Category Archives: Cake & Favours
When you see an inspiration shoot is there sometimes so many pieces of pretty that’s it a bit well…. overwhelming?
And sometimes, is it difficult to put what you see into the context of your own celebration?
I get it. Honestly I do. And when we put a feature of this type together we try to separate everything out as best we can, throw the really accessible ideas out there BIG AND BOLD so you can pin until your hearts content.
This afternoon’s farm and woodland affair is all about the flowers. And the CAKES. Not only was there a frilly one topped with sylvanian families (I had like the ENTIRE collection as a kid) but there is also a NAKED PAINT CAKE.
Yeah – I want it for the name alone.
Catherine at Lily and Frank: This shoot was a collaboration between myself (Catherine – www.lilyandfrank.co.uk), Steph at Fairynuff Flowers and Andrea at Cakes By Sugar. We had worked together on a previous creative shoot and this time wanted to put together a different more bolder look and feel to a creative shoot.
We initially wanted to involve chickens or animals in some way and we were incredibly lucky to get Jimmy’s Farm for the location and we loved the idea of having a couple getting married and having their wedding feast on a working farm.… View the full post.
When this inspiration shoot dropped into my inbox, my eyes lit up and I suddenly developed a hankering for cake.
Thick, gooey, decadent slabs of cake.
Covered with the most decadent blooms.
These gifted ladies decided to pool their wealth of talent to come up with not one but two inspiration shoots suitably entitled ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s dream’ which they styled at Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey.
And ladies, the results – all captured by the lovely Eddie Judd – are blinking gorgeous.
The Secret Garden
Nicole: Krishanthi and I were keen to collaborate and produce some beautiful inspiring tablescapes with a difference. I thought the themes were appropriate as we wanted to do something for the winter and so the Secret Garden theme was created with winter being the season when the garden is ‘asleep’.
The little creatures namely the robin and the deer were all from the beautiful film of the same name were featured in the various arrangements.
Krishanthi: When Nicole and I originally discussed the styled shoot for the Secret Garden, I was keen to create an intricate cake that depicted winter in sugar art form. Hence, the four tier shimmering wedding cake is adorned with branches, twigs, snow berries and ivy leaves which are common in winter months.
The two keys hanging from a love heart give the cake a special touch of romance and warmth. I also made some bird shaped cookies (in the style of robins), cupcakes and meringues to give a snowy wintery touch to the dessert table.… View the full post.
This week’s inspiration post is a contentious one.
Contentious because what I’m about to show you has often divided folks into two camps – those that believe and those that don’t.
I’m talking about wedding favours folks.
For some of you, these dinky gifts are a sweet (and essential) way of demonstrating your thanks to your guests as well as continuing/supporting your wider wedding theme. For others they represent an unnecessary waste of a precious wedding budget that could really be more wisely spent elsewhere or donated to charity.
I can appreciate both sides of the argument. Honestly I really can.
I’ve attended several weddings this year – some bedecked with favours and some without. Whilst it was exciting to discover customised offerings left at our place settings, I didn’t feel that there was something missing at those weddings where they weren’t provided.
Perhaps this is because I understand the financial reasons behind not offering a favour. Maybe a favour-less wedding is swiftly becoming the norm with modern weddings. Either way I don’t feel bereft when I come away from a wedding without a little gift.
As a girl steeped in tradition and who has a penchant for Time Team however (incidentally I’m happy to accept any box-sets of the series if there’s any going spare) there was no doubt that I was going to include favours in the wedding budget. I’ve enjoyed hunting the most perfect examples of these gifts down and they’ll look amazing as part of the wider wedding decor.… View the full post.
You may remember that a couple of weeks ago Adam, Charlotte and I wrote this post about our favourite sweet treats.
It appears that you lot are quite partial to matters of the confectionery persuasion given the amount of discussion that followed the post…seventy-eight comments and counting folks!
It also gave us here at RMW towers an enlightening glimpse into what makes YOU tick.
For me personally though, it was Charlotte’s comment about the popularity of sweetie buffets and the perception held by some that they are ‘overdone’ or ‘so last year’ which really made me think.
As you already know, we fully endorse the ‘your day, your way’ mantra. It’s important that you really love your wedding given the amount that you have invested in it both emotionally AND financially.
So if you adore the idea of a dessert table, and hell who doesn’t given that they’ve taken the wedding world by storm, then ruddy well have one on your big day. This post not only intends to present you gorgeous lot with some creative alternatives to the traditional wedding cake but also to show you the huge number of ‘buffet’ options at your fingertips.
Shall we start with some hard candy then…
A candy bar stuffed full of jelly beans, gummy sweets and tangy treats is the perfect late night snack for hungry guests. Opening essentially what is a free tuck shop is also a splendid opportunity for you to share your favourite childhood sweet choices as well as entertaining your friends and family too.… View the full post.
Oh how lucky I am, todays Ask the Experts column is all about….cake. And the expert in question is Krishanthi, she of immense baking skills (seriously people, I regard myself as something of a connoisseur of treats and her delicious creations are top of my wish list).
As with all Ask the Experts columns please feel free to ask Krishanthi anything you fancy regarding your cake-y requirements for W-day, just leave your questions in the comments box below lovelies.
Choosing Your Cake
The wedding cake is typically the centrepiece at a wedding reception and a traditional element of the day. There are a wide array of styles, plenty of delicious flavours and different budgets to consider when it comes to choosing your cake.
The style of your wedding cake will very much depend on your theme, the venue, number of guests, budget and time of the year. If it is a large wedding set in grand surroundings a tall tiered cake would be most appropriate. For smaller informal weddings, you can opt for either a smaller tiered cake or miniature cakes or cupcakes. Styles can vary from the traditional/classic and vintage varieties to modern/quirky/arty (adorned with fresh flowers, sugar flowers, hand painted, ribbons).
A wedding cake should complement the theme of your wedding, colour scheme, flowers and personalities. It does not necessarily have to be in white or ivory and just square or round.
This year we are seeing a lot more colour being introduced to wedding cakes to reflect the trend for bold brights throughout the reception.… View the full post.