Another superb Kent wedding supplier on the blog today and I couldn’t be happier as it’s all about cake – one of my favourite subjects!
Last month I got to meet the lovely Tina who is the baking genius behind Sprinkles & Swirls for a tasting session and a cuppa. Tina’s cakes were simply stunning and I could have quite happily stayed munching away in her kitchen. Forever. Here Tina tells us about her passion for baking……
“As you can see I love pretty and vintage styles, but I work on all different cake styles. My customers usually want something that is slightly bespoke, which is fantastic as it makes no two days the same for me. It’s such a compliment when people say the cakes are too beautiful to eat but of course it’s always about the taste as well. The best part is when you watch someones face as they see their cake – whether it’s a birthday cake or a wedding cake, it’s just a magical feeling. It makes all the late nights worthwhile!
“After an initial chat on the phone, I first meet my couples at a complimentary consultation when they come to my home kitchen, sample my cakes and talk through their plans. Each couple are unique – some bring mood boards, some have images on their phone and others have no idea where to start! With lots of cakes on display and with my design advice, by the end, I am able to follow up with a quote based on their exact requirements.
“Turning my passion into a business came about when I was made redundant and my sister and sister in law asked if I would make them cupcake towers for their weddings. The comments and positive feedback received made me think about starting professionally and so Sprinkles and Swirls was born! I love meeting new people and really enjoy creating something that brings happiness to others. It’s such a lovely moment when someone sees their cake or cupcakes and I know I have totally exceeded their expectations!
Thanks so much to Tina for sharing her cakes with us and for more on info on Sprinkles & Swirls visit www.sprinklesandswirls.co.uk
Images 1-5: By JMcSweeneyPhotography
Another fabulous offer for you today from cake maker Emma Buchanan of Array of Cakes. Emma is offering a 15% discount off a Tiered Cake and 10% off a Cupcake tower, including free stand hire, if you book before the 31st January 2013.
Emma offers a free consultation service at her kitchen in Tunbridge Wells, where you can try some of her delicious cakes so don’t hang around – book your appointment today!
For full details of the discount offer check out Array of Cakes.
Cakes are generally the one thing that keeps the Wedding Dolls going during the week so today we’re a bit over excited to share with you Vintage Rose Cupcakes. In our book cupcakes make any occasion special but they work so well for an alternative wedding cake. Vintage Rose Cupcakes specialise in creating stunning cupcake towers and can provide big or cute little cupcakes in a variety of flavours, as well as a top tier cake if you’d like to have one to cut. Their cupcake recipes can also be made larger so you can get the best tasting tiered wedding cakes as well.
All the cupcake designs are inspired by a bygone age and handcrafted by Alexandra Harding in her kitchen in Tunbridge Wells. Alexandra says “our cupcakes are perfect for any celebration and also make wonderful gifts. Our gift boxed cupcakes are available for hand delivery within the Tunbridge Wells area free of charge.”
One to add to our speed dial list!
I’m a big cake fan. The biggest. There’s not a single type of cake I don’t like and so I’m in heaven when it comes to helping brides source wedding cake and sweet treats. So today I’m very excited to share with you Little Boutique Bakery of Tunbridge Wells, who are makers of gorgeous wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
Their cake flavours include Madagascar vanilla, chocolate truffle, lemon and orange zest, as well as the more traditional rich fruit cake and the list of fillings is enough to send me over the edge. Buttercreams of Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Belgian Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate, Organic Lemon, Orange Zest and Salted Caramel, all of which can be teamed with quality preserves of Strawberry, Raspberry, Morello Cherry and Apricot plus Organic Lemon Curd.
We caught up with owner and cake designer, Jennie Bishop, to find out more about ordering with them. Jennie tells us “We are known for our elegant and unique designs and attention to detail, we only take on a limited number of commissions per week so we can ensure the utmost quality and time required to complete your order. Booking early is advised, especially during the peak wedding season as we work on a first come first served basis. Right at the start we have a complimentary design consultation and tasting session with you so we can come up with the perfect design for you.”
Jennie will ideally need a minimum of three month’s notice to create your wedding cake so booking early is advisable. Delivery is available in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey.
And lastly, if you need a taste tester you know where to find me….
Learn how to make wedding cookies, cupcakes and cake toppers or find out the secrets of perfect piping at Kent Cake School, Sweetie Darling.
March courses include making couture cookies, which can be used as favours for guests, or learn how to stack your own wedding cake for a chance to DIY some of those wedding jobs.
Day courses start from around £65 per person and include icings, buttercream, edible materials and the use of all the equipment needed. You only need to bring an apron (and sometimes a cake!). Billie Loveland, who runs the school, limits each course to only eight places, which means you will get all the one-to-one tuition you need from their lovely teaching rooms near Canterbury.
Visit their website to find out more and book your place.