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By rebecca, Jun 26 2018 10:37AM


1. How long has your business been established?


I have been in business since September 2014 but I have been baking since 2009. In this time I’ve won three international cake awards, been featured in various different publications, trained to become a sugarcraft demonstrator and had a baby.



2. How do you deliver a unique experience for your customer?


My ethos is all about uniqueness, I believe a wedding should reflect the personalities of the two people getting married. To create a personal Cake for strangers is difficult so I take the time to get to know the couple. I invite them round to eat cake and drink tea, we talk about their theme and ideas, and as we do this I’m slowly creating an image in my head of what their Cake could look like. Usually, it exceeds what the couple think is possible to do with Cake and sugar, but who wants to be bland when you can stand out?



3. How much freedom does your client have in terms of the design of the Cake?


Absolutely loads; usually clients will ‘give me an inch’ and I’ll ‘take a mile’. Meaning they have a basic idea of what they want but aren’t really sure how to put it together or how to expand on it - that’s where I come in. I’ll take their ideas and run with it, then I’ll sketch out the picture in my head so that they too can see the ‘crazy’ inside my head, and we go from there. Usually, it’s bang-on but on the rare occasion, we’ll make a few tweaks as at the end of the day I only want to make a design the couple is happy with.



4. Do you have a fixed price or is it dependant on each customer?


I have a fixed based price for the amount of tiers a Cake will have, but as every design is different so is every price. It really depends on detail and the amount of time it takes to do all the detail. Sugar flowers can take days to make so as the old saying goes ‘time is money’ whereas something like my three tier fondant fancies cake I know inside and out so this Cake, for example, has a set price.



5. On average, how long should a customer order their cake from you in order for it to be ready for their wedding?


Whilst every Cake is made within three or four days of the wedding, bookings should be made up to 18 months for peak wedding season and can be taken as little as three months for off-peak.



6. How long does it take to make your cakes?


Again, it comes down to detail. I can make a naked/semi-naked cake in a day or two but, taking my two-sided Star Wars Cake, for example, that’s basically two cakes. One side had an awful lot of detailed characters, hand painting, modelling and small elements, and the other side had handmade flowers, delicate lace and a super smooth finish. This Cake took me nearly five days.



7. What are the most common questions (and answers) you are asked by your clients?


*Do I have to have fruitcake? Hell no! Is always my answer. It’s an old traditional thing but no-one likes fruitcake!


*What is the most popular flavour? Vanilla with strawberry jam is always a crowd pleaser, but whose wedding is it? My latest, and new favourite flavour, is earl grey and lavender. Yes, it sounds like your granny’s old perfume, but it is AMAZING!!! I also do beer and bacon, pina colada, bubble gum and gin and lime to name but a few.


*(when design and flavours are sorted) what’s next? I require a deposit of just £50 to reserve their date and the balance is due four weeks before (I send out a reminder) then I take care of everything. You tell me when and where to be and I’ll be there with the Cake of your dreams.



8. What advice would you give to your clients for their wedding day?


Make sure you do it your way! Your Mom, Dad, Aunty Shiela and the neighbour's cat will all have an opinion about what you ‘should’ be doing on YOUR big day. Only you guys know what you should be doing. They may all think you’re crazy with your ideas but, when it all comes together they’ll be like ‘ahhhhh I get it now, it makes so much sense from you guys’.


Also, delegate, delegate, delegate. Make the most of the best man, bridesmaids and ushers. It’s your big day so make sure it works without you having to do any work.



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By rebecca, May 16 2018 05:30PM

Is it really bad to admit that I’ve not actually seen or read The Gruffalo? No doubt I will at some point with my little boy. However, one little boy loves it so much he had a completely Gruffalo themed birthday party (including chocolate mouse droppings!).


His mummy asked me to make him his dream cake, and how could I say no? Obviously it had to be a yummy chocolate cake (there was a lot of chocolate that day!).


I started with an 8” square, a tall 6” round and a 5” half hemisphere and carved it into the rough shape of his head.


I used a cakepop mix to shape his mouth, the back of his head and shoulders. To make a cakepop, take some cake and crumble it, then add enough buttercream to the crumbs and mix to make a mushy cake consistency.


I gave it a good coat of white chocolate ganache to help keep it all in place (3:1 ratio of chocolate and cream).


I covered him (as it was a him by this point) in fondant, but quickly realised I hadn’t defined his upper lip enough (or at all) so I did this with fondant. If I were to make him again, I would use the cakepop mix. I probably would also use a lighter shade of brown, for the upper lip, and airbrush the edges with a little bit of brown.


I added all his features and then he really came alive.


I used fondant with added tylo to mould and shape his hand and let it dry on sponges.


He was super fun to make and I would love to make another version of him again.


By rebecca, Mar 1 2018 04:33PM

I recently learnt how to paint with cacao butter from the lovely Louise Vincent from The Rose On The Cake. She does beautiful floral paintings on cakes and I know she has some classes coming up at The Blue Door Bakery if you’re lucky enough to bag a spot. I’m not going to give away any of her secrets of painting flowers, so you’ll just have to take the class. I’d like to note that I used an image I found on the internet, but Louise will show you how to paint free hand.


I created the painting for an awesome cake collaboration, the 30th anniversary of the cult TV show Red Dwarf. You need to go check out all the other pieces from the collab at Cakes from the Dwarf.


First and foremost, the board I used was covered in sugarpaste in advance. I helped firm up the fondant by putting it in the oven for 15 mins on 50°. If you want to paint on a real cake I suggest you use a sugarpaste that sets hard quickly and leave it overnight.


So, how to use cacao butter; you may have seen, from the video, that I used two different methods to melt my butter. It was nothing to do with the ‘finish’ of the paint or affect the way it painted onto the sugarpaste, I just got lazy. To begin with, I used a cup and saucer with boiling water in the cup, and the cacao butter and edible food colour on the saucer ON TOP of the cup. I got fed up of having to constantly change the water to keep it warm. I then decided to put the saucer on top of a cylinder and a candle. Just make sure the cylinder has holes in it to ensure oxygen gets to the flame.

I found an image online and printed it to the size I wanted, I cut out the shape and used a Dresden tool to ‘draw’ the outline. As I used a dark colour sugarpaste, I painted all elements white first, it is much easier to colour on a white base.


I painted my image to look like the picture I had printed. The best advice I can give is to keep your colour light to begin with and get darker with layers. Also, be careful about where you lay your fist, if you notice some smudges – by the ‘t’ of kitty – it’s because I accidentally brushed it with my hand. If anyone figures out how to remove smudges, I’d be grateful to find out! :D. I very much doubt anyone will be painting the same image as me so it’s quite difficult to give advice on anything else.


Once I was happy with his skin tone, I placed the image over my painting (just make sure it’s completely dry) and used the Dresden tool to mark out the features.


Although very time consuming, it really is quite relaxing. I plan to do a lot more soon.



By rebecca, Feb 22 2018 10:18AM

I had every intention of blogging regularly, but it’s been two years since my last post. Life does tend to get in the way. I am hoping to make this a regular thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s another two years until my next one.


This trend of naked and semi-naked wedding cakes does not seem to be going away. I don’t mind though as they’re pretty darn elegant!!


I have previously baked a tier of cake to take to wedding fayres with me, but it’s such a waste of cake. Brides would prefer to see the finished item (three tiers) and well, it was just taking up too much room in my freezer. So, I wasn’t about to bake three tiers and have them take up precious space.


I had to figure out a way of making a fake one, so here goes:


‘Ingredients’


1. Your choice of dummies, number of tiers and height is up to you.


2. Brown, yellow and white acrylic paint (you can get it from any half decent craft shop).


3. A cheap make up sponge (poundshops tend to be a good bet)


4. A flexible measuring tape.


5. A Dresden tool or something to create a gap between your ‘cake’ layers


6. Icing smoother


7. An old or cheap spatula you don’t mind ruining (poundshops again)


8. An old bench scraper you won’t mind ruining.


9. Tile grout. (not really sure if it matters what kind – mine was a Wilko branded one called ‘out on the tiles’)


10. Hot glue gun


I started by mixing the three paints to make a light shade of brown, so not too much of the yellow and white. I wanted to start light as it would be easier to go darker than it would to go lighter.


I stacked the three tiers together and, with the makeup sponge, painted (more of a dabbing than painting) them simultaneously, this is because I knew I would never be able to re-create the exact shade of brown again and didn’t want my tiers looking dramatically different.

I covered the complete surface area of the dummy (except that which was going to be covered by the tier above) and then made my paint a bit darker. I used even less yellow and white and I added shadings of darker brown in patches until I was happy with it. It doesn’t need to be perfect because cake colour shades aren’t and it’s getting a slight cover anyway.


I left it to dry overnight.


Using my measuring tape and Dresden tool. I marked out 1-inch spaces from top to bottom and then made an indentation all the way around the cake using my 1-inch marks as a guide. To make the indentation a bit more pronounced, I used my icing smoother to rough it up a bit.


I mixed up the tile grout to the packet’s specifications, but it was a little too thick, so I just added water until I was happy with the consistency. Then using my spatula and bench scraper, I ‘iced’ it like I would do a real cake.


I left it to dry overnight.


The next day I used a hot glue gun to stick the tiers together.


I added silk flowers, but if you would like to use real flowers on a real cake, take some advice from The Maddock’s Farm guide.


Simples.


Let me know (and show me) if you have a go at making one.


Thanks for reading.


Love, Becky.


By rebecca, Jan 16 2016 01:25PM

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