First up, an apology. I know – I always start my blog posts like this. I’m truly the world’s least consistent blogger. Can you believe it’s a year since I last blogged? Naughty me!
In my defence, 2014 was our busiest (and longest) wedding season so far and I pretty much lived in my kitchen, up to my elbows in icing sugar, fondant and sugar flowers, for a full 12 months.
Melissa Woodland Cakes is currently enjoying a couple of months off before wedding season 2015 kicks off (we welcomed son number 2 into the world at the end of January so are sort of taking a little maternity leave – still checking emails, updating the website and taking enquiries!), so I thought I’d take an hour while the little bundle is sleeping to share some of our favourite cakes from last year.
Dharmesh and Kavita booked me after they attended the wedding of one of my lovely 2013 couples Mel and Chris. They wanted something truly showstopping – an imposing confection that could hold it’s own against the vast opulence of Newland Manor. The result was the biggest cake I’ve ever made. Their five tier extravaganza incorporated deep purple, silver leaf, quilting and damask, plus a bespoke pattern which matched their stunning invitation. The assembled cake stood at just over a metre tall (yes, I did use a step ladder to stack it up!)
It’s always lovely when someone in the industry books you to be part of their wedding, so when wedding ‘tog Annabel Farley booked me to make a cake for her marriage to Hugh at Wasing Park, I was delighted! Her Valentine’s Day nuptials made deciding on the look of the cake easy – a bounty of beautiful red sugar roses, silky smooth chocolate ganache and a smattering of tiny sugar cupids! Completely fell in love with this cake.
There are some venues that I get stupidly excited about setting up at. In 2014, that venue was the amazing Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey! Andrea and Yuri’s wedding breakfast took place in the stunning and atmospheric library (where Lord Crawley takes his coffee), while their champagne hued cake took pride of place on the first turn of the imposing staircase. Incredible venue and super sweet couple – a delight all round.
We do a serious number of weddings at Hedsor House, where we’re honoured to be a preferred supplier, and we never get tired of walking through the grandeur! This cake, for Zenab and Amir, was set up in the centre of the main hall instead of the usual cake spot by the grand staircase. We loved this cake, but what really made it stand out was the stunning floral base it stood on. So much prettiness.
A few other pretty 2014 Hedsor weddings…
The last cake I want to share was made with a lot of love. This classic beauty was created to celebrate the marriage of my oldest, dearest friend, Natalie to the lovely Tony (I was also honoured to be a bridesmaid). The brief was elegant and timeless and I think the cake lived up to that! It was so nice to be part of the wedding and a real treat to see people enjoying all the different flavours of cake!
So what does 2015 hold for Melissa Woodland Cakes? Well we’re nearly fully booked for the traditional wedding season, with literally just a couple of Saturdays left. Bizarrely, November is fully booked already too. We’ll be resuming tasting appointments and design consultations at the end of April and are looking forward to meeting more of this year’s happy couples. We’ll be setting up some stunning cakes in our favourite regular venues and some exciting new ones, including Stoke Place and The Berkeley.
Until then, we’ll be having some serious baby cuddles with our new arrival and enjoying the relative peace before the commencement of wedding fever! I might even blog once or twice…