'Whoopie Pies' came and went, Macarons can still be found but never really hit the big-time but the Cupcake trend doesn't seem to be going away. So with sensible shoes, an A-Z (well, Google maps actually) and empty stomachs we went in search of the best cupcakes London has to offer - we wanted to compare the most popular cupcake haunts, as well as find inspiration for new and exciting flavour combinations. Our first stop was at The Primrose Bakery....
Are there any wedding invites for 2014 on your mantelpiece yet? We are looking forward to creating more wedding cakes in 2014 and thought we'd have a go at predicting what trends will be big for this year:
Sugar flowers have always been popular toppers for wedding cakes, often matching the bridal bouquet, but in 2014 it will be the large 'fantasy' flowers that you will see in place of roses and other traditional blooms. These will compliment cakes with a more modern look, like this 'Tiffany' inspired cake opposite we created last year.
I recently joined 5 other cake decorators at Squires Kitchen International School for an amazing 3 day 'Contemporary Wedding Cake' course led by the renowned tutor Ceri DD Griffiths. We'd been told to bring a decorated 3 tier cake so we knew the focus would be on creating the detail and finish to our cakes. This photo is the 'before' shot, keep reading for the 'after' photos...
We began by discussing where to get inspiration from for wedding cake designs, as well as gaining wisdom from Ceri on how to use various sugar craft techniques to create beautiful cakes. Ceri then challenged us to get our ideas down on paper and draw out our cake designs.
Helen owns and runs The Buttercup Kitchen, a cake design company in Woking, Surrey. Welcome to our blog which indulges in all things baking and cake decorating. Do add comments or questions on our posts, we'd love to hear from you!