Busy busy busy

 

 

But when am I not busy?! 

So I’m just about to start baking for friday’s wedding cake (which I actually get to go to!), but I thought I would do a little blog to show what I’ve been up to! Its been a particularly manic week, with two wedding cakes being delivered over the Easter weekend. Let’s go one by one…

1) The first cake was for the lovely Tess and Jack, who were getting married in The Tin Tabernacle in Barcombe, Sussex. What a seriously adorable venue it was! They were wanting a rustic ‘naked’ cake to fit in with their decor and venue. The flavours they chose were raspberry ripple with rose buttercream and white chocolate mud cake with honey and lemon buttercream, and vintage flowers to decorate. Oh, and the groom loves red velvet cupcakes, so there were loads of those too! I displayed all of this on personally designed rustic wooden cake stands (which I now hire out).

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My cake stand!!

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The gorgeous venue

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The cake.

 

Plus, I had feedback almost instantly for the happy couple:

“Tess…..thank you for the absolutely delicious cake on Saturday!!! The flowers were beautiful..the cake stand was perfect, and you care and attention to what we wanted and who we are was second to none. The cake set up on the piano was lovely….everyone loved the cake, first tier completely gone, only a few red velvety left and about half of the second tier….it was a hit…so thanks again from Tess and Jack xx” 

 

2) The second wedding was for Sarah and Dave, a lovely couple I met last year after a wedding fair. They wanted something a little different! They wanted a four tier cake (fruit, chocolate orange, chocolate and lemon), in lemon yellow with white draped pearls on alternate tiers. They also wanted white sugar roses and hydrangeas. 

The venue was absolutely gorgeous too (ironically only 3 minutes up the road from the previous). Plus, I had a lovely email and phone call from the manager of the venue after setting it up:

‘I must admit I am glad you emailed me. We have served your cake and as we always cut them up we always check the quality. Your cakes were really delicious and as someone who has tasted well over 300 wedding cakes, I should know.’

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Cake!

 

So both went really well! Very tiring, but I don’t care :)

Here are a few of the other recent cakes that have been going on:

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Steampunk themed wedding cake and toppers (handmade by me)

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Vintage wedding cake

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National wedding show

You know something? Working in the wedding industry is difficult. Don’t get me wrong – its one of the happiest industries to work in, as its such a special time in peoples lives. Thats the problem haha. I see so many wonderful and creative ideas, that I wish I could be organising such a joyful event myself. In time…in time haha.

So myself and my mum jumped on a train and headed to London yesterday. Despite having the sniffles, we had a great time at the National Wedding show. We got there just as it opened, which was a genius idea, as by the time we had gone to every stand, you could barely walk. We talked to so many suppliers, and I came home with half a trees worth of flyers and leaflets. It was amazing how much variety there was in services offered…everything from honeymoon locations to bespoke wedding shoe makers. Talking of which…

TLC Creations   –  These guys make said custom shoes. There was an example at the fair of a pair that a bride had made in honour of her late father. It had printed music on the sides and the bride had copied a letter that her dad had written to her saying ‘I’m very proud of you. Dad x’ and they had printed that onto the back. Lovely sentimental stuff :)

It was interesting meeting around 7 different cake makers – all with very different styles. Gave me a good idea of what is going on further north with cake styles and trends. Some of them were going in a totally different direction! One things for sure – each stand seemed to have a LOT of display cakes. I’m amazed they could transport them all. One cake maker had nearly 20 cakes on her stall haha.

Other ones that particularly caught my eye:

Shropshire Petals    –   They grow biodegradable natural petal confetti, wheat sheaves and dried flowers all handpicked from their farm set in Shropshire.

Alphabet Photography    –   They create personalised word art, using photographs of everyday objects that resemble letters of the English alphabet. They present them in gorgeous big photo frames – take a look!

The Stretch Tent co       –   Gorgeous tents!!! They look awesome.

I think I’m going to have to make it a yearly trip! Great fun, and lots of like-minded people :)

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Mmmm crumble!

So the sun have been out a little today – but its still SO cold! C’mon spring…where are you hiding??

A few weeks ago I bought an iddy, diddy little purple pot for 99p, which I just couldn’t resist. I’ve been trying to find a reason to use it ever since, and today, ladies and gentlemen, was the day!!

Here is my recipe for a very quick and easy Blueberry Crumble (for those days where you need to rustle up a fast pud):

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(Dairy Free) Blueberry crumble

Frozen blueberries (as many as you want to cram into your own dish)
1/2 lemon (juice)
Sprinkle of sugar

100g plain flour
50g Vitalite (or other dairy-free margarine)
50g light brown or caster sugar

1) Preheat oven to 190 degrees
2) Put blueberries into a bowl, and mix with the lemon juice. Tip into your baking dish.
3) Sprinkle the sugar onto the fruit evenly – I leave the amount up to you as to how sharp the berries are and how much sugar you feel is right for you (I didn’t add much – keep my weight down haha)
4) In another bowl, add the flour and margarine together and combine with your fingers until resembling bread crumbs. Add sugar and keep combining. Topping done!
5) Sprinkle the topping over the fruit, covering it up.
6) Bake for around 15 minutes, until the topping is golden and you can see the fruit underneath bubbling. Om nom nom.

Nice warming treat :)

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Update of updateness

Hi everyone!

Sitting here munching on chocolate, as its the thing I’m going to attempt to give up for lent. EEEK! I mean, I’ve done it before…for nearly a year! And that was all dairy, not just chocolate. I remember when I did give it up, I felt so much better! I got over the cravings after a week…I think…and didn’t really want it until I tried it again for the first time in months. BOOM. Addition back haha. 

So this bag of Galaxy Counters are being my friend tonight :)

In other news, as you facebook-ians will know, I’ve now started to make cake toppers! Exciting stuff, and I absolutely love making them. Makes me very happy! Here are two examples of the toppers:

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Traditional bride and groom

 

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C’mon…I’m geeky, what can I say :D

They are all hand-painted and personalised to whatever requirements and look couples want to go for. Although, saying couples…these can be lovely as little figurines for the house anyway. Or birthdays! I can also make kids and certain pets. 

So if anyone has any questions about them, or fancy getting a quote, just ask :) 
I’m selling them on eBay too.

So there is another *top secret for now* thing going on for Chatter Cakes this week, which is really cool. Very excited to show you all! Then this weekend I’m off to Worthing to help out my friend, Prints Charming photobooth, at Belle’s vintage wedding fair (not the Brighton one I’ll be doing next month). Will be cool to do a fair that isn’t me as Chatter Cakes :D

Anyway, chocolate hasn’t had attention for a few minutes hahaha. I’m off! Have a nice evening everyone :) x

Quite a different day!

So I mentioned that I had an exciting week…it was definitely that! Not only did I have cakes to prepare, which will be put up on my facebook page soon, but on Saturday I was invited to take part in a promotional photo-shoot with the lovely A Most Curious Party in London, for their BridalNEXT. So yesterday I traveled up to London with my cakes to the studio! I took a few behind-the-scenes photos:

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Model being pampered!

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Preparing set items

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LOADS of fancy shoes

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Very cute studio kitten :D

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The set-up

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All of us gathering around the shots!

Not sure yet when the photos will be out, but I’ll update when they are! It was really interesting, and met plenty of new faces. No matter how much I hate travelling to London, it was a great experience. A brilliant company, with great wedding fairs. Yay!

Some other exciting news this week too, but that can wait for the next update ;)

Much love my readers x

Busy bee update

Happy wednesday everyone! I like wednesdays…half way through, so you can look forward to the weekend, but not be too freaked out that the week is rushing by! I’ve got so much going on that I need to rewind a few days to catch up.

Last night was certainly eventful! I had a cake party planned with a lovely couple that I met at the Eastbourne Wedding Fair at the start of this month. To put a long story short – it started snowing heavily, and getting increasingly icy on the roads on my way to find their house. My car couldn’t handle the ice, and kept sliding everywhere, so I had to call them up to figure out what to do!! The lovely pair drove up to find me in their 4×4 and towed me up towards their house haha. So kind of them, and it was quite an epic start to the cake planning. Had a long chat about their ideas and I’ve got plenty of designing to be doing for them :)

Oh the adventures I get into!!

So today I haven’t got any baking to be doing, but I do have a lot of computer work to do. I’ve had an amazing enquiry in for a joint birthday, which I’m quite excited about. I’ve also got to start thinking about an article I’m doing for a brilliant magazine :) debating on what write about – I’ve got several ideas! 

Right – I’m off to find my thinking cap! Have a wonderful day everyone :) x

 

The guilty post

As the title says….I’ve been a bad baker and neglected my blog! Sorry to my readers! I’ve had such a busy and tiring time of it lately that I haven’t had much spare time to update. So I’ll let you know what has been going on…

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My set-up

So far I’ve done two wedding fairs this year – one at the Eastbourne Winter Gardens and another at the Hydro Hotel, where I’m their recommended supplier, which is pretty awesome. I told the ladies who ran the fair that it meant a lot to me, as the hotel has been quite a special one within my family’s history. Both fairs were great – and met some lovely couples. One by one meeting with couples from the fairs :)

Otherwise, I’ve had a difficult few days trying to get work done amongst the mounds of beautiful, but disrupting, SNOW! Heres the view from my studio:

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Can’t really complain too much – how stunning!

I’ve got 3 cake parties coming up this week, and some exciting design related bits going on throughout the week. So pretty busy! I’m just trying to think of what foodie treat to post on here for you guys next :) any suggestions, feel free to post!

Anyway, its way too late…this baker needs her rest. Take care all, and hopefully update soon x

Merry christmas!

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Rich chocolate Christmas tree cakes

 

A little last blog to say Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful followers, friends, family and to my lovely Mr CC. I’ve had one amazing year – one that I could never have imagined happening. I am chuffed to say that Chatter Cakes has brought me more happiness in a ‘job’ than I thought I could feel. I wouldn’t have been able to do all of this though without all the amazing support from everyone who I’ve been in contact with for this past year – from fellow suppliers, fabulous couples and the lovely people who follow me online.

So…Thank You!!

Here are a few of the cakes I’ve been doing lately to finish off this post :)

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Be merry, safe and have a wonderful christmas and new year!

x <3 x

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Fancy some zebra??

Last night I really fancied doing some baking. SHOCKING? Not really! Lately I’ve been trying to loose a little weight (hah. hah.), so I’ve been resisting doing any extra baking that isn’t for Chatter Cakes. However, yesterday I felt like it has been too long! I missed blogging to you guys *whimpers a little*

So I made an excuse to do a little baking, in the form of a bake auction to my facebook and twitter followers! I’ve been waiting for ages to make some Zebra cake – and no, no Zebras were harmed in the making of it. They were just my style inspiration ;)

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Unfortunately my lovely loyal camera lens has died, and I’m needed to go buy a new one, so this was taken on my iphone. Not the best quality, but it gives you an idea of the tastiness that is zebra cake. It is vanilla and chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream.

Now, I didn’t really know how much I would get for it in the bidding…I kind of assumed around 50p as people would want cheap cake! However, a group of lovely ladies bid really nice amounts for this treat. The winner, Flossie, had her cake delivered this morning :)

Today, I have one of my wonderful Brides coming round for a little baking session which will be FUN! I’ll blog about what we get up to, including photos. I wonder what we will end up making…

Have a lovely weekend everyone :)

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Apple puff puddings and updatingness

I’m having a relaxing afternoon, catching up on some paperwork and quotation sheets, so I thought I’d do a mini update for you all! Where to begin…

I’ve had quite a few cake parties lately, and they’ve been so lovely! Plus, quite a few of them have been in my lovely Chatter Box, which is always brilliant because it allows me to take care of the couples (and family) and have everything ready for them, unlike when I visit their homes. I love either way, but its always handy to be armed with all my examples and give them an idea of the process I go through to make their cake.

I’ve got to say…I’m already missing wedding fairs! I don’t have another one until the first weekend of January, which isn’t too far off, but it feels like SUCH a long time. I miss chatting away to couples, meeting other suppliers and having a giggle. Come on January!!

On another note, I have a little bit of cool news to show you guys. I have just been featured in Your Sussex Wedding magazine (on sale at the end of this month I think) as one of their experts :) they just sent through a pdf of what it will look like. Luckily I haven’t seen my headshot yet, but that will be a laugh when I get it in the post!

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So thats pretty nifty :)

Ooh and I have bought a few new bits n pieces for some dessert tables ;) I’ll show them off soon.

Last but not least, I have a little recipe for you guys if you need a quick and easy pud to keep you warm!

Apple and cinnamon puff pud

For 2-3 people

1 packet of ready-roll puff pastry
2 apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
3 tsp brown sugar

1) Put oven on to 200 degrees.
2) Peel and chop up your apples into small chunks and pop into a saucepan.
3) Add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into this mix, and put onto a medium heat.
4) Cook for a few minutes until just starting to soften, then take off the heat.
5) Unroll your pastry, and with a round/square pastry or cookie cutter, gently mark (not cut!) out 3 (or more if you want them smaller) shapes in a row. This should be so you have them all on one side, and have enough pastry opposite to fold over these shapes that will have your apple in.
6) Place a medium amount of your apple mixture into the centre of these shapes, but don’t over-fill them, as it needs to be similar to ravioli – enough space to seal around the filling.
7) Fold the non-marked pastry over your piles of apple so they are totally covered.
8) With the same size cutter you used before, ensuring there is enough pastry around your filling, cut out your ‘ravioli’ like pudding. With a fork, gently seal the pastry around the sides by pressing down repeatedly on the edge, pushing the two sheets of pastry together.
9) Cut a small ‘x’ into the top of your pastry to allow steam out throughout cooking, and pop them onto a baking tray. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of each.
10) Cook for around 15-20 minutes until golden brown, and remove from the oven. Leave to cool a little, then EAT!

Sorry I don’t have a photo for this recipe – they all got eaten too fast! Hope the recipe makes sense :)

x

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