Pretty Shoes

1 Apr

Well those of you who know me know that I am partial to a pretty shoe or two so I had to share this pretty grey pair from Ruffled’s Blog this evening (you can see the whole blog by clicking on the link on the right). PS Anyone know who these are by? I WANT!

Sorry for the short post tonight but I figure you will forgive me as the shoes say enough by themselves!

Busy getting ready for the first wedding cake of the season. Painting blossoms gold and ivory – very classic.

Have a great weekend

Nicki x

Powderham Castle

27 Mar

Morning Peeps

Well here I am sat up watching the opening race of the F1, whilst baking some more taster cakes for the second day of the Powderham Wedding Fayre (www.powderhamweddingshow.co.uk).

Laura Hingston Flowers and I decided to share a stand again as it makes it so much more fun when you can have a giggle with your mates as well as meeting loads of lovely couples.

We were so busy yesterday I am almost out of my flyers and  we did run out of both Chocolate Fudge and Traditional Fruit cake tasters. Subsequently my nostrils are being tempted as I type with the smell of Carrot and Orange Cake, and some more Chocolate Fudge. It’s making me VERY hungry.

Anyway here are a couple of pics of our stand that the lovely Laura took on her phone. I will post some more photos on Facebook later for you all to feast your eyes on

Have a good day everyone

Nicki x

Inspirational Diamonds and Sweets

21 Mar

Evening Everyone

What a hectic week it has been (hence not many posts) but I did two cakes this last week that I thought deserved a mention.

The first was a Diamond Wedding Aniversary cake with real diamante detailing. I felt so honoured to be doing a cake for a couple that has managed to survive the ups and downs of marriage and still be going strong 60 years later.

Their son, Graham, who commissioned the cake is getting married next year to a totally gorgeous girly, Antoinette. I get to do the cake for their weding as well and am so looking forward to it!

The other cake was for a little girl at the other end of her life. Minnie was 9 last week and had a fab day out at Crealy. Her mum Jo is totally crazy (but in a good way) and braved taking ten kids for a day out. As if that wasnt crazy enough she also commissioned a cake and cake pops covered in sweets! Sugar overload – but it totally suited Minnie’s girly style.

As well as these I did two wedding fayres and now have to get prepared for the Powderham Wedding Fayre (www.powderhamweddingshow.co.uk) which is all next weekend.

Strangely I have been persuaded to do a small demo on each day on how to stack a three-tier wedding cake – so if you are thinking of doing your own cake (or are just curious) then come along at 12.30 and see how I do it!

See you soon

Nicki x

Cookies, cookies everywhere!

16 Mar

Morning Everyone!

As I am up with the milkmen this morning to make cookies I thought I would share the recipe I tend to use for my Cookie favours. I am asked quite often for a good recipe for decorating cookies (so they stay reasonably flat) and this is the one I tend to use.

VANILLA COOKIE RECIPE

275g (10oz) plain flour, sifted

5ml (1tsp) baking powder

100g (3 1/2 oz) fairtrade caster sugar

75g (3oz) unsalted butter, diced at room temp

1 medium free-range egg, beaten

30ml (2 tbsp) golden syrup

2.5ml (1/2 tsp) good quality fairtrade vanilla extract

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 F / Gas Mark 3)

2. Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl

3. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs

4. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, golden syrup and vanilla essence

5. Mix together well until you have a ball of dough

6. Place the dough in a plastic bag or cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes

7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick (thinner if making mini-cookies) and cut out the biscuits using cookie cutters. Use up the trimmings by kneading back together and re-rolling until all the dough is used.

8. Place the biscuits on baking sheets lined with baking paper

9. Place back in the fridge to chill for a further 10 minutes (this helps prevent spreading whilst cooking)

10. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until lightly coloured and firm but not crisp (if baking mini cookies this may take less time so keep and eye on them)

11. Leave on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

They are now ready to decorate (and eat!)

Have a lovely day and speak soon

Nicki x

Flower Power

13 Mar

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Thought I would do something slightly different today and showcase some gorgeous flower arrangements instead.

Flowers are so important at a wedding and I quite often end up drawing influence for the cake from whatever flowers my bride’s are going to be using. I love flowers but I will admit my arrangements are more ‘throw it in a vase and hope for the best’ rather than having any rhyme or reason to them.

So enjoy the floral spectacular and have a relaxing Sunday.

I will be spending today baking Taster cakes ready for the Wedding Fayre at Victory Hall, Broadclyst on Friday (www.broadclystweddingfayre.moonfruit.com) and Holne Park, Ashburton (www.holnepark.co.uk/weddings/news-a-events/63-wedding-fayre) on Sunday, as well as finally starting to tackle the garden!! 

Post more soon

Nicki x

Pictures Courtesy of :

Rock My Wedding (www.rockmywedding.co.uk), Elegant & Simple , Laura Hingston Flowers (www.laurahingstonflowers.com), Ruffled Blog (http://ruffledblog.com)

Tigger and Wedgewood Blue

10 Mar

Evening everyone!

It has been a busy couple of weeks and as I have three wedding fayres coming up in the next few weeks I can see no end in sight!! But it doesnt matter because I love it.

Last week saw me doing a couple of birthday cakes of very different styles, but equally cute in their own way.

First was an elegant 60th Birthday cake….

The next cake was a fun 30th birthday with the lovely bouncy Tigger on it! This was a massive Chocolate Fudge Cake made with Green and Black’s chocolate, filled with a Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Mousse filling. Totally decadent and yummy!!!

Hope you like them!

At one of the wedding  shows coming up I am going to have a stage slot (exciting yet scary)… So I am asking what would you like to see? What would you like me to show you?????

I look forward to hearing your ideas

Nicki x

Wedding fayres and flowers

6 Mar

Happy sunday everyone!

Do you like the new layout? I have had some feedback that the photos were not big enough in the smaller columns so decided to go for a re-vamp!

It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks with a gorgeous wedding fayre at the Thistle Hotel, Exeter. I was lucky enough to share a stand with Laura Hingston flowers (www.laurahingstonflowers.com) and we themed the different areas of our stand.

First area was pretty pink and white….

Second section was full of rich plum colours….

A gorgeous vintage inspired section (I am very proud of the first photo – almost looks professional!)…

And finally a gorgeous spring yellow inspired section (the flowers on this one smelt AMAZING) and contained some of my favourite flowers – the yellow ‘balls’ (which I can never remember the name of!) – so funky yet cute.

Laura and I had an amazing day. Not only did we meet loads of lovely brides planning their special days but we met some lovely suppliers – Rachel who does lovely clay cake toppers (www.caketoppercreationsbyrachel.co.uk) and the delightful Antonia from Antonia’s Kitchen (www.antoniaskitchen.co.uk).

The next wedding fayre Eat Sleep Cake is attending is at Broadclyst Victory Hall on Friday 18th March between 6pm – 9pm (www.broadclystweddingfayre.moonfruit.com). I have some free tickets to give away so if anyone wants one please let me know!

Have a fabulous rest of weekend everyone. I am going for a well deserved dinner with friends tonight to celebrate my friend running under 2 hours for a half marathon… I can only be in awe from the sidelines!

Nicki x

Busy Weekend

13 Feb

Evening All!

Well it’s been a very busy few weeks in Eat Sleep Cake world. It’s been very cakey indeed….

Today I was at The Fairwater Head Hotel Wedding Fayre (http://www.fairwaterheadhotel.co.uk/) which was a lovely friendly day in a sweet rural venue with great views. It was lovely to meet all the gorgeous brides (and grooms) and there was lots of lovely exhibitors too.

The next wedding fayre I am attending is on Sunday 27th Feb at The Thistle Hotel, Exeter http://www.thistle.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/exeter/the_rougemont_hotel/weddings/index.html which is being held in aid of South West Children’s Hospice. I am doing the show in conjunction with Laura Hingston Floristry (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bouquets-and-Buttercups) and we are planning on creating a fabulous display to inspire brides with ideas for their big day – so come along and have a peek!

In other cakey madness I have done three cakes in the last couple of weeks for birthdays culminating in a mega helicopter cake for the lovely Jamie, which was delivered to the back side of nowhere yesterday.

Jamie used to fly one of these R22 helicopters and loved the cake.

Other cakes made last week included a cake featuring a remote control car and a leg in a plaster cast (complete with hairy toes!) So some very divers cakes but all of them really enjoyable to complete.

Also check out Boho Bride’s Blog this week. It features the photoshoot that I, Laura Hingston Floristry and Sarah Lauren Photography did back in January (http://www.bohobride.co.uk/)  Boho bride is a Devon based Bride to be who blogs about ideas and inspirations that set her world alight. Totally gorgeous and I love what she does – well worth a peek!

Till next time x

Hurrah! Photoshoot photos have arrived!

25 Jan

As you all know earlier this month I did a photo shoot with the lovely Sarah Lauren Photography and Laura Hingston Floristry (bouquets and buttercups)

The photos arrived late on Sunday so I just had to share….

Also I have now added some of my favourite wedding blogs over on the right (including Sarah’s) so check them out if you are stuck for ideas…

Wedding Fayres & Website

15 Jan

Afternoon everyone!

It’s my first weekend with no cakey stuff to do (apart from the dreaded paperwork) so I am relaxing by cooking masses of curry and soup in my attempt to become a sylph-like lady. When you’re surrounded by cake its not easy you know!

As you are all aware myself, Bouquets and Buttercups and Sarah Lauren Photography all collaborated on a photoshoot last weekend. I have only seen a few of the photos so far but I am sooo excited about the others.

Here are a couple of the pictures from the shoot, there are more on my Facebook page and there will be more next week

So, now we can start looking forwards and I have booked most of the wedding fayres for spring.

The first one is on Sunday 30th January at the Barcelo Imperial, Torquay. 11am – 4pm. It’s organised by the West Country Wedding guide who I have also put a full page profile on – let me know what you think. http://www.westcountryweddingguide.co.uk/Wedding_Fairs_in_the_West_Country_48.asp

The next show is on Sunday 13th February (so for all of you hoping for a proposal Valentine’s weekend this is really one to keep in mind!) at The Fairwater Head Hotel, Nr Axminster, http://www.fairwaterheadhotel.co.uk/ which is a newly renovated pretty country hotel on the Devon / Dorset border.

I hope to see you there and will post details of the later ones in a later post.

Now it’s time for you to do some work! I am about to update my website (www.eatsleepcake.co.uk) and I want you to tell me what you like and dislike about it. What you think needs to change and any other features you would like to see included. I look forward to your comments

Speak to you all later

Nicki x