Rosalind Miller certainly knows how to create a show-stopping cake; you’ll regularly find one of her designs gracing the pages of a magazine or showcased on a TV show. Her creativity and vision seem to know no bounds, using icing and sponge to create not just beautiful cakes but genuine works of art. My favourites are, as ever, the styles which draw upon the best of the past to create something current in the present. Nothing beats a vintage inspired wedding cake. I’m biased, of course, but it’s plainly obvious. Just look at the creations below and then you tell me… am I wrong?
If it includes sponge and buttercream I’m usually a fan. I love cakes. Chocolate cakes, plain cakes, layer cakes, slab cakes… you name it, I can pretty much eat it in record time. When it comes to wedding cakes though, it’s absolutely shocking how many of them can both look and taste awful. On the one day in your life where you want everyone to ask for seconds, there’s nothing more embarrassing than serving a below average wedding cake.
Visually, I prefer a tower of stacked layer cakes. Individual cupcakes are cute, but you can get those at a bake sale. They’re just not special enough. At a wedding, I expect to see a pillar of beauty… literally. It has to be something that could rival an ancient Greek-built pillar in Zeus’ temple. I want beauty, height, glamour, detail and a moment where I am compelled to suck in my breath and say “Wow! Just look at that cake!”.
As a lover of antique and vintage styles, the retro look is more to my taste. Iced pipework, rosettes, lace strips and anything else that looks straight out of my grandmother’s era is a must. Those dames had style. And a lot of elegance. If it was good enough for them then it’s good enough for me. Now, there’s no need to go overboard; there are ‘modern vintage’ styles that you can choose from so you don’t need to go for the ceramic cake-toppers or edible paper flowers that your Nana may have selected for her big day. Your cake can have all the best of yesteryear with all today’s chic.
Check out The Abigail Bloom Cake Company in London for a selection of gorgeous wedding cakes. My favourites include the yummy looking ‘Tabitha’ below, which is classy and simple:
I also adore the ‘Camille’ cake pictured below. The flower detail is wonderful and it looks so graceful…
I’m also quite taken with this delicious looking tower:
Unfortunately, I’m not sure what the above style is called (you’ll need to contact Abigail Bloom) but it looks divine!
You’ll be pleased to discover that Abigail Bloom’s cakes are available in a range of flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, banana, carrot and red velvet. For the full list of sponge and buttercream combinations on offer, please read through their cake menu.
Hopefully, this blog will inspire you to think not of the future but of the past. Cakes with vintage chic are something we can all enjoy… at any time, in any era.
I recently tried a birthday cake from the in-store counter at Waitrose. The supermarket brand makes cakes to order, including for weddings, but never did I expect to find a lusciously moist chocolate and orange invention ready to buy from their bakery section.
Priced at £21, this sinfully delicious sponge and buttercream layer cake includes lashings of orange curd and rich chocolate buttercream under a heavenly marzipan and chocolate icing.
My birthday guests asked for seconds, so they were clearly as enamoured as I was!
For those who are new to reading my blogs, there is one thing you should know; I love vintage-looking wedding cakes. I like the regal feel they bring to the overall day. I like the intricate detail of their iced pipework. I like the fact that they are individual. Right now, you may be thinking “But my wedding cake will always be individual because it will mean something special to my partner and I”. That’s a lovely attitude… but a tad boring in my view. Of course your cake will be individual to you, but don’t you want it to look special to everyone else at your big day, too? What if all your guests think it looks as routine as the last wedding cake they saw, at someone else’s wedding?
You could be really bold and opt for a themed or crazy coloured cake. This would undoubtedly guarantee some stand out – especially if you pick a design that’s so unusual or unexpected, you’re guests are unlikely to have ever seen it before. That would certainly make the cake a focal point for your big day. It could also make it comedic event, instead of the romantic celebration you were aiming for.
So, what to do? The answer is simple: go vintage!
I came across a website for The Yummy Cake Company and was thrilled to find a wide array of wedding cake designs on offer. The clear winners are, unsurprisingly, those which take their style from yesteryear; those which look vintage…
Check out their site for more inspiration but I think you’ll be missing a trick if you opt for a modern design when you can opt for the sophisticated and chic options above.
I’m thrilled that Palmers Green Railway Station Car Park isn’t just a vehicle stop. The farmers market that used to be held there was once the largest in London but slowly, competition forced it into non-existence. But you can’t keep a good farmer down… not when there are organic eggs, meat and bread to be sold.
Now, Londoners can descend on Palmers Green Community Market, every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. There, they’ll find mouthwatering fresh produce alongside bric-a-brac, collectibles and jewellery because the market has expanded its remit to merge the Farmers Market with other coveted items, including fairtrade and ethically-sourced.
So, what are you doing this Sunday? Grab a fiver, stuff it into your pocket, then head down to Palmers Green to see all manner of delectable and collectible goodies to spend your cash on.
See you there!
GREEK HALLOUMI CHEESE PUFFS
- 2 sheets ready-roll chilled puff pastry
- 1/2 pack halloumi cheese (1 pack = supermarket size)
- 1/2 pack mild cheddar cheese (pack size as above)
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 beaten egg (size: medium)
- Milk or additional beaten egg to glaze
- Heat oven to 180°
- Lay out your sheets of chilled puff pastry so they can thaw at room temperature for 20 mins.
- Grate halloumi and cheddar cheese before combining together in a bowl.
- Take a pinch of the cheese mixture and taste it. If it’s too salty just grate in more cheddar or any other cheese of your choice as long as it’s not especially salty. If your mix is not salty enough for you, grate in extra halloumi or crumble in some feta cheese to taste. Do not skip this step as the salt content in different halloumi packs always varies so you won’t know if you’ll like it until you taste the cheese mix.
- Add the dried mint to the cheese and stir well.
- Slowly add enough beaten egg to the mix until all the mixture is well combined. The mixture should be squishy but not wet so you may not need to add all the egg. NB. If you’ve added in too much extra cheese at any stage, don’t be surprised if you need more than one beaten egg and a little extra dried mint.
- Roll cheese mix into balls using the palms of your hands.
- Place 12 – 16 balls onto one pastry sheet, spacing them out as evenly as possible. Leave space around the sides.
- Lay your second sheet of puff pastry over your first sheet with the cheese balls. Cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to make rounds. A cheese ball should be at the centre of each square or round.
- Space your squares or rounds onto a baking tray. Brush the top of each with a little beaten egg or milk.
- Bake in the oven until golden brown.
The cheese puffs can be eaten hot or cold. Enjoy!
You’re trotting up your local high street, heading towards your local supermarket to do your usual weekly shop. Your trying to remember your shopping list. You can’t. You’re too busy thinking about all the exciting things you still need to do to arrange your dream wedding. You’ve got a venue, your dress, agreed a colour scheme… but what about the all-important cake? Well, if you keep heading towards your local supermarket you’ll be on the right track; many have an amazing array of gorgeous wedding cakes to order!
I’ve spotted these beautiful, vintage themed cakes from Waitrose, which would look perfect at your big day if you’re looking to add some easy elegance to the event. Marks & Spencers have a decent range too but for some stylish old school opulence, I think Waitrose takes the cake
I came across this site for wedding cakes by Maisie Fantaisie
I love the detail, the delicate patterns and lovingly made sugarcraft across all their designs. There are so many beautiful creations, it’s hard to choose just one!
This pretty stack, called ‘Tallulah’, boasts gorgeous ruffles and a flower design. It’s made from Meyer lemon cake, ‘Duchy Originals’ lemon curd, vanilla bean buttercream, handmade sugar rosettes and Swarovski crystals:
The ‘Paris Chic’ cake below is one of my favourites – I love the vintage cake stand and the recipe sounds scrumptious (Madagascar vanilla bean cake, almond buttercream, apricot preserve and handmade sugar daisies):
The ‘Peach Pearl’ cake is made with the same recipe as the ‘Tallulah’ above, but has a simple design that silently screams vintage chic:
For an elegant, smaller sized cake, why not try this ‘Rose & Daisy’ cake, with a fair trade arabica espresso coffee sponge, Amedei Toscano chocolate and lashings of orange zest buttercream, all decorated with grosgrain ribbon and pretty, handmade sugar flowers:
Clearly, the highlight of a wedding isn’t just the bride… these show-stoppers will compete with the most stunning of brides on their big day