A while ago I was lucky enough to be introduced to Charlotte White from Restoration Cake, a very glamorous all round cakey lady who is utterly charming and so very good at what she does. She has now decided to share this talent of hers with brides to be, by launching the ‘Wedding Cake 101′ class for brides to DIY their own wedding cake for their big day.
I would assume any brides out there who are looking to DIY their own cake it’s not only to learn, or have the sense of achievement and to have fun with it but also to save on costs. This class unlike many others is under £100 and as well as being kind to the purse it’s also kind with your time at just 3 hours!
The class is taught by Charlotte (above), who is genuinely passionate about helping DIY brides create something special and professional for their own wedding. She will be there to provide you with friendly guidance and advice on making your cake with her knowledge and experience she will share with you tips so you can avoid any mishaps in the kitchen – you even get given a special hotline number afterwards just in case! I like that Charlotte’s first hand experience means she can appreciate the pressure and emotions brides go through with this process as has been one herself!
Students will have the confidence to create a gorgeous and professional looking wedding cake, with a few insider tips on how to decorate their cake beautifully. Charlotte says “Most of the Brides who tell me that they plan to make their own Wedding Cake say that they are confident of their baking ability but that their cake design won’t be as professional looking as mine – I want to demystify the tricks that I use to create beautiful tiered cakes.”
In Wedding Cake 101 brides will learn how to achieve a perfect finish when covering cakes in fondant icing, how to ‘dowel’ the lower tiers to ensure that the cake can be stacked safely, and how to create decoration with basic piping techniques, fondant flowers, and ribbons. At the end of the class, each student will leave with their own beautiful two-tiered cake and a factsheet containing each technique covered in the class.
The class is held at The Edward Woods Community Centre in Shepherd’s Bush (less than 5 minutes walk from Westfield Shopping Centre) and is £90 per person (including all materials and equipment.
The dates for the classes are Tuesday 8th January
(starting at 6pm so no need to take time off work!) and also on Saturday 23rd February
(2pm). For more information and to book your place on the course visit the Restoration Cake website: www.restorationcake.co.uk
With all the ‘why don’t you bake more’ quotes I’ve been receiving lately, I think Mr London Bride would rather like me to go on this course…!
Last week, if you follow me on twitter and facebook you may have seen I spent my Wednesday evening slirping Champagne truffle milkshakes and snarfing a slice of a 12 layer chocolate cake. In other words, I attended the bloggers teaparty at Choccywoccydoodah’s brand new London shop just off Carnaby Street, nom nom nom!
Choccywoccydoodah have been on my radar for as long as I’ve been in the wedding world but I’d yet had the chance to properly meet any of the team or indeed, visit their shop (they have their first shop in Brighton). They are creators of design focused naughty treats, which are all works of art created out of drippingly delicious Belgian chocolate (I muttered the word icing whilst in there, big mistake, ain’t no icing to be seen here!). It’s decadent, it’s indulgent and rather opulent. I love it!
The shop is a must-visit in itself, it’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s naughty boudoir. Black furniture, velvet fabrics, low light lampshades, blood red walls – it’s a visual feast, not to mention an actual erm…feast. The shop sells lots of treats and gifts (my favourites were the solid chocolate scottie dog and the little chocolate brogues, so cute!) and of course they have on show their unmistakably signature cake sculptures which just ooze ‘eat me’.
Upstairs whilst sipping Champagne milkshakes (the most delicious thing, ever) we were treated to all sorts of goodies whilst chatting and eating lots of cake in the cafe area which is the perfect place for a decadent little treat when you’ve had enough of shopping in the west end. I also hear they are opening up a private floor which I think will be the perfect place for a hen party… hoping to have more info on that soon!
I went along with Dashing buddy and photographer Fanni Williams who took these fabulous pics in between chomping! I also bumped into blogging and industry buddies Alexis and Kat and also the lovely Elbie – hair and make-up supremo, nice to see you girls!
I seem to have been living under a rock as they have their own popular TV show which I’ve yet to see but I can only imagine is thoroughly entertaining as Christine, Daveed and the team are a total hoot and offer a great service. A huge thanks to Choccywoccydoodah for a fabulous event, it was great to meet you and try out your treats!
Here are my slightly grainy instagram pics of the evening. Sorry they aren’t too clear… I was too busy indulging!
Location / Choccywoccydoodah Shop, London
Photographer / Fanni Williams
I do love how some cake makers really offer a unique and creative approach to providing bride and grooms with their delicious designs. These are the suppliers I love working with as they come up with some fabulous ideas and help bring your visions to life.
Hall of Cakes
is no exception judging by this adorable and intricate creation of a vintage sugar garden. The bride, Gemma didn’t want a uniform cake for her wedding at the fabulous venue Preston Court
she wanted it to have a shabby chic and vintage inspired feel to it. Nicola of Hall of Cakes
says that she was inspired by the fact that Gemma had been collecting vintage crockery for months so she wanted to incorporate this element into her cake. Nicola then drew sketches up and then got busy creating teacups and saucers – all out of sugar! These were adorned with the delicate sugar flowers all of course edible but also with a hope that they may in fact be kept by the brides family as a momento of the day.
Such an adorable idea, and so very beautiful. You can’t quite help but admire the craft that went itnto this – I can’t quite imagine having to cut it, can you?
Photography © Hall of Cakes
Cakes by Nicola at Hall of Cakes : www.hallofcakes.co.uk
With thanks to bride and groom Gemma and Duncan for sharing these images.