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Q. We're having a boho-inspired wedding and would love to incorporate elements of our theme into our cake. Do you have any ideas?
A. Jenny Leeb-Du-Toit says: The first type of bake that comes to mind when thinking of a relaxed boho theme is a buttercream coated cake. Semi-naked and rough-iced buttercream cakes look casual and would suit your theme perfectly. Opt for a creation that's stacked high and covered in flowers. Roses, berries, cornflowers and chrysanthemums will make a big impact. Your chosen supplier will ensure that the blooms are safe enough to come into direct contact with food.
Pressed dried flowers arranged around the cake and dried arrangements are new trends that are quickly becoming popular.
Other ways to incorporate your theme is to take details from your dress and have them recreated in sugar. Fringing and/or embroidery can be used to create a bespoke design.
Jenny Leeb-Du-Toit,Cakes Especially For You
The sweet stuff
Q. What flavours and decorations should we choose for our festive-themed cake?
A. Jenny Leeb-du Toit says: There are several ways of incorporating a winter theme into your cake. A traditional white cake will give you a great base to build upon.
Evergreen foliage in greens and greys mixed with winter berries, fir cones and flowers would make a great addition. Choose between white for the berries and flowers, or winter hues such as reds and golds. Your cake maker will advise you on whether fresh or sugar versions would be better, as some plants are toxic and cannot be used. Lavender, for instance, is both hardy through winter and non-toxic, which makes it safe to put directly onto the cake.
Fruits, nuts and edible berries are great alternatives. They can add colour, style and warmth to a festive cake, grouped with or without some evergreen foliage. Figs, strawberries and blackberries not only look good but also edible. Sugar dipping some of the fruit will also add a frosted look to your design.
Build more on the snow and ice theme by adding silver and blue icicles and snowflakes. If you're going to add flowers, stick to the white and blue theme.
Traditional fruit cakes were the go-to winter cake for centuries in this country. It's spicy and steeped in warming brandy or sherry. Alternatively, you could opt for a ginger cake or passionfruit and orange if you want something a bit different.
Jenny Leeb-du Toit,Cakes Especially For You
Q. We want to incorporate our Welsh heritage into our big day, do you have any suggestions?
A. Melaine Hall says: Welsh cakes would make perfect wedding favours while also adding a touch of your heritage to the day. Here at Welsh Cake Hut, every order is bespoke, you can choose the flavour, shape, add ribbons and tags.
Love spoons are also a great idea. According to Welsh folklore, they were traditionally made from a single piece of wood and ornately carved by men as a gift to show his affection for his sweetheart.
Q. My wife-to-be and I love strong flavours and want something unusual for our cake. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Zoe O'Sullivan says: It's always a great idea to have different flavours when it comes to your wedding cake. Whether it be two or five tiers, opt for a variety to give your guests a choice.
- An indulgent strong flavour is black forest. It's to die for, oozing with kirsch cherries, cream cheese frosting and deep dark chocolate, it gets everyone's taste buds dancing.
- Alternately, you could select coconut and lime or lemon and blueberry, if you want a zesty, summer taste. Lemon and blueberry is my absolute favourite, and it looks beautiful when cut with fresh blueberries throughout the sponge.
- If you want more unusual flavours that people won't expect, opt for Lotus Biscoff, chocolate orange or cherry Bakewell.
The wow factor
Q. We've decided to have a grand cake made from cheese. Do you have any ideas?
A. Tom Pinder says: - A cake made up of wheels of artisan cheese will make a striking centrepiece.
- Our largest standard creation is six tiers and is nearly half a metre tall. It weighs more than 13 kilos and feeds around 150 guests.
- The most important thing to remember is don't compromise on quality by going for a larger option.
- Make sure you choose a cheese specialist who sources high-quality products from independent producers.
Food for thought
Q. We're having a summer wedding and would love to incorporate the season into our cake. Do you have any ideas?
A. Katie Padfield says: - Look for summer flowers, foliage and lush green colours.
- Opt for a semi-naked design decorated with blooms or summer fruits.
- Soft floral shades are a great way of incorporating the season into your big-day bake.
- A hint of 24ct gold will enhance any creation and looks fabulous in the sun.
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