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Inspiration for your Wedding Cake – Matching your Story

  • Posted on March 22, 2015 at 3:20 am

Whenever we are sitting down with a bride and groom to think about their wedding, we always ask them to consider what is their particular passion, or to think of places that they love which we can talk about and build into their design.

One of our brides’ family has been going to Walt Disney World forever. She and the Groom wanted to express their love of everything Disney withoutGardenia Flower  having Mickey Mouse everywhere so, needless to say, they were nervous trying to figure out what should be on the cake. The bride was looking at some pictures from their recent Disney World trips and saw the gardenia in bloom and knew that had to be it. The couple told me they had a connection to those flowers because no matter where you are on the grounds of both the Grand Floridian Resort or Polynesian Village Resort you can smell them everywhere.

After we had talked about the design and the colors she had in mind, we went back to the tasting session to think about their favorite combinations. The bride mentioned that her grandmother was originally from Italy and loved a special variation of Cannoli that had candied orange peel. There we had the decision immediately! This reinforced for me how important it is to think about what makes a wedding cake so unique, because it is all about you, just like the wedding day is all about you!

Once I start working on the elements of the cake, I will look back at my notes and think about what the customer told me, it really helps me get emotionally involved in the preparation, so that I am focused on creating the cake the couple described to me. So for example when I color the sugar flowers, I am making sure the edible food dust blush attains the right shade of color.
Coloring Sugar Flowers Candied Orange Peel

 

While I bake and prepare the ingredients, in this case you can see the candied orange peel drying, I think about what it means for the couple and how I am helping them create their dream cake!

And here is the end result, a beautiful three tier wedding cake with gardenia sugar flowers!

Gardenia Wedding Cake

Planning for your Wedding Cake

  • Posted on December 1, 2014 at 3:52 am

It’s the Thanksgiving Holiday and Wedding planning season is already off and running. We are holding tastings for events through end of next year, so I thought it would be useful to write about the wedding cake experience!

We encourage our couples to book a tasting and bring along several family or friends to corroborate their opinion about the best combinations of cake and filling for their reception. We want the couple to settle on their favorite flavor, but also to consider one or two other combinations that can be baked into several tiers, this way they can cater to different tastes in the wedding party, the chocaholics vs the nut lovers!

Don’t fret about buttercream vs fondant. If you want a perfectly smooth sculpted cake, then fondant is the best bet, it will also help your cake hold up to temperature fluctuations and humidity. Some bakers will charge more for fondant, although our policy is not to do so, since we roll our own fondant, to ensure a better taste and pliability for sculpting.

At the tasting and design session we also draw a sketch of the ideal cake design, incorporating elements from the wedding dress, color theme, table centerpieces, floral arrangements, invitations or even the couple’s favorite pets and hobbies! The more creative material you can bring to a design session, the closer wee can get to your dream cake. Most couples write to us after their event about how much fun they had at the cake tasting, we strive to make it enjoyable and memorable. One couple even featured our tasting in their own wedding planning blog!

Wedding Cake Design Elements Cymbidium Orchids Wedding Cake Sketch

Cake Fiction is not a high street or volume bakery. One thing that differentiates us from other specialist cake businesses is the fact that we limit the number of cakes we make each week, so you can be sure we are concentrating on your event. Your cake won’t be made by an assistant or inexperienced artist. Think about who you want to make your cake, who would you trust and why? Reviews by couples on reputable online wedding sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire are good places to establish a level of confidence in your shortlist of decorators.

Whoever you choose to create a wedding cake for your event, be sure to work with a cake decorator that is fully qualified, operating from a licensed commercial kitchen and who can present a certificate of insurance to your venue. Even if you have an enthusiastic family friend or relative that offers to create a cake for you, be aware that many banquet halls and restaurants will not accept caterers who cannot present credentials and insurance.Green Cymbidium Orchids Wedding Cake

Once you have settled on your cake decorator, make sure you also connect them with the staff at your venue who will
be organizing your reception, so that your cake has a table and setting exactly how you want.They should have table cloths and cake stands that match your vision, if not they can often be rented from the cake decorator. Even if you have a smaller wedding cake, it can displayed in a manner and location that makes it stand out. You can expect the decorator to follow up with you in the weeks leading to your event, just to finalize last details, modifications to your design and the number of servings based on your wedding guest RSVPs. Then just trust them to deliver and set up for you, letting you get on with your perfect day!

Wedgwood Theme Wedding Cake

  • Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:54 am

It’s interesting sometimes when our wedding couples live remote, but are planning an event near us many months in advance. So, we do a lot of communication via phone and email in order to think through the design and to sketch them ideas that match the elements they describe to us.

In this case we were approached by a Florida couple to create their wedding cake for an intimate reception at a private residence in Maplewood, NJ. The Groom had lived for many years in England and had a special affinity for all things English, that included the iconic Wedgwood Jasperware pottery. My husband Simon is English too, so together we came up with lots of ideas from our own family heirlooms for inspiration:
Wedgwood Jasperware Plate Wedgwood Cameo

One of the key components in complex cake designs is being able to find just the right mold to achieve the effect that you are looking for. However it’s not always exact, so you have to be creative in being able to extract fondant only from certain parts of the mold that are a good fit. When finally the couple was able to make a visit to Cake Fiction for a tasting, I already had a good idea of what they wanted, and how I could achieve just the right look for their cake.

Here are several of the molds I used that helped achieve the right look, one with swag lace patterns and the other a floral rose:

Mini-Lace Mold Blue Silicon Mini-Lace Mold Rose Swag Mold

In the end they opted for a three tier cake with Wedgwood blue fondant, and a furled leaf ornament cake topper. Once we moved in to place the various fondant pieces from our molds, I began to pipe final details with white royal icing. For the cake itself the couple chose red velvet with white chocolate cream filling, which made a fun color contrast when the cake was cut.

I was quite surprised last weekend during our open house for the village historic tour, so many visitors stopped by and mentioned having seen this cake posted on our Facebook page and how amazing it was! Delighted as always to have caused such a stir!

Cornelli Lace Wedding Cake with Matching Cupcakes

  • Posted on August 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

We love working with the team at Rat’s in Grounds for Sculpture, it has to be our favorite venue for weddings. The gardens around the restaurant with the walkways and pond, modeled after Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny are unforgettable.

Rat's Restaurant

Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton NJ

 

Rat's Restaurant Pond

The Pond at Rat’s Restaurant

Bridge at Rats RestaurantTable Setting at Rats

The team in the kitchen have always been very supportive, giving us space to add final touches to wedding cakes we deliver there. And we know the food too, having eaten there on our own special occasions, I’m happy as a professional chef to recommend the menu as first class!

For Kate and Trevor’s Spring wedding we created a cupcake display, a selection of cupcakes decorated with periwinkle hydrangea sugar petals and each placed carefully in an individual paper lace wrapper. On top of the display we set a white wedding cake with a piped Cornelli lace pattern, and finished off with two wooden Mr & Mrs toppers.

The cake itself was chocolate fudge with amaretto moccha and covered in our own fondant, colored very slightly off-white. Half the cupcakes had the same flavor combination, but the remainder were red velvet cake with white chocolate cream. Delicious!

Cornelli Lace Wedding CakeCornelli Lace Cake and Toppers

The venue has an added attraction, our little helper team always want to come along and assist with delivery and set up. That way we also give them some free time after to visit the gardens, and pose for photos!

P.S. Speak to our friend Christopher Carrell if you are thinking about arranging an event at Rat’s Restaurant, and count on us for your perfect cake!

Wedding Cake Inspired by Succulents from our Garden

  • Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I have been working on different flower beds surrounding our Cake Fiction barn. It’s hard landscaping a property from scratch, but we are making progress and the garden is in bloom. My latest bed contains a collection of succulents that I have been collecting and planting over the summer months, although I need to keep an eye out for the deer, who dig them out but then don’t eat them!Succulents Wedding Cake

In particular I like how these unusual plants add an ornamental aspect to the garden, and also how they blend in with rocks that we have unearthed as we dig and gradually reclaim the property!

Enthused by my gardening progress, I thought the succulent plants would make wonderful decoration on a wedding cake and I started testing my skills crafting different flower varieties from gum paste.

Last week I had a cake tasting for a wedding
couple, and when we talked about the design for their event, they said they wanted something out of the ordinary, I proposed the succulents. They loved the idea and here to the right is what I created!

I did more research and found some other ideas that might inspire you as you plan the finer details for your special day. I thought these bridal bouquets with Succulents were fabulous:

Succulents bridal bouquet in peach Succulents and purple orchid bouquet Large Succulents Bouquet

Also you might consider these succulent favors in galvanized metal containers, and various centerpiece arrangements for your tables.

succulent wedding favors

Assorted succulent centerpeices

Have fun planning your event, making it unique and memorable!

 

 

Naked Cake in Rustic Wedding Shoot!

  • Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 pm

We took part in a photo shoot, organized by Wedding Planner Kat Eitner (www.katEitnerEvents.com), together with a talented group of Vendors at the Raritan Inn nestled in picturesque Middle Valley near Califon NJ, and just five minutes from our new converted barn Long Valley location .

I prepared a three tier naked cake, brimming with fresh fruit of the season (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, cherries and also sculpted fondant pomegranates) finally with drops of honey poured over it.

Naked Wedding Cake with Pomegranates Naked Wedding Cake Close-up Naked Wedding Cake

Photography: Michelle Lange (http://www.loveandbemarried.com/)

To see much more of this fabulous event, I am certain you will enjoy this short 2 minute video of the shoot, filmed and edited by Nayeem Vohra films:

Bohemian Wedding Shoot with Naked Cake

 

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