It was the Love Robot that stole my heart…
I first encountered Emily and her intricate gingerbread designs about a year ago and since then Maid of Gingerbread has established themselves firmly in the alternative cakes & favours arena! You can even spot them in luxe department store Fortnum & Mason with their delicious treats and gifts.
So it’s with great pleasure that I’m introducing this yummy brand (and new #cocosponsor) in a little more detail, plus our readers can receive a 10% discount on any wedding orders. Just quote code ‘COCO10’.
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Notes from Maid of Gingerbread
Maid of Gingerbread combines two of my passions: building things by hand, and baking.
It all started back in 2010 when I found our traditional family gingerbread house templates (they were used to make a house for my 5th birthday!) and began experimenting with them; at first just adapting them to make different types of buildings, but then moving on to design templates from scratch in order to make anything and everything out of gingerbread. The results (particularly my edible tea-set) went down so well I decided to focus on it full time and it’s all grown from there!
My mum has always said ‘baking is a game you can eat’ and I think that playful approach has really informed my work. I love coming up with original designs that make people smile.
I started off making wedding favour biscuits and edible place names and found that I really enjoyed working with couples to create personalised items so I began developing alternative wedding cake designs. I think it’s a great time to be working in the wedding baking world as people have moved away from the traditional idea of the white iced cake and there’s just so much originality, colour and fun around these days!
I really love working with a couple to design something that truly reflects their personalities; it’s wonderful to be able to bring their ideas to life. I also love the variety this leads to: One week I’ll be making moustache-shaped cookie pops, the next I’ll be hand icing intricate floral details onto an ornate biscuit box.
There are lots of reasons why you might choose to opt out of having a wedding cake – you might want a more seasonal nod instead, perhaps a whole dessert table, maybe you have a penchant for french fancies or your wedding day just wouldn’t be complete without your Mama’s Pavlova!
Whatever your decision, there are so many beautiful alternatives and we’ve gathered some gorgeous inspiration for you to devour this Sunday. From autumnal pies, elegant french Macarons & the lustworthy Croquembouche to gooey brownies and doughnut towers!
I’m licking my lips already…
Oh and remember, if you spot something you love below scroll the credits to discover the original feature from some of the best wedding blogs in the world!
10 Wedding Cake Alternatives
My husband was a total traditionalist and desperately wanted a cake on our big day. So that’s what we had. But, lo and behold it was a delicious Croquembouche he sampled at a beautiful event at Fetcham Park that made him consider the alternative. In fact, the sweet treat created by Papillon Patisserie “changed his life”.
That’s an actual quote from my boy. He takes his desserts very seriously.
So would you consider the alternative…?
Images by Tiree Dawson Photography.
Oh we have a treat for you today…
Hot off the back of my own styled shoot this week, I can’t tell you how much I love this creative process – from styling them to being inspired by fellow industry folks! Oh and this gorgeous styled shoot captured by Tiree Dawson Photography is a knock out!
the Flower Fairies of askham hall
This beautiful, carefully curated, Flower Fairy inspired shoot is the third shoot Tiree Dawson Photography and I have organised together – and so far one of our favourites. Being creative little bunnies, Tiree and I always have a little pot of ideas bubbling away and much as we try to contain them sometimes one just erupts and we just have to do something!
This fabulous shoot came about after Tiree had shot a couple of weddings at Askham Hall and decided it was just too gorgeous not to go back to. We thought about various themes, but in the end stumbled upon ‘Flower Fairies’ as a starting point. The ethereal grounds at Askham Hall are beautiful, and although spring had barely sprung, the place was magical.
Feature Image by Danni Beach Photography.
When planning our wedding, the boy was very much involved in the wedding cake decisions and was adamant he wanted a naked cake with sticky jam and oozing cream! He got just that. Now we all know this rustic cake look has been quite popular the last two years, so what’s in store for the wedding cake for 2015 and beyond…?
I recently had the pleasure of working with Cake Maison on a photo shoot at River Cottage (sneak peeks coming oh-so-soon!) Emma Drew, third generation baker and founder of bespoke luxury cake company Cake Maison, created the most wonderful golden triumph with delicate leaf-like petals that was, quite frankly, way too pretty to eat! Almost.
Emma is kindly guiding us through 2015 and sharing her insight into wedding cake trends, some sweet inspiration is about to be served!
Notes from Cake Maison
Images by Danni Beach Photography.
Feature Image by Samantha Ward Photography.
I’m feeling truly spoilt and very much loved.
I seem to have an abundance of pretty to share with you at our beautiful venues of late and I can’t wait for you to get stuck in to this autumnal delight.
A twist of classic elegance and rustic romance, friend to Coco Jan Clarke, has created a truly berrylicious piece of autumn wedding inspiration for you at Sandhole Oak Barn, all beautifully captured by Samantha Ward Photography.
With stationary ideas galore, a cake to lust after and a bouquet that packs a punch – you’ll want to start flexing that pinning finger!
Notes from Jan Clarke
Images by Samantha Ward Photography.