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

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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


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


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

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