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Let's eat cake
Q. We want a showstopping wedding cake – what do you suggest?
A. Cathie Sanders says: We design and create bespoke celebration and wedding cakes using high-quality, fresh ingredients including free range eggs sourced from Bubbas Barn in Cherhill. Why not consider a multi-tiered cake to add some wow-factor, or some cute cupcakes displayed on a vintage-style stand or quirky iced biscuits that double up as favours? We also provide one-to-one cake decorating or sugarcraft lessons so that you can surprise your guests with your own designs and we host cupcake decorating parties for all ages and abilities which is a great idea for a hen gathering.
Cathie Sanders, The Flying Pig Cake Emporium
Icing on the cake
Q. We're having a micro wedding this summer yet still want a fabulous wedding cake! It will only need to feed 15 guests so what do you suggest?
A. Anna Baker says: For a micro wedding this summer, I would suggest ordering a delicious semi-naked or sponge cake fully covered with buttercream. There are so many delicious flavours to choose from and the beauty of hosting a micro wedding is that a seven-inch cake will be plenty for 15 guests with some to spare. Alternatively, you could have a two-tier cake with one five-inch and one seven- inch layer. The seven-inch tier could be eaten at the wedding and the smaller one could be frozen to enjoy at a later date with family and friends.
Summer berries are in abundance during this season and look fabulous decorating a cake. Fresh flowers also look beautiful and can be coordinated with the bouquets and table decorations. You can either keep it simple or mix the two - the combination of flowers and berries looks sensational.
Even though your cake will be smaller than usual, it should still be the centrepiece at your reception. Using a decorative cake stand or a log slice to present it on will provide the finishing touch and height can be added by the addition of a striking topper available in all shapes and sizes. Ribbons and bows and all manner of decorations are also available and I offer a personalised service in which all of these details are discussed ahead of the day to ensure that you have your dream cake.
Anna Baker, Anna Baker Cakes
Cake, glorious cake
Q. Because we're having a small wedding with 30 loved ones, we won't need a large cake and many wedding designs seem to be at least three tiers. Can you help?
A. Pia Cato says: I have just designed an intimate wedding cake collection that includes single and double-tiered designs. They are still every bit as mouth-watering, just smaller so ideal for a more intimate number of guests. They can still be styled with flowers, fresh fruit and decorative icing, and cupcakes work very well being individual because they can be served as dessert. Our wedding cake prices range from £295 to £1,800 with an average spend between £500 and £1,250. Though we specialise in naked, semi-naked and buttercream wedding cakes, we also love a challenge so we encourage brides to get in touch with their dream cake designs.
Pia Cato, The Vanilla Pod Bakery