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Wedding Planning – Part 1

28 Dec

Evening All

I hope you have all had a fabulous christmas and the return to work today for some of you hasn’t been too traumatic.

As most of you may know Mr ESC proposed at the beginning of December and so we have now (mixed in with cake baking and Christmas preparations) managed to have a few conversations about what we want from our wedding.

I have thought long and hard about whether to blog about our preparations and have also checked with Mr ESC that he is happy for me to do so, but I think it is fairly obvious that I LOVE weddings and would just be bursting to tell everyone if I couldn’t (and also I cant think of a community of people I would rather pick the brains of when I get stuck!!!)

So Mr ESC and I have sat down and had the ‘what do we want from our wedding’ chat, and we both wrote down that we want it to be full of fun and Adam (Mr ESC) has also has said he doesn’t want us ‘running around like mad things being stressed out’ (has he looked at who he is marrying I ask myself???)

We have both totally fallen in love with the idea of lots of colour in our wedding and were inspired by the gorgeous flowers that the talented Laura Hingston did for a photoshoot with me and Sarah Lauren back in January last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is our jumping off point……

Next on the list are venues and THE DRESS (and yes, I know it’s early on but when I will be rather busy next year baking cakes for everyone else’s weddings (not that I am complaining) I figure I might need to make some decisions sooner rather than later!)

I look forward to sharing the journey with you all and hopefully finding lots of inspiration and ideas as I go along (and dont worry there will be lots of cakes still!!)

Enjoy New Year everyone and see you afterwards

Nicki xx

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

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

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)

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