Sunflowers and summer blooms…

 

Matt and Jemimah – Photograph kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro
When Matt and Jemimah asked me earlier in the year to make their wedding cake I was over the moon to be given the colour scheme of powder blue and sunflowers especially for an August wedding when the sun should be shining high in the sky. There was something distinctly seasonal about their wedding with the bride choosing to have her bouquet made of only the flowers that would be blooming at this beautiful time of year.  This is perfect for a wedding in Cornwall where we are all proud of the produce and seasonal beauty available here.

Summer Blooms – Image kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro

It is particularly lovely when a bride and groom have a few simple asks and then they allow you to create a cake that is unique to their special day and Matt and Jemimah were very much the perfect customers!

Flavour wise a rich, indulgent fruit cake would fill the first two tiers of the cake – matured over several months and happily soaked in delicious spiced rum.  The final tier of the wedding cake; a simple vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream to please those with more simple tastes in life.

The cake was then decorated with summer blooms and wildflowers in mind – the sunflowers being the centre stage of the design that cascaded around the cake as though a gently breeze had guided the flowers in their path.

I wish the beautiful bride Jemimah and her new husband Matt all the very best for the future!

The cutting of the cake! Image kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro

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Summer Fete Themed Wedding Cupcakes

Well it’s been an age since I’ve had chance to do a blog post….not that it means I haven’t been busy spreading the Rosy Cheeks Bakery Love!

It being a lovely sunny bank holiday today this particular Wedding Cake seemed ideal to blog about.  The lovely Lorraine of Eclipse Body Art in Newquay went and got herself hitched this year…please see glamorous picture below of the beautiful bride!

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Lorraine decided to hold her wedding reception in her very own backyard, and despite the weather trying to put a dampener on this Summer Fete Style Wedding nothing stopped this being an amazing evening in which guests were treated to the likes of hay bales, home-cooked food, camping, and traditional British Fete games – there was even a coconut shy!

With this in mind we decided upon keeping to this theme and creating a mixture of different cupcakes that all worked beautifully together…toadstools, flowers and tiny caterpillars adorned the Wedding Cupcake tower each one secretly filled with delicious caramel that would only be discovered as it was curiously bitten into…anyway enough from me see for yourselves…

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Lorraine is an amazing artist and you can check out her work here and while on the subject it would be a perfect time to reveal my cupcake themed tattoo! I gave Lorraine an illustration by one of my favourite artists Kate Wilson.  The illustrations are all based on the idea that birds have secret lives and this is the end result – Lorraine I can’t thank you enough! x

All that Glitters is Gold…

This weekend it was the wedding of my favourite Uncle…Stuart or ‘Stu’ as I prefer to call him!  His daughter and one of my best friends (and cousins) gave me a shout to ask if I would make the wedding cake for this happy event and I couldn’t have been more honoured.  The only restrictions I was given were that the wedding ‘theme’ colours would be glittering gold and a deep chocolate brown (both of which I love!).  I decided to create a 3 Tiered Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cake covered in fondant icing and then finished with beautiful golden cascading flowers, ribbons and elegant piping detail.  I hope you like this as much as I do and it offers you inspiration…

Claire x

P.S I have taken pics in both natural and artificial light and have decided to showcase a few of each as the cake really takes on a different ‘persona’ as it were dependent on the light, see what you think!

It seems appropriate during this post that I also introduce to you my new God-Daughter Lacey-Rose, who was born on Saturday 14th of December to the aforementioned Best Friend and cousin Kelly and her husband Mikey. I am already dreaming up Christening Cake plans and only the best will do for my God Daughter!

More Wedding Bells…

I seem to be asked more often than not to create wedding cupcake towers over traditional wedding cakes lately…not that I am complaining!  As this time the bride was family, and so obviously the bride’s family were my family without trying to sound too much like the mafia – this time it was personal!

Kelly wanted cupcakes that would match the burgundy and cream theme of the wedding with a little golden sparkle to finish.  We decided upon two different flavours – Caramel Crunch and a simple but delicious Vanilla sponge.  Each individual cupcake was tied in a burgundy ribbon and finished with tiny little gold stars as well as a hand-made sugar roses. Kelly wanted a traditional cake on the top tier so that she could still have that moment as the bride to cut the cake with her new husband.  This was made to resemble the smaller cupcakes finished with a large burgundy rose with stars shooting out of the top.

When I agreed to make this cake (or these cakes being that there were over 100 of them!) I didn’t exactly consider the logistics of transporting from Cornwall 300 miles into the Midlands. With a little bit of careful packing and some very careful driving they all arrived safely – phew!

I couldn’t finish this post without mentioning the incredible dance moves that took place later on at the evening reception and decided to include a few anonymous pic’s – you know who you are!

Red and yellow and pink and green…

I recently made some out of the ordinary wedding cupcake favours – by this I mean with a rainbow theme! Usually when I am asked to make these it is based on a simple cream buttercream and then a little hint of the chosen colours of the Bride and Groom’s wedding theme.  The two Groomsmen had chosen a rainbow style tie for the wedding suits and wanted the favours to match – and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity for the spreading of multicoloured love!

As the wedding party had chosen to arrive in a pink Fiat 500 it seemed only right that the main colour for the cupcakes would have to be a sexy hot pink!  I decided to swirl the hot pink in with the cream buttercream and then add multi-coloured sprinkles.

 The cupcake favours were doubling up as place cards so they were finished in little clear gift bags, tied with a ribbon (multi-coloured of course!) and the hand-made place-card/thank you’s were attached.

 

 

These were then put at the head of each place setting at the wedding breakfast.  From what I can tell there were two types of reactions to these cupcake favours – 1. Devoured immediately 2. Hidden in bag to take home and admire before no.1 takes place, either way this was a happy brightly coloured day for me!

 

The now happily married couple are emmigrating to New Zealand in the New Year and I wish them all the success and happiness that life can offer.

Ding Dong the Bells are going to Chime…

It all started with a message posted on one of my wedding cake pics by the lovely Louisa Ussher that simply said “When are we going to talk about mine then?!” Little did I know at the time she would become one of my closest friends, and I couldn’t be more happy for the now Mrs Ussher-Bass, you deserve all that life can offer x

Now I have finished gushing about the romance of the day lets talk cake!  Louisa wanted a simple cupcake tower that matched the colour theme of the wedding – Cornflower Blue and Yellow.  Louisa and I decided to go with a simple rose swirl buttercream on a base of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes finished with a cute little sugar flower and the customery RosyCheeks Bakery sprinkle of glitter!  The tower was decorated with beautiful fresh flowers from the wedding breakfast tables. I base the success of the cakes on the small children seen sneaking over during the first dance to carefully take a cake and disappear into the darkness never to be seen again, the only evidence were the empty cases littered around the marquee…