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Wedding Fayres

11 Oct

Hi my lovelies

So now we are at the end of wedding season it is that time of year that see us busy with all the Autumn wedding fayres.

So far the Eat Sleep Cake express has booked themselves in to five wedding fayres where we had / will have our scrummy fairtrade, organic and locally produced cakes to sample. And we have on show some of the new techniques and design ideas that have been buzzing round in our heads for months.

The first show we did was at the Thistle Hotel (the old Rougemont) in Exeter on 4th September. We did our first wedding fayre there last year and had a blast, and now we are their preferred cake supplier as well. It’s a great central venue with plush furnishings and the added bonus of being right opposite Central station (easy to make that get away for your honeymoon with no driving!) and opposite Northernhay Gardens, which can provide a great back-drop for photographs.

Next we did the Debenhams two-day wedding event on 17th & 18th September at Debenhams in Exeter city centre. Luckily I remembered to leave my purse at home for that one or I think I would have spent far too much money – me and Designers at Debenhams cooped up together for two days is never going to end well!

Then we had the big one – the South West Brides wedding fayre at Westpoint Arena on 7th & 8th October. We had a larger stand than last year and really set it up with lots of delicious details as well as our show cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other delicious delights. We saw so many lovely brides and now it is a case of working my way through all the enquiries so don’t worry I will get to you soon if you havent heard from me already!

Sarah Lauren Photography  took a photo of the Eat Sleep Cake crew on our stand on Sunday so when I manage to get hold of it I will get it posted up.

The last two fayres we are doing are both the weekend of 12th / 13th November. The first one is a two-day fayre out at Killerton, the National Trust property nr. Exeter, and the other is on Sunday 13th November at the lovely Buckland-Tout-Saints hotel down near Kinsgbridge.

I hope to see some people there. I am going to finish this now before it takes me another month to finish (started this post on August 19th!!!)

Take care

Nicki x

Wedding Galore – Part 2

6 Aug

Hi everybody

So now I have had a short break for a quick camping holiday to Cornwall, I am back and ready to get going on a very busy August and the preparations for the Autumn wedding fayres.

But to finish off the pre-holiday blog here are some more cake pics from recent weddings

 

This first cake was made for the totally adorable Louise & Mike, who held their wedding at the Langdon Court Hotel, near Plymouth. The theme of the wedding was Devon Hedgerows and they wanted a very prettty multi-coloured cake, which I think is summed up in this design. The whole cake was Lemon Sponge, which was suitable for their summer wedding, which was brilliantly photographed by Sarah Lauren Photography (though she didnt take the rather dark photo above – that was all me!)

On the same day as Mike and Louise’s wedding I also delievered to Buckland-Tout-Saints hotel a tower of cupcakes for Lavinia & Magnus.

There was a mix of yummy chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing and individual details on each cake.

 

The final cake was the pretty butterfly cake for Elaine and Andrew in shades of lilac and purple. The swoop of butterflies up the cake matched in with their stationery and decoration details.

I hope you have enjoyed the picture updates. More to come soon.

And now its on to catching up with all the calls and paperwork!

Nicki x

Weddings Galore – Part 1

14 Jul

Hi All

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Eat Sleep Cake towers. We are into peak wedding season and the cakes have been flying out the door!

It’s always a total pleasure doing someone’s wedding cake and helping, in a small way, contribute to what is a really special day. Clients have such different ideas about what they want, whether it’s traditional flavours such as fruit and vanilla sponge, or something more funky like caramel or chilli and chocolate!

Here are some recent piccies of the wedding cakes in June (mostly) for your viewing pleasure!

 

 

These monochrome little mini cakes were for Katja and Mark’s elegant wedding at Combe House, Gittisham. They were a mix of Lemon and Vanilla mini cakes and the ‘K&M’ logo was designed specifically for them by a friend. These photos were taken by the uber-talented Jessica Farmer from Perspectives Photography. Totally stunning and a much better job than I could ever have done (and did – see Facebook!)

Next up we have the totally different and funky cake for Susan and Jay, which was held down at the Barcelo Imperial in Torquay.

Susan really loves gerberas and the overall theme was hot pink and black. The entire cake was Rich Chocolate Fudge cake (made with Green & Black’s dark chocolate) and was a real hit with the bride, groom and guests (I had a little inside scoop as one of my friends, Louise, is the bride’s cousin so provided handy on the day feedback). Susan and Jay were my first ‘official’ couple to book when I set up the business last year, so it was really lovely to see my first booking finally realised.

Lastly for this post was Selina and Jamie’s Stargazer Lilly and Roses Cake.

 

Selina and Jamie were married at the church in Ottery St Mary and the reception was held at the Deer Park Hotel, just outside Honiton. I have been to the Deer Park before and remember it as a little shabby. However, much to my delight it has been completely re-vamped and now is the picture of elegance, whilst still being comfortable. The day was an absolute scorcher and the reception was in the marquee. It is always worth bearing in mind that if you are having a reception in a marquee then they can get quite warm so talk to us about what cakes are suitable i.e. not a 5-tier choclate extravaganza!

I hope you have enjoyed this little snapshot of last month. Will post a Part 2 in a few days.

I must now go and get elbow deep in flour and get scone baking for my new partnership with the Dandelion Cafe at Haytor. It’s part of the Moorlands Hotel and has been recently opened. They try to use locally sourced and ethically produced food wherever possible and so linking up with me to provide cakes totally makes sense as I work along the same lines. I have lived in Devon for most of my life and have been to Haytor countless times and have never thought to go in there for a cuppa after hiking about, but if you are up that way I highly recommend it. Their tea is perfect and the staff are lovely (and its always an excuse to eat cake!)

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend

Nicki x

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

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