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cakes by beth - beautiful, contemporary, delicious

I’ve featured Cakes by Beth on this blog before and I’m very pleased to be able to share with you her new 2015 collection, Be Different. Wedding trends come and go but whatever look or style you go for I think it’s important to have something of yourselves as a couple come through during the day.

Cakes by Beth’s new collection for 2015 is all about encouraging couples to really express their passions and personal style in their wedding cake. From art and music to the outdoors, your wedding cake can be the unique and striking centrepiece of your reception that is loved and remembered by their guests, who really see you as a couple in the design. Be yourselves, be different.

The 2015 Collection, Be Different, has five unique and inspiring cake designs in a range of sizes and structures to appeal to a range of couples with different styles of wedding.

Live Laugh Love is based on the work of Romero Britto, combining bold colours with black outlines and inspiring words.

Nothing Else Matters pairs black leather with lighter than air wafer paper and the lyrics from a classic Metallica song in sktched notes style around the base.

Scottish Punks combines distressed tartan with Ivory bas relief and one of Cakes by Beth’s signature “climbing creatures”, a gold Scottish wildact.

Rustic Chalk is a new take on the incredibly popular chalkboard cake, combining bleached wood with a vintage frame and pastel chalk flowers for a pretty meadow look.

Two for Joy is the most elegant, opulent of the designs with distressed metal, gold-edged flowers and ruffles, pearlised feathers and a pair of magpies for a beautiful finsihing sentiment.

Multi-award winning wedding cake design company Cakes by Beth have been featured in top National wedding magazines, such as You &Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Asian Bride, and on Top UK Wedding blogs. Beth has won multiple awards for her wedding cake designs. In 2015, she was named Best Wedding Cake Designer in the North West by The Wedding Industry Awards, and in 2013 was named the winner of The Balvenie Masters of Craft award for food and drink, sponsored by Waitrose. Cakes by Beth have delivered wedding cakes all over the UK and also regularly deliver wedding cakes to France, catering for French weddings with an English twist.

Based in Salford Quays in Manchester, Cakes By Beth designs luxury, contemporary cakes and dessert tables for special occasions, including weddings, civil ceremonies, birthdays and corporate events. Offering gorgeous flavours from the traditional Madagascan vanilla bean and double chocolate, to the more unusual Green Tea & Lemon, Raspberry Pavlova and Champagne & Strawberry, Beth is dedicated to edible perfection.

Visit Beth’s website for more details and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter

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There are many elements that make up a beautiful wedding, the most important of course is the couples love for one another that will shine through. Other elements such as stationery, flowers and the cake can help to bring together the style and colour scheme you’ve choosen for your special day, as can be seen by these stunning cakes from Cakes By Beth.

Award-winning, luxury wedding cake designer Cakes by Beth launches their latest collection of contemporary wedding cakes at The National Wedding Show, Manchester Central. The 2014 Collection is called “Colours”, and features six striking, modern designs with pops of colour used in innovative ways.

Cakes by Beth’s owner and wedding cake designer, Beth Mottershead says: “Every Spring, I launch a new wedding cake collection to show my latest design ideas and predictions for upcoming wedding cake trends. This year, colour is in and I wanted to really celebrate this in a fresh, modern way.” Each cake features a single colour; pink, plum, blue, teal, yellow and chocolate, from Pink Confetti with on-trend rice paper petals and ombre roses, to Parisian Romance with a softer, sultry take on classic monochrome.

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Parisian Romance

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Pink Confetti

Other designs are: Modern Wedgewood, bringing a classic design into the 21st Century with different shapes, textures and porcelain-style lilies; Black & Yellow, where striking geometric shapes meet vivid roses and peonies; and Winter Frost Birdcage, with a sculpted shape, sparkling ice trim and just a hint of plum berries.

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Black & Yellow

Modern_Wedgewood

Modern Wedgewood

The final design, Gold & Linen, featuring crisp lines, edible sequins and teal sugar succulents, will be showcased on stage, along with Beth’s top tips on ordering your perfect wedding cake.

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Winter Frost Birdcage

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Gold & Linen

Beth says: “I wanted to show how you can bring colour into your wedding cake without making it overly bright. By using lots of different tones or shades of the same colour, and highlighting key details against a neutral background. It can be both playful and beautiful.”

Cakes by Beth have been featured in top National wedding magazines, such as You &Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Asian Bride, and on Top UK Wedding blogs. Beth has won multiple awards for her wedding cake designs and in 2013 was named the winner of The Balvenie Masters of Craft award for food and drink, sponsored by Waitrose. Cakes by Beth have delivered wedding cakes all over the UK and also regularly deliver wedding cakes to France, catering for French weddings with an English twist.

Based in Salford Quays in Manchester, Cakes By Beth designs luxury, contemporary cakes and dessert tables for special occasions, including weddings, civil ceremonies, birthdays and corporate events. Offering gorgeous flavours from the traditional Madagascan vanilla bean and double chocolate, to the more unusual Green Tea & Lemon, Raspberry Pavlova and Champagne & Strawberry, Cakes By Beth is dedicated to edible perfection.

You can see more of Beth’s designs on her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Book front cover

BOOK REVIEW – THE ART OF SUGARCRAFT

Have you ever considered making your own wedding cake, or birthday/celebration cakes for others? Whilst it is a bit of a daunting prospect, the sense of satisfaction and achievement when you make something yourself is immense. When Mr Lilguys and I got married in 2008 we were working on a very tight budget so anything that I could make myself I did. Years ago I used to make very rich (and very boozy!) Christmas cakes so I decided to make our wedding cake. The making of the fruit cake was therefore not too daunting for me, however, the decorating of it was! Although it was very simple and I was pleased with the result I really would have liked to have done something a bit more elaborate.

If you’re interested in making and decorating cakes The Art of Sugarcraft from Squires Kitchen school is likely to become your ‘bible’. 25 years in development, this book brings the knowledge and expertise of 20 of the world’s top sugarcraft tutors (with a combined total of over 320 years of teaching) together so that you can learn from the best.

With cake recipes and fillings the book takes you through making everything from cupcakes and cake pops to macaroons, petits fours and croquembouche. It takes you through basic sugarpaste skills, chocolate decorations, animal modelling and caricature figures as well as painting and stencilling techniques, making wired roses and using royal icing to pipe roses and scroll borders, to name just some of the techniques you will find detailed within the 500+ page ‘bible’. There is even a section on taking your interest in making and decorating cakes to a commercial level.

Commercial Baking by Kathy Moore

Preparing Cakes for Decorating by Mark Tilling

What I particularly like is the very easy to follow numbered steps for each project – I’m much less likely to miss a vital step of a recipe or procedure if it’s broken down into clearly numbered steps! There are also good, clear photographs accompanying the text and some great Tutor Tips.

Extended Royal Icing by Ceri DD Griffiths

Hidden Picture Cake by Ann Skipp

Is this a quick and cheap alternative to buying a professionally made wedding cake? No, it’s not. You will want your wedding cake to be remembered for all the right reasons, not for it looking obviously home made! There is a reason why professionals can charge for their work – because they have studied and practiced their craft over many years to give a consistently great look. However, if you have plenty of time, patience and perseverance to practice the techniques in this book you will be able to create something beautiful for your wedding day, whether it be the main wedding cake or hand made favours for your guests to take home.

Chocolate Showpiece step by Mark Tilling

If you’re interested in visiting Europe’s longest-running sugarcraft exhibition at the Farnham Maltings, Surrey which runs from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March you can get the full details and book your tickets here. The Art of Sugarcraft will be launched at this exhibition and you will be able to get your copy signed by some of the tutors. There will be free demonstrations throughout the weekend as well as a chance to see the wedding cake showroom and competition gallery. But be quick as this event is always a sell-out!

For more information on Squires Kitchen visit their website, follow them  on Facebook and Twitter, and for scrumptious pics of delicious looking cakes and treats head over to their Pinterest page and follow all their boards.

All images courtesy of Squires Kitchen.