Cake Week…Thursday – Part One

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Today will feature the work of two wonderful bakers, but first is Emma. She is new to the cake world but by the look of her colourful cakes and beautiful cupcakes I think she shall do mighty well. Leave her some comments and spread the love. Who wouldn’t want to receive a “Will you be my maid of honour” cupcake?!

Name: Emma
Twitter: @She_Loves_Cake

Bit of a background on you
Newbie in the cake making world, been around for under a year but love creating cakes that people love! 
Background on your business:

I love doing cakes that are personal and love hearing from the client about what they want. As a newbie business my prices are low but cake is still gorgeous!

Favourite flavour of cake/cupcake/pastry: 

My favourite cake is Banana Cake with a smudge of vanilla frosting!
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?

I would recommend that brides should follow their hearts and ask for what they want. Whether that means a traditional cake or a cake with personality.
A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Purple!

Favourite Film: Shawshank Redemption (oldie but goodie)

Favourite Song: Rolling In the Deep –Adele (changes frequently!)

Favourite Month: April (birthday and anniversary of meeting my H2B)

Favourite Drink: Cocktails!

Favourite Food: CAKE!

Favourite Word: something rude!

 Favourite Perfume: Princess- Vera Wang

Favourite Book: Anything by Stuart Macbride- gruesome but funny!

Favourite Quote from a Film: ‘ Thats not it, it doesn’t even start with I wish!’

Cake Week…Wednesday

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Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes!…these aren’t just any cupcakes, these are television worthy cupcakes and they are the creation of Airy Fairy Cupcakes. These would look fantastic at any wedding, from a cupcake tower, to using them as favours. Delicious. If only we could reach through our screens…feel free to try. 

Name: Airyfairycupcakes (Chief Airyfairy Laura)       


Bit of a background on you:

I’ve also loved baking cakes and biscuits. I spent a lot of time when I was little reaching on tippy toes to the kitchen worktop to roll out and cut shortbread! My first cake was a Christmas one, studying Home Economics at GCSE. I thought my marzipan Santa ruled

Since then I followed the corporate path and graduated in 2005 in Economics, I’ve since worked in both the public and private sector in Communications so have quite a marketing/business brain (or should have!).
I have a firm belief that all things happen for a reason, so when redundancy came up earlier this year, just as I was being asked to cater for more and more events I jumped at the chance, scary as it was! I’ve never looked back and absolutely love what I do, so it appears, do a lot of other people as we open our first shop in Didsbury, South Manchester in March!
Background on your business:
I’ve not invested any money yet, I’ve just managed to build up by reinvesting in the business. I’ve only ever spent £150 on advertising, which was an advert in a newspaper and some flyers.
The most effective form of advertising, (and the bit I’m most proud of) by far is word of mouth, and we’ve had a lot of recommendations from events we’ve catered for, as well as using social media and our gorgeous website to entice people!
Favourite flavour of cake/cupcake/pastry:
 Absolutely love our Nutella cake balls and cake pops at the moment, a little too much! My all time favourite is Millionaires Shortbread, very difficult to find a really excellent one but when I do…oh dear!

Most memorable wedding creation you have done:
One that did stand out was a huge 150 cupcake tower, using our biggest 10 tier stand and having to reach on tippy toes to the top! Every single one was devoured!
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?
In these credit crunch times, a lot of brides have said to me “I was going to make my own”, completely underestimating the time and skill required to make them look a high standard, so I’d really advise against trying to do this. A good cupcake supplier doesn’t need to charge you a fortune but can make all the difference to your big day. I’m a firm believer in not charging a ‘wedding tax’ having seen some suppliers who charge one price for normal cupcakes and another for brides!
Secondly,, have a really good look around in magazines and if you aren’t 100% sure what you want, leave it to your cake maker, they’ve the experience and creativity to create something lovely. I love either very specific brides or ones who let me loose; quite often this ends up in the most stunning towers.
Thirdly, I also try and advise brides to have boxes for their cupcakes; an extra cost but it means they can then double up as wedding favours or so that guests can take them home.
Do you have a tip you are willing to share for budding bakers?
A big tip but maybe an obvious one is to practice! Firstly, friends and family will love you, but also you’ll get quicker and produce a better standard. It used to take about 4 hours to make 100 cupcakes but I can now do it in half that time and to a higher standard. It’s also essential that family and friends are honest with you!
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Fuschia Pink
Favourite Film: Pretty Woman / Pulp Fiction (for the girly and the tomboy in me!)
Favourite Song: Your Song – Elton John version!
Favourite Month: June – Summer on it’s way, BBQs start and my birthday!
Favourite Drink: Kir Royales mmmm
Favourite Food: Gotta be a cake pop!
Favourite Word: Amazing
 Favourite Perfume: Chloe

Favourite Book: Never get a chance for reading anymore but loved The Island by Victoria Hislop – The Babylon books are also eye opening!(Wedding Babylon, Hotel Babylon etc)

Cake Week…Tuesday

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Name: Paul Langley

Facebook: Search “ elfies cakes “
Twitter: @elfiescakes


Bit of a background on you:

Having been producing one-off centre-piece cakes for several years, Paul Langley felt that it was time to share his passion with the world. Elfies Cakes is a shiny new business formed in early 2010 to do just that!

In every instance, Paul wants your cake to be as special to you as the occasion you’re celebrating. So as well as tasting fantastic, Paul is really passionate about the decoration of his cakes.
Company Motto :
If you can dream it, Elfies Cakes can make it!

Background on your business:

We are a small and friendly home run business supplying you with a specialist cake making and decorating service for your special occasion. Based in Harrogate but covering the whole of North Yorkshire, Elfies cakes can supply most types of cakes including our speciality fruit cakes through to moist Madeira sponge.
So whatever your occasion – from christening, birthday or an awe inspiring wedding, Elfies cakes are able to provide you with the cake of your dreams. For more information on what i can do please visit my
Favourite flavour of cake:
I really love making rich fruit cakes but most of the cakes that are ordered from me are my own recipe Madeira sponge.
Most memorable wedding creation you have done:
My first ever wedding cake and also my little brothers wedding!
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?
My advice would be: don’t be afraid to ask whoever is making your wedding cake for what you want! Its your special day and to make this extra special your cake should be exactly what you want.
Do you have a recipe you are willing to share for budding bakers?
Afraid not (trade secret LOL )
A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Azure Blue or Midnight Purple ( Cant decide )
Favourite Film: The Green Mile
Favourite Song: Don Mclean – Vincent
Favourite Month: June ( Lots of late evenings in warm weather with good friends)

Favourite Drink: A nice bottle of Shiraz or Rioja.
Favourite Food: Chicken Tikka Masala
Favourite Word: Thanks
Favourite Quote from a Film: You may take our lives, but you will never take our FREEDOM! ( Braveheart )

Cake Week…Monday

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Cake Week has arrived. The reason for a whole week dedicated to scrumptious sponge is mainly because I feel that a wedding cake or cupcakes can often come quite low down the planning process. The cake can sometimes suffer from being a last minute decision and a lot of brides may not know what the possibilities are. So enjoy my week of inspirational creations from fabulous bakers up and down the UK. If you want an Oscar the Grouch, you will know who to call! On Friday, I will be attempting to make my own wedding creation proving how hard it is to get right.
Name: Beth Mottershead (Cakes by Beth)
Twitter: cakesbybeth
Bit of a background on you:
I am a self-confessed geek, after focusing on science for my entire school education, and then studying for a degree and PhD in Materials Science. I don’t mind though, I think a bit of geekiness is good. The cake side of things stems from my other love of all things arty. I’ve always been into drawing and crafts in general so the idea of creating a gift for someone that is really personal to them has always been something that I have loved to do. I can pinpoint the exact moment when the cake obsession really began. It was when I created a 3D Oscar the Grouch for my brother’s birthday. It was a complete surprise and we shipped it all the way to Sheffield from Stafford. His reaction, as well as that of everyone else who saw it, really spurred me on to hone my skills and turn my favourite hobby into something bigger.
Background on your business:

My style is clean, simple and contemporary but with a little something special that makes my cakes beautiful and unique.  I like to use flowers in my designs, but in a way that you can’t find in nature, so scattered blossoms in interesting shapes, sparkling petals and larger than life blooms.  I also find wallpapers, fabrics and vintage jewellery incredibly inspiring.  My pricing reflects the time I spend designing and hand-crafting the details on my cakes. I want everyone who purchases a cake from me to feel that they have something really special and unique, but also value for money. No matter whether it is your wedding or civil ceremony or a fabulous birthday party or celebration, my approach to designing your cake and my pricing structure remains the same. I know a lot of people worry that as soon as the word “wedding” is mentioned, prices start to increase. I also believe that things that aren’t an option shouldn’t be charged as an extra, such as delivery and set up. If you have placed a large cake order with me, the cost includes delivery and set up. After all, who wants to get involved with stacking their wedding cake when they have a wedding to attend??

Favourite flavour of cake/cupcake/pastry: 

Despite all the cake talk, my favourite dessert is my mum’s apple pie. My mum and dad have a great partnership when it comes to apple pie. My dad makes the most amazing homemade mince meat. It has a really fine texture and is so fruity and boozy, you could dig it straight out of the jar! My mum’s pastry is so moreish so combine this with a lovely, zingy apple filling and a huge blob of mince meat in the middle and you have the most irresistible apple pie ever!

 Most memorable wedding creation you have done:

This would have to be the four tier wedding cake I made for one of my oldest friend’s wedding. It was definitely an emotional day for so many reasons…but transporting the cake all the way to Liverpool in the baking heat certainly added to that. The entire wedding (except the cheeky afterparty) was held at the Palm House in Sefton Park. It was absolutely amazing, definitely the best wedding I have ever been to, and every single detail she chose was something I would have chosen myself. She looked stunning and the cake completely matched the tropical flower and plant backdrop. It was fantastic!
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?

There are so many tips and things to bear in mind, it is difficult to generalise without hearing the individual couple’s story about their special day. I would say that two key pieces of advice that apply to everyone and are always taken into account in my designs are:

1)     How many guests are you having and what style of event is it? Large and formal? Large and informal? Small and intimate? This can be the deciding factor for whether you go for a cupcake tower or five tier, all white, brush embroidery creation
2)     What is your favourite element of your wedding day? Your cake should be the centrepiece of your reception so as well as tying into the theme of your day, you want it to really highlight something you love. By starting your design with your favourite element, this really helps to bring it all together.

Do you have a recipe you are willing to share for budding bakers?

Ah, now that would be telling, wouldn’t it! 😉 All I would say is, for the perfect cake, time after time, it’s crucial to weigh your ingredients accurately. I never mix imperial with metric and I also take into account the weight of the eggs, not just the number you use.

A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: green (although when it comes to budgies, definitely blue!)
Favourite Film: Two recent ones that I have loved and needed to watch again and again are 300 and The Departed
Favourite Song: something by Metallica, Guns N Roses or “I heard it through the grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
Favourite Month: August (my birthday!)
Favourite Drink: red wine
Favourite Food: roast beef or lamb rogan josh…tough choice 
Favourite Word: ingredients (makes you think about juicy dried fruit and making homemade scones)
Favourite Perfume: Coco Mademoiselle

If you have any baking or cake related questions please leave them in the comment box for Beth.

Cake Week

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It’s what you’ve been waiting for, you just hadn’t realised it yet. There will be interviews with bakers from up and down the UK, secret recipes and lots of mouth watering images. On the Friday I will be attempting to make my very own wedding creation. Its Cake Week. Spread the word.

Monday 7th February – Friday 11th February

Black Monday

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Why would you dress your bridesmaids in black when there is such a veritable feast of colour in the world? I agree that black is elegant, timeless and looks good on everyone….but its a wedding. Come on. Whether its pink, blue, grey, orange or yellow, put them in some colour!!

Turquoise – Marchesa
Purple – Issa
Pink – Temperly London
Aqua – Marchesa
Red – Issa
Blue – Marchesa
Yellow – Valentino
Orange – Matthew Williamson
Light Grey – Alexander McQueen
Blush Pink and Gold – Rachel Gilbert
Gun Metal Grey – Marchesa
Pink – D&G
Silk Grey – Azzaro
Pale Pink – Marchesa
Embellished Pink and Grey – Rachel Gilbert
Are you having, or did you have your bridesmaids in black? I am open to suggestions!

A Penny Sweet

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I have lots of lady love for Penny, not only is she a talented photographer, lover of vintage treasures and upcycling, she is so passionate about the wedding industry that she is also at the forefront of The Any Campaign. JunkShopBride is full of treasures, beautiful images and fascinating finds, hours have been spent scrolling through Penny’s unique ideas and creativity. Fabulous ideas for DIY brides.

Credited on JunkShopBride
Name: Penny

Business: Bit of information on what you do etc?

Currently loving my job as a wedding, portrait & commercial photographer alongside my gorgeous other half Martin AKA Tino&Pip Photography! We love to keep busy and have loads of fab projects on the go: Junk Shop Bride– just for fun and for our love of one-of-kind treasures, The Any Campaign– campaigning to legalise marriage anytime anywhere in England & Wales, as well as a little web design on the side! Busy-bees!

Credited on JunkShopBride
Where do you get your inspiration from for Junk Shop Bride?:

When we moved into our new flat, we spent many a day hunting for vintage/retro pieces to decorate and furnish our new home. We even upcycled a lot of our existing bits to fit in with our new theme. Everywhere we turned we saw some of the most fabulous treasures perfect for the truly unique wedding and I just had to gather up all those ideas and document them, and how better to do so than on a blog?!

Credited on JunkShopBride

Credited on JunkShopBride

A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Teal

Favourite Film: After debating this one for ages I decided that I don’t have a single favourite!

Favourite Song: Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley

Favourite Month: August

Favourite Drink: Baileys

Favourite Food: Nutella

Favourite Word: Flibbertigibbet – A Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman (Wikipedia) 

Favourite Book: The Hungry Caterpillar

Favourite Quote from a Film: “Today my brother stood up and fought for his country. What did I do? I made a papier mâché lobster head.” (Love Actually)


Tino And Pip Photography

Tino And Pip Photography

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reuse ♥ restore ♥ create ♥ cherish

A Burns Supper | uk wedding blog

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I am half Scottish, and will be hosting my first Burns Supper on Saturday. We shall of course be eating haggis and drinking whiskey. I thought I would also share with you the recipe for tablet, one of the most sickly and delicious Scottish delicacies ever! I will be making it tonight and will tweet how it goes (first time and all).

225g Butter
450g Sweetened Condensed Milk
1.8kg Caster Sugar
1 pint Water
Using a non-stick pan, put the water on a low heat and melt in the butter. Add the sugar and bring to the boil. Stir at all times. Once it is boiling stir in the condensed milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Keep stirring. Take off the heat and beat vigorously for 5 minutes.
Pour into a greased rectangular tin and cut into bars (5″x1″) once cooled. Keep in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.

A Very Vintage Valentines

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I have the pleasure once again in showing just how talented Joanne of Vintage Twee is. She has realease her Sweet Nothings notecards. Not only would these be perfect dotted around the house on Valentines Day, but imagine finding these the night before or the morning of your wedding? Each notecard says something different…’What I love most about you is…’ ‘My favourite part of your body is…….because….’ ‘Our most memorable outing together was…’ ‘……….always reminds me of you’

The cards are presented in a beautiful handmade wallet, embellished with pearl and satin hearts, vintage lace and music sheets and the words: ‘sweet nothings’. The wallet has a crimson red ribbon tied in a bow at the side. The cards also come complete with four gold envelopes, hand stamped with a vintage rose in the corner. How beautiful! You can find the notecards on Joannes Etsy shop. If you would like my address to send these to me, just ask!
Name: Joanne Linder 
Biography: A little bit about you, your history, how you got into bespoke design.
My name is Joanne, I’m 27 years old and I am the owner of Vintage Twee.  I hand craft vintage inspired favours and table décor for special occasions such as parties, weddings and showers, specialising in vintage, tea party and English garden themed events.
I have always loved to create since being a child yet never pursued a career in art but have always, always wanted to do something about it. I took a short career break to embark on a trip to America and it was there that I rediscovered my true calling in life and I reignited my desire to create. Whilst over there, my partner introduced me to the wonderful world of antique and paper fairs and I started to collect vintage items such as pieces of lace, old jewellery and romantic postcard imagery and love letters. I slowly began to put them together to create gift boxes and other decorative items for the home and dining room. I am also obsessed with the concept of afternoon tea and decided to combine my British heritage, creative ambition and appreciation of lovely things to create Vintage Twee! 
What is the background of you and your business?
I currently live in Manchester, England yet source my supplies from a multitude of places including vintage clothes fairs, charity shops, antique and paper fairs to name but a few! All of my items are handmade to order using the materials I have discovered so each client I work with will have something beautiful and unique for their special occasion.

I aim to breathe new life in to vintage materials where possible, using items such as genuine vintage lace, pearls, jewels and music sheets to add authenticity to each creation. Each embellishment I source holds a story of its own and the fact they are steeped in history just adds to their appeal.

Where do you get your inspiration from:
I get my inspiration from a number of sources, mainly vintage images or ephemera I find, literature pieces, quotes and memories from my childhood. I was inspired to create my English Afternoon Tea Recipe Cards from memories of visiting my Great Auntie Edith in Yorkshire (who is now 91 years old!). I used to help her prepare the antique tea trolley with her fresh scones, jam tarts, cakes and sandwiches and wheel it into the lounge to serve my family! Auntie Edith made the most amazing cakes and is unable to bake now so I thought it would be nice to include these in my bundles of recipe cards for other people to enjoy. I also get all my ideas at night which has led to severe sleep deprivation since starting Vintage Twee!
How long does the average piece take to make:
Most of my items take between 10-20 minutes per piece to make, depending on the level of intricacy involved! If I’m starting a new piece though, it can take me an hour or two to ponder on how I want it to look and even then I might make more changes until it’s perfect. I cant leave something unfinished though and will keep going on it until it’s exactly how I imagined!
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour:
Rose Pink
Favourite Film:
Ghost (I know, shocking but true)
Favourite Song:
Count on Me, Whitney Houston
Favourite Month:
I like May, perhaps its the lure of the beginning of afternoon tea party season…
Favourite Drink:
Baileys – yum.
Favourite Food:
Scones, jam and clotted cream!
Favourite Word:
Favourite Perfume:
Love the new Gucci Guilty and also Turquatic by Mac.
Favourite Book:
Tooth Fairy, Audrey Wood – you didn’t say we couldn’t have children’s books?! 🙂
Favourite Quote from a Film:
‘Life is full of interruptions and complications’
Karl, Love Actually
Noun. Pl. sweet nothings – endearments addressed to a loved one; inconsequential expressions of affection’
Joanne’s Etsy Shop is here

Supplier Spotlight…Hannah Dornford-May

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I have the pleasure in introducing a wonderful photographer who has a talent at captivating those moments when you think no one else is watching. It helps when the brides are as beautiful as the ones below, perfectly captured by Hannah.

Name: Hannah Dornford-May
Twitter: @_han

Bit of background on Hannah and the business: 
I grew up just outside Blackpool and then moved to Wales to go to film school…3 years and a few short films later I ‘discovered’ photography and realised that it was still rather than moving images that I wanted to do for the rest of my life!
I ended up moving back to Lancashire and became a music photographer around Manchester and Liverpool. After a couple of years photographing the likes of Florence and the Machine, Skunk Anansie and Will Young I got asked the question every photographer gets asked…”Will you photograph my wedding?” At this point I’d always sworn I’d never be a wedding photographer, I was convinced it was all posed groups and tired smiles but the couple only wanted documentary shots of their day so I agreed, thinking it would just be a one off. How wrong I was!

That first wedding was the most tiring but fulfilling job I’d ever done and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some fantastic weddings and see some beautiful places. It’s a cliché but this really is one of the best jobs in the world!

My style has remained the same since my first wedding, I’m there to capture the day as it happens, all the moments that flash past for the bride and groom but they can then remember as soon as they look back through their photos. There’ll always be a few posed shots for the parents but then I love having some time away with the couple getting some relaxed portraits together.
Favourite place that you have had the opportunity to photograph:
I was lucky enough to travel to Azillanet in France for a wedding. A beautiful couple, gorgeous sunshine and a French village full of vineyards, you can’t really ask for more as a photographer!
Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?
Relax and enjoy it as much as you can, I’m there to capture the excitement and love of your day and I promise a lot of the time you won’t even notice I’m around!
Even when we take time out to get some photographs of you and your new husband it’ll still be very relaxed and fun. Look at that time as a breather for the two of you, a chance to say “hi”!
In fact, the one key piece of advice I could give any bride and groom for their day is to take one moment to just pause and take it all in, especially the smaller details that you might otherwise miss. The day will fly by quicker than you think.
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Film: The Wizard of Oz
Favourite Song: Here Comes The Sun – I’m a little bit of a Beatles fan!
Favourite Drink: You can’t really beat a good brew can you?!
Favourite Food: I’m going to sound like such a child but I love fish finger sandwiches!
Favourite Perfume: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Favourite Book: I love the Time Traveller’s Wife, very emotional but completely restores your faith in love.