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By rebecca, Jan 16 2016 01:25PM

Take a look at some of our 2015 Brides and Grooms.


We cater fromGeek to the Chic weddings.


If you are looking for an alternative wedding cake, whether it's gravity defying, based on your favourite film or TV show, we can create the cake of your dreams.


By rebecca, Sep 29 2015 04:26PM

Come along and eat some cake at the following venues:


18th of October 2015, Middleton Hall, Tamworth. 11am - 3pm


25th of October 2015, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, vintage wedding fayre. 11am - 3pm


Feast your eyes on our alternative wedding cakes. Daisy and Fred produce Groom's cakes and Vintage style wedding cakes, which reflect the unique personalities of both our brides and grooms.


You might even be lucky enough to get a sample.

By rebecca, Nov 24 2014 06:41PM

If you follow me on Instagram @DAISY_AND_FRED you'll know that my other love, aside from wedding cake and cake in general, is teacup candles.


The obsession started when I got married last year and wanted teacup candles at my wedding. So, I had a go at making them, they turned out OK and I was impressed with them.


Since then, not only am I chief cake decorator to my friends wedding cakes but, chief teacup candle maker too.


So I though why not combine my two loves? And I've put it into a tutorial for you lovely lot.


I used a cake pop mix for the teacup as it's easier to mould and shape. It also saves trying to carve a cake or find a tin in an unusual shape. If you don't know how to make a cake pop mix here goes....


Crumble your cake into fine pieces, add a blob of butter cream (ignore the fact that mine is orange – it was left over from Halloween) With clean hands, mush them together making sure all the crumbs are in the mixture.


Line your chosen teacup (if I were to do this again I'd use a vintage teacup – you'll see why soon),with cling-film and add the cake mixture to the teacup. Leave about 1/2cm gap at the top. Use the excess cling-film to cover the cake and put it in the fridge to set.


The saucer: Use a 50/50 mix of sugar paste and flower paste as you don't want a floppy saucer. I used the bottom of my saucer as a mould and template but I found this a little bit big. If I were to do it again I would do it the right way up. Either way, just make sure you use plenty of cornflour between the saucer and the paste to ensure it doesn't stick. This will need to be left to set over night.


Take your cake out of the fridge and cover it with your chosen fondant, doesn't matter what colour as long as you know how to decorate it. Find a round cutter, roughly 1cm bigger than your cup, to trim the excess fondant. My largest cutter was still smaller than my teacup so I had to cut it free hand. It was messy – this is why you should use a vintage teacup, they are thinner.


Add some grease proof paper to the exposed part of your cake and find something to elevate your cake on. Mould down the edges of your teacup for a realistic look. Let it sit over night to harden up as it will be easier to paint on.


Add your handle, yours will probably be different to mine so pay attention to what yours looks like. For mine, I rolled a sausage and flatten one end. Add it straight away so that it has time to adhere over night, use something to balance it on.


On to the painting: If you're not comfortable with painting, you don't have to, just do what is easiest for you. I used baking paper (use grease proof as it's more translucent than baking paper) to trace the outline of the rose pattern on my teacup.


Prepare the area of your teacup, you want the painting to go on, by rubbing it with TREX. Then rub it off again, don't be tempted to miss this step out as your stencil will not transfer.


Add a little TREX either side of your drawing (the side you drew on) to help it stick to the teacup better, as gently as possible, smooth over the drawing. If you want, you can re-trace the lines to help the picture transfer better.


Hopefully, once you lift the paper off you should see an imprint of the picture. Use this as your template for painting.


I use petal dust mixed with vodka for an edible paint.


I'd suggest spraying your dried teacup with an edible glaze to make it more realistic.


Use what ever colour fondant to make the 'wax'


I used a lolly pop stick for the 'wick' -not edible but food safe


take a ball of yellow fondant and roll it into a tear drop shape. I added some orange petal dust to make it look realistic.


Serve to an unsuspecting tea guest.




I served it to my in laws and they had no idea it was a cake, they thought the teacup was real!!


Let me know how you get on.


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Thanks


Rebecca


By rebecca, Nov 4 2014 10:26AM

Cake dummies are great if you want to practice your decorating skills, but if you don't have many orders coming in or you don't want to waste a real cake, practicing on a dummy cake is the perfect solution.


Many people think that you can't re-use your dummy but you can, and I'll show you how!!


Before I discovered this technique, I used to hack at my used cake dummy with a knife. It worked, the fondant came off however, I was left with gaping big holes in the sides; which meant I had to fill those holes with MORE fondant. What a waste. See picture 11. to see what I mean - THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT!!


Follow these simple steps and you can't go wrong.


1. Don't use water to attach your fondant to the dummy, it works but it's a pain in the butt to get off. Use Trex or an equivalent. Trex is a vegtable fat and so won't effect the flavour or consistency of your fondant. Another similar product is Crisco.


2. Smooth the Trex or Crisco all over the dummy. Hopefully you can see where I have placed it on the edge, I had tried colouring the Trex so you could get a clearer picture but it looked nasty. The Trex will fill in all the little gaps making it even smoother. Water won't do that.


3. Cover the dummy as you would a normal cake. Voilà, here is one I made earlier. This dummy has had it's fondant on a few months now. I've only just discovered using Trex to stick it down so this one had been stuck down with water. Now to remove it.


4. Stick it in the sink with boiling water, almost as simple as that. However, the dummy will just float to the top. No worries, onto picture 5.


5. Weight it down with something!! I found a full bottle of fabric conditioner was the best, but this was a smallish dummy. I have previously had the fabric conditioner, a large bottle of squash and a bottle of tonic water to hold down a larger dummy. Just make sure the dummy is completley submerged!!!


6. Your water will soon start looking icky. The white stuff around IS the fondant not the dummy, have no fear.


7. I was supposed to check on it after half an hour but I forgot, this is what it looked liked after 50 minutes. You can see that it has completley come off the sides but not the top. No worries.


8. Let out some of the water and re-boil the kettle then add it to the sink once boiled. This time, let the dummy float on the water.


9. You can see that it has mostly come off, simply get a dish cloth and wipe the rest away. Simples.


10. Brand new and ready to start again.


11. IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT (hacked at with a knife)


I hope this has helped, let me know if you have any questions.


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