Images by Gooch & Gawler.
So last Friday we brought you a Gin Bar and this week we’re serving up cake! We know what makes you tick…
We’re currently swooning over award-winning London based cake designer The Enchanting Cake Company and their stunning wedding cakes which are almost too pretty to eat (almost!).
The Enchanting Cake Company specialises in creating magnificent, truly bespoke cakes and dessert tables that become the centrepiece of events, using only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. A commitment to exceptional flavour ensures the designs look and taste spectacular. The extensive flavour options are ever evolving based on client preferences, including classic favourites such as Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Lemon Drizzle to more exotic sponges infused with Caramel Dulce de Leche and Masala Chai tea.
Ramla offers a truly bespoke service far exceeding what is traditionally expected of a cake designer. A contant source of ideas, inspiration and support throughout the wedding planning journey, The Enchanting Cake Company work closely with not only clients and planners but other suppliers such as florists, stylists, venues and caterers. This closeness allows them to draw inspiration from wedding details such as décor, invitations and flowers to create show-stopping cakes that are the perfect interpretation of the wedding theme.
Ramla is offering our readers 10% off wedding cakes that are booked by the end of the 2017 using the exclusive discount code COCO2017.
Read on to discover the story of founder Ramla and her top tips for choosing your wedding cake… Also just click in to any photo to see the name of the cake, the price and the number of portions it provides!
Notes from Enchanting Cakes
I started my journey into the wedding cake business just over 3 years ago having left behind a career in dentistry. I always had a passion for baking and art from a young age but decided to pursue a more practical career before my creative side took over again! In 2013 I decided to take the plunge and make it a full time business. The more artistic and creative nature of the job suited me much better and I very quickly ventured into the world of wedding cakes.
I was drawn to the opulent statement style wedding cakes and started designing my first collection. I love working with brides and bringing their ideas to life, from the very first consultation I spend time with the couple to understand their vision of their big day and design something truly unique for them. I love how no two cakes are ever the same. The bespoke nature of the design process means every cake is unique to the couple and even when choosing a classic design there is always some personalisation for the couple.
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.