Great Tips For Making Your Own Wedding Cake

sugarbliss-wedding-cake-designersTips For Making Your Own Wedding Cake

 

Here at Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Supplies Shop, Solihull, we have everything you need, as well as, freiendly staff who love giving helpful tips and advise. Making your own wedding cake can seem a bit intimidating but, aside from being much more cost-effective, it can be a really rewarding experience and a great way to create something completely original while adding your own personal touch to your special day.

 

Creating your very own wedding cake doesn’t have to be a daunting task so we’ve put together our top tips for those brave brides-to-be who plan to make their own wedding cake for their big day.

 

Practise is absolutely crucial. Simply bake and decorate some test cakes before you come to make the real thing. If you plan on using our ready-made cakes or cake mix, then it’s a good idea to practise your decorating skills on a cake dummy. Another great tip is to always pipe some tests on a piece of baking paper to check the consistency of your icing is suitable for the piping tip you are using.

 

As all cake bakers will know, producing the perfect cake is all about timing. Make sure you are organised and prepared. While you may assume your cake will need to be made as close to the time as possible, freezing readymade cakes is a great way to save you time to decorate your cake. Partially frozen cakes are more effective when carving shapes than fresh bakes as the cake is less crumbly. Fruit cakes are a great flavour choice because they last a longer than sponge and can be baked in advance.

 

Being stocked up with high quality cake decorating equipment is essential. A good set of tools at your disposal can take a cake from good to great so it’s important you find the right ones. At Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Company we have a fantastic range of equipment to help you with your baking and decorating needs.

 

 

Serve up a mouth-watering cake while saving yourself precious time and energy with our delicious range of readymade cakes. Each of these utterly delicious cakes are available in a variety of different flavours, shapes and sizes to suit your needs, and are supplied with 2 layers ready for you to add your own filling to. These cakes are a particular hit with those that would rather devote their time and efforts to decorating and presenting a cake that not only looks amazing but tastes great too.

 

Cake dummies are great for practising your decorating skills on but they’re also fantastic for adding a cost-effective tier to wedding cakes. Cake dummies are perfect for adding extra height and drama to your creation without the need for cake overload. If you fancy the idea of a 5 tiered creation but don’t have the guests or budget to justify it then use a cake dummy as your bottom tier, decorating it in the same way as the rest of the cake so no-one will suspect a thing!

 

Along with the bridesmaid dresses and the venue decor, the cake should follow your overall theme for the day. If you’re baking for another bride-to-be, have a look at everything she has chosen for the day, from the flowers to the table centrepieces, and base your cake around that.

 

The type of sugar paste you use is all about personal preferences. Our sugar pastes have a very soft texture and can be applied to cakes very easily, making it the better option for beginners. Our Renshaw sugar paste is the most well-known brand of sugar paste in the UK. It has a firmer texture  but a larger selection of colours to choose from.

 

Depending on your guest list size and how generous you want your slices to be, you should sit down and work out the exact size you need your cake to be before you start baking. Our cake portion size chart is a great way to work out how to cater to your wedding’s needs. Each tier should measure the exact same height, too.

There’s nothing more special or memorable than serving your own wedding cake creation that has been baked with love!

May 24, 2017
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Fresh Flowers And Wedding Cakes

fresh flower wedding cakeAt Sugarbliss Cake Company we regularly design wedding cakes to include fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are often used decorate wedding cakes and birthday cakes.  They can add a fresh and vibrant look to the cake, making it a focal point at any celebration.

 

There is one very important factor to consider if you wish to use fresh flowers – are they suitable?  Many are poisonous therefore must NOT be used directly on a cake.  Always check with a florist or other reliable source before going ahead.  A few of the more popular poisonous flowers are arum (calla) lilies, asparagus fern, bluebell, ivy, heelebore, iris and tulip.

 

Here are a few tips for using fresh flowers –

 

Check lists of edible non toxic flowers on the internet or consult with a florist.  Among the most popular edible flowers for cakes are roses, lavender, primroses, pansies, violets, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and hibiscus.

 

Check how they are grown.  The use of pesticides on many flowers makes them unsuitable for cakes.  They must have been grown organically, or come from a known source eg. home or farm grown with no pesticides or other chemicals being used.

 

Choose flowers to match the theme of the wedding or celebration.  If for a wedding this will be discussed with the bride well in advance!

 

Ways to use flowers on cakes –

 

Whole in arrangements, or wired and taped into a spray.   May be used as a divider between tiers – very popular for wedding cakes.

 

Use just the petals sprinkled around and over the cake (rose petals are popular).

 

Crystallised – a form of flower preservation for cakes and cupcakes (primroses and violets are popular in Spring).  Simply coat in egg white, dip in caster sugar and dry for several hours!

 

Place a barrier between the cake and flowers if possible, such as clear cellophane.

 

Wash gently, if possible before use under a slow running cold water tap.  This will ensure that any stray bugs, dirt etc will be removed.

 

Inserting stems into cakes – do not insert directly into a cake.  Place stems into plastic posy picks as a barrier between cake and stems.  Posy picks are available in many different sizes and are available from our cake decorating supplies shop, Solihull.

 

Add flowers as late as possible before the wedding or celebration commences to prevent wilting.  This can happen in hot weather, and if the flowers are directly on moist buttercream.

 

Fresh flowers are ideal for this style of cake, as they can be ‘squeezed’ into place with no gaps showing.  Sugar flowers are obviously delicate and cannot be manoeuvred like fresh flowers.

 

A standard size gap between the tiers is usually 1 ½” to 2”.  However this may vary depending on the flowers you are using.

 

How do you create the gap?

 

Polystyrene separators, round and square, 2″ deep are available, and are a perfect lightweight option for this job.  They come in many sizes and will spread the weight of the cake evenly, which ensures the assembled cake is stable.  A thin single or double thick cake card / board the same size as the separator should be placed underneath.  This will support the dowels.

 

Hidden or hollow pillars which fit down into the cake and may be cut to fit the height of the cake and gap required.  This option combines dowelling and separating the cakes all in one!

 

Ideal separator sizes for a wedding cake with 6” 8” 10” (12”) tiers would be 4” and 6”( 8”).  This will create sufficient room for the flowers and stems to be arranged around the separators.


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Wedding Cake Designs & Styles 2017

With 2017 wedding cakes well underway, we thought we would spend a little time talking about the fantastic wedding cake trends for 2017.  Wedding cake trends change every year with a constant demand for new wedding cake designs and styles, colour schemes and personalised cake designs. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite wedding cake designs which we think will be all the rage for 2017 and to give brides, grooms some inspiration to help make their day extra special.

 

semi-naked-wedding-cakesSemi-Naked

 

Last year was all about naked cakes but this year semi-naked cakes will be taking centre stage! Semi-naked wedding cakes have the same rustic appeal as its predecessor while still having the wow factor of a fully decorated cake. This semi-naked cake may be perfectly frosted but is also stripped back enough to let the layers peek through from underneath.

 

Mirror Glaze Wedding Cakes

 

If you loved the Great British Bake Off last year then you’re bound to recognise this hot trend for 2017! Mirror glaze cakes are super versatile and can be as extravagant or understated as you need. The high gloss finish looks beautiful as a standalone design but also complements extravagant decoration and bold colours perfectly too.

 

Floral Wedding Cakes

 

Floral cakes remain the most popular choice for wedding cakes, particularly those with a summer theme, nothing says summer like a variety of vibrant and elegant hydrangeas, peonies or sunflowers. While these flowers are traditionally the chosen centrepiece for floral cakes, there’s an endless amount of different flower styles and colours you can choose for your cake to make it really stand out.

 

Tall Wedding Cakes

 

Tall cakes with tier after tier are the perfect way to make an impression at any wedding reception. This towering cake style is perfect for brides looking to create something with a real wow factor! If your venue or guest list is on the large side then tall cakes are a fantastic way for making sure everybody gets a piece of your delicious cake.

 

Naked

Fresh fruit, bright flowers and seasonal colours make naked cakes one of the most desired choices for summer weddings. They’ve only become popular in the last few years but are sure to be showcased at weddings around the country.

 

painted-wedding-cakesPainted Wedding Cakes

 

Hand painted cakes are quite a difficult cake to create but are perfect for personalising your cake, emphasising the talent of the cake decorator and adding a work of art to your wedding table.

 

Metallic Weddding Cakes

 

Metallic cakes undeniably ooze class and sophistication. Their shimmering finish of gold, bronze or silver looks almost inedible yet incredible. The metallic finish can be created by using an edible paint/airbrush coating, or a lustre effect modelling paste for small models. Although they’re popular all year round, metallic cakes can be adopted into a summer theme by combining the edgy and shimmering lustre of silver, gold or bronze with bright summer colours. If flowers are your thing, they make a great contrast with a gold background, as shown on the cake below.

 

Lace Wedding Cakes

 

lace-wedding-cakesIt wasn’t all that long ago that edible cake lace emerged on the shelves but it’s safe to say it’s quickly taken the cake decorating world by storm! Cake lace can take any cake from plain to rustic chic or vintage glamour in quite literally seconds. It can be draped or wrapped around a cake to give depth to its design, or simply used to add an elegant finishing touch to cakes of all shapes and sizes.

 

Novelty  Wedding Cakes

 

Who says your wedding cake actually has to be cake?! In recent years, many couples have been straying from the traditional cake, instead  opting for distinctive creations to reflect their tastes and personalities. Whether you’re serving up stacks of cupcakes, macarons or doughnuts in place of cake, you can still decorate them with the more traditional fresh sugar flowers and colourful frosting that wedding cakes usually boast. After all, when it comes to your wedding the world is your oyster cake!

 

Chalkboard Wedding Cakes

 

We just can’t get enough of the trendy chalkboard cake design. This cake style resembles something straight out of a craft magazine, looks surprisingly realistic and allows you to add a cute personalised message for the newlyweds. If you’ve never seen a chalkboard cake before or you’re eager to try this new trend out for yourself,  it’s created using black sugar paste dusted in icing sugar and finished with a hand painted message using white edible paint and a thin brush.

 

Wedding Cake Flavours

Its all About The Cake Flavour Too! From Eggless wedding cakes, tradtional friut cake to chocolate and red velvet there is a large range of fantastic flavours you can choose from to really personalise your wedding cake.

May 23, 2017
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Metallic Asian Wedding Cake Designs

metalic-wedding-cakesWe have recently added some new cake decorating supplies and decorations to our extensive range of cake decorating products available from our cake decorating shop in Knowle, Solihull. Our selection of new products include the latest cake decorating trends, new product launches and some tips and ideas to help keep you inspired.

 

With the wedding season in full swing, our new stunning Metallic Fusion collection draws inspiration from metallic wedding cake trends and opulent Asian eggless wedding cake designs, while our elegant Rose collection uses an on-trend colour scheme for a beautiful summer wedding cake look.

 

metalic-wedding-cupcakesAs something a little different to our usual wedding cake themes, this year the tiers in our metalic wedding cake collection can be mixed and matched to suit your requirements and produce beautiful wedding cakes for large weddings as well as smaller celebrations. Check out our simple step-by-step guides to find out how to create your own version of our Metallic Fusion and Rose collections.

May 20, 2017
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Super Value Cake Decorating Supplies

Our Super range of Value Cake Decorating Supplies will help cake decorators to step into the very busy wedding cake and birthday cake season, some of our new range of cake decorating supplies and cake decorations include our highly popular Colour Splash range as well as our beautiful sugar flower cake decorations ideal for wedding cakes and creating amazing fun birthday cakes.

 

 

 

cake-decorating-suppliesAnother brilliant addition to our huge range of cake decorating equipment available in our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Shop, Solihull are the brand new Mini Alphabet cutter sets in both uppercase and lowercase from Cake Star.

 

 

 

These easy-to-use plunger cutters give cake decorators of all skill levels a quick and easy way to create flawless lettering in seconds for cakes and cupcakes of all sizes. They’ve already proven to be extremely popular with customers so make sure you don’t miss out on these great cutter sets.
cake-boards-drumsOur high quality range of cake drum boards and cards are very popular with customers, with a variety
of shapes, sizes and colours available at great value prices. We also stock a full range of cake boxes and cupcake boxes available in various sizes up to 20inches.
With the Wedding cake season just around
the corner our brand new range of wedding cake decorations and equiment for 2017 has got everything you need to get ready, from on-trend rose gold baking cases to intricate new edible lace and sugarpaste icing.
The new Renshaw Premium Cover Sugar Paste is perfect for covering cakes quickly and easily. This new recipe has a sweet vanilla flavour and a soft set, developed to make covering large or deep cakes even easier. We’re currently offering 10% off the brand new range until the end of the June so don’t miss out!
Thank you for taking the time to check out our latest cake decorating supplies great offers and update. We hope you enjoy our latest update and find something here to inspire you to create your own wedding cakes and birthday cakes.

May 18, 2017
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Fmm New Cake Decorating Cutters

peony-flowers-fmmWe have many new cake decorating supplies available from our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Supplies Shop, Knowle, Solihull. Two of the most simplest and effect cutters we have recently added to our large sugar flower and cake decorating cutters are the wonderful high quality cutters from Fmm. Their new Adorable Baby Cutter Set and their new Easiest Ever Peony Cutter are perfect for creating professional decorated cakes. The Easiest Ever Peony Cutter is brilliant for making beautiful hand made sugarflowers for wedding cakes, birthday cakes or anniversary cakes.

 

Designed to create the easiest and quickest sugar peonies ever! Different sized peonies can be created by simply adding more petals. It also includes a leaf cutter!
Simple and easy to use for beginners and a great time saving tool for professional cake decorators especially for a cascading sugar flower wedding cake design.

 

fmm-baby-showerYou can also create adorable decorations for those New Baby Special Occasions! Whether it’s for a Baby Shower cake, New Arrival or Christening cake, you’ll find these cutters perfect!

 
This easy to use cutter features 4 designs including a baby in a pram, a crawling baby, a stork and a baby in a blanket!

 

Buy Now these brilliant cutters at great prices by popping in to our friendly cake decorating shop in Solihull or ordering from our Sugarbliss Online Cake Decorating Supplies Shop.


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Simple Wedding Cakes

Simple Wedding Cake

 

Our Sugarbliss Simple Wedding Cakes are a fantastic collection of beautifully and simply designed wedding cakes which look absolutely stunning at any wedding reception. With a collection of over 15 designs to choose from, our simple wedding cake collection can be altered to match your wedding colours or decor.

 

Cake Flavours

 

You can also choose different flavours for each tier which are all freshly baked from the finest ingredients in our very own Sugarbliss ‘Cakery’. With over 30 plus flavours to choose from you do not have to keep to the traditional fruit cake but can choose from a range of delicious flavours to suite  from we also specialise in dietary cakes including our reknowned eggless, gluten free and vegan cake flavours. At sugarbliss Cake Company we are sure you will find the perfect cake design and flavour for your wedding cake. If your wedding is an informal or intimate occasion our simple wedding cake collection could be the perfect choice for you.

 

Wedding Cake toppers

 

One of the easiest ways to give any wedding cake an extra special touch is to use a cake topper that reflects the wedding theme and personalities of the couple. Cake toppers have come a long way from the days of a simple plastic model of the couple – today there’s an array of styles to choose from whether you are looking for figurines, wording, sparkling diamante hearts or simple sugar flowers.

 

May 17, 2017
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Flower Paste – Wedding Cakes

floristpasteFlower Paste – Wedding Cakes

 

Our new range of nine floral inspired colours in flower paste and modelling range from Renshaw are perfect for creating beautiful sugar flowers for wedding cakes and celebration cakes.

 

If you are making edible flowers for a wedding cake or models for a special birthday cake you’ll want to choose the best possible ingredients and this new range of Renshaw florist paste is available in a fantastic range of bright floral shades perfect for beginners or advanced cake decorators.

 

Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste comes in a 250g block, which should be ample for most projects and before you know it you’ll be crafting delicate pink roses, elegant butterflies and anything you can possibly imagine. This flower paste can be dusted with shimmer for a sparkling sheen and even painted with edible colours to create quite original effects.

 

To meet the needs of sugarcrafters this range of flower paste comes in a staggering range of colours:

  • White Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Dahlia Black Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Daffodil Yellow Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Leaf Green Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Grass Green Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Carnation Red Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Forget-me-not Blue Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Hydrangea Blue Flower And Modelling Paste
  • Rose Pink Flower And Modelling Paste

 

The consistency of this flower paste also means that it works well with plunger cutters, which can make the creation of petals and flowers a little easier for the less dextrous among us. Making bigger models is easy too. Just mix it up 50:50 with sugarpaste and you’ll be able to craft animals, people, whatever you can imagine. Once combined with sugarpaste, the setting properties of the final paste will ensure that whatever you make will keep its shape more readily than simply using sugarpaste on its own.

 

Available form our Cake Decorating Shop in Knowle, Solihull, Birmingham.

April 1, 2017
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Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

chocolate-meltsRainbow Dust Colour Melts

 

We now have the complete range of the brilliant and easy to use Rainbow Dust colour melts available from our cake decorating shop, Knowle, Solihull.

 

No need to temper your chocolate, with the new Colour Melts from Rainbow Dust you can achieve a beautifully smooth coating for any decorative treat. These chocolate melts are perfect for decorating wedding cakes, birthday cakes, celebration cakes and cupcakes.

 

These vibrant Colour Melts work similarly to chocolate but are ready tempered so you simply have to heat them in the microwave in short bursts and you are left with a delicious, creamy coating for your cake pops and other baked delicacies.

 

Not only do they provide a smooth, even coating however, they also taste fantastic and contain no hydrogenated fats like other similar products such as candy melts or merkens. They also don’t have a waxy taste like some other brands.

 

The colour melts are also great for to use over stencils and with the addition of some cocoa butter to thin them down, you can even paint with them, allowing you to paint your own candy designs onto cookies, cakes and cupcakes.

 

The colour melts are great for use in a wide range of silicone and candy moulds as well as dipping for cake pops.

 

Rainbow Dust are a well-established cake decorating company with many years’ experience in creating some of the best loved decorating products including lustre dusts, edible glitter and food art pens. With the Colour Melts, you can be sure that the same care and attention is given to create such a high quality product.

 

How to use:
• Place your colour melts into a microwave bowl.
• Heat on full power in 30 second burst and stir well between heating.
• Do this until your colour melts are liquid.
• Pour your candy melts into your mould or over your cakes for fillings and run outs.

 

Contains E120 – not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

March 16, 2017
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Wedding Cake Flavours

Wedding Cake Flavours

We have a great selection of over 50 cake flavours to choose from and although fruit cake may be the traditional flavour for wedding cakes we offer a whole range of delicious cake flavours which are freshly baked in our bakery for the modern bride to choose from.

 

Wedding cake designs don’t just stop at the decorations and choosing a different delicious cake flavour to compliment your wedding cake design is as important.

 

You can decide on a different flavour for each tier which will create all sorts of contrasting flavours with a combination of inventive fillings to really surprise your guests, once the cake is cut.

 

Have a look at some of our most popular flavours to help you choose the perfect wedding cake design.
Fruit cake: A must-have flavour for the traditional bride. Fruit cake goes a long way and with a very generous shelf life, making it a great choice for preservation or sending pieces to those that couldn’t attend the day. Traditionally, the bottom layer of a wedding cake was cut at the wedding, with the middle tier being served to guests and the top tier being kept for the christening of the couple’s first baby.

 

Chocolate: A perfect choice for chocoholics and a guaranteed hit with most of your guests. Chocolate cake can vary in richness and works well with an endless list of fillings. Put a unique spin on this classic flavour with different filling such as mint or really treat your guests with a chocolate fudge filling.

 

Vanilla:  This classic sponge wedding cake flavour remains the most popular flavour for our wedding cakes and will be popular with your younger and older guests. Vanilla makes a great base for just about any flavour and can be combined with a wide selection of different fillings.

 

Red velvet: This ever popular silky smooth cake flavour is irresistible as it not only looks great but tastes amazing. Hide underneath white icing for a surprise colour when the cake is cut or make a real statement with a red velvet naked wedding cake.

 

White Chocolate with Raspberry: This winning combination is perfect  for those looking for a flavour with a difference. The sweet white chocolate really comes to life when paired with the fruitiness of the raspberry filling. Perfect for bringing something a little unique to your wedding cake.
Lemon: A great choice for summer cakes. As one of the most popular flavours you can guarantee lemon cake will go down well on your day.

 

Carrot: Carrot cake makes a brilliant alternative to more common flavours such as chocolate and fruit.  Carrot cake can be very moist, particularly when paired with buttercream, so it may not make a suitable bottom tier flavour choice.

 

Pink Champagne: Cake, bubbly and weddings are a matched made in heaven so it’s no surprise that pink champagne flavoured wedding cakes are increasing in demand this year. The pretty shade can be achieved using our pink Colour Splash food colouring gel too. Popular fillings for a champagne cake include rum flavoured custard, white chocolate or rich whipped cream.

 

Coconut and Lime: Channel the tropics with this surprisingly delicious flavour combination. Coconut has surged in popularity over recent years and the addition of tangy lime filling gives it that extra kick that guests will love.  This fun-filled flavour is perfect for summer weddings or tropical destination weddings.

 

Marble cake: Can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate? Who says you have to! The two popular flavours work incredibly well together to create an irresistible marble cake that is guaranteed to tantalise your guests’ tastebuds.

 

We also offer a range of delicious dietary cake flavours including our popular eggless wedding cake flavour, vegan wedding cake flavour, gluten free wedding cake flavour and our new sugarfree wedding cake flavour.

 

What flavours will you be trying out for your big day? Why not try one of our delicious wedding cake taster boxes.

March 13, 2017
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