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What will weddings look like post-lockdown?

As we tentatively head out of lockdown, what are future weddings likely to look like for the next couple of years? What’s gone for now, or here to stay? Let’s take a look at what’s probably out and what’s maybe going to be in

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Guest Blog…A Day in the Life of… A Celebrant

Welcome to the third blog of my “A Day in the Life of…” series! This week we will be meeting Becky, who is a celebrant in my local area!

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Guest Blog – A Day In The Life Of… A Wedding Day Dog Chaperone!

Credit – Pawfect Occasions

Welcome to the first in a series of guest blogs from various wedding professionals! I want to give readers a few different perspectives of what goes on behind the scenes on a luxury wedding day in the North West of the UK, rather than just my own wedding cake view.

I’m going to hand you over to Annabel, who owns Pawfect Occasions, and let her tell you some more about the running of a dog chaperone business….

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A Day In the Life Of…A Wedding Cake Maker

In the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing some guest blogs from other wedding professionals, to give you a different perspective than mine! To start us off, I’ll start with my own take on it, then we’ll introduce our guests over time. I’m looking forward to this!

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My 5 favourite wedding cakes

I love a good wedding cake! I can’t help it! The more I work with wedding cakes, the more I fall in love with them. There is something so wonderful about being asked and entrusted with the task of making and setting up the centrepiece of someone’s wedding, I can’t help but feel privileged! While there aren’t many weddings to be had this year due to all the CV-19 carry-on, let’s have a look back at five of my favourites from years gone by…

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Top 5 Wedding Cake Flavours!

So you’ve booked your luxury three tier wedding cake, and taken home your box of delicious samples to try out, but how do you choose which flavours for your cake? Well, I have a comprehensive list of flavours available here, which I add to all the time! Some are comfortingly familiar, while others might seem a bit more unusual, but once tasted are never forgotten. Here’s a few FAQ’s about my flavours:

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How to expertly portion a cake

You’ve ordered a beautiful custom cake, or a luxury wedding cake, and now it’s sat in front of you as you dither with a large knife…”do I cut it this way? Or that way? I don’t know!” Instinct tells us to cut it into nice wedges, after all it’s a circle, so therefore it needs to be in segments….”but this cake needs to serve 20 people – if I cut it into segments, it’ll only serve 8!”

Nothing more satisfying than a nice wedge of cake!
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12 of the loveliest drip cakes!

Whether we love them or loathe them (I hope you don’t loathe them, I love ’em!) the ubiquitous drip cake is here to stay! They’ve morphed from a rather clunky untidy beast of a cake to a pretty, unique, versatile style of cake. Endlessly variable, the drip cake can be adapted to any occasion, and it can look really satisfyingly good! For girls, for boys, even for a wedding, a drip cake can add that bit of luxury to any occasion, and can be designed to suit any event. Here’s my favourite top 12 drip cakes!

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Your non-wedding wedding day and what to do with it.

I am on day 22 of lockdown now, and I should have done the first few wedding cakes of the 2020 season by now. It feels pretty crap from my end – I love making wedding cakes, such a wonderful experience to make the centrepiece of someone’s wedding. However, the way I feel about YOUR wedding being postponed, doesn’t even touch upon the way YOU are probably feeling about your non-wedding wedding day.

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Delicious Chocolate Brownie!

Day 10 of the virus lock-down and I think I’m settling into this quite nicely now! I’ve got my new routine, which is basically get up at about 6.15am, enjoy the sounds of the birds singing in the garden while I make my morning coffee, then sit and talk to Mr Cakes on the phone for a bit. The everything gets cleaned to within an inch of its life (no kidding, I’m starting to clean the metal off the door knobs and the paint off my kitchen cupboards!) and then it’s time for shower, clean the bathroom, washing in the machine and out on the line, and so on and so forth.

Around lunchtimes are when I try to do worky stuff, admin and catching up with enquiries (few and far between at the minute!) for an hour or two. In the late afternoons is when my sweet tooth comes knocking! Last week we made a cheap and cheerful swiss roll, today I think brownies, two lots, one to put in the freezer for Mr Cakes to take to work next week, and one to enjoy over the next few days. Also made this week – fresh bread using plain flour rather than bread flour, and tomorrow, hopefully, will be homemade pizzas!

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Emergency Swiss Roll!

Well it’s been four days since I closed my doors because of the virus lock-down, and so far I’ve deep cleaned the house, washed everything that can be washed and line-dried it all, made some homemade freezer meals for my husband (he’s an HGV driver so still working), tidied up the garden (hasn’t the weather been glorious?!), sown some carrots, courgettes, peas and cos lettuce seeds, done a load of admin…but now my mind is starting to hunt for things to do in the kitchen and my sweet tooth is looking for some emergency cake!

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My favourite vanilla sponge recipe and how to bake without clock-watching!

For me, a vanilla sponge cake evokes memories of baking with my mum, or my gran, or my great-auntie Elsie. It makes me think of licked whisks and scraped bowls, cosy warm kitchens, the smell of home baking and the taste of cream and jam sandwiched between two thick slabs of vanilla cake.

A good cake should taste like a proper cake – old fashioned, full of flavour and deliciously home made. Not for me mass produced sponge which is flat and tastes like it came from a factory, I want to evoke memories and stir taste buds! I want people to taste my cake and think “Mmm, that reminds me of the cake my gran used to make!”

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