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The Wedding Cake

The Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

This was a fantastic experience for me as I had not attempted a structure like this before. It required a lot of forward planning as well as working closely with the bride, wedding planners and event organisers at the London Royal Exchange.

Visit the Wedding Cakes page for pictures.

wedding-cake-concept-2Drawings & Concept:

First off, I had to do a set of drawings to present the lovely the bride-to-be. Once the drawings were signed off, I was ready to get started. The wedding was for 300 guests; the theme, “Enchanted Forest”. Both the bride and groom are keen Scuba divers and have a love for dolphins; a merge of these 2 elements was how the design was done. Sea World meets Fantasy. The Groom has a love of dragons, hence that addition too. The colour palette I was given was blues, pinks and purples.

 

 

 

wedding-cake-work-18Cakes:

These were rich, boozy fruit cakes that had been left to mature for 3 months. They were then covered in marzipan and royal iced. Only 2 of the cakes were part of the actual cake as dummies were used in assembly to keep the weight to a minimum, thus avoiding the risk of anything going wrong or the structure collapsing. The other cakes were delivered to the caterers kitchen as cutting cakes, all royal iced. These were used to palce into cake pouches and added to the favour boxes for the guests.

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Sea shells:

These are all hand made in sugar paste and coloured with edible colours. I made my own moulds from shells I picked up off the coast of Dorset in the UK. In the end, over 400 shells in total of varying designs, shapes and sizes were made.

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Sea World:

The dolphins, scuba divers, turtle and octopus were all hand modelled in pastillage and coloured afterwards. The coral I made with royal icing, left to dry and carefully assembled at the wedding venue.

wedding-cake-work-10Characters:

It was specified that the bride and groom would like to see themselves in 4 different scenarios from the bottom up. It was expressed they wanted them to be quite cute, so I modelled the characters with a fun element to them. I linked their personalities and activities from scuba diving, cooking, triathlon training and reading and love of outdoors. These were all handmade made from pastillage and coloured in edible colours. I then designed the bride and groom in as near to what they were wearing on the day.

 

wedding-cake-work-3Tree:

This was made using a polystyrene inner and then built up with pastillage and sculpted to look like a trunk with roots and branches. I coloured up in edible colours. There are additional branches made separately along with individual leaves made and coloured, which later were built up onto the trunk and upper cake on assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

wedding-cake-work-14Dragon:

This was such fun to make, but took some working out to do as it has to fit around the tree. This is also hand-made from pastillage and sculpted in pieces which were all joined up. The finer details like scales and spikey bits were added later at venue on assembling the cake. I also used royal icing in places to paint in some detail.

wedding-cake-work-8Castle:

This was made from pastillage and the brickwork was hand cut. The pointed roofs on turrets were hand modelled and I used royal icing to add detail to them in stages and left to dry and then assembled. I then coloured it up in soft blues and greys and pinks.

 

 

 

wedding-cake-5Butterflies:

I did an assortment of butterflies in different shapes and sizes to add to the enchantment part of cake. All of these with two techniques in royal icing; flood icing and filigree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding-cake-work-19Assembly:

The cake was transported in 3 sections and then put together at the venue once the table was set up. This took 6-7 hours as a lot of the work on the cake could only be done once the cakes were in a stationery position.

 

 

 

 

 

Feedback:

“Cake was AMAZING !!!! Thanks so much. We had non-stop compliments throughout the evening and multiple flash bulbs when guests first entered the venue. Best of all however was the taste. Our cake went down a treat at the brunch on Sunday morning. If you ever need a reference or I can help in any way please let me know. You’ll certainly be hearing from us next time we need a cake. Thanks a million.”

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner and as we all gear up for this year’s splash of orange through a sea of jack-o-lanterns, Calli is delighted to share a trick that is sure to treat any who dare to sink their teeth into her delicious pumpkin cupcakes. Make them for your friends and family by following this simple tutorial. Be sure to share with your friends on Facebook too!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Here’s a garden of pumpkin cupcakes I baked and painted this afternoon. They’re Victoria sponge filled with cream and jam. The leaves are Black Briony I made from sugar paste. So delightfully tasty, I’m afraid they were all gone before anyone could say Halloween. See the pics on the Cupcakes page and my page on Facebook.

Clown Cake

Clown Cake

This was done for my husband who loved this clown when he saw it in the making.. so he did not see the rest and I made it as part of his birthday cake yesterday. He is such a fun, jolly, positive and happy chap, my man, and he clowns around a lot! The cake is his favourite; Carrot Cake. See pictures of the Clown and cake on the Novelty Cakes page and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook.

 

Aprons

Aprons

Here we have a wonderful selection of hand-painted aprons. These items make great gifts for friends and family and are quality bespoke items that are each individually painted to your specification. The fabric paints used are of the best quality meaning you can put your item through the wash whenever it needs a clean and not worry about the design washing out.

T-shirts

T-shirts

Ever wanted your very own custom-made, hand-painted t-shirt? Well look no further. Calli doesn’t just bake phenomenal cakes and delicious delights, she also paints wonderful designs onto fabric. Want a custom t-shirt made for the kids or for a friend’s hen party, then get in touch. Calli can help. Also be sure to have a look at Calli’s custom aprons. They make kitchen time lookin’ good time.

Louis Vuitton Handbag Cake

Louis Vuitton Handbag Cake

This cake has a story behind it in that it was for a dear friend’s daughter who I have known since she was at school…It was this friend who actually named my company back in 2010 when we went on a 3 mile walk around Trentham Gardens Lake. Sadly and devastatingly, this cake was damaged in transit… I tried to fix it as best I could, but it was not the same. It was a gutting experience, but have learned an important lesson from it. Fortunately the pictures captured, in suspended animation, what was a project I really and truly enjoyed. See more pics on Facebook or the Handbag Cakes page.

Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes

For my future daughter-in-law’s birthday… I am not that experienced with cupcakes (4th set I’ve made) as I spend more time on cakes, but applied my cake decorating skills to these..I loved making cupcakes and found Carina’s Cupcakes tutorial so useful and helpful with the Sugar Veiling techniques. A selection of what cupcakes I have made so far can be found on the Cupcakes page. Enjoy!

Lewis Hamilton’s Helmet

Lewis Hamilton’s Helmet

This was for an 18 year old lad called Louis, who is a huge fan of Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 Driver here in the UK. He only saw this last night, after coming out of hospital after an emergency appendix operation!!! That is one birthday he will never forget! He loved the cake and that warms my heart as I have known him since he was 8 years old. His grandmother is a dear friend of mine.

Want to see a few more pictures? Find the Lewis Hamilton’s Helmet Cake album on Facebook. There are also a couple of examples on the Novelty Cakes page.

Pooh & Friends – Christening Cake

Pooh & Friends – Christening Cake

I have not done many children’s cakes but so loved making this one… I am a big fan of Winnie the Pooh and friends so giggled my way through this one. Sponge with whipped buttercream filling and strawberry conserve. All the characters are hand-modelled, no moulds, and used an alphabet template to do the writing as my piping writing still needs some serious work. All modelling done in fondant and used Tylo powder to harden. This helps combat against the softening effect from the heat.

See a few pictures on the Callicious Facebook page or on the site under Novelty Cakes.

 
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