Wedding Cake – What’s Your Style?
Wedding cake – what’s not to like?! In May we looked at wedding traditions and whether to keep them or ditch them. I don’t see wedding cake being ditched any time soon somehow, although it might not be in the traditional style. Today we’re going to look at various different styles, with photos of gorgeous cakes from suppliers around the UK. *WARNING – contains gratuitous photos of deliciousness!*
Thank you to everyone who sent photos of their beautiful cakes, I wish I could have used them all! There is a bit of information about the areas covered and the contact details for all the people who contributed after the photos.
Before we get onto the cake photos, let’s have a look at a few things to bear in mind when choosing your cake. Actually, I can’t resist! This is Edwina from Rosewood Cakes, taken at Skibo Castle with one of her stunning creations.
From around the 17th Century wedding cake was just fruit cake (Wedding Cakes – Why We Have Them). These days however there are many more options with flavoured sponges being widely used. Have a think about what your guests might like. Now, Death By Chocolate might be your all time favourite, but it might not be everyone’s taste. Whilst you want everything to reflect yourselves as a couple you do need to consider your guests. The great thing about sponge cakes is that you can have a variety of flavours.
You will probably be hitting the wedding fairs at some stage, or do some local research for your wedding cake. Whilst some may look spectacular, what do they taste like? You’re spending your hard earned money on your wedding and things have got to have more depth than just looking good. Some suppliers may charge for cake tastings. You can hardly blame them, especially if they get a number of people who aren’t particularly serious. However, this charge is usually deducted from the cost when you place an order with them.
When will your wedding cake be baked?
Whilst fruit cakes can be aged and taste better for it, if you’re opting for sponges you want to know when they will be baked. Will they be fresh or made ahead of time and frozen? Do you mind if they’re frozen?
Transport and setting up at the venue
Does your chosen supplier transport and set your cake up at the venue? Make sure that you take delivery/mileage costs into account when budgeting for your wedding cake.
You will need to co-ordinate the wedding venue and wedding cake supplier beforehand. You don’t want your supplier waiting around for the venue to allow them in to set up. If you’re transporting and setting up your wedding cake yourself you may need to delegate this task to someone you trust. Personally I would pay any additional cost and have the supplier transport and set up – far less stress!
Portions per cake
This will depend on whether you opt for fruit or sponge. I’ve made up the graphics below as a guide – you can mix and match the sizes to get the number you need.
The cost of your cake will vary, naturally, depending on the style and size. Your chosen supplier will be able to guide you on how to get what you want within your budget. The more elaborate the higher the cost is likely to be to account for the work that will go into decorating it.
Iced Wedding Cake
Something a little different
Buttercream Wedding Cake
Naked & Semi-Naked Wedding Cake
Wrapped Wedding Cake
La Belle Cake Company – Herts, Beds, Bucks, London & beyond
Michelle Shulman is a leading, award winning cake designer. “As the areas most prominent name in cake design we create cakes of uncompromising excellence and unrivaled prestige. Our cakes are not only visually stunning but also taste delicious. Our imagination and careful attention to detail guarantees that your cake will exceed your expectations.”
Leigh Smith Cakes – Perthshire, Tayside & the Lothians – further afield by arrangement
“My love of baking and decorating cakes started at an early age. No cake was complete without buttercream piping, ‘hundreds and thousands’, and chocolate buttons!
In 2008, I bought a second-hand cake decorating book at the local Village Fete and challenged myself to make a ‘bouquet of roses’ cake for my mum’s 70th birthday. Since then I’ve been hooked – going on courses, baking and decorating cakes for friends and family and turning my hobby into a business in 2015 – ‘Leigh Smith Cakes’, based in Glenfarg, Perthshire. I took early retirement from financial services the day I turned 55 and I haven’t looked back. Baking even helped me at a time when I was still in ‘corporate world’ when I was totally stressed out and had to take a few months off work – all I could do each day was go for walks, read and bake. Marian Keyes wrote a book ‘Saved By Cake’ about how baking helped her at a time in her life when depression took over.
Who inspires me? Paul Bradford, a celebrated Scottish sugarcraft instructor, and Zoë Clark, who makes the most stunning and elegant wedding cakes and who has published several books. I’m doing more and more wedding cakes which is what I love to do best – although it’s a shame that I don’t get to see the happy couples’ reaction when they see their cake as I deliver it well before the ceremony. It’s always great to get their feedback, however. One couple even kept some cake to eat on their honeymoon flight.”
Pudding Fairy – Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent London & Beyond
“My name is Laure Moyle. I’m the Franglaise owner of Pudding Fairy, cake maker for weddings, celebrations & corporate events. I marry French patisserie chic, chocolate work and creative designs inspired by the British lifestyle and the stunning countryside around where I live. I am based in West Sussex at Fairy HQ and deliver to Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, London & beyond. Some of my cakes have traveled to Wales, Scotland, France & Spain!
My customers have often said that my cakes are works of art, but I’ll let you decide on that! if just makes me smile a lot as I love my new job so much (I retrained from a corporate career in 2014 to set up my business). I work with leading wedding venues in the area. My cakes & business have been featured in lifestyle magazines and blogs as well as The Guardian. I have been a guest speaker for Country Living and done a live demo for them at The Country Living Spring Fair (Kitchen Theatre) in London.
I also took park in the first series of BBC2 Bake Off: Creme de la Creme in 2016. I am mainly self taught but train with leading chefs as often as possible, including John Whaites, Will Torrent and Mark Tilling (4 times UK chocolate Master, who I met when we competed against each other in Creme de la Creme).
Rosewood Cakes – Southern & Central Scotland, rest of UK by arrangement
“I cover the whole of the UK but predominantly southern and central Scotland. I run the business with my husband Chris, and we are absolutely dedicated. Two years ago, my husband and I launched Rosewood Cakes and made it our mission to create sensational, show-stopping wedding cakes that wow the guests – we’ve created luxury cakes that cost £2000, and a gold chandelier cake that we suspended from the ceiling.
When I was planning our wedding, I struggled to find a cake that met my expectations. Nothing matched up to the modern, elaborate designs that we’d seen online. I realised I could take my passion for baking to fill a gap in the market. We’ve developed our own unique style of cakes, with intricate detailing and realistic sugar flowers – all of which is done by hand and we believe our cakes are the tallest on the market.
Our gourmet sponges are created to client’s favourite flavours, with popular choices being a fresh strawberry and champagne, sticky toffee and salted caramel and white chocolate and passion fruit. We’re are now preferred suppliers to some of Scotland’s most exclusive 5 star venues like Cameron House and Skibo Castle, we work with leading luxury wedding planners and we’ve been featured in the Guardian and Sunday Herald.”
Sweet As – Midlands
Sweet As is an award winning cake emporium based in Leamington Spa. Started by Claridges-trained pastry chef Jenny Hudson the focus is on quality and real wow centre pieces. Sweet As created HRH Prince Charles the The Duchess of Cornwall’s first wedding anniversary cake.
Hotcakes – 10 mile radius of Bermondsey, London
With a focus on flavour, the towers consist of several different flavours, and can also include gluten free and vegan options.
Mumsbakecakes.co.uk – Nationwide
MumsBakeCakes has been created to bridge the gap between bakers and cake lovers. Bakers all over the UK have uploaded their own fabulous hand made creations and by selecting the postcode you wish the cake to be delivered you will see the marvelous selections available to you. All bakers are fully registered and insured so you are buying with confidence, as you can see the type of cake, cupcakes and designs you wish to buy.
- Each cake is hand delivered
- Each delivery is accompanied by a gift card
- Each delivery is accompanied by an ingredients card highlighting all ingredients in the cake.
- Each delivery is Bespoke as all bakes are handmade
Richard and Paula created this concept in 2015 with much talk about the Great British Bake off and many bakers turning their passion into a business, it has given both bakers the opportunity to receive orders from outside their immediate area, whilst customers are enjoying an alternative gift, which is hand delivered by the baker. The passion displayed by the bakers to ensure a quality product is delivered to your door with a smile!
Marie Canning – Cakestoolicious – Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Hounslow, Ealing, Westminster – other areas by arrangement
“I have been baking since I was a young child. I learnt my baking skills from my late mother who loved to bake. After having my two children I decided to take up baking as many friends and family were requesting cakes for their birthdays. I went on to do a course and gained qualifications in level 1 and 2 city and guilds in Sugar craft and cake decorating course which has now enabled me to create beautiful cakes for you, being fully registered and insured. Ensuring the cakes taste as good as they look! I Flavours include: vanilla sponge, chocolate, red velvet, rum fruit, spice cakes & fresh cream cakes” Website Link.
Samantha Revell-Wright – Iced Co – Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Worksop & surrounding areas
“Run by mother and daughter, Iced Co offers a personal touch that is often difficult to find. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a bride preparing for your wedding or engagement, a birthday celebration, a baby shower or simply a small business looking for a once-a-week treat box for the staff, Iced Co can supply whatever it is you need! From cupcakes, celebration cakes, to cookies and brownies. With ten years’ experience and a personal service, you can guarantee not only the best taste, but somebody who’ll listen to exactly what it is you have in mind and make it a reality. As a fully registered and insured bakery based in Sheffield, we will hand deliver in Chesterfield, Mansfield, Worksop and surrounding areas.” Website Link.
Julia Rees-Roberts – RR Cakes – Bath, Bristol & surrounding areas
RR Cakes is run by Julia, who has 20 years of cake baking experience. Julia loves to create unique and unusual cakes, and is comfortable and competent with both buttercream and fondant work. She can make anything from a simple birthday cake to an extravagant four tier wedding cake. Fully registered and insured hand delivering around Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas. Website Link.
Lisa Tarr – Twinkle Little Tarr – Exeter, Crediton & Tiverton areas
“Your ideas brought to life ….. I am fully registered fully insured and hand deliver my wonderful cakes and bakes to the Exeter, Crediton and Tiverton areas.” Website Link.
Jagruti Bajaria – Jags Kitchen – Hatfield, Wmbley, Brent, Ealing, surrounding areas
“Hello, I am Jagruti and I am a passionate and creative fully registered and insured baker living in London. My hobby of cake/cookie baking and decorating has become into a career. I bake variety of absolutely delicious cakes and also specialise in eggfree cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I also draw sketches of cakes and cookies to show clients. If you can’t find what you are looking for and for any specific request, I will try my best to accommodate any urgent cake and cookie orders too. Based in Hatfield, I hand deliver to Wembley, Brent, Ealing, Hatfield and surrounding areas. The delicious cakes are suitable for birthdays, weddings, engagements, baby shower, and all special occasions.” Website Link.