Happy April Fool’s day everyone! Luckily, I shall be very much chained to the kitchen today so hopefully I’ll be avoiding any would-be pranksters. This post is no joke though, I have some really exciting things to share with you!
Last weekend was the most amazing weekend. Not only did I attend the wedding fayre at Mottram Hall (as blogged about earlier this week) but on the Saturday, I had a fantastic photoshoot to launch my 2011 collection of wedding cakes! My good friend Jenny from Jenny Purdy Photography, and I had been planning this for months, always saying “at some point soon”, but when she got the opportunity to work in Australia for a year (or more!) she just had to take it and so we finally set a date to ensure that we got it done before it was too late!
The setting was the conservatory in The Metropolitan in West Didsbury. It’s a great pub anyway but the conservatory is amazing, so many plants and the amount of light streaming through the roof was just perfect. By shooting here, it meant that we also got to treat ourselves to a delicious lunch afterwards so that was a bonus 😉
So here we are! A crazily busy morning, where the time flew by but mainly because we were enjoying ourselves so much. I am absolutely in love with the photos, they are amazing! I will be chatting to Jenny soon about her life as a photographer (catching her before she jets off!) so watch this space for more beautiful images coming soon!
Sapphire & Blossoms (a Royal Wedding inspired cake)
A traditional cake in its values but with some quirky twists to make it fresh and exciting. A kissing ball tier and blue fondant under the top and bottom tiers to really make the white blossoms “pop”.
Pastel & Pearls
Hundreds of pastel gold pearls, gently shimmering, with blush pink details and a matt silver and cream pearl central design. This cake was actually inspired by a pair of Harriet Wilde shoes, as featured in Love Vintage Tea. I couldn’t help myself, the shoes were so simple and stunning, I had to turn them into a cake!
This large cake is all about angles. Square tiers, a spiky explosion of petals and rows of decorations to create a dramatically different look. I wanted to use butterflies in one of my cake designs but wanted to step away from the usual very soft, feminine way of incorporating them. By keeping the shapes simple, colouring them an antique gold and using lots and lots, you create an amazing pattern with texture and shadow, yet not too fussy.
Black & White Brooch
Very simple, clean white cake with a hand-made, completely edible, 1940s inspired brooch detail. The centrally placed extra wide ribbon and large bow help to add extra interest.
Flashes of Blue
This is another very simple cake but with lots of hidden details that you don’t see at first. I wanted to create a traditional three tier white cake but then break it up with just the smallest hints of electric blue. The stamens are great as they are so bright and sparkly compared to the soft ruffled petals and delicate lace trim. This cake is also available in a range of colour options so many different effects can be created. I am particularly proud of this design as it shows that you don’t have to complicated and fussy to have something striking and different.
A bit of a break from the stacked cakes to show you some bright, zingy cupcakes in preparation for the summer. Silver cases, silver and white details, and lots of turquoise and orange. I absolutely love the second image, shot from above, and am going to hang it on the wall in my cake studio…
And finally, I shall finish with this image. Whilst packing up the shoot, we spotted this large piece of furniture outside and it seemed the perfect place for a quirky cake shot. Fab 🙂
Many thanks to the weather for behaving itself, and to The Metropolitan for being helpful and accommodating. Mostly though, a huge thank you to Jenny Purdy for bringing her amazing photography skills and making it such a great day. Much appreciated, good luck Down Under!!
For more images, including shots of the cake stands, which will be available to buy from my website, please visit my facebook page Cakes by Beth UK. Also, tune in later on as I reveal the second part of my Cakes through a lens story. I am so excited!