Modern and artistic wedding and celebration cake decorating techniques – Part One


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If you follow me on social media you will already know – I'm starting a ten part series on different decorating techniques – in particular: some of my favourite modern and artistic styles for decorating wedding and celebration cakes. I really want to be able to offer you some inspiration and information to help with your cake choices, so please feel free to ask me questions and look out for my weekly Facebook lives that will run alongside.

The ten techniques I'm going to cover are: Sugar Flowers, Wafer Paper, Shapes, Models, Painting with Watercolour, Painting with Texture, Using Metallics, Coloured Icing, Royal Icing Textures, and Piping.

Today I'm starting the series off with modern and artistic Sugar Flowers.

Friday Feature – Bluebird Creative


Finding suppliers who really understand what makes you: “you”, is not always an easy task. For that reason I thought it might be helpful and inspiring to start a 'Friday Feature' here on the blog. Once a month I will showcase a business who have the service and creativity I think you're looking for.* They have the artistic ability to help celebrate your personality in your wedding or celebration – without compromising on style or quality.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of catching up with the gorgeous Lauren from Bluebird Creative. Bluebird Creative is a relatively new business but, with Lauren's stylish nature, the brand is already building a reputation as a luxury wedding planner in Surrey. I asked Lauren a few questions, so you can get to know more about her, her business, and what she does.

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Lauren Goodman - Bluebird Creative. Photography: Mindy Coe Photography

How long does it take to make a wedding cake?

I’m often asked ‘how long does it take to make a wedding cake?’ and, more often than not, people are surprised by my answer. There is a common misconception that a wedding cake can be whipped up in just a couple of hours or perhaps a day. After all – it’s just a piece of cake, right? Though this can be true in some cases, it certainly isn’t true of the majority of professionally made cakes – especially not artistic wedding cakes. So how long does it take to make a wedding cake?

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Where have I been?


My initial thought was to begin this post with an apology for my absence here over the last few months but, in all honesty, I’m not really sorry. I’ve been having a lovely time just living in the moment, as many exciting changes took place in my life. For those of you who follow me on social media you will probably have already heard – I got married! For those of you who have been checking my blog and wondering where on earth I have disappeared to…well…thank you for patiently sticking around and taking an interest. So let me tell you a bit more about everything that has happened…

Second Anniversary

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As I sit writing this post, I am immensely proud and in slight disbelief that I am celebrating two years in business. Was it really two years ago I started Brambleolai? On the one hand it feels like only yesterday I was working through all of the tedious legalities of starting a food business, and the exciting (if somewhat frustrating) task of trying to pick a brand name. On the other hand so much has happened, and I have learnt an incredible amount, in the past twenty-four months – both in business and my personal life – that I can’t quite believe it’s only been two years since officially opening the Brambleolai kitchen.

My favourite places in Surrey – Part one


Even if you don’t live in Surrey, I know my clients want to marry, or celebrate their special occasion, in the South East of England and therefore might be interested in exploring the area. For that reason, I thought it might be nice for me to share some of my favourite places to visit: from gorgeous walks to welcoming pubs, and from cool shops to tasty eateries.

None of the places I mention have endorsed or sponsored this post – I’m simply giving my opinion on my personal experiences and choices in the hope it might inspire or inform your Surrey explorations.

In this first post, of what I hope will become a little series, I will talk about three of my favourite places to eat, local to me…

Spending time with loved ones is important

I’m going to start this post by acknowledging I’m not about to tell you anything you don’t already know. You know it’s important to spend time with loved ones, and you know your own personal reasons why it’s important. Yet, whether you have a nine to five or you work for yourself, all too often we find ourselves so ‘busy’ that we seem to forget the significance of taking time out to enjoy the company of our friends and family.

When planning your wedding (or celebration) your ‘to-do’ list seems to increase ten fold overnight. Hopefully you are able to take some time to just enjoy being engaged before the stream of planning activities and tasks begin; but you quickly discover a new level of being ‘busy’, and it can feel like all of your time is spent crossing things off either your work or wedding tasks list (not forgetting also finding time for household chores, other personal tasks, and remembering to eat).

What does style mean to you?

Style. The word alone can create huge division – even between friends. It’s a very subjective and emotive concept – one that many people believe they know all the ‘right’ answers and definitions for. In truth, however, there isn’t really a right or wrong when it comes to style. I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves saying “that’s so wrong” when judging different ideas and ideals…but that’s just it – what is great style to one might be hideous to another, and we are all entitled to our own opinion. Thank goodness really or the world would be a very dull place!

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