Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Teal and Ivory Wedding Cake

Blimey, where has the last week gone?!  Been busy, busy in Caroline's Cake Company world but I'm over the worst of it and have survived!

In March last year at the National Wedding Show one of my cake was displayed and there was a competition to win a wedding cake made by yours truly.  The competition was run in conjunction with Wedding Magazine and the lucky winner was Hannah White who opted for a teal and ivory wedding cake consisting of fruit cake, chocolate mud and vanilla sponge cake with a 4" dummy cake on the top for extra height and impact.

Hannah is such a lovely girl and so undemanding so it was a real pleasure to participate in her special day!

A black and white photograph just for fun, do you like it?

Monday, 23 August 2010

Giant Cupcake

I was recommended to a client by the builder who created our lovely bathroom earlier this year.  Paul (the builder) was at our house nearly every day for almost a month so he got to taste fruit cake, lemon cake, chocolate mud cake, vanilla cupcakes and leftover wedding favours and even though he was 'trying to be good' his resolve would melt every time I put a cup of tea and plate of goodies in front of him!  (I'm not sure if that makes me a bad person...)

Paul recommended me to his sister, Karen, who was looking for a cake for her daughter’s 21st birthday family celebration (which was to be held outside last Saturday...it rained most of the day.....)  Karen had seen a giant cupcake in Selfridges and asked me to recreate one....this was my first giant cupcake and I was grateful to The Cakerator for her recent tutorial!

Ooo, I'd like to just eat this peak of buttercream now!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Ferrari Cake (oh, and flowers too)

This cake was commissioned for twins...a girl and boy set of twins (well, man and woman now) to celebrate their 40th birthday.  The boy likes Ferrari's and the girl likes yellow sunflowers so here's what we went with.  I was very anxious about this design...cars and flowers can be tricky...but I kind of like it!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

4 simple goals...

I follow the blog A Beautiful Mess and their latest post involves achieving goals before the new year:

"the guidelines...
1. choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.
2. do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example.... instead of "lose 10 pounds", choose something like "eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day". get what i'm saying? positive actions instead of just the end result!
3. choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
4. choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward.
5. blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year! i'll be doing this too! links back to this post are appreciated. "

My goals:
1. Walk somewhere every day - I work from home and sometimes don't leave the house all day, not good for my soul or waistline...
2. Tweet every day - I enjoy reading tweets but feel self conscious about writing them, need to get over it (maybe I could tweet about my daily walk...)
3. Befriend 'soon to be opened' cupcake business on the high street - yes, they're my competition but I could turn it into a positive cake collaboration
4. Buy fabric and make something - I received a sewing machine last Christmas, I bought a pattern in March but all my good creative intentions are draining away, need to just do it!

What would your goals be?

What did you fill it with?...

...I've been asked, so here's an update on Logan (yes, the cupboard has a name)

He is filled with ribbons, cupcake cases, my cricut cake, cake tins, boxes and my lovely cake stand:

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

A new addition to the team

I didn't like his curtains when I got him home...
Much better, but I think I might frost the glass...
So much space....
As predicted, he's already full....

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Nursery Cake

One of my favourite clients, Debs, asked me to make a cake for her son.  He was leaving nursery to go to 'big school' and Debs wanted to give the nursery staff a present to thank them for all their help. 

This is the logo on the wall outside the nursery building.

And this is the cake!
(I used my Cricut Cake to do the lettering to get the same font and it worked well - I'm so pleased!)

This is the lovely email from Debs:

Hi Caroline

The staff were so impressed with the design, the cameras came out immediately! Apparently it was all gone by the Friday afternoon – unbelievable given the size, so obviously went down well, the chocolate mud always does! And I had lots of tears which Ben and Freya thought was hilarious!

Thank you so much, yet again!

LoL Dx

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Elvis Wedding Cake

Claire and Andrew are a lovely couple.  They came round to see me, we looked at magazines, ate cake and discussed their day and cake desires.

Apparently one of the reasons they chose my company was that they saw from my blog that I have given my car a name (it's Pierre by the way as he's French) and that is something they would do too!  I think that's the most important aspect when choosing a cake designer - choose one that fits with you.

But enough of that and onto the cake! Andrew is a big Elvis fan so wanted his figure to be dressed as Elvis at Las Vegas, complete with the flares and jewelled cape! I’m not sure how much Claire shares his love but she wanted to be depicted in her wedding dress and was helpful enough to send through some photos of the dress so I could make her figure’s clothing more accurate.

I must admit that I love this cake. I love the purple ribbon and the purple flower centres and the flow of the dress and cape across the top of the cake.

Elegant but lots of fun and I received a lovely email the next day from Claire:

‘…we couldn't go away without letting you know how much we and everyone at our wedding yesterday LOVED our cake! My mum and dad had already seen it before us and were so excited about it so I knew we would be delighted, but when we saw it for ourselves we just couldn't believe how brilliant it was and how much effort you had put into making sure the dress and the jump suit were just spot on!

Thank you so much for being so lovely to work with and for taking so much care to make our cake so 'us'! It was one of the talking points of our day and we told everyone about you!
Many thanks again for all the time you must have spent on it.’

I’m so glad they liked it!

(The wedding was held at Nuthurst Grange in Hockley Heath which is a lovely venue with a helipad on the lawn outside the building – how posh!)