Alice in Wonderland birthday cake

At The Dandelion Bakery we love the quirky details that go into making an Alice in Wonderland themed cake. You may remember our three tier version and now we also have a two tier version.

This cake was made for a birthday girl who was being taken to Alice’s adventures underground, which is a really cool, immersive underground experience so the cake had to be utterly Alice!
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Would you like your own Alice themed cake? Or would you like us to create something based on your favourite book or film? Just get in touch…

Red rose wedding cake

On Saturday I had the pleasure of creating a wedding cake for Debbie and Tony. Debbie is a gardener at Just Potting About so flowers were always going to be important! She chose a cascade of red roses, which we set against a backdrop of white foliage and blossoms to create a more modern, textured feel.

Debbie and Tony chose classic flavours for their cake, with our fruit cake base, a lemon cake and a victoria sponge. We provide a free tasting for all of our couples and after their tasting I received this lovely message from Debbie: “The fruit cake was the best I have ever tasted! I thought I made a good fruit cake but yours was much better than mine!! Given how fussy I am that is very high praise indeed!! I want to put in my order for one of your Christmas cakes now!” We are seeing more and more couples choosing fruit cake – it seems to be enjoying a resurgence of popularity and it’s so nice to hear how good ours tastes!

Their wedding reception was held in the beautiful music room at Grim’s Dyke Manor Hotel and I can’t resist using the stunning fire place and panelling as a back drop.
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Debbie and Tony, 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 – Space2be Therapy

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 Karen Mistlin of Space2be Therapy.

Karen Mistlin of Space2be Therapy

Karen Mistlin of Space2be Therapy

Karen is a counsellor and cognitive hypnotherapist. She works with all kinds of people to help them through difficult patches in their lives. I know that Karen is great because she has helped me enormously, partly to overcome a massive dentist phobia, and partly to keep some balance and manage stress in the run up to my own wedding.

Now, it’s accepted that planning a wedding comes with some stress and difficulties, but Karen can help you when it starts to get out of control. When it stops being a bit tricky and becomes challenging. She has helped Brides who were self conscious and hated the idea of being the centre of attention. She has helped with difficult relationships with relatives, anxiety management, preparation for speeches, weight loss and conflict management. Karen can help you to reframe your thinking so that you can cope with pretty much anything in the moment to make sure that you have an amazing day!

Karen is incredibly easy to talk to. She is warm, caring and professional. She is also a walking-talking example of her own top tip: When planning your wedding, remember to be aware of each others feelings and encourage an environment of listening and collaboration.

So why do we love Karen so much anyway? The thing is, accepting that you need help, showing vulnerability and turning up for an appointment with a counsellor can be really tough, but Karen makes it easy and that’s what makes her so special. Karen is happy, kind, quirky and fun-loving. She is such a genuine, vibrant person. She has an amazing ability to tune into the person in front of her and really understand how they feel – I’ve never seen anyone do it quite like Karen can! We love Karen because someone who can make you feel relaxed and prepared, allow you to remove any blocks, find your voice and enable you to have the wedding day you want is a very special person indeed.

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

Butterfly birthday cake

Our signature cake is always made of 3 layers of sponge then filled and skimmed with a smooth, delicious frosting to match the cake. The great thing about this cake is that they are very easy to personalise in so many ways. We recently made this butterfly cake for Maureen, who’s daughter Grace was 5. It was a chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache filling.

Maureen shared this lovely message on Facebook:
Who here loves chocolate? No it is not a rhetorical question!!!
If you do then get in contact with Jo Watkinson ASAP and get an order in for her amazing chocolate sponge cake. It is simply divine. I am going to give you ladies a headstart to get your orders in, then I am going to pre-order cake for ALL the birthdays that I am responsible for in my family! My family loved the cake you baked for Grace’s 5 Birthday yesterday Jo, it was moist, delicious and really moreish. Thank you so much, it was a lovely after dinner treat.

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Now, who wants some chocolate?

Tunip from the Octonauts Birthday Cake

A little while ago we showed you how to make a 10 year old big very happy. It turns out that you can also make 5 year old boys very happy by giving them a Tunip from the Octonauts birthday cake.

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You’d be amazed how many other popular children’s characters we can turn our hand to!