The Catherine Naked Wedding cake

This weekend we made a naked cake for Catherine and Dominic’s wedding in The Meadow Barn at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel.

Catherine and Dominic chose a naked wedding cake to fit with their more informal wedding that included a huge hog roast (which smelt amazing) and more relaxed decorations in rich, jewel tones.

When they originally came to the tasting they were most interested in light coloured sponges like vanilla and lemon, but as soon as they started tasting cake it quickly became clear that we were going to take another route – Dominic adored our white chocolate ganache. The couple eventually settled on chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache and red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The cake was then decorated with fresh berries and flowers to match their colour scheme.

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The slight problem was that Catherine and Dominic had 300 guests, but a round cake to serve that many would end up being ridiculously tall, which wash;t in keeping with their day so we provided extra cutting cakes behind the scenes in both flavours so that their would be enough for all their guests.

Catherine and Dominic, you can look at a field of Dandelions and see 1000 weeds or a 1000 wishes. Through your married life, may you only see the wishes.

What’s new pussy cat?

We recently made a cake for Julie, who wanted a personal size cake for her husband styled to look like their pet cat Marvin.

I always feel the pressure when making a cake for someone who is creative in their own right and Julie is a wonderful artist but thankfully she was thrilled with the cake!

Marvin has bright green eyes and the habit of sticking his tongue out, so naturally we had to include that. IMG_0051
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Would you like your pet caricaturing in cake? if so, contact us!

Black Velvet Cupcake Recipe

This cupcake uses both Guiness and champagne to make a cupcake that tastes just like a champagne truffle – it’s moist, chocolately and decadent. This recipe is great when it’s made with Guinness, but a local brewer makes a chocolate stout that makes this recipe absolutely sublime!
Black velvet cupcake (2)
Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cake

250ml Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (or Guiness if not available)
250g unsalted butter
75g cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
145ml sour cream
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2.5g bicarbonate of soda

For the frosting

450g icing sugar
225 g butter
2.5g vanilla extract
45ml champagne (room temperature)

Method

For the cake

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and place 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin.
2. Pour the stout into a saucepan, add the butter and heat gently until the butter has melted.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir, then pour in the beer and melted butter and whisk until smooth.
4. Transfer to a large jug and pour into the cupcake cases.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a test skewer comes out clean.
6. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

For the frosting

1. Beat the butter and vanilla extract together until soft.
2. Gradually whisk in the icing sugar.
3. Add the champagne and whisk through before frosting the cupcakes.
4. These can be decorated in anyway you choose, but I favour a green shamrock as a nod to the traditional pint of Guiness, decorated with edible gold lustre to reflect the champagne!
Black velvet cupcake

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The Jatinder Wedding cake

A few weeks ago Jatinder and Darren celebrated their wedding at the beautiful Grims Dyke Manor. The music room has a stunning fireplace and the gardens are lovely. I also know from Athena networking meetings there that the food is excellent!

When I met Jatinder and Darren it quickly became clear that Jatinder adored her gown and they chose to design the cake to look like the dress, which was a White rose gown. It has a Cafe Au Lait satin underlay covered with ivory lace, which was beaded in a deep v shape around the neck line.
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I was lucky enough to arrive for the confetti moment and Jat looked absolutely stunning in her dress. I hope we did it justice!

Also, for anyone considering using the Grims Dyke for your event, I can honestly say that the staff were fantastic. Helpful, polite and clearly had everything totally under control. It was seamless. They are probably the most impressive wedding team Ive seen in operation.

Jatinder and Darren, You can look at a field of Dandelions and see 1000 weeds or a 1000 wishes. Through your married life, may you only see the wishes.

Who we love – Sunshine Health & Fitness

At The Dandelion Bakery we are lucky enough to get to meet a lot of wonderful wedding suppliers. When we’ve used or worked with those suppliers a number of times and seen what they can do, they sometimes become people we love.

This month I wanted to tell you about the amazing Alison Smith of Sunshine Health & Fitness. I make cake for a living, which means that I also eat a fair amount of cake so I’ve been using Alison’s services for a while now! I’ve been through Alison’s beginners running group and I’m now in the improvers running group, I do leg strengthening classes, I’ve tried Nordic walking and I’ve had PT sessions where the whole session was tailored to suit my goals and my preferred exercises.

Alison Smith of Sunshine Health & Fitness

Alison Smith of Sunshine Health & Fitness

Alison is great because she helps you to feel better: you feel fitter, stronger, more energised and generally a better version of you. But why, you may be asking, is she listed as a wedding supplier? As well as helping to keep me in shape generally, Alison also helped me to lose some extra weight from my hips and stomach so that I could slide into my wedding dress with ease. It doesn’t end there though. Alison’s regular running groups also helped to keep me sane in the run up to the wedding and strengthened and improved my posture (a must for anyone with a corset!), meaning that I looked and felt amazing on my wedding day and was far better equipped to handle stressful situations.

The thing is though, it hasn’t stopped there for me. I’m continuing to see Alison to ensure my ongoing health, stamina and fitness, plus we’ve still not been on our honeymoon so I have to make sure I look good in the bikini! Alison is a firm believer in establishing sensible goals and, in most cases, they will need to be medium to long term so if you are 12 weeks from the wedding and looking for a good tone up Alison can definitely help, however, if you’ve just got engaged and are looking to get married in a year or so, you’d be amazed what she can help you to achieve. Her top tip? Give yourself time and be realistic about what you can achieve in that time frame, but if you find a sport or exercise that you love it’ll be much easier.

So why do we love Alison so much anyway? She is a fabulous human being. She is strong, dynamic and inspiring to be around. She is fit, athletic and takes care of her nutrition, but she also likes cake occasionally. She has the perfect personality for her job too. She is upbeat, positive and smiley but gentle and supportive when you need it (I once arrived at a session, she asked how I was and I burst into tears. She handled it brilliantly.) but don’t be fooled into thinking that she will mollycoddle you or let you off easily. She won’t – without you even realising, she will make you work hard until you are out of breath, and you’ll be so proud of yourself at the end that you’ll want to do it all again next time, and more besides. And the best thing about Alison is that she’ll be proud of you too.

You can find out more about Alison by visiting her website.