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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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Introducing Luxury Wedding Planner Lindy Dowling

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On today’s blog post, I thought I’d switch things up a bit and have a guest blog post. In our 13 years of making cakes we have worked with many amazing wedding planners. Those that stand out to us are those that  put their clients at the centre of all they do and treat their suppliers with kindness and dignity.
Lindy Dowling is an awesome luxury event planner we’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of times and every time has always been a delight! She attracts clients from all walks of life, as she is always calm, lovely and unflappable.  She tells us a little about herself and her plans for the future.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Lindy, I’ve been planning weddings and events for a very long time now, predominantly covering London, The Home Counties and The Cotswolds. I have experience with all budgets and pretty much every wedding you can imagine over the years and I have loved being a part of each one.

I’m a calm, confident, positive person. I take pride in the experience I have and love nothing more than planning new events, meeting new clients and developing long lasting relationships along the way.

How did you get into wedding planning? 

I had my own floristry business for a short while, after taking a break from my City job of 10+ years. Luckily I met a wonderful planner at a wedding fayre, who I then began working alongside. She gave me the motivation to set up my own business. I’ve always been incredibly organized and reliable as well as being very passionate about weddings, so it felt like a natural progression for me to break into the wedding planning industry.

What is a typical day like for you? 

First tea! I start my day by checking emails, my to-do lists for the weddings I’m currently working on, followed by calls or meetings with my lovely clients and suppliers alike. You won’t find me on social media much. I’m quite old school in that respect and humble with my work. Predominantly my day is spent liaising with suppliers and working on my client’s schedules and budget sheets – very glamorous!

Your most favourite wedding to date? 

I come away from every wedding thinking it’s my new favourite. I’ve been incredibly lucky to plan many glitzy, glamorous and high profile weddings over the years. However, some of my most memorable weddings have been those with a simple ceremony at a London Town Hall, followed by a classy, elegant reception. I love having the ceremony in a separate location away from the reception – it allows for the wow factor when guests arrive full of anticipation (and a glass of bubbly) at the reception.

Five tips for couples looking to get married;

1.       Set a budget and aim to stick to this throughout the planning process. If you don’t have a clear budget set, it’s too easy to be dazzled and before you know it your costs are spiralling out of control.

2.       Be realistic about guest numbers and invite those family and friends who are important to you – not just because you feel under pressure to have them there. It’s your day after all.

3.       It’s never too early to start work on your table plan. Most of my clients find this the most stressful part, but it doesn’t need to be if you begin this way ahead of time.

4.       Book your Photographer asap! The best photographers get booked up super fast, so it’s always key to book at the very beginning of your wedding planning journey. I always say ‘After the big day has been and gone, you’re left with wonderful memories, a wedding ring and your photos’. Don’t scrimp on the photographer as it’ll end up being so much more important as years go by. I still look at my Grandparent’s wedding album now – it’s something I’ll treasure forever now they’re gone.

5.       Take time out to enjoy the planning process. Book a weekend away before your big day – just the two of you and relax, leave the plans at home and enjoy each other’s company.

What lessons have you learned along the way? 

Gosh, I could write a book on my experiences and the lessons I have learnt throughout my time as a wedding planner! That’s why I value my experience so highly. I get countless emails each day from people wishing they were a wedding planner, regarding the profession as being uber glamorous with days spent sampling cakes and wine. In reality it is extremely hard work and much more labour intensive on the day than you would imagine. Most wedding planners will tell you the day after a successful wedding you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Name your top 5 venues and what venue would be your dream venue to work with?

The Wallace Collection, The Savile Club, Claridge’s, Aynhoe Park and Petersham Nurseries. I don’t really have a dream venue in mind which I’d like to work with, as for me it’s more about finding my dream client. I’ve been extremely lucky over the years to have worked for so many lovely clients, whom have become friends.

What has been the biggest wedding catastrophe you successfully averted? 

One of my clients bridesmaids left her dress in a taxi on the morning of the wedding. After numerous calls, I was able to track down the driver whom I arranged to meet to collect the dress. Luckily the bride was none the wiser! I also remember fixing a damaged wedding cake alongside a wonderful florist many years back now. Again, my clients had no idea and the cake looked great!

What are we to expect from you in the future?

I don’t have any grand plans to expand or evolve. My future plans are to continue to create wonderful, memorable, timeless events for my clients. After all – it’s always about them for me.

For incredible wedding inspiration and to contact Lindy, visit her website at https://www.lindydowling.co.uk/

Luxury Cakes at The Lanesborough

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At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium we have a reputation for producing some of the world’s best luxury wedding cakes. The Lanesborough is reputedly the most expensive hotel in London and it’s had quite a diverse history and associations with royalty.

As a preferred supplier to The Lanesborough, we have been fortunate to be asked to produce luxury cakes for a number of clients over the years and we share a few of them with you below.


ROYAL WEDDING CAKE

Commissioned for the Karen Tran royal gala dinner, this tall peach and blue beauty was inspired by the ceiling of the Belgravia Room. It featured white and gold baroque mouldings and peach and pink sugar flowers.

WEDGWOOD INSPIRED LUXURY WEDDING CAKES

Made for another event in the Belgravia Room, the cakes matched the Wedgwood blue colour of the room and showcased our use of specially created moulds inspired by the ornate details adorning the room.

BRUCE OLDFIELD SHOWCASE

It was an honour to design this tall beauty for this exclusive event. The pure white cake featured hundreds of handmade sugar flowers and a gold B monogram.

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CHANEL INSPIRED LUXURY CAKES

For this special sweet 16 birthday party only the best luxury celebration cakes will do. We designed this dessert table usin a white, black and gold colour scheme and it featured monogrammed tiered cakes, cupcakes, macaron towers, cookies, chocolate perfume bottles and cake pop mini magnums.

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EMERALD JEWELENCIA LUXURY CAKE

This extraordinary 7 tier cake was created for a very special client whose favourite colour is green. Decorated with gold baroque detailing, bright sugar flowers and hand moulded sugar gems in chocolate and isomalt, this show stopper tasted as beautiful as it looked.

We absolutely loved creating all of these cakes and it is always a pleasure to work with The Lanesborough. Here’s to many more years of exciting collaborations!

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s Luxury Wedding Cakes at The Savoy London

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As a preferred supplier to The Savoy, UK’s first ever luxury hotel, we at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium have been fortunate to create many incredible luxury wedding cakes for the hotel over the years.

Our most recent with Karen Tran, being a towering 8 tier ivory and gold show stopper cake with a petal shaped base and rose bas relief detail, decorated with hand made sugar flowers.

We will definitely be delivering more cakes to The Savoy this year and in anticipation, we share with you a few of our beautiful luxury wedding cakes that have been part of Savoy weddings.

Marie Antoinette wedding cake

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This ivory, pink and gold confection is one of our all time favourite luxury wedding cakes. Opulence personified, it features lots of gold baroque detailing and gorgeous pink sugar flowers. It looked beautiful in the wonderful light of the River Rooms.

Baroque luxury dessert table

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This is an incredible dessert table we created for the Lancaster Ballroom, one of the most glamorous hotel ballrooms in London. It was made up of a sugar rose tower croquembouche style cake, an ivory and gold baroque beauty cake and lots of macarons, cupcakes and cookies all in ivory, pink and gold.

Fairy tale castle luxury wedding cake

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This eight foot beauty caused a bit of a stir when we delivered it to The Savoy’s ballroom a few years ago. It featured our signature baroque detailing, turrets, edible lace and lots of sugar flowers. We were told that it was the tallest and most impressive cake to ever grace the ballroom.

4 tier pearl white wedding cake

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Once again, we were back in the incredible Lancaster Ballroom, which had been transformed into a floral wonderland. The luxury wedding cake was a 4 tiered beauty – an all white confection decorated with hundreds of sugar pearls and thousands of sugar blossoms. Our friends at WildAbout made an incredible flower wall that served as a backdrop and provided a beautiful pop pf colour against the white wedding cake.

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If you are getting married at The Savoy, you can trust that we will create  for you, an amazing bespoke cake tailored to your perfect day.

Contact us at info@elizabethscakeemporium.com or call us at 07958069116 for a consultation.

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

Karen Tran Royal Gala Dinner at the Lanesborough in London
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”

Karen Tran Royal Gala Dinner at the Lanesborough in London

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.

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

THE A TO Z OF CHOOSING YOUR LUXURY WEDDING CAKE

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Wedding cakes have come a long way since the Roman Times when they were round plain wheaten cakes broken over the heads of brides as a symbol of fertility and goodness. Nowadays, ‘the cake’ often takes centre stage at any reception, being the only guest with its own table!  There is so much choice out there available to a modern bride, as luxury wedding cakes have taken on a life of their own.

I first wrote this article nearly 10 years ago but so much has changed in the cake world in terms of style and taste and there have been huge advances in technology and cake decorating techniques.

Cake designs can vary in style from contemporary cakes with clean lines and  very little adornment to the most complex  and intricate multi tiered concoctions adorned with thousands of sugar flowers.

In addition to the emergence of luxury dessert tables; alternatives to cake such as macaron towers, donut towers, éclair towers and even Oreo cookie towers with or without a cutting cake are also popular, especially at relatively informal weddings.

The recent royal wedding cakes have focused attention on the spectrum of luxury wedding cakes available with one royal bride opting for a buttercream deconstructed cake and the other a monogrammed hand-painted affair with sugar flowers.

To help you explore further, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium  is delighted to provide the definitive A to Z guide on how to choose your luxury wedding cake.

A for Advice

Seek advice from a variety of sources such online such as wedding blogs, pinterest,  wedding fairs, recent brides, venues, wedding planners, other wedding vendors and leading wedding publications and directories. Ultimately, one to one meetings are still the best way of finding a talented cake artist to help translate your ideas into reality.

B for Baker and Budget

Get the names of a number of recommended luxury wedding cake designers, visit their website and social media pages to get a feel for their ‘style’  and ring them up to have an informal chat.  Next arrange an appointment to pay them a visit if you think you have the budget that matches their offering. At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we are happy to have an informal and relaxed consultation with you tailored to your needs. We strongly advise that you write down any questions you might have and feel free to ask away. Remember to take your other half along once you’ve narrowed your choice down, especially for the consultation and tasting, for which you might be charged a nominal fee.

At this meeting, one of the first topics you should discuss is your inclusive budget so the cake designer is aware of it and respectful of it.

C for Chemistry

Just like any other relationship, no matter how talented a cake designer is, there should be positive chemistry between both of you. He or she should be finely attuned to your requirements and should be able to guide and steer you in the right direction, making helpful suggestions on possible design options, flavours and fillings and how you would like the cake presented.

D for Design, Decorations and Dietary Requirements

Even of you don’t have a particular cake in mind, or even a photograph, make a collage of all the things that inspire your wedding style and take it along to your cake maker. It is important for you to have an idea of your wedding colours, the reception venue and flowers and the ambience you wish to create for your guests before planning the cake.
In terms of the cake design, a talented cake designer may be able to match the details on your stationery for instance, particular textures you love, your initials/monogram and wedding colours. They should also be able to offer other practical advice you may not have considered.

If you are vegan, vegetarian or have certain allergies/ special dietary requirements, please let the cake maker know, so this can be taken into consideration. It is also important to ask your guests too so provision can be made. It is possible to have great tasting and looking cakes that suits every dietary requirement.

E for Etiquette

Read up on wedding etiquette, so you know who has responsibility for what. In some cultures, it is the norm  to also have a groom’s cake at the wedding, or even special sweets and treats, which may affect cake flavours and portions. Timing of the cutting and serving of the cake is also critical. Get your cake maker, wedding planner or coordinator to liaise with the venue’s kitchen and caterers ahead of the big day.

F for Flavours and Fillings

Gone are the days when wedding cakes were heavy, stodgy fruit cakes. You now have a choice of a variety of luxurious and delicious flavours. At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium our cakes are made from the finest ingredients and we offer at least 50 different flavours. These range  from triple chocolate delight, old fashioned caramel, tangy lemon to the more unusual white chocolate, toffee nut latte, green tea, and wasabi and white chocolate. Fillings can range from luxury chocolate ganache, to buttercreams and mousses. For a bit of variety, you can have each tier a different flavour to cater for all tastes.

G for Ground work

You have to do a lot of ground work to uncover the right cake designer but it is worth it for the peace of mind and confidence it will give you in the long run.

H for Hire costs

Just like it is essential to choose the right accessories for your wedding dress, the right accessories and how a cake is displayed can make all the difference. However, the right accessories tend to come at an extra cost, so make sure you bear this is mind when discussing your requirements.

I for Icing

The icing and coverings on luxury wedding cakes can include one of the following: royal icing, sugarpaste, ganache, chocolate wraps and butter cream. All these can be used to achieve a flawless, textured or rustic look. Sometimes cakes may even have a mixture of coverings. If you have a particular preference in terms of look or taste, do let your cake designer know. It is worth noting that the style of your wedding, the time of year and where the cake may be displayed and design considerations may affect the covering medium.

J for Judgement

Trust your instincts and the evidence when choosing a cake designer. It is better to go for a less elaborate cake that will be delivered on time, to cost and to standard than to go for a badly executed elaborate cake.

K for Kids

If you will be inviting a lot of children to your wedding consider having a separate table for them with their own mini wedding cake. It is gestures like this that help to make weddings memorable.

L for Leftovers

In the old days, it was customary for brides to save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first wedding anniversary or the birth of their first child. You can of course do this, and at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we offer you advice on the best way to preserve your top tier should you wish to do so.
Some brides choose to give individually packaged cupcakes to family and friends as an edible momento of such a special day. We have also worked with some altruistic and ethically conscious brides who donate leftovers to organisations such as homeless shelters (however you have to make sure that this is acceptable for health and safety reasons).

M for Marzipan

Commonly used by cake decorators to cover fruit cakes, it is made from almonds and has a sweet, distinctive taste. However, be aware that some of your guests might be allergic to nuts in any shape or form and it is advisable to warn such guests.

N for Notice

It’s best to give your chosen cake maker as much notice as you can, preferably a minimum of three to six months’ notice, especially if the cake design is quite elaborate. This will ensure that there is enough time to discuss and execute every detail of the design and content of your cake and there is also enough time for the designer to incorporate any changes. Having said that, you will find that some bakers can accommodate time constraints if it is not within peak wedding season and if you enquire very nicely.

O for Order

As soon as you can, obtain a written quote/invoice and contract on aspects of the cake design, such as the number of tiers, delivery costs, hire charges and other details. This will give you time to see if every requirement of yours had been noted accurately and to raise other issues that you might have.

P for Price

While it is advisable to shop around for the best price in order to get value for money, you may have to pay a premium for a particular cake designer’s brand, design skills and expertise, experience and reliability.

Q for Quality

You want you cake to accurately reflect your sense of style and elegance. When looking at wedding cakes, pay attention to details such as the finishing touches, how cakes are displayed and the accessories to ensure that they are what you require.

R for Reception

As the cake will take centre stage at the reception, discuss possible display areas and how the table will be dressed with your venue or event planner and cake maker. If for instance the cake will be iced in butter cream for a summer wedding, it is advisable not to display the cake in a hot room or place it near a window.

S for Size or Servings

The size of the cake should be appropriate to the number of guests. So if you are expecting hundreds of guests, you will need several cake tiers. Having said that, in the past we have worked with brides with small guest numbers who however love the impact and effect of a grand wedding cake. There are ways in which this could be achieved and this should be discussed with your cake designer.

T for Tastings

This is a huge topic and we will deal with it in much detail later on in the blog. First of all, it is important that your cake tastes as good as it looks. A good cake maker will offer you a tasting of a variety of flavours of cakes and fillings from which you can make your choice. There may be a charge for this which is usually deducted from the overall cost of the wedding cake should once you book the cake maker.

U for Unusual

If you want something a bit unusual and off the beaten track, some cake makers such as Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, will happily design a one off cake for you. We have a reputation for creating opulent. bespoke, ground breaking cakes using unusual shapes and colours. Some of them include our pillow cakes, Marie Antoinette cakes and painted cakes.

V for Venues and Value Added

Venues can be a great source for finding a luxury wedding cake designer and some may insist that you can only choose one from their preferred suppliers list. Some may even offer a wedding cake as part of their package.  As you would be spending quite a considerable sum of money on your wedding cake, choose a cake maker that will contribute something special towards making your wedding great. It could be lending you an unusual cake knife, a great cake stand, a fabulous table cloth or even being a surrogate therapist.

W for Websites

A number of reliable cake designers will post pictures of their creations on their websites and social media pages, enabling you easy access to their portfolios  and latest creations at a click of a button. This is a great source of ideas for your wedding cake and you will instantly know if you like or dislike a particular cake designer’s work.

X for Xtras

To quote a strap line from a famous advert, every little helps. With all the added extras such as the delivery and set up costs, the use of a special display table and table cloth, costs do add up and when deciding your budget be clear whether it’s inclusive of extras or not.

Y for You

Yes you! Organising a wedding can be stressful, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Once you’ve chosen a cake designer, relax, being confident that you’ve made the right choice. You are after all paying for the service of a professional who in collaboration with the other wedding vendors wants to make your day special and additionally has a reputation to protect.

Z for zzzzzzzzz

Again, in the run up to the wedding, the importance of getting lots of rest and relaxation cannot be overemphasized. Remember that although as a couple you will be the centre of attention as this is arguably the biggest event you may ever hold. Be careful to care for and nurture your mind, body and spirit. So relax and enjoy your special day.

Copyright Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium 2019

2018 IN REVIEW : A LOOK BACK AT THE CAKES, PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT SHAPED ELIZABETH’S CAKE EMPORIUM

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s days into 2019 and it’s time to reflect on the incredible year we left behind. We enjoyed some amazing highs and quite a few ‘pinch me’ moments but above all we are very grateful and deeply honoured to serve all our amazing clients who trusted us to create their luxury wedding cakes and celebration cakes.

At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we pride ourselves on delivering some of the best wedding and celebration cakes for our most cherished clients to locations across the globe.  Below are some of our few snapshot moments and highlights of 2018. 

THE STAND OUT CAKES

Karen Tran Gala Dinner at The Lanesborough with Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

The year got off to an incredible start when we were asked by world renowned celebrity florist Karen Tran to help plan her London masterclass and royal gala dinner for early Spring. The only venue we thought had the right grandeur and ambience for the event was The Lanesborough in Hyde Park. We also asked one of our favourite wedding planners, multi award winning Jane Riddell of Planned for Perfection to work with us and with WildAbout, one of the most celebrated florists in the UK, we put on what was arguably the industry’s event of the year. The event received incredible press and we are very grateful to all our partners who worked so hard and brought their A game to the culminating gala dinner.

Opulencia on the Beach

The next stop in our luxury wedding cake adventure was a private beach in Ibiza, The Amante Beach Club. The bride absolutely loves opulence and wanted a really huge cake for her wedding on the beach. We got to work with the utterly amazing and very helpful Paula Rooney Flowers which is always a bonus. Although we were warned that the venue was up a cliff, the sight of the cake being carried up such a steep face is one I will never forget!

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Chanel Inspiration at The Lanesborough

In between the record number of luxury wedding cakes we made this summer, we made some rather awesome luxury celebration cakes too. We were lucky to make this Chanel themed  luxury dessert table for the most beautiful 16 year old who wanted an intimate sophisticated lunch with her friends. For this lush cakescape we created a number of cakes including two macaron towers, black and white cakes with the Chanel logo, cupcakes, cookies, cakesicles and the cutest chocolate perfume bottles. We got to work with our dear friends from WildAbout and Plume Design UK to create a beautiful setting in the wood panelled room St George’s room at The Lanesborough.

Jewelencia at The Lanesborough

We were back again at The Lanesborough Hyde Park for the most special of events. Event Imagineer, Tony Marklew, designed the most impressive floral wonderland we have ever seen and at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and  we have certainly seen quite a few floral designs in our time! The cake was designed to reflect our client’s love for the colour green, gold and everything regal. This 7 tiered green marble cake had sugar jewels including a hummingbird and sugar flowers, and a monogram of her initial. She was absolutely delighted with her cake and could not get over how incredible it looked and tasted.

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND JUDGING DUTIES 

GT Bank Food and Drink 

It was an absolute honour to be the first luxury wedding cake maker to be invited to demonstrate at the largest food fair in Africa alongside food gurus such Lorraine Pascale and Ed Kimber. The hospitality was incredible and the thirst for knowledge inspiring. The bank’s holistic approach to empowering local communities is one to emulate.

Bridelux Symposium

The first ever Bridelux symposium was held in London and was a resounding success for the founder James Lord and his team. It was an honour to be part of a line up that included Johhny Roxburgh, Colin Cowie, Ceci Johnson, Banana Split and many others. Our panel included celebrity florist Rob Van Helden who did the most divine flowers autumnal flowers for Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding.

Expert spot on The BBC’s Best Christmas Food Ever

A pinch me moment was filming my segment for the first season of the BBC’s Best Christmas Food Ever presented by Paul Ainsworth and Catherine Fulvio. I was asked to create the best luxury Christmas cake table I could think of in classic Christmas colours. It was lots of fun and the crew were absolutely amazing. If anyone is interested, the programme is available on BBC iplayer and You Tube. Search for Season 1 Episode 4 and somewhere in the middle of the programme is my segment.

Italian Wedding Awards

We were again invited back as a judge at the annual Italian Wedding Awards. Anyone who knows us knows of our love for Italy and this time, the awards were held in Venice! Although we had seen photos and paintings of the canals of Venice but didn’t realise that water is literarily everywhere and we mean everywhere. Taking our first ever water taxi from the airport was indescribable. After a while, we all got used to traveling within the city that way.

We stayed at the Hotel Danieli, the first ever luxury hotel in the city and we can confirm that it really does have the best roof top views and food. Huge congratulations to the organisers and award winners. We look forward to seeing you all again later this year.

COLLABORATIONS AND PRESS

Styled shoots

2018 was an incredible year for collaborations at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. We absolutely love a great styled shoot. Give us an idea or a concept and watch us run with it. The year before we  stopped giving our ideas away. Last year we really stepped up and explored some very cool concepts.  This resulted in a number of shoots and one that went completely viral.

Bruce Oldfield Promotional Shoot

We were absolutely over the moon when we were asked to style a promotional shoot for world renowned Bruce Oldfield by The Lanesborough to celebrate their joint new bridal offering. The very talented WildAbout provided the amazing florals and San of Sanshine Photography worked her magic behind the lens.

Frida Kahlo Shoot

Billed as the best set of images on Instagram, this shoot was based on Frida Kahlo’s most famous painting, Las Dos Fridas – The Two Fridas. The shoot was about celebrating the duality of a feminine feminist icon and it coincided with the first showing of her personal effects outside of Mexico at the Victoria and Albert museum.

The incredible dresses which provided the inspiration for the shoot were designed by the very talented Joanne Fleming who is one of the  most talented individuals I know. Leanne of WildAbout and her team designed the most beautiful floral canopy which left everyone in awe. Special thanks goes to the wonderful Roberta Facchini Photography who captured all the beauty. It was a joy to direct this shoot and work with a great team of immensely talented suppliers.

The shoot was featured in so many blogs and magazines including Vogue, Rock My Wedding, Strictly Weddings and 100 Layer Cake and also in the annual 2019 International Trend Report. We are so glad that we held on to the vision, concept and story line, overcoming many obstacles to make sure we executed it to perfection.

Cake International

We were asked  by renowned chocolate and cake guru Daniel Dieguz to collaborate with him on an epic installation at the Cake International show in Birmingham. We created a fantasy head and bust cake, Madmoiselle Opulencia, the mistress of all things patisserie. It was quite a challenging piece and a bit of a departure from our usual luxury wedding cakes but we did make sure she was all pastries and glamour.

In all, our cakes received and enjoyed an unprecedented level of press madmoiselle-opulenciabeing published and shared by international and national print and online press including Vogue Japan (twice) Wedluxe, Strictly Weddings, Rock My Wedding, Love My Dress, Condenast Brides, You and Your Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Karas Party Ideas, 100 Layer Cake etc

AWARDS

For those in the know, Cake Masters awards are the Oscars of the cake industry and very highly coveted. 2018 saw around 200,000 nominations! For the first time in the UK, Cake Masters recognised the top ten cake designers in the UK and we made the list. Now considering that there are literarily thousands of very talented cake makers out there, to be acknowledged means a great deal. Thank you Cake Masters!

TRAVEL

Our adventures took us to a number of continents, countries and over 30 cities including Paris, Bahamas, Ibiza, Venice, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam, Africa and the Middle East.


We don’t know what 2019 holds but early indications suggest another exciting, prosperous and wonderful year ahead in our world of luxury wedding and celebration cakes. Best of blessings to all and watch this space!

THE BIGGEST WEDDING CAKE OF THE YEAR AT THE LANDMARK

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So our year started off with a bang at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium HQ.

We were very honoured to be chosen to make the largest and most elegant luxury wedding cake anyone had ever seen for what has been deemed the wedding of the year, even though it’s only January!

As if we were not under enough pressure, when we heard that Elton John and Mariah Carey would be performing at the wedding we knew we simply had to create an impressive and memorable wedding cake.

Our client’s vision was for an elegant and fairly traditional wedding cake with thousands of the most realistic sugar roses and sugar flowers. We took our inspiration from the colour scheme of white and soft pastels of blushes and lilac; and the ultimate luxury metallic – gold. 

Standing at 10 feet tall (it would have been even taller but a number of tiers had to be removed as the cake would not have fit perfectly under the ballroom’s chandelier otherwise) and 5 feet in diameter, it was the biggest cake anyone had ever seen and took 4 men to carry the base alone.

The wedding cake was decorated with baroque swags and embellishments painted  with sheets of edible 24 carat gold. We used custom made silicone moulds to create the round gold sugar brooches on the cake which matched those on the invitations.

The huge wedding cake also featured 10,000 handmade sugar flowers including sugar roses in shades of white, blush and lilac, sugar blossoms and sugar hydrangeas. The sugar flowers took over 300 hours to make by a team of four.

The cake flavours included vintage Champagne and Strawberries, Peaches and Cream, Sicilian Lemon, Red Velvet and Triple Chocolate Delight and over 1,000 duck eggs went into the making of the cake.

Using the latest projection mapping technology, images of the couple’s monogram, wedding date and other favourite characters such as Tinkerbell were beamed on to the cake during the cake cutting ceremony.

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The result was a stunning and very grand luxury wedding cake fit for the loveliest and most blessed of couples. It is no wonder images of the cake went viral and was reported the press globally after being featured alongside those of Elton John and Mariah Carey who played incredible sets at the wedding.

Image credits Nek Vardikos of NV Photographers and Anthony Craddock Photography. Video credit to Jade of Jade Gooch films.