Hilarious Blog Post

18 May

Morning everyone.

I just had to share this fantastic blog post from the gorgeous Sarah at Boho Bride (www.bohobride.co.uk) Anyone else feeling like this?

Our Wedding – Four Months Today!

May 17, 2011  

Last night it dawned on me that in four months time we’ll be saying our vows, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to blog about how I’m feeling about the impending celebrations…

I have found it much harder work than I could have ever imagined. I don’t know if that’s a normal or abnormal feeling, but I can spend hours excitedly creating inspiration boards, styling photo shoots and giving advice to other planning Brides, but for myself? Nada. This is how bad it’s got…

♥ I’ve yet to create a mood board for our wedding – though I have a file on my laptop that’s brimming with saved images that I love.  My fear is that I adore so many things, the wedding will look like it’s having an identity crisis – or that I’ve vomited an eclectic mix of rustic, whimsical, bohemia with elements of folk all over the place. The general ‘theme’ {not a fan of that word} is ‘stuff we love’.

♥ I’ve only just started booking things for the wedding and still haven’t made a single piece of decor – though I do have a box of bits I’ve already stashed, which I’ll dig into…and I’ll borrow stuff from my folks too {thanks Mum} to save pennies! Again, worried ‘old curiosity shop’  and ‘musty’ might be used to describe my styling.

♥ Although I’ve sent masses of ‘inspirational’ images to my B’maids only two of five have dresses.

♥ My Groom hasn’t even considered his attire yet.

♥ My Dad is so begrudged to spend money – he wants to wear a suit he’s owned for years, circa 1970…it doesn’t look vintage…it looks tragic.

♥ Every time we sit down to read through ceremony/vow choices, we get distracted and end up creating our own alternative ‘I love you more than….’ stupid versions. It’s not big and it’s not clever – it just wastes time.

♥ I’m running regularly to fit my bottom and thighs into my form-fitting dress….then promptly rewarding myself with a carb mountain. My weight isn’t increasing…but it isn’t decreasing either.

♥ I’m having a recurring dream; I wake up, it’s the day of our wedding and I’ve not organised anything, so have to blag it all.

♥ I’ve developed a twitch in my left eye.

Brides-to-be…how are your plans going?

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Have fun everyone and try not to get too stressed out with all the planning

Nicki xx

Wedding Cakes Galore!

3 May

Evening everyone

How are you all? Sorry for the radio silence – it’s been crazy busy here at Eat Sleep Cake towers.

So the Royal Wedding has been and gone and it was totally gorgeous (LOVED that dress), but obviously my professional interest was focussed on what cakes they would have.

As you are probably aware there were not one, but two, cakes. One for her and one for him and here they are in all their glory!

The top four tiers of the Bride’s Cake (the white one) are totally pretty and romantic though in my opinion the bottom section is a bit OTT. However saying that the level of work and detail involved is totally amazing, and the cake maker made two duplicate cakes ‘just in case’ something happened to one of them and you have to give her credit for that! I doubt there was much sleep in that kitchen over the last few weeks.

The groom’s cake (the chocolate one) was a no-bake biscuit cake made to a secret royal family recipe. I admire anyone who can work to this level in chocolate. It is totally amazing what you can achieve. The man who did the decorations is really well known in the sugarcraft world and demonstrates all over the world and you can see why!!

So not quite the same level of detail but I had three wedding cakes this weekend. One classic, one cupcakes and one of mini cakes. And here’s the pics to prove it!

Simon and Michelle had a top-tier of yummy, moist Carrot Cake, with two sponge cakes as the bottom two tiers. The Gerberas were made from sugarpaste and were the motif for the whole wedding, which was held at the fabulous Dartington Hall, nr Totnes (www.dartington.org/weddings).

Jen and Mike opted for these totally cute cupcakes in Lemon, Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge flavours. The wedding was uber-cool, with cute details (just like the couple) and was held at the deeply delicious Bickleigh Castle, nr Tiverton (www.bickleighcastle.com).

Finally on the Sunday there was Katja and Mark’s ivory and black mini cakes, with their gorgeously elegant monogram that they had designed specifically for them. The cakes were Lemon and Vanilla and fitted in perfectly with their elegant wedding held at Combe House Hotel, nr Honiton (www.combehousedevon.com)

So now the crazy week is over it’s time to look forward. I have a photoshoot this week for the next issue of Wed Magazine (www.wedmagazine.co.uk) so I am super excited about seeing my cakes in print. And I am also going to find some time this month to get my website updated with new pictures and pages, so keep your eyes peeled….

Speak soon my lovelies

Nicki x

First Wedding and Cakes Galore!

6 Apr

Evening All

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been, just so so busy with lots of cake making.

It was the first wedding cake of 2011 for me last weekend. Sophie and Anthony picked a three-tier version of the blossom Eat Cake design (www.eatsleepcake.co.uk/eat-cake) in soft gold and ivory to match their colour scheme. To top the cake they used Sophie’s Mum’s topper, which she had kept since her wedding in 1979! It was a totally sweet touch.

They also had some cute cupcakes for the kids AND two Mother’s day cakes for the Gran’s for the following day, which was a lovely idea.

Talking of Mother’s Day my lovely friend Laura asked me for a cake for not one, but FIVE mother’s who were all celebrating Mothering Sunday together.

We celebrated these gorgeous women by icing all thier names round a pretty champagne and yellow cake covered with icing details and champagne and yellow icing roses.

My lovely graphic designer friend Deb (who designed my beee-utiful logo) is due to give birth to her first child in the next week or so. Fingers crossed I will get to make her a cake for her first Mother’s Day next year. Good luck to her and Dave for the next couple of weeks. I am so looking forward to cuddles.

I am at the Buckland-Tout-Saints Wedding Fayre (www.tout-saints.co.uk) this Sunday alongside my lovely friend Sarah Lauren (who took those totally gorgeous photos for the photoshoot we did back in January) and I am looking forward to a lovely catch up and planning session for our next photoshoot (as well as meeting lots of lovely brides obviously!)

Have a lovely week everyone

Nicki x

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