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Groom's cakes in the UK

Recently I was asked to design and provide a traditional wedding cake for a young bride and groom. Nothing strange about that, you might say, but I was then asked to provide a Lord of The Rings inspired groom's cake. For a wedding in ENGLAND! How shocking! We simply don't do that sort of thing over here!
 
Well, that got me thinking about the concept of groom's cakes and I decided to read up on them. My only recollection of a groom's cake was the red velvet armadillo cake from "Steel magnolias" and watching Ace of Cakes.

Wedding cakes and venues don't always mix!

I thought I would share my nightmare day with you. Yesterday I had a wedding cake to deliver for a lovely lady that I have known for years. I've done this loads of times before and barring the odd hiccup I have never had a problem. But then again I have never had to provide a cake for a reception on a moving steam train! Had I known that it would be moving I think I would have tried to pursuade the bride to change he cake design.
 
The wedding cake in question was a standard chocolate fudge cake with handmade flowers and peacock feathers but it was to be placed on top of a 6 tier cupcake stand with 60 hand decorated chocolate fudge cupcakes.

Help for Heroes

Did you know that you can now buy Help for Heroes free range eggs? They are the same price as regular eggs but the money goes to the Help For Heroes Fund.

A spoonful of gorgeousness

Having picked a bagful of blackberries whilst walking the dogs yesterday I couldn't decide quite what to do with them. I rummaged through the fridge and found a couple of battered looking eating apples and was hit by a moment of inspiration. I peeled and diced the apples, added the blackberries and a cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cornflour. I made a topping with oats, almonds, brown sugar and melted butter and shoved it in the oven for half an hour. I didn't hold out much hope but I was amazed. The cornflour mixed with the fruit juices and formed a jam under a flapjack topping! OMG! Heaven on a spoon!

A nice traffic warden!

I have to share this with you. I went to deliver a wedding cake yesterday to a bistro style pub with the tiniest car park in the world. As I pulled in I notice a traffic warden ticketing a white van illegally parked on double yelow lines. After the initial panic at:
a. not finding a parking spot
b. not knowing how to get into the pub
c. knowing the the cake was so heavy that there was no way I could carry it from the public car park down the road,
 
I was very cheeky and called the warden over. I explained my predicament and he very kindly told me to park on the double yellows, offered to keep an eye on it for me and then even closed the boot of my car when I had my arms full of wedding cake.

Mrs Darlington's Lemon Curd

Having made many lemon cakes over the years I have tried numerous varieties of lemon curd. Obviously the best lemon curd is homemade but it is not always convenient to make a batch up just for one cake. Mrs Darlington's Legendary Lemon Curd is without doubt a more than acceptable alternative. It tastes homemade, looks homemade and has the smoothest texture. I can heartily recommend this product.
 
Try a lemon Victoria Sandwich cake with lemon curd and sweetened mascarpone cheese in the middle. Heaven on a plate!

Baking made easy

Anyone else watch the "Baking made easy"on BBC 2? The "I can't believe you made that" cake looked amazing but what she didn't tell you was that to put cigarellos around the chocolate cake (it looked about 8 inch round) would cost you close to £20. Good old chocolate fingers work just as well and cost a fraction of the price. It might not look quite as classy but it will look considerably better in your bank balance.

Nothing is free or so it seems

Does anyone else who has a little business constantly get bombarded with phone calls from advertising companies? I was flattered initially until I realised that it was going to cost me money! I can't count the number of calls I have had to take part in Bridal Fayres but they charge anything from £30 to £200 for a stall. Needless to say I will stick to my trusty little website and good old yell.com. If anyone knows of a better way please let me know!

Where has all the marzipan gone?

I know it is that time of year when people are making Christmas cakes but I cannot buy any substantial amounts of marzipan for love nor money. It is a good job I inherited my great aunt's old cook books and have managed to find a recipe for marzipan otherwise I would be stuffed. I'll let you know how it turns out as it is brewing now!

Doesn't time fly

Is it just me or does this year seem to have gone incredibly fast? I have to admit I am up to my elbows in cakes, mince pies and gingerbread men. I haven't even had time to think about what we will be eating on Christmas Day. It'll be beans on toast at this rate. But I won't panic, I'll keep taking the prozac and at least Ben finishes school on Friday so no more school run. I might just make it!