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10 Wonderful Creative Twists on Wedding Traditions

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Wedding season is among us and love (and planning) is in the air! For guests, this time of the year means hunting for that fashionable wedding outfit and unique wedding gift. But for the bride and groom, it means hunting for ways to make the wedding itself modern and exciting.

Today weddings are a chance for couples to show their creative personality through certain aspects of their big day. Old-fashioned customs are up for debate, and creative twists on old traditions are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re a modish couple looking for ways to give your nuptials a twenty-first-century spin, you’ll find that these next few tricks take old-hat traditions to a whole new level. 

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash
Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Putting on the Veil

The veil traditionally symbolizes modesty and a means to prevent the groom from seeing his beautiful bride until the ceremony is complete. It acts as a long sheer mask or the opportunity for the bride to make a dramatic statement. A new take on wearing a veil is not wearing one at all! Brides have moved away from the elaborately long veil, and on to a barrette with flowers and pieces of a veil attached. This creative trend emphasizes the DIY era and shatters the original meaning behind wearing the mask. 

Switching Out the Place Cards

The process of choosing a seating chart is stressful, especially when there’s drama in the family! Once the placement is finalized, getting guests to their seats is the next challenge. Couples have started to use fun and creative ways to seat their guests rather than having place cards. A unique idea is to have some guests arrive and see a sign that reads “Take A Shot and Take A Seat” and below sits a full shot glass with their seat assignment attached. 

Another fun twist guests will be excited to see is a sign that reads “Snap a Photo and Sit Down” with a photo wall and a Polaroid camera. This is particularly creative because the photo taken replaces the seat assignment card on the wall.

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Making Memories Last

A guestbook is the most fabulous keepsake from this special night. It’s where you will get to look back years down the road on the day you tied the knot and see what your attendees had to say. The typical sign-in book is a thing of the past because couples want a more creative way to remember their night. A fun example is using a photo booth, where two copies are printed but one is put in a scrapbook where guests can write a meaningful message to the couple. Another example is a “Words of Wisdom” box, where guests write their marital two cents on a card and slip it into a box.

Dancing in Style

Slow dancing with your partner and all eyes are on the two of you for what seems like an eternity- nothing in the world seems to be more nerve-wracking. To give the crowd a goofy surprise, try an exciting choreographed routine! This is sure to bring laughs from around the room, and give you and your loved one a fun-filled memory you’ll never forget.

Personalising the Bar

Who doesn’t love an open bar? Well, modern couples are adding an even more fun addition to the wedding bar scene. Signature cocktails are an opportunity for the bride and groom to reflect their personal traits or characteristics. The bride’s tipple might be called “Blushing Bride,” and the groom’s might be named “Blue-eyed Groom.” This is a fun way to get the guests to enjoy a drink in honour of the happy couple.

Changing the Food Scene

Steak, chicken, or seafood? It’s that big decision that will be a defining factor for your big day. This crucial part of a wedding will stick with guests for years to come; if you completely change the norm of what is expected for dinner, it’ll be twice as memorable. Popcorn station, a s’mores bar or all-you-can-eat grazing table – the opportunities are endless! Imagine showing up to a wedding and seeing a fully stocked burrito bar in the far corner. This creative culinary twist is something you wouldn’t expect. 

Personalising the Bar

Kicking it off on the sweet side, the most exciting change in the wedding world is how wedding cakes are presented. If you and your bae want to stay up to date with fashion trends, then deciding on a hip wedding cake is very important. A wedding cake on display is the ultimate eye catcher when you walk into reception, and the traditional pure white cake just isn’t surprising anymore; people want excitement. Glam cakes, themed cakes, and alternative cakes are providing the surprise element to most modern weddings.  

Glam Cakes

A glam cake is a simple twist to traditional cakes that has the word “bling” written all over it. This style adds a bit of spice to the plain white base. Glitter and diamond jeweled ribbons line the cakes to make them sparkle and shine. Some couples might even add pops of colored flowers or edible intricate designs to make it really stand out. 

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Theme Cakes

Themed cakes have become all the rage over the last few years. It’s not just kids who get to express their love for fantasy and fiction in their cakes! Whether it be Game of Thrones themed, Star Trek, or even something as simple as a botanical garden, couples have been doing it all.

Alternative Cakes

For all non-cake lovers, there’s plenty of other options for you. Another rising trend in the world of wedding cakes is not even having a cake at all. Not everyone has a desire for an elaborate three-tiered cake, and that’s entirely okay. A chocolate covered strawberry mountain, three tiers of brownies and cookies, or a three-tiered donut cake! 

The most popular alternative to the cake as of 2019 is a cake pop or cupcake wedding cake. Cupcakes and cake pops are no longer considered children’s treats; they’re now wedding must-haves! This trend snowballed as people began to realize that not everyone wants to take a whole piece of cake, plus grabbing a cupcake or cake pop is so much more inviting. 

Taking the Pain Out of Dancing

The dance floor is arguably the most popular part of a wedding reception. It’s also the perfect place to show off your sexiest dance moves and totally let loose after a few glasses of celebratory champagne. But what’s one thing that puts a big damper on the dancing festivities? For women, the answer is definitely high heels. Couples are now placing a basket next to the dance floor filled with foam sandals for their female guests to wear so they can dance the night away pain-free. This simple fix is extremely creative and a must-have at your wedding.

Finding the Perfect Favours 

Wedding favours have always been tricky. How do you choose gifts to say thank you to your loved ones who attended your wedding? It’s traditional to give a box of candy that has a ribbon attached with a saying of love. Lately, it has become popular to mix it up. Mini succulents with the date and couple’s last name engraved into the pot is a cute way to say thank you. Another option is personalized pint glasses! My favorite example and one I would run to grab is the after wedding snack box. This handmade box comes with fries and a coke, or any food you wish to provide so that guests can have a snack from the bride and groom on the way home.

Photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography on Unsplash
Photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography on Unsplash

Spicing Up the Send-off

The formal exit of the bride and groom from the reception is the customary way to send off the happy couple on their honeymoon. Traditionally, guests throw rice above them to symbolise prosperity and good fortune. This tradition has taken on new forms as it has become increasingly common to get creative with wedding gestures. Instead of throwing rice, guests have found new objects to throw above the couple. Some objects include confetti, flower petals, balloons, and bubbles. These give a unique aesthetic to the wedding send-off, which will also undoubtedly make for amazing photographs.


For more information on how we can create your bespoke luxury cake contact us at info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or at 07958069116

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium at The Langham

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THE VENUE

Recently, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was commissioned to make a wedding cake for an incredible wedding at The Langham. This luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of London is home to Michel Roux’s restaurant The Landau. With him being a major, major crush of ours,  it was all we could do to stop fangirling when we met him.

The venue holds all types of celebrations, from the lavish to the intimate. The Grade II ballroom has been recently lovingly restored with contemporary features that enhance its period detail.

As you enter the room, the  dramatic neo-classical pillars and sparkling hand blown Murano glass chandeliers will take your breath away. There is also direct access from the  Grand Ballroom to the Courtyard Garden a hidden gem oasis of calm in the middle of a very busy London.

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THE CAKE

Our beautiful bride wanted a tall and elegant show stopper cake  befitting of her special wedding reception. A very positive and enjoyable first meeting and consultation revealed a bride that was right up our street. She wanted glamour, drama and a huge, huge cake different from the norm!

We responded by designing an eight tier luxury wedding cake in silver and white, embellished with iridescent and sparkly cut out scrolls, leaves and flowers inspired by the glittered embellishments on her custom Galia Lahav dress.

We created a bespoke luster dust mix which we painted the cake which gave the wedding cake a pearlised sheen. The cake was finished off with flowers from acclaimed florist Ricky Paul. The delicious cake flavours included Raspberry Ripple, Luscious Lemon and Chocolate.

Our bride was absolutely over the moon with her cake and the day after her wedding we received a lovely message that  read “Elizabeth, the cake blew me away!! It was 10 times better than what I expected. Thank you so, so much”


We would love to create your luxury wedding cake, so give us a call on 07958069116 or email us at

info@elizabethscakeemporium.com

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15 Must Know Baking Tips For  Luxury Cakes

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Making luxury wedding cakes is both a science and an art form and at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, it always starts with a great bake.

The foundation for any cake design is a tried and tested cake recipe, paired with delicious fillings that not only taste amazing, but also hold up to the rigours of decoration and stacking. Having experienced many a baking disaster in my time, through trial and error, I discovered some of the secrets to good, consistent bakes.

These 15 baking tips culled from my best selling artisan baking and decorating book OPULENCIA will help ensure that you get closer to baking perfect cakes every time.

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BAKING TIPS

The Right Equipment

Start with the right equipment. Ensure you have a properly calibrated oven that you are familiar with, in particular, its quirks. It is also important to use the right type and size of baking tin for each recipe.

The Right Temperature is Key!

Preheat your oven until it reaches the desired temperature at least half an hour before baking. For some ovens a light will go out, some will bleep. To be certain your oven is at the right temperature though, check with an oven thermometer.

Mise en Place

Practice the method professional chefs call ‘Mise en place’. This is where you assemble all your ingredients and equipment, ticking them off your list before you start baking.

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Accuracy – Weigh and Measure Everything

Be accurate with the weighing and measuring of ingredients to achieve consistent results.

Achieving Moist Bakes

Place a shallow pan of water at the bottom of the oven especially when baking fruit cakes, or if the cake is quite large and requires a longer baking time.

Bring Ingredients to Room Temperature

Butter, eggs and milk should be brought to room temperature before baking to prevent any curdling later on.

The Creaming Process

Cream the butter and sugar together at a very high speed until the colour pales to nearly white and the mixture is light and fluffy. Do not set a time limit for this step. I often advise that you walk away from the mixer during the creaming process, only interrupting to scrape the bowl down once or twice.

Sift the Flour

When sifting your flour, lift the sieve high as this allows more air to be incorporated.

Types of Cocoa Powder

There are generally three types of cocoa powder, natural (more bitter and acidic), Dutch processed (less bitter and alkaline) and black (deep chocolatey flavour and least bitter). If the chocolate cake recipe contains baking powder, use the Dutch processed or the black cocoa powder. If the recipe contains baking soda, use natural cocoa powder.

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Best Kept Secret for Sponge Cakes

You may add 1 or 2 tablespoons of meringue powder to your batter to help your sponge cake rise.

Use Sponge Flour

For Luxury Wedding Cakes, use sponge flour or cake flour where you can. The lower protein, finer granules and extra sifting of the flour makes for a light and airy cake.

Follow the Recipe to the Letter

Follow the recipe as accurately as possible, but keep in mind that the outcome will depend on a number of variables such as your oven stability, quality of ingredients, the process and equipment used.

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Always Line Your Baking Tin

I always line my baking tins before adding cake batter. This ensures the cake is released easily from your baking tin every time without fail. I use greaseproof paper or baking parchment. Cake release sprays also work, but I prefer to line my tins for that added assurance.

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Trouble Shooting

If a cake is too crumbly, this may be a consequence of using too much flour, insufficient moisture in the cake mix or under-mixing. On the other hand, over-mixing can result in overdevelopment of the gluten in the flour, giving the cake a coarse grain or large and uneven holes.

Is My Cake Done Yet?

Test whether your cake is baked using your sense of smell, observing the colour (cakes should be a nice golden brown), using your sense of touch (when pressed in the centre, a well-baked cake should spring back immediately) and lastly, a skewer inserted through the centre of the cake should come out clean.

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We hope that you find these tips useful.

For more fool proof recipes and tips, head over to Amazon, where you can buy our ebook OPULENCIA.

The United Colours Of Massa Ticino

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Our love for creating beautiful luxury bespoke couture cakes knows no bounds and we always ensure we use the best ingredients possible. This ranges from the ingredients used in our bakes to the best the sugar paste and fondant we use in enrobing all our cakes.

For the past 10 years, we have exclusively used Massa Ticino, arguably the best sugar paste in the world. We share a little insight as to why it will always be our go to sugarpaste/fondant below.

The origins of Massa Ticino sugarpaste

Made in Switzerland by chocolate manufacturer Carma, Massa Ticino sugarpaste was invented in the beautiful canton of Ticino, the Italian speaking part of the country by two brothers.

Carma’s founding father Carl Maentler was so taken by the invention that he decided to industrialise the product in 1963 and it quickly earned a reputation for being the world’s best sugar paste.

How I got to know about this fabulous product

Many moons ago, I decided to take a class with the awesome Colette Peters, the originator of contemporary wedding cake techniques that are widely used today. During the course of the class, she used this amazing sugarpaste, Massa Ticino Tropic, which was very elastic, with great workability. It did not rip, tear or crack! It seemed almost like a miracle, especially for such an inexperienced newbie like myself. She even poked a hole in the sugarpaste with a knife and we watched in awe as she smoothed over the hole in no time.

When I came back to the UK, I started a quest to find a stockist for Massa Ticino and with great difficulty, I tracked the only stockist down.  Years later, with the advent of social media, I was able to make direct contact with a Carma representative and introduce them to a number of online cake product retailers. This coincided with the launch of their colour range and the rest as they say is history.   I am now very proud to be the UK’s ambassador for this incredible sugarpaste, a role I have had for 5 years.

The colourful world of Massa Ticino

Carma invested a lot of time and energy to  develop and produce their distinct colours of sugarpaste that has the same consistency and workability of Massa Ticino tropic. They include three primary colours, Lovely Red, Mellow Yellow and Sailing Blue and also Grass Green, Perfect Purple, Chocolate Brown (which has real chocolate in it!), Pitch Black, Pretty Pink and Vintage Ivory. The colours were achieved using all natural ingredients and they are free of  E numbers or Azo dyes. They are also gluten and dairy free and suitable for vegans.

With these colours they also developed a colour mixing guide (CMG) to help create a variety of tones, tints, hues and shades and the guide can be found at www.massaticino.com/cmg. It is in the form of a comprehensive colour wheel and easy to use. All you have to do is click on the colour you wish to create and the sugarpaste colour combinations and proportions will be detailed.

Using pre-made coloured sugarpaste for mixing, instead of gel or paste colours, gives accurate and consistent results that can be replicated over and over again. This method is less messy and darker colours can be produced without adversely affecting the texture, pliability and consistency of the sugarpaste.

Our colourful cakes

At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, when designing a luxury wedding cake or a bespoke couture celebration cake, colour is one of our first considerations.  We have been fortunate to attract clients who want something a little different from the norm, and the diversity of our cakes range from our classic baroque designs to more contemporary cakes.

Using Massa Ticino sugarpaste has enabled us to achieve incredible designs over the years and we look forward to create more in the future.


For more information on how we can create your bespoke luxury cake contact us at

 info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or 07958069116

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s Enchanted Easter at The Lanesbough

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Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was commissioned by The Lanesborough, one of the capital’s best hotels, to create a luxury dessert table of epic proportions made up of luxury cakes and sweet treats for their recent enchanted Easter extravaganza.

Now anyone who knows us knows that as one of the best cake makers, we relish creating luxury cakes with a difference.

We envisioned an Easter egg  luxury dessert table filled with all things chocolate and delicious.

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The focal point of the table was a giant faberge inspired egg cake which stood 42 inches high. The egg cake was decorated with filigree scrolls, hand moulded leaves and a beaded band. It was then crowned with the most divine sugar roses, sugar peonies and sugar blossoms. We also created 14 inch high smaller hanging easter egg cakes in blue also decorated with scrolls and sugar peonies.

We also filled the table with lots of hand moulded chocolate eggs, mini chocolate magnums and cupcakes topped with sugar roses.

The cake flavours included chocolate orange, our famous triple chocolate, caramel, lemon and cookies and cream. The chocolate flavours were milk chocolate, white chocolate, raspberry chocolate and mango vegan chocolate!

We are delighted to say that everything went in under 15 minutes as the children and their parents couldn’t get enough of our sweet treats!

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Another huge success for Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium at the enchanted Easter party at The Lanesborough.

If you would like us to design and create the best luxury dessert table for you, contact us on 07958069116 or at info@elizabethscakeemporium.com

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium presents Karen Tran’s Floral Opulence at The Savoy London

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It’s spring time in London and for the second year running, the undisputed floral queen, Karen Tran, brings her floral masterclass to another iconic London venue. The most anticipated gala event in the UK events industry calendar, it was held on a perfect spring day.  These  beautiful photos from Stuart Wood Photography and video from Perfect Moment Films perfectly captures the opulence and fun of the incredible event held at  the iconic Savoy Hotel in London.

Jane Riddell of Planned to Perfection was approached by Sasha Cullen and Penny Clements of Savoy Weddings to plan and execute the event, and she was supported by Leanne Roberts-Hewitt of WildAbout and Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

The Venue

The Savoy is the only luxury hotel on the River Thames, perfectly placed in the heart of London, one of the world’s most exciting cities.

At the forefront of the luxury hotel scene for almost 130 years, The Savoy has a reputation for the excellence of its unrivalled hospitality.

Overlooking Embarkment Gardens and the Thames, The River Room with its light and airy ambience, chandeliers and grandeur was ideal to showcase the amazing florals created over three days by Karen Tran and her students. The room has the distinction of having the royal seal of approval, being the room where HM Queen Elizabeth was first seen in public with Prince Phillip when they both attended a wedding there in 1946.

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The Flowers

Opulence was the keyword for this masterclass. The floral palette consisted of an abundance of the most incredible statement florals in classic whites, creams and blush. Karen ably assisted by the incredible WildAbout and  students who came from all over the world, transformed the River Room and painted an unforgettable floral landscape using thousands of roses, hydrangeas, tulips, peonies and phaelanopsis orchids supplied by Rosa Prima Roses and Piet Van Kampen of G Fresh.

The tablescape featured gold mirrored topped tables with Karen’s signature tall cascading arrangements on specially created gold pedestals and floral runners across the length of the tables that cascaded onto the floor. The tables were dressed with tall gold candlesticks which complimented the china, cutlery and crystal from Whitehouse Crockery. Linen from Just for Linen and menus and specially scented paper roses from Ananya Cards completed the look.

The floral tunnel and archway of beauty that framed the middle of the River Room stood at an impressive 14 feet tall and 18 feet wide and was a sight to behold. Decorated with a flower carpet made up of thousands of roses, hydrangeas and orchids, there were also similarly decorated flower walls and even the pillars were dressed with incredible flower cascades.

Luminaire events provided all the event production and support and such was their attention to detail, they even created a special gold floral motif for their gorgeous dance floor.  the gold and white chairs were from Event Decor Hire.

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The Cake

Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created an impressive cake in gold and white for the event. 8 tiers in total, it stood over 6 feet tall and featured two petal shaped gold base tiers. She painstakingly hand crafted the white sugar rose appliques,  rose bas relief and sugar flowers in blush, cream and white that adorned the cake. The specially created pedestal featured an asymmetrical floral swag of pink roses to finish the look.

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The Gala Dinner

Once the guests had been assembled, the doors of the River Rooms were opened to reveal Karen’s floral wonderland. There were audible gasps as guests took in the beauty of the room .

The guests included a mix of the best event planners, editors of bridal magazines, bloggers, and some of the best influencers in the UK.  They sipped on specially created floral inspired cocktails, the finest Champagne and canapes from the very talented chefs at The Savoy.

During the cocktail hour guests were entertained by performances by Dream Performance and ballerinas from Sophie Adams Ballet Company. Karen was warmly applauded and cheered as she made her entrance into the room wearing Galia Lahav from Brown’s Bride and jewellery from Boodles. The guests were then welcomed and all the partners thanked in speeches by Jane and Karen.

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The 5 course meal started with beautifully presented English oysters and black pearls of the most delicious caviar.

The next course consisted of seasonal English white asparagus with wild garlic hollandaise and Iberico Ham. A particular favourite was the creamiest saffron risotto served with edible spring flowers. The main course was a lotus flower wrapped steamed halibut with park choi, vegetables and a sesame dark soya source. Dessert was a very pretty and delicious mix of strawberries and cream, vanilla pana cotta, elderflower and buttermilk ice cream presented on a floral bed of dry ice.

During the course of the dinner, guests were completely serenaded and captivated by The Function Band who delivered world class entertainment. They had guests on their feet and up on podiums all night with many commenting on what an unforgettable night it was.

Jane of Planned for perfection who meticulously planned the event, said – “Thank you to a wonderful team of outstanding suppliers for helping us ensure that the gala was perfectly planned and to Karen and her team for the magnificent floral designs. The masterclass was a huge success and the gala exceeded all expectations. The memories will live in our hearts forever”

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WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Venue: 

The Savoy

https://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london 

Wedding & Event Planner: 

Planned for Perfection www.plannedforperfection.co.uk

Cake: 

Elizabeths Cake Emporium –www.elizabethscakeemporium.com 

Support Florist: 

WildAbout

www.wildabout.co.uk 

Party Entertainment: 

The Function Band

www.thefunction.band

Stationery:

Ananya Cards

www.ananyacards.com 

Photographer: 

Stuart Wood

www.stuartwoodweddings.com 

Videographer:

Chris Buckley

www.perfectmomentfilms.co.uk

Hair /Make up:

Gemma Sutton Hair and Make up

www.gemmasutton.com

Entertainment:

The Dream Performance

www.thedreamperformance.com 

Lighting, Sound & Production: 

Luminaire Events

www.luminaireevents.com 

Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware:

WhiteHouse Event Crockery www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk

Jewellery:

Boodles

www.boodles.com

Chair Hire: 

Event decor hire

www.eventdecorhire.com 

Linen:

Just 4 Linen

www.just4linen.co.uk 

Illustrator:

Live Event Artist

 www.liveeventartist.co.uk 

Karen Tran’s Evening Dress:

Browns Bride

www.brownsbride.com — 

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium Is Delighted To Present Karen Tran’s Opulence At The Savoy

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Karen Tran Royal Gala Dinner at the Lanesborough in London

 

We are delighted that for the second year running, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium will be partnering with the iconic hotel The Savoy, Jane Riddell of Planned to Perfection and WildAbout to welcome the flower empress, world-renowned floral designer Karen Tran for her annual three-day Floral Experience Masterclass from 16-18th April 2019.

 

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This masterclass will then culminate in a by invitation only, VIP gala dinner on Thursday 18th April in The Savoy’s stunning Lancaster Ballroom.

Last year, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was instrumental in creating what was considered to be the event of the year and we are really looking forward to creating another luxury wedding cake masterpiece to compliment the stunning florals.

Karen will share her expertise of transforming any location into a breath-taking event space with her masterclass students. She will teach them how to create the most astonishing floral designs and show-stopping displays, while sharing her knowledge of the luxury weddings and events industry. The masterclass will also feature a select number of guest speakers from the events industry.

On Thursday 18th April, “Opulence at The Savoy” will conclude in a magnificent gala dinner, brought to you by award winning luxury Wedding Planner, Jane Riddell, from Planned for Perfection, in association with wedding cake designer, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, and Karen’s UK support florist, WildAbout.  The Savoy and Karen Tran will host the event, where VIP guests will enjoy an evening of timeless glamour in the London landmark hotel.

 “I am absolutely delighted that The Savoy is hosting this year’s London Masterclass and I cannot wait to see my floral designs in one of the most prestigious hotels in London. I very much look forward to welcoming students from around the world to the masterclass and to a magnificent gala dinner celebration” says Karen Tran.

Sasha Cullen, Wedding Sales Manager at The Savoy says: “We are really excited to be hosting the Karen Tran Floral Masterclass at The Savoy. We have such incredible creative’s in our Industry who continue to inspire us throughout our events careers and Karen is one of them. We cannot wait to see what she creates; and what better venue to host this extravagant spectacle than where Glamour first began”.

Jane Riddell, owner and creative director at Planned for Perfection, added:  “I am thrilled to have been asked by Sasha and her team at The Savoy to bring the Masterclass to London again this year. Last year’s gala dinner was a huge success and this year’s floral experience is all set to be another incredible few days”

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Tickets can be purchased at

www.thefloralexperience.com/course/london/

 ABOUT THE SAVOY

www.thesavoylondon.com

The Savoy is the only luxury hotel on the River Thames, perfectly placed in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. 267 rooms and suites are accompanied by some of the most well-known restaurants and bars in London, alongside magnificent and varied meeting space.

With exceptional service at the heart of everything, a Savoy experience is built on memories created and stories told across the generations. You don’t just stay at The Savoy, The Savoy stays with you.


OFFICIAL PARTNERS 

Karen Tran – www.karentran.com

The Savoy – www.thesavoylondon.com

Planned for Perfection – www.plannedforperfection.co.uk

WildAbout – www.wildabout.co.uk

Elizabeths Cake Emporium – www.elizabethscakeemporium.com

Luxury Wedding Cakes London To Vienna

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It all started with an innocuous text. We were approached about making the grandest of luxury wedding cakes the most exclusive of weddings, in a venue that is considered to be arguably one of the best palaces in the world.

Now the Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna has been on our bucket list of venues we would love to work in, ever since we saw the gold and white image of its high baroque ballroom online. To be in the running for making the cake was such an honour in itself. To be finally chosen to make the 20 tier ultimate baroque luxury wedding cake for what may be the wedding of the year was such an incredible feeling, considering the very stiff competition we faced!

We knew the cake had to be special and fit in with the aesthetics of the pure white and antique gold the bride had in mind for her wedding and of course the incredible palace .

THE VENUE

In 1694, Prince Johann Adam Andreas I von Liechtenstein bought the unfinished building in the heart of the city’s 1st district as his family’s principal residence and proceeded to build a monument to power and wealth.

The still privately owned Palais Liechtenstein is a collection of palaces. The wedding we worked on took place at the Liechtenstein CITY PALACE, situated in Vienna´s inner city. The palace was renovated for almost five years at a cost of €100 million and up to 500 workers a day. Held to be the first major building of the High Baroque age in Vienna, nothing prepares one for the sheer opulence and drama inside the building.

The entrance hallway of the palace is in the purest white and  looks like a grand wedding cake.  As we ascended Vienna’s most dramatic baroque staircase with its Giovanni Giuliani cherub sculptures and stuccowork by Santino Bussi it got grander still!

We then got to the second floor and we were hit in the face with the most lavish and dramatic gold and white ballroom we had ever beheld. In fact such is the sensory overload with the amount and differing shades of gold and detail, we realised that photographs could never do enough justice to the sheer opulence of the room.

THE FLOWERS

We were reunited once again with the floral empress Karen Tran who transformed the main ballroom, the music room, the ceremony room, the party room, corridors and entrances into the most amazing floral wonderland. She used the largest scented white roses and orchids to create incredibly tall and huge arrangements, the coolest orchid trees and very rich low floral runners.

THE CAKE

At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium we are renowned for creating baroque wedding cakes and this cake was right up our street. The inspiration for the shape of the 20 tier, 10 feet high luxury wedding cake came from the royal wedding cake of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which was created for their 2011 wedding.

The design and decoration was however based on the excitable kaleidoscope of gold male cherubs, gold swags, gilt adornments and garlands, scrolling tendrils, candelabra, the pattern on the vaulted ceilings, floral motifs and even the elaborate patterned parquetry of the floors of the palace ballroom.

To achieve the high baroque and rococo look, we created a number of custom made silicone moulds specifically for the cake.  Creating custom made moulds is a time consuming process requiring lots of skill and it shows the lengths we are prepared to go to in order to personalise our luxury wedding cakes.

The results of a particularly intricate mould can be seen on the cake tier showcasing a pair of cherubs holding aloft a cascade of flowers. The base tiers were 12 in total with an overall width of 4 feet.

 We also made thousands of sugar roses, sugar orchids, gilded sugar leaves, sugar berries and sugar butterflies.

The utterly delicious cake flavours included Champagne and Strawberry, Triple Chocolate, Chocolate and Valencian Orange, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla and Caramel and Luscious Lemon.

It was particularly gratifying to received a very warm hug from the groom and the most generous feedback from the very beautiful bride. The cake was very much admired by everyone, with the General Manager remarking that it was the largest and most opulent luxury wedding cake the palace has ever seen!

If you would like us to create a the grandest of wedding cakes for you, email us at info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or give us a call on 07958069116

Huge thanks to the incredible  Enrique Manzano of Manzano Images (www.manzanoimages.com) for the beautiful images.

Luxury Valentine’s Day Cakes from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

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Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in the world. Dedicated to love, it is estimated that up to 500 million paper and electronic cards are send on this day,  making it one of the most popular card sending day of the year.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. It was reported that when he was beheaded a blossom tree grew on the spot where he was buried cementing his reputation as the patron saint of lovers.Later on Pope Gelasius I dedicated February 14th to the saint and martyr Valentine, in order to replace pagan festivals prevalent at the time.

This date spread across the world and in the UK, the Victorians really went to town celebrating St Valentine’s Day.  At some point there were dedicated factories producing beautiful cards, some of them bespoke; being made from lace and ribbon.

It is estimated that Britons spend over £1.5bn on cards, flowers and other gifts, with over half the population involved in celebrating the day.

The luxury cake sector has not been left out, and at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, over the years we have designed a number of Valentine Cakes which we are delighted to share with you.

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1. Luxury Valentine Wedding Cakes

The first luxury valentine wedding cake we’d like to share is a red cake covered entirely with the most darling red sugar roses. Red is the colour of love and passion and this cake certainly speaks volumes.

The second cake is slightly off the beaten path. Whilst also deep red in colour, this 7 tier asymmetrical frilled beauty has torn up pieces of printed edible wafer paper love notes incorporated into the cake design. It also features handcrafted deep red roses and sugar gold leaves.

2. Heart shaped Cakes

The ultimate declaration of love is a willingness to share cake with a loved one. Heart shaped cakes, cookies, cupcakes and sweets are some of the most popular treats shared on Valentine’s Day and we have made them in colours ranging from white, blush to red.

3. Alternative Valentine Cakes

We have designed a number of alternative cakes with the most memorable being an anatomically inspired heart.

4. Hidden centre Valentine’s Cake

We have done a few of these, and the surprise on a loved one’s face is always a delight.


If you loved the cakes in this article, visit www.elizabethscakeemporium.com to see more and you can place your order by emailing info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or calling 07958069116

Top 10 Wedding Cake Trends for 2019 by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

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The evolution of luxury wedding cakes over the years has been astonishing. From majestic sugar flower adorned confections to one tier wonders, the sheer variety of wedding cake choice means that expectations have been raised considerably.

At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium our reputation for producing some of the best luxury wedding cakes means that we have to keep raising the bar in terms of originality of both cake design and cake flavours.

2019 is set to be the year when the rule book is thrown out of the window. Personalisation of luxury wedding cakes has taken a huge leap forward, as couples are keen to show case their wedding style on social media and create Instagram ‘worthy’ moments.

Flavours are also a lot more adventurous, with inspiration coming from childhood memories, favourite flavours as well as ethical considerations, such as desiring a plant based cake.

We have a look at some of the top ten wedding cake trends set to delight in 2019

  1. Statement Wedding Cakes

The last few years has seen the emergence of statement wedding cakes which are usually tall, grand and impressive in size and scale. These cakes command attention and although usually requested by brides getting married in a palace or grand country house, we have seen brides getting married on beaches make similar requests.

  1. Multiple Wedding Cakes

Why have one wedding cake when 3, 4 or even 5 will do? A step up from the luxury dessert table, cakescapes provide a way of having multiple complimentary wedding cake designs incorporating brides’ favourite design details and cake flavours.

  1. Monogram Magic Wedding Cakes

Monogrammed cakes are the ultimate in personalisation. Although monograms have been used on luxury wedding cakes for a while, it’s repeated use  on Princess Eugenie and Jack Broksbank’s wedding cake brought it to the mainstream.

  1. Sophisticated Donut Towers

The humble donut had always felt like a poor relative next to it’s more sophisticated and chic sister, the macaron. However, as we hark back to our favourite childhood flavours, there is a wish to incorporate them into our celebrations. The donut has now been transformed from an ugly duckling into an elegant swan, with an increasing number of brides requesting them.

  1. Bold and Colourful Wedding Cakes

At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we are known for making bright and colourful wedding cakes for couples who are looking for something off the beaten track. Colour is a fabulous way to add character to your wedding cake. The colour of your wedding cake is also influenced by your reception theme and venue and the time of year you are getting married. As the rule book has been torn up in 2019, a rich cake colour is also a way to push boundaries and add an element of non conformity.

  1. Living Coral Wedding Cakes

Pantone recently declared Living Coral as the colour of the year 2019.  With its hues of deep peach and pink, we will see this colour used in product development, in the fashion industry, home furnishings, graphic design and we daresay, in the wedding industry too. Once again, we seem to be ahead of the curve and featured this colour in our book OPULENCIA – Artisan Baking and Sugarcraft.

  1. Floral Fantasy Wedding Cakes

It was lovely to see the art of sugar flowers being revived in luxury wedding cakes and a great example was Princess Eugenie’s autumnal floral fantasy. Sugar flowers have always been a firm favourite with us, and while the most popular sugar flowers we use on wedding cakes include the rose, peony, dahlia and the hydrangea, we also create more exotic ones such as parrot tulips, ranunculi and Chinese lanterns.

  1. Wondrous White Textured Wedding Cakes

Traditionally, luxury wedding cakes as popularised by Queen Victoria had always been white as it denoted purity and was also a status symbol as only wealthy families could afford pure white sugar. While still a popular cake colour, it can look rather flat in photographs. In 2019, brides love the fact that adding texture in various forms can elevate a cake and add dimension. Textures can be in the form of sugar ruffles, frills, geodes, torn edible wafer, pearls, or even edible sequins.

  1. Painted Wedding Cakes

Hand painted cakes are such a delight to behold. From watercolour washes, painted flowers, scripted prints and contemporary graphics painted cakes are literarily edible works of art that delight and astonish and they will continue to grow in popularity in 2019.

  1. Unconventional Shaped Wedding Cakes

Wedding cake shapes can range from round, oblongs, heart and petal shaped to the more geometric square, hexagons and octagons. Round is the much preferred shape by many brides as it the shape of a wedding ring and it denotes a continuous circle of unbroken love. However, some brides are brave enough to opt for unique, unconventional cake shapes as they break away from the norm.

So there you have it!

We have shared our thoughts on what we see as the wedding cake trends for 2019 and hope this provides some inspiration for you.

If you are getting married in the nearest future, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation at info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or by speaking with us at 07958069116