Destination toilets.

 

Everything about the place is quirky, from the entrance to the toilets. OMG the toilets are worth the visit on their own! No spoilers, go see for yourselves. But it also oozes class and quality. It’s a memorable experience with every detail thought about and taken to the next level.

If my style and ethos could be summed up in a place, it would be Sketch, London. Taking your ideas about your wedding cake and taking them to the next level, with class, but also with a ‘sense of style and character.’

The Parlour

Pining.

 

I’ve been missing London this year. The last time I was there was for The Wedding Gallery networking evening back in January. Usually I’d be up there every few weeks. I would say around 80% of my clients who are getting married down here in the magnificent South West, are not local. They are from London or the South East, and so I find myself popping up to London to meet with couples who can’t get down to meet with me. And also to meet with some lovely wedding industry contacts who have become friends over the years.

 

Letting the train take the strain.

 

Now I know what you might be thinking. All those trips to London from Cornwall. That’s a lot of driving and that’s not good for the environment. Well that would be true, if I were driving. But I don’t, I take the train. Yes, cakes on a train (sorry, had to). But it works very well. Yes it’s much better for the planet, but also it’s more economic, and a lot less stressful. So it’s a win all round. I will admit that once there, when I have a cake, I do use a cab as it’s way safer than trying to take a cake on the tube (trust me, I’ve tried!) And I think using a cab might be the safest option for a while yet, to ensure the safety of everyone at the venues I’m visiting. Plus I have to be very careful with vulnerable family members. Which is why I haven’t been travelling anything like as much as I usually would.

High tea at Sketch

High End with a twist.

 

So back to the point of this blog. I hope I have helped clarify a bit more why I describe my style the way I do. I put my heart and soul into everything I do for my clients. And, as I limit the amount of weddings I do a year, I make sure every cake and every client gets the same attention.

There is no doubt that weddings as we know them have changed and will be different for a while to come. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have that amazing cake you have been dreaming about. In fact having to have a smaller wedding is even more reason to go all out on the cake, and on everything actually! So take that idea and let me turn it into a showstopping cake that will help to make your wedding live in the memories of your guests for years to come.

 

Top tips on getting your ‘High End With a Twist’ wedding cake;

 

1/ Get in touch with me! 😉

2/ Seriously though. Do a little research and find a cake maker whose work you really love. And have a bit of a look on Pinterest etc to find inspiration pics for your dream cake, this will make it easier to decide on the style you want, and that will help you find your perfect cake maker.

3/ Consider your venue, and what kind of cake would fit well. Are there details in the décor or architecture that could be picked up in the wedding cake design.

4/ Give all your inspiration pics and Pinterest boards to your cake maker. We will then use these as the starting point for your design. Although please remember we don’t ‘copy/paste’ but work with you to design something unique.

5/ Have fun! Have some fun with your designs and colours. This will help to make your cake truly yours.

 

 

Luxury Wedding Cakes- High End Wedding Cakes with a Twist

High end wedding cakes with a twist.

You may well have seen the phrase .high end wedding cakes with a twist’ on my Instagram and email signature. It’s become my tag line, as it seems to sum up what I do perfectly. But what does ‘High end wedding cakes with a twit’ mean?

Black buttercream wedding cake with edible flowers
Dramatic but still classy is my passion

 

Let me explain.

High end weddings and wedding cakes are what I do, I work with discerning clients who know what they want. And what they want is something a little different, a wedding cake with a twist!
Usually my clients are looking for a high end, luxury wedding cake, but they also want to have something that reflects them, their personalities and their passions. This may mean hand painting their pet Guinea pigs around one of the cake tiers, or designing and hand cutting a custom stencil.
My clients are classy, but a little quirky. They want their wedding and their wedding cake to be elegant, but to also be creative and a talking point. And it’s my job to get that balance just right.

red roses on floating cake tier
How about a floating tier to add that twist?

 

Now I’m not talking full on themed wedding cakes here, or the sculpted novelty cakes, although I know fellow cake makers who are amazing at those and I can put you in touch with them.
For me the twist is taking the traditional wedding cake and making it stand out and also making it truly personal to you. Often the cake is the part of the wedding that people feel they can get more creative with, without going to OTT. A subtle nod to something, even if that something means nothing to anyone but them. In fact that makes it even more special.

Making your wedding cake yours.

hand painted elopement cake
A hand painted scene of the beach where the couple got engaged.

 

How many times have you seen a pretty wedding cake online and thought ‘that’s lovely, but…’ Or it’s so similar to every other wedding cake that comes up that you can’t tell who made it or who’s wedding it was?

Now there is nothing wrong with this, in fact I love the pretty, traditional, wedding cakes. And these can be exactly what is required for some weddings.
Where I come in is when a couple wants something just that little bit more unique. So maybe that’s a stencil of the details from your wedding stationary, or the lace or detailing from the wedding dress or suits. How about matching the sugar flowers on the cake to the wedding flowers? Or a hand painted scene of a favourite place, maybe the beach where you got engaged? All of these things can be included in the wedding cake design, and these are what adds the ‘twist’.

Colour.

Peacock coloured wedding cake
Colour on a wedding cake can be very elegant

 

And then there’s colour. You may have noticed that I love colour. And there is no reason why you can’t have colour on your wedding cake. In fact I encourage it. These days the edible colours are amazing, and it’s possible to create any shade you need. Something I pride myself on is being able to colour match the fondant for the cake to any colour you give me. Quite often a couple will give me a swatch of fabric, ribbon or one of their invites and ask me to colour match these on the cake. This is another way to make the wedding cake really personal to each couple.

Personal touches.

wedding cake with hand cut stencil
A hand cut stencil to match the wedding stationary.

 

I can also cast moulds of things like shells, broches, personal trinkets or other items being used in the wedding décor or table settings. These will be completely unique to you and your wedding and can become a keepsake if made in cold porcelain rather than sugar. In fact, the flowers for the cake can also be made in cold porcelain and then kept forever. What a beautiful thing to be able to keep.

Cake toppers.

wedding cake with bright colours cake
The groom made the brides wedding shoes. So I made a chocolate shoe cake topper.

 

Another way to add that personal and creative twist to your wedding cake is with the wedding cake topper.
These days there are literally thousands of options for a topper, not just the traditional bride and groom. How about including the whole family, even your pets? And you can keep it classy, there’s no need for the generic, plastic figures anymore. Or keep it simple and have an acrylic or wooden topper commissioned with your names and wedding dates, these also make a nice keepsake of the day.

flamingo wedding cake

I find my clients tend not to want the traditional figures on top of their cake, but some still want a topper. This is again where the high end with a twist comes in.

I spend a lot of time working with my clients and their ideas to make sure their wedding cake is exactly how they want it. And this includes the cake topper. I am always happy to source the topper, and to help you think a little differently about what can work. For example, I have a lovely little pair of elephants with their trunks forming a heart. It wasn’t sold as a cake topper, but I knew it would work, so I bought it to have in stock. On a trip to America once I picked up a cute pair of silver starfish that also make an adorable wedding cake topper.

 

Elephant wedding cake topper
The adorable elephant wedding cake topper.

How about commissioning a custom sculpture for the top of your cake? This can then become something to hand down as a family heirloom for future weddings. At our wedding we used the cake topper that was my maternal grandparents, that my mother and aunt had also used at their weddings. There are so many options.

But I’m getting off topic.

High end with a twist wedding cakes. And weddings. These are what I live and work for, this is where I am your perfect cake maker (shameless self-promotion).
But seriously, your wedding should be just that, yours. And having a high end, luxury wedding means you have the budget to have exactly what you want. So there is no need to settle for a copy/paste of the latest Instagram trend. After all, it won’t be a trend for long, but your memories of your big day will last a lifetime. So they need to be perfect, for you.

Instead of looking to follow a trend, how about we set new trends together.

 

Photo credits: FreeForm Images & Helen Chapmen Photography.

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