I had a consultation with a beautiful young lady excited about her recent engagement; of course I asked to see the sparkle on her finger, wow!
The consultation was for her wedding cake, I brought along cake designs and a pen and paper! I also asked her to bring anything she liked, anything that she loves and that I can incorporate into a cake design.
After a lovely chat over coffee we started to talk about her engagement party happening in Sheffield and she came across a photo of a tower of mini iced cakes, which she loved; bare in mind before the consultation she specifically stated that cupcake towers are a no no! Mini iced cakes or crown cakes are completely different however.
They offer a sophistication and elegance that cupcakes sometimes don’t achieve.
They are perfect for a celebration where people want to tuck into a treat as they are substantial enough to serve as dessert, or they can be packed as gifts for the guests. Personally I adore them too and could not wait to get started on creating them!
Choosing the design of them was easy, brown and pink polka dots! So cute and good for me create a bulk amount. Generally mini cakes tend to be twice as much as cupcakes to buy if not more. This is because they are bigger and take A LOT longer to create! But the finished article looks amazing!
This was my first large order of mini cakes, I had made plenty in the past, but not 80 for one day with just little old me in the kitchen! I certainly underestimated how long they would take! I had a good guess at how much icing they would require and it came to over a stone!
I could make the mini fruit cakes well in advance, which helped, although all the sponge ones had to be made at most 1-3 days before the delivery date (closer to the date the better as it ensures the freshness of the cake, but it always gives a tight window for decoration!). I started to buttercream the middle and crumb the outside which takes 2-3 min per cake so at the moment it was already 4 hours to buttercream the sponge and marzipan the fruit ones.
Now the icing, this takes another 3 min to roll out, ice the cake, cut and smooth, then another 3-4 min to cut out the dots and stick on the cake, then cut ribbon to size and place at the base of the cake! Phew! A total of well over 12 hours (a minimum! And not including all the baking and cooling), to do that on my own non stop would have been a massive task, so I enlisted the aid of some helpers! After some training we managed to get the ball rolling and finished all of them in 7 hours between 6 of us! (Including a well deserved break for pizza though)
Lesson learned –
NEVER underestimate the time it takes to make a cake!!!!!!
But it was all worth it, the cakes were beautiful, fit for the occasion with ‘I DO’ in sugar letters at the top. We delivered and set up the cakes for her at a great venue in Sheffield. These would be great as a birthday cake, wedding cake, christening cake etc.
Now I can’t wait to do her wedding cake!
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