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10 Weird & Wacky Wedding Cake Facts

Posted By Cakecetera | November 16, 2016

Wedding Cake Facts

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1. The most expensive wedding cake ever commissioned cost $30 million.

The expensive wedding cake was made by Buddy Valastro (better known as Cake Boss from the US TV cake show. The lucky recipient was  NYC socialite Devorah Rose for her diamond gala event. According to reports, $30 million worth of jewels including sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds — adorned the cake.

2. Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake.

White icing on a wedding cake symbolises purity, a tradition that began in the seventeenth century. However, once the price of white sugar went up, white icing became a status symbol, showcasing the family’s wealth. That’s why it’s called “royal icing.”

3. It used to be Bridal Pie, not Wedding Cake.

The “bride’s pie” (not cake) was served at most weddings up until the early 19th century. In the 17th century “bride pie” became popular, which varied from sweet breads to mince pies or even mutton pie. Within it was a glass ring which was used in a similar way to the bouquet today: whichever woman found it was meant to become the next bride.

4. Forget the bouquet toss, the next person to marry will pull a charm out of the cake.

In some parts of the US, it was tradition for single women to pull ribbons out from the bottom layer of the wedding cake. One of the ribbons would be attached to a charm, and whoever pulled out the charm would be the next to marry.

5. Single bridesmaids put a slice of cake beneath their pillows.

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Similarly, in some parts of the US, single bridesmaids would take a piece of wedding cake home. It was said that if they placed it under their pillow, they’d dream of their future husband.

6. The first wedding cakes were actually loaves of bread.

One of the first wedding cakes wasn’t actually cake at all — it was bread. In ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride’s head to symbolize good fortune and fertility to the couple. The traditional wedding cake back to medieval times. Wedding guests would pile up breads, scones and biscuits and the couple would have to kiss over the pile without it falling down. If they did it successfully, they were ensured a lifetime of prosperity.

We hope you loved these weird and wacky wedding cake facts. If a traditional wedding cake just isn’t for you….These alternative wedding cake ideas might be right up your street!

Get inspired with delicious, unusual, trendy edible gifts and favours in our online cake shop!

 

 

10 Cute DIY Christmas Treats you can make yourself!

Posted By Cakecetera | November 14, 2016

DIY Christmas Treats

1. Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

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These adorable Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites will look fab on Christmas Day. Find out how to make them over Erica’s Sweet Tooth Blog!

2. Santa Hat Strawberry Brownie Bites

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Get the recipe here!

3. Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer Pops

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Make these cute little reindeer pops in this DIY guide!

4. Christmas Pudding Chocolate Orange

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Find out how to make a Christmas Pudding Chocolate Orange here!

5. Oreo Truffle Christmas Trees

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All you need is Oreos, cream cheese, chocolate coating and sprinkles for these Oreo Truffle Christmas Trees.

6. Snowman Cupcakes

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Children will love helping to make these snowman cupcakes. Find the recipe here!

7. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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How cute are these Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with an ice cream cone!

8. Rice Crispie Cone Christmas Trees

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These delicious Rice Crispie Cone Trees are perfect for vegans too! Find out how to make them here!

9. Reindeer Cookies

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Learn to make these adorable Reindeer Cookies with this Christmas tutorial!

10. Christmas Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

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These Christmas Marshmallow Pops are sooo easy to make but just look fab!

Too busy to make your own? You can order our delicious Christmas Treats for delivery anywhere in the UK.

Christmas Cupcakes

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Christmas Cookies

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Christmas Macarons

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Christmas Marshmallows!

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Order yours in our online cake shop! 

 

 

Gourmet Marshmallow Recipe – How to make your own Marshmallows!

Posted By Cakecetera | November 7, 2016

Gourmet Marshmallow Recipe

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Tried a Gourmet Marshmallow yet?  Gourmet Marshmallows have been hailed as the new cupcake over the years with their exciting range of delicious flavours. Unlike the cupcake though…they are gluten free and fat free! Woohooo!

The number of people who are diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Coeliac Disease increases annually and we have been constantly asked for gluten free products so it’s lovely that we can now launch our gluten free range!  

Send our gourmet marshmallows as gifts or order marshmallow favours for weddings and corporate events! Feeling adventurous, why not try making your own marshmallows at home with this delicious Gourmet Marshmallow recipe?

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Ingredients:

  • 125g icing sugar for dusting
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 300ml water, divided
  • 4 tablespoons unflavoured powdered gelatine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Prep: 30 min  

Cook: 20 min  

Time to set: 8 hours

  1. Dust a 9 inch baking tray generously with icing sugar.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together caster sugar, golden syrup and 175 ml water.
  3. Using a thermometer, Heat to 120 to 130 degrees C or alternatively you can heat in microwave.
  4. If you don’t have a thermometer heat until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball.
  5. While syrup is heating, place remaining water (125ml) in a metal bowl and sprinkle gelatine over the surface.
  6. Place bowl over simmering water until gelatine has dissolved completely. Keep in a warm place until syrup has come to temperature. Remove syrup from heat and whisk gelatine mixture into hot syrup. Set aside.
  7. In a separate large mixing bowl, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Continue to beat, pouring syrup mixture into egg whites in a thin stream, until the egg whites are very stiff.
  8. Stir in vanilla or flavour of your choice along with food colouring. Spread evenly in tray and let rest 8 hours or overnight before cutting.
  9. To decorate you can sprinkle with chocolate, caramel,coconut, fruit powder
  10. Enjoy!

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No time for baking?  Check our our gourmet marshmallow range in our online cake shop, sending cake instead of flowers anywhere in the UK.

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Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes! What’s the difference?

Posted By Cakecetera | June 14, 2016

Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes…. What is your favourite?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past century then you’ve definitely sampled some yummy cupcakes or fairy cakes! But how are they different?

Believe it or not, cupcakes have been making the rounds since just after World War 1 but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s they became so popular. This was thanks to a New York bakery called Magnolia Bakery first opening their doors and beginning to introduce gourmet flavours, such as pistachio, to the general public.

The craze then hit our shores and, while most of the population took to this American trend with open arms, some of us were left confused. Many people wondered why American cupcakes were taking the world by storm when we had something so similar – the humble fairy cake.

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The difference is slight but enough for people to have two names for the creations. Here’s a simple explanation below:

Cupcakes

  • Larger
  • Flat top
  • Decorated with heaps of butter cream icing and various other edible goodies
  • More elaborate in their design

Fairy cakes

  • Smaller than the cupcake
  • Dome top
  • Usually decorated with runny icing.
  • Simpler in decoration

So when was it that cupcakes become so popular? Was it really when Miranda and Carrie munched on them during an episode of Sex and the City? We hazarded a guess it’s because of how intricately they can be decorated with exciting variations of flavours. A tower of cupcakes made a change to the usual tiered cakes that would have been used for such occasions.

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The beautiful cupcakes (above) can be purchased from our website and they come in a range of flavours including vanilla rose and red velvet.

Or if you have been reading this thinking you’ve had the same old cupcakes a million times then how about having a try of our cake push pops? This scrumptious treat contains layers of cake and buttercream and topped with sprinkles. These aren’t available through the website but if you send us a message we can get them arranged for you…… you won’t regret it!

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Topsy-turvy Alice in Wonderland themed wedding

Posted By Cakecetera | June 14, 2016

Planning a themed wedding?

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Many brides decide to have a themed wedding for their big day but this Polish couple took it to the next level….. After the traditional church ceremony they celebrated with a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Covered in grass, the tables were beautifully decorated with pink, purple and blue flowers. The couples pet rabbit Bobo also attended their nuptials and a topsy-turvy cake, mismatched teacups and playing cards were included for maximum effect of their Lewis Carroll inspired day.

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The wedding took just a year to organise and the couple said how “Alice in Wonderland is magical, evocative and unforgettable, making it the perfect inspiration for a wedding, in our opinion” – what do you think?! Natalia wore stripy knee high socks and red heels with a love heart on the toe.  Meanwhile, Rafael wore a top hat and playing card cufflinks!

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The bride and groom, along with their guests, took part in an Alice in Wonderland themed photoshoot – as well as Bobo of course!

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The newly-weds met in a tearoom four years ago where the Alice in Wonderland book was lying on a shelf next to their table and since then the couple have ‘gone down the rabbit hole’ together! When the couple were discussing how they wanted a themed wedding it was the first thing that came to both of their minds.

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Check out more photos online on the Metro website

If this themed wedding is a little to crazy for you perhaps you just have a colour theme? Cake Cetera can provide French Macarons to suit your theme, just get in touch today!

Photo credits:

Metro

World Cakes we want to eat right now!

Posted By Cakecetera | June 14, 2016

We want these world cakes in our life right now!

Some of the best world cakes from around the globe….. Which one is your favourite?

 

1. German Black Forest Cake

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The most famous German dessert….. The Black Forest Cake or Gateau as some prefer to say. This is one of our favourite world cakes and originates from the south-east of Germany, Surprisingly, it is not named after the Black Forest mountain range but from the speciality liquor from the region named Schwarzwälder which has a main ingredient of cherry. This therefore gives the cake its main ingredients – cherries and cherry liquor!

On top of this the cake contains cream and lots and lots of chocolate. If you can get your hands on some of this traditional German drink then we recommend you use this but otherwise any cherry based liquor will do perfectly.

2. Holland’s Stroopwafels

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The Dutch’s Stroopwafels are truly scrumptious! They translate into syrup wafels in English and two of these yummy biscuits are sandwiched together with a beautiful caramel gooey syrup with a generous amount of butter and brown sugar. Perhaps not the best for those on a strict diet!

Unfortunately, you will need a special waffle iron for this recipe; however, you can also use a shallow waffle iron or pizzelle iron. We know this isn’t really a world ‘cake’ but we decided to put it in anyway!

3. Italy’s Panettone

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Italy are known for their pizza and their pasta dishes but have you ever tried this Italian signature cake? This sweet bread is normally eaten over the festive period and contains various types of fruit including raisins and currants.

After you have made one of these world cakes it will make the perfect pairing with a sweet liquor such as Amaretto or with a hot chocolate as a sweet treat before bed!

4. China’s Mooncake

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This delectable Chinese treat originates from the Mid-Autumn festival and is a kind of pastry – or as the Chinese call it a kind of ‘cookie’ – which can have a variety of fillings and tends to have artistic patterns on the outer surface.

Fillings can include red beans, lotus seed paste, chocolate and green tea.

5. Japan’s Castella cake

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A simple yet scrummy treat which is perfect with a cuppa! This sponge cake is slightly more sweet and moist than usual sponge cake but is super easy to make. This is also perfect to be served as part of afternoon tea or as a dessert.

6. Portugese Custard Tarts

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Bring one of Portugals favourite pastries into your home with this authentic recipe. These tarts have a rich egg custard with a crisp pastry with a hint of vanilla for added flavour.

These are easy to make and highly addictive!

 7. Spain’s Orange and Almond Cake 

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This delectable Spanish treat tastes delicious with a cup of tea or coffee. Made with whole oranges and ground almonds, this fruity cake has a wonderful fresh flavour – perfect for a summers day.

The cake is so light yet it contains so much flavour.

8. Mexico’s Tres Leches Cake 

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This authentic Latin-American cake which translates as Three Milk cake is topped with vanilla and whipped cream. The recipe includes three different types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk and when combined the three milks create a beautiful sweetness.

This cake is moist but not mushy and is an alternative on the traditional sponge cake.

9. Swedish Kladdkaka Cake

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Otherwise known as ‘chocolate sticky cake’ this is literally like an under-baked traditional chocolate cake. The Swedish delight is also very similar to a Chocolate Brownie and is often eaten with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

10. French Macarons 

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This French classic is a sweet meringue based confection and can come in a variety of different colours and flavours. This recipe is a basic guide to make the treat; however, French Macarons can be extremely hard to get right.

Here at Cake Cetera we specialise in French Macarons and bake them to perfection in a variety of flavours including vanilla, lemon, salted caramel and chocolate. And they can be personalised too!

Brand Ambassador of the Week – Kaye Ford

Posted By Cakecetera | June 13, 2016

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Meet Kaye…our Brand Ambassador of the week! Kaye is a photographer, blogger and full time cake lover!

Q1: What’s your name and where are you from?

Kaye Ford, Watford

Q2:How long have you been blogging? Tell us a little about it?

1 year and 2 months. I cover “lifestyle” in which a lot of foodie stuff gets blogged about, as well as beauty and general day to day bits

Q3: Food Yay?

YAY! Pizza, macarons, creme brulee, peanut butter, ALL

THE PEANUT BUTTER

Q4: Food Nay?

Nay 🙁 Seafood, butter, mayo

Q5: What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Macarons (when I get time)

Q6: Describe yourself in 3 words!

Energetic, friendly, loud

Q7: What or what is your guilty pleasure?

I have no guilty pleasures, because they don’t give me guilt. If I enjoy something, I enjoy it

Q8: So you’re a huge Cake Cetera fan and a Brand Ambassador! What’s your favourite product and why?

MACARONS! Always

Welcome to the team Kaye! Kaye’s blog is amazing and you can follow her on  Twitter and Instagram too!

 

Wow! Check out this $2 million extravagant wedding – Cake Cetera

Posted By Cakecetera | June 9, 2016

We heart this extravagant wedding!

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The son of Armenian billionaire, Samvel Karapetyan, has just had a very extravagant wedding and it is thought to have cost the family over $2 million! The bride wore a $35,000 Elie Saab gown….. but that wasn’t it, she had another 2 wedding dresses which she changed into throughout her big day as well as wearing $200,000 worth of Tiffany and Co jewellery. 

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The wedding was held at Moscow’s famous Safisa and it was stunningly decorated with fairy lights and thousands of flower displays. They managed to impress their guests by having Maroon 5 to perform at the wedding – this was rumoured to have cost them anything between $500,000 and $800,000!

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On top of this J Lo and Enrique Iglesias performed as well as a host of Armenian and Russian celebrities who were paid to provide a range of entertainment for the lavish reception.

The guests entered through a magical forest which included thousands of real colourful trees. Guests were encouraged to use the hashtag ‘#sarikissalome’ and pose for photos in front of a flower wall for Instagram.

Wait till you see this….. we’ve never seen a wedding cake like it! The cake was 9 tiers and and was covered in white flowers which was placed in the centre of the room in amongst all of the guests. We are wondering how they managed to cut it?! Or was it just for decoration……

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Can’t believe there was no French Macarons in sight! Our French Macaron wedding favours would have looked perfect in amongst their flower displays. Chosen your wedding colours? Get in touch with Cake Cetera today and let us provide macarons to match your wedding theme.

See more images of this amazing day on the Daily Mail’s website!

Photo Credits:

Daily Mail & Instagram

Brand Ambassador of the Week – Zoe Bailey

Posted By Cakecetera | May 20, 2016

Zoe Bailey

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From the moment we saw her blog we knew she was a perfect fit for the Cake Cetera brand. Meet Zoe from Wiltshire, our new brand ambassador. Zoe is a hands on, dedicated wedding planner.

To help you get to know her a little better, we asked her to fill out a questionnaire to see if she’s really got what it takes to be a brand ambassador for Cake Cetera.

Q1. What’s your name and where are you from?

Hi, I’m Zoe from Wiltshire

Q2. How long have you been blogging? Tell us a little about it.

I’ve been blogging for just under one year. My experience as a freelance event planner and Event Manager at a renowned retail company has accumulated to create the ‘Zoe Bailey Wedding & Events’ brand . I have had experience planning various Weddings, and am currently planning my own, alongside a number of various commercial, corporate and personal events.

Q3. Food yay?

Sweet foods and bakes are always a yay!

Q4. Food nay?

Seafood is generally a nay

Q5. What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Definitely dark chocolate brownies

Q6. Describe yourself in 3 words

Loud, super-organised and always merry

Q7. What or who is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is definitely a glass of prosecco or a good chocolate mousse – or both in one go!

Q8. So you’re a huge Cake Cetera fan and a brand ambassador! What’s your favourite product and why?

Definitely the personalised French macarons!  I always think that macarons are a beautiful thing to receive, they are tasteful, delicate and so, so delicious – is there anything more fabulous in the world than getting your own personalised one?

Zoe Bailey

 

Baking Classes – Cake Cetera

Posted By Cakecetera | April 22, 2016

Baking Classes

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Love Baking? Fancy yourself as the next Nadia from the Great British Bake Off but just can’t bake! Our baking classes might be just for you!
 
We are going to be launching baking workshops soon in cupcakes, cake pops and French Macarons

Kids Cupcake Decorating Parties

Our kids cupcake decorating parties  take place in your own home/hall or at our HQ in Hamilton and are perfect for kids aged 5 – 16.  Party host will demonstrate 4 cupcake creations including an ice cream cone and cookie monster.

Children then get to decorate 4 x pre-baked cupcakes learning to pipe and get creative with a selection of buttercream and sprinkles.

 

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Cupcake Parties are £15 per child and this includes their own apron, chef’s hat and a cupcake box with 4 of their creations. Maximum of 12 children per party.
Cupcake parties tend to last approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.Check out our photos in our blog to see all our cupcake recruits in action!Weekend dates fill up fast so please book approximately 3 months in advance to ensure availability.

French Macaron Making Classes

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Tired of making the same old cakes? Mix things up and learn how to make one of the most popular dessert items, french macarons!

Learn how to prepare and bake them from scratch using simple techniques and hands-on practice as well.

Once the macaroon shells have cooled, you’ll fill them, assemble them and then they’re ready to taste! You’ll have plenty left to take home and share too. We’ll email you your recipes and you’ll be armed with the knowledge to recreate them at home as well as the confidence to experiment with new flavours and fillings.

You will leave the course with a box full of the macaroons you have made during the course – if you can resist eating them first that is!

2 hour Classes are £50 per person and last 2 hours. Classes are available on Saturday mornings or afternoons at our kitchen in Hamilton from 2nd June 2016.

Private baking and decorating classes are also available for all occasions such as children’s birthday parties and hen parties.