Expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & Wilts Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourgloswilts.wedding

 

Cake off

Cake off

Q. We would like a selection of vegan cakes and desserts to be served at our wedding. What can you suggest?

A. Paul Barlow-Heal says: The demand for vegan and gluten-free cakes and desserts has grown massively over the past year and now recipes include many tasty flavours. Highlights from the menu at Cotswold Baking for bespoke vegan cakes blend banana and pecan, mocha and walnut and ginger and lemon varieties, while individually made vegan desserts include a caramel chocolate tart and pecan, vanilla and bourbon cheesecakes. Gluten-free cakes include the popular carrot and cardamom bake, as well as Tunisian orange and almond cake.

All of these ideas can be enjoyed individually or by combining a selection to create wedding cake tiers. A tiered cake is still a popular choice for a wedding because it caters for a large crowd and lends itself to elaborate decoration resulting in a showstopper to wow guests. One idea is to choose a variety of flavoured sponge layers to act as each tier, and all of the combinations from our vegan range can be used to achieve this.

The most important thing is that you choose freshly made desserts and cakes that are delivered and assembled on-site the morning of the wedding.

Paul Barlow-Heal
www.cotswoldbaking.co.uk

 

Cake and eat it

Cake and eat it

Q. We want a showstopping wedding cake! Can you give us some ideas and inspiration?

A. Jan MacLean says: The naked and semi-naked cakes are still popular, especially with so many barns being available as wedding venues because they suit a rustic theme. At Cake and Sugarcraft Boutique, we still get lots of requests for traditional cake styles, but couples are choosing designs with fondant icing instead of royal icing. Character cakes are also becoming extremely popular – one side of the design looks traditional, often in keeping with the couple's theme, while the other side shows the story of their relationship.

Jan MacLean
cakeandsugarcraftboutique.co.uk

 

It’s all in the flavour

It’s all in the flavour

Q. How can we make sure that our wedding cake tastes as good as it looks?

A. David Waldren says: Every couple wants a stunning wedding cake, but it's just as important that the flavours are right too. My advice is to always try before you buy! At The Cake Architect, we have dozens of tried-and-tested flavours to choose from, ranging from boozy cocktail ones such as mojito and pina colada to those using desserts as inspiration such as sticky toffee or Eton mess. If you can't decide on one, then why not mix and match with different tiers!

We invite all couples to a complimentary consultation at our shop, where they can sample three flavours of their choice at no cost. If their ideal flavour isn't on our list, then we'll happily experiment and make the perfect recipe for them, with any dietary requirements catered for. We help to guide couples through designing their perfect wedding cake with as much or as little support as they need.

David Waldren
www.thecakearchitect.co.uk

 

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake

Q. We are trying to achieve a very personal wedding. How can this be incorporated into our cake?

A. Pam Johnson says: Creating a very personal day, and wedding cake, that's suited to you both is a lovely thing to do because it means that it will be an individual design. A story cake is a great way of recalling the journey of your lives together so far, with each layer focusing on different aspects – for example, where you met, your first holiday together, your engagement, moving in together and so on. I start these designs by asking for images such as photographs or clip art. I then print them on to edible icing or wafer paper and place them around the cake. I would then meet with couples to discuss the idea and decide on the placing of the images.

Another idea of personalisation is for the cake to show the wedding vows, which would be printed on to edible paper in a heart shape. This can either be encased in icing so that it's free-standing and positioned against the cake as required or it can be placed directly on to the cake with either a flower frame or icing to decorate the edges. The wedding venue and date are also a nice touch to have printed and placed on the cake, as well as your names or monograms with the similar iced surround. Using the edible printer, various messages and pictures can be picked, giving couples the chance to design their cake with an endless variety of options.

Pam Johnson
www.gloucestershirecakemaker.co.uk

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