FAQs and expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournorthwest.wedding

 

Cake expectations

Cake expectations

Q. We're having a winter wedding and would love to incorporate the time of year into our cake. Do you have any flavour suggestions or decorations we could choose?

A. Whiteny Schofield says: For this time of year, consider seasonal flavours such as black forest, chocolate orange, mint chocolate and of course rich, brandy-soaked fruit cake.

Autumnal colours are phenomenal. There are so many rich shades in the leaves that are actually very similar to the hues found in sponges.

Naked cakes with a dusting of icing sugar, pine cones and berries is a simple yet elegant way of incorporating seasonal shades and textures.

Whiteny Schofield,The Blackrod Cake Company
www.facebook.com/Theblackrodcakecompany

 

Let the party begin

Let the party begin

Q. We're having a Christmas extravaganza wedding and want an impressive cake that will wow our guests. Do you have any ideas of how we can achieve this?

A. Suzanne Thorp says: For a glamorous option, you could opt for a spectacular all-white cake with oversized snowflakes and snowballs. A dusting of edible glitter will add some sparkle in the candlelight. A white bake will also provide a stunning backdrop for a more traditional Christmas theme and can be decorated with deep red sugar roses, green garlands of holly and ivy and red berries.

If cool chic is more your style, then a Nordic theme with stag heads, hand-painted reindeer, prints and a green, red, cream and grey colour scheme could be the way forward. In terms of décor, you can definitely get away with more at Christmas, so shaped and carved designs with a romantic, yuletide theme will only add to the fun.

Suzanne Thorp,The Frostery
www.thefrostery.com

 

Just one slice

Just one slice

Q. I want to incorporate our love of travelling into our wedding cake. Do you have any ideas of how we can do this?

A. Lindsey Lawson says: Think about what it is you love about travelling. It could be the long days lazing on a beach with the sun beating down, the places you have visited around the world or simply packing those suitcases ready for a new adventure. To celebrate and share your love of travel, you could opt for a trio of suitcases with references to your favourite places or decorate the tiers with a world map. Alternatively, opt for a watercolour design with bright and bold summer blooms or perhaps a beach theme evoking a sense of distant shores. If you have your heart set on a traditional bake, why not add a travelthemed topper such as a compass or small globe? Lastly, if you have a moodboard depicting your ideas and love of travel, share it with your cake decorator

Lindsey Lawson,Lindsey Alexandra Cake Design
www.lindseyalexandra.co.uk

 

The taste of summer

The taste of summer

Q. We're having a summer wedding and would love to incorporate the season into our cake. Do you have any ideas?

A. Suzanne Thorp says: It's impossible to think about summer without first looking at the natural world. That's where I would start to look for design ideas and inspiration.

- An informal arrangement of delicate sugar flowers in a soft palette of faded, muted colours would perfectly evoke the season of elegance and romance.

- When we think of this time of year, we immediately think of long, dreamy days, so imagine a cake with graceful lines and softness of tone. If you want to include a monogram, look at flowing and elegant script. You can't go wrong with any design that has a delicate, floaty look.

- Introduce pale, broken watercolours to give your bake an airy, impressionist style. Patterns are a popular trend at the moment. If this appeals, then go for something loose and unstructured.

- Give your guests the taste of summer by choosing light, fragrant flavours such as lemon, strawberry, champagne or rose and pistachio.

Suzanne Thorp,The Frostery
www.thefrostery.co.uk

 

Oh crumbs!

Oh crumbs!

Q. My wife-to-be and I love strong flavours and want something unusual for our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Suzanne Thorp says: For something unexpected, woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme and lavender work well when teamed with more familiar citrus flavours. If you're having a tiered wedding cake, you have the opportunity to mix and match. You could opt for a one or two-tier design in a classic flavour and team it with something unusual.

The season in which you're getting married may inspire you; think pears, pomegranates, maple syrup, figs and ginger for an autumn-inspired bake or strawberries, basil, rhubarb and lemon thyme for spring creations.

One of our favourite combinations is an orange sponge cake with spiced cinnamon and cloves with a creamy and nutty tahini buttercream – yum!

Suzanne Thorp,The Frostery
www.thefrostery.co.uk

 

Festive favourites

Festive favourites

Q. We're having a winter wedding and would like to incorporate our theme into our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Kerri Thompson says: - A white-on-white cake would look elegant and tie in with your theme. Add white textures and a bit of sparkle to create a glistening showstopper.

- If you want to create a frosty feel, incorporate edible silver or white sprinkles.

- Strong hues are bang on-trend right now. Opt for a rich red or navy blue design decorated with light-coloured sugar flowers.

- Flavours are also a great way of incorporating your festive theme. Peppermint and gingerbread are great examples that can be used in several of your tiers.

Kerri Thompson
www.kerrisbespokecakes.co.uk

 

What's your flavour?

What's your flavour?

Q. My wife-to-be and I love strong flavours and want something unusual for our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Cheryl Shields says: - If you're having a tiered creation, then choose a different flavour for each layer. This will give your guests more choice and ensure that both your favourites are included.

- Most couples don't want a traditional fruit cake, but I suggest you give it a try. A rich version studded with juicy dark fruits and seeped in matured brandy will create a strong flavour that's sure to appeal to most of your friends and family. You could pair this with a salted caramel, red velvet, gingerbread and cinnamon or coffee liqueur sponge.

- A sampling consultation is a must! It will help you to decide which flavours you want incorporated into your design.

- It may be worth considering what dessert you're going to be serving at your wedding breakfast. If you choose a lemon tart, for example, you wouldn't also need lemon in your bake.

Cheryl Shields
www.sugar-pie.co.uk