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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Cake…

27 Feb

The wedding cake, a major part of every marital celebration, pardon the metaphor but its the icing on the cake! It has to be perfect, big, small, commercial or personalised, it has to represent you, your relationship, your wedding! Here is how to choose your perfect cake!

1. When it comes to the style of your cake, take inspiration from your colour scheme, flowers, wedding venue and even details on your wedding dress. I love jewellery inspired cakes.

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2. A good wedding cake designer will ask for as much detail of your big day as possible to come up with some suitable ideas. (sorry if you think I’m being nosey ;))

3. Look for a cake designer who specialises in the style of cake you’re looking for.

4. When choosing your cake designer, ask to see examples of cakes they have already made and be sure to have a taste(I do tasting session at times convenient for you, after work and weekends) – it’s important that a cake tastes as good as it looks!

5. When it comes to the cake filling, while fruit cake is the traditional choice, there are many other options such as carrot cake, lemon cake, and, of course, chocolate. Some bakers including me give you the option of having a different flavour for each tier!

6. Consider having a cake that’s slightly bigger than you need. That way, you can save a slice for guests unable to attend, or just a slice for yourself after the big day 😉

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7. As an alternative to the traditional tiered cake, consider having cupcakes, miniature cakes, or even a macarons tower! This way you can have loads of different flavours too.

8. Always ask the cake designer whether they will transport and arrange the cake at your venue. This is extremely important, as tiered caked need to be properly assembled at the location.

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9. Be sure to cater for guests with allergies, or specific dietary requirements, you could have a small cake (perhaps a cupcake or even a cookie) created especially for them. Alternatively, you need to let guests with allergies know they should avoid the cake.

10. Consider serving your cake in the evening, or instead of pudding. Serving it with ice cream, chocolate sauce, or a fruit coulis is also a great idea, plus it means no wastage or double dessert costs!

Whatever you do, just make sure you love your cake! And make sure you actually save yourself a giant slice 🙂 for more information just drop me an email at spoonycake@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you almost instantly!

Look forward to hearing from you…

Keep it delicious!

A ‘Sweet’ Wedding

6 Feb

Who doesn’t love an extra special cupcake, personalised edible named biscuits instead of name cards, or even your favourite retro sweets as little wedding favours? There are so many ways to make your day sweeter then sweet and extra amazing…check out some of my ideas!

1) Cupcakes as place-cards? Not only will this mean you could have a smaller wedding cake but it’s a cute way of personalising your wedding and making your guests feel extra welcome.

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2) Maybe you want to keep the cake for later? Or maybe your having cupcakes as your wedding cake…how about some personalised ‘shortbread lovelies’ to brighten up the table?

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3) Sweet wedding favours…how about some chocolate pebbles for a beach wedding? Or layered red velvet pots? Even retro sweet favours? Something deliciously different!

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4) gorgeous cake bites as a little thank you…

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Whatever you do, enjoy it! Make it personal, make it your own and make it delicious 🙂

If you’re in need of any wedding ideas just drop me an email or pop it on the enquiry form and we can figure out how to make your day perfectly sweet 🙂

Keep it delicious!

Problematic Cookies

31 Jan

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The perfect cookie should be crunchy to bite, chewy to chew, evenly baked and have your mouth watering instantly…want a cookie like that? You could just order some from Spoony cakes or you could follow these splendid tips:

The problem: My cookies are too hard
Hard cookies are a result of adding too much flour in proportion to the wet ingredients. Or it could be due to over-mixing. Next time, add less flour and avoid overmixing once the ingredients come together.

The problem: My cookies are crumbling too much.
This is usually a result of having too much sugar and not enough egg; next time, adding a little more egg or a touch of milk. It could also be because your dough isn’t quite mixed enough, so spending a little more time there could help too.

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The problem: My cookies aren’t baking evenly.
This could be due to uneven cookie sizes; use an ice-cream scoop so each cookie is the exact same size. Ovens are also very temperamental follow our baking tips.

The problem: My cookies are too dry.
Bake them at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time. Additionally, substituting brown sugar for some of the granulated sugar may help your cookies retain moisture, since brown sugar has a higher moisture content.

The problem: My cookies are spreading too much!
It could be that you’re baking them at too low a temperature – a higher temperature and shorter cooking time may be to blame, or your oven’s temperature itself is not quite where it should be. Adding too much sugar or oil, or not enough flour could also be a factor. Again, double check your measurements and adjust them accordingly.

The problem: My cookies aren’t browning enough.
You want that nice, lightly browned exterior in your cookies! If you don’t get that look, it’s possible that you’re not baking them at a high enough temperature. Not adding enough brown sugar could also cause your cookies to be paler than desired.

The problem: The next day, my cookies are always hard as rocks.
Packaging them in a nice, sealed container covered with a slice of bread will usually keep them much softer for a longer period of time! That’s a nifty one!

How good are these?! Having any other problems in the kitchen, let us know we could pop on some more tips and tricks to ensure everything you bake is magical!

Keep it delicious!

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