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coral & grey at peckforton castle

It’s the start of Autumn and wedding season is certainly still in full swing! Such a lot has happened since my last posts, where I demonstrated several different cake techniques at The Cake & Bake Show so it’s difficult to know where to start. Therefore, I have decided to start by picking a wedding cake that really stood out for me recently as the colour scheme was so fresh, modern and interesting. It was an incredibly exciting day when the bride contacted me to talk through her requirements: venue, Peckforton Castle; colour scheme, coral, grey and white; theme, birds; and the bride was phoning all the way from Singapore! Chooi Shan and her partner Craig originally lived in Cheshire but soon after getting engaged, Craig’s job took him to Singapore so they had to continue their planning from half way around the world. I certainly didn’t envy them but endeavoured to make their cake planning as simple and stress-free as possible.

I regularly work with couples who live abroad and so we do most of our planning via phone and email, meeting up for an official cake tasting and face to face chat whenever is suitable for the couple and their travel plans. This is always an exciting day as it brings together all our months of work and planning, and I get to meet the lovely couple that I have gotten to know so well. Chooi Shan and Craig wanted a really delicious combination of flavours for their wedding cake and cupcake tower so the tasting was extra exciting; vanilla cupcakes with a salted caramel core and vanilla buttercream top, strawberry cupcakes with white chocolate ganache core and vanilla buttercream top, zesty lemon cake with lemon buttercream, and double chocolate cake. All made from scratch. I certainly enjoyed taste testing the different components!

The couple had chosen the stunning Peckforton Castle for their wedding venue. Here is a part of it, taken on the couple’s wedding day:

And here is the final display! A two tier birdcage wedding cake with cupcakes to tie in with the different details.

The monogram and pair of birds are hand cut, piped and painted to match the couple’s stationery, which featured love birds, a little coral coloured heart and a fun, sketchy font. The “hook” on top of the birdcage and horizontal bar details are also styled to match.

I am absolutely in love with the coral roses! I added a few blossoms and ribbon rose buds with hints of silver for a little extra detail and softness.

The cupcakes alternated between white cases and coral buttercream, and coral cases with natural buttercream. You don’t often see coral cupcake cases and these weren’t part of the original plan. I was out shopping one day, saw them and immediately thought of Chooi Shan. When we met, I showed them to her and she loved them too so I was very pleased to be able to add this extra dimension to the display. The cupcake details picked up on different elements from the main cake, including the monogram, roses, blossoms, birds, some different bows that Chooi Shan really wanted, and some bespoke little “I do” flags, coral hearts and a lovely blend of the three colours.

To finish, I also added a menu card and Red Floral Architecture added fresh flowers in around the display. There’s a little shot of the overall look on my CakesbyBethUK Facebook page. Stunning! As I left, I had the best extra treats as not only did a peacock come and say hello but a bird of prey display was taking place outside. This featured the cutest and friendliest little black vulture ever and these awesome guys, patiently waiting for their turn. Such beautiful, majestic creatures, it was hard to tear myself away…

Huge congratulations to Chooi Shan and Craig, I hope you had an amazing day and thank you so much for making me a part of your wedding!

Until next time,

Beth x