Thursday, 26 May 2011

Training and Experimenting.

We were very fortunate to be blessed with the presence of Ms Christine Lee of Boo Lee Scrumptious former Little Venice notoriety yesterday. She came into our kitchen to share her expertise with us and talk about our current designs and offer tips. Even Vincenzo with 15 years in a kitchen under his belt found himself learning more but truly amazing was with 30 years experience even Christine found herself taking home some new found knowledge; A successful day all round.

This is the first lesson we worked on it has a myriad of names sometimes called webbing or netting a very old style of finish but with it recently being used on the Royal Wedding Cake we are expecting a surge of requests for this so Christine thought it would be a good one to start practicing. It looks simple but is so fiddly and we later looked at different cakes it had been used on and some had thinner piping then this alot of work but it does give a beautiful finish.

Next we worked on the flower designs on the top of the cake on the right, you've no idea how simple these are to do but I'm not giving away the secret. The butterflies are painted on with cocoa butter and edible dye. We also worked on some new writing styles and different ways of writing on cakes.

Next was the Individual cakes and Gum paste roses on the left. I finished the piping on one side of these little beauties and am delighted to say you cannot tell the difference between Anna's, Christine's and my own piping.

This piping with a Fluer de lyse style to it is my favorite an old fashion piping style done in vivid modern colors so simple and so effective.

By piping straight onto a clear clingfilm like material we can actually create our own cake toppers, Anna has the steadiest hand I've ever witnessed these beautiful butterflies on the left are hers.

This is our Italian style chocolate mousse cake with a new finish Vincenzo covered with Melted artisan chocolate and added some White chocolate finishes, this cake was Delicious to begin with now my thighs gain weight just thinking about it.

You can grab a little lesson of your own from Christine on from this link, Enjoy!

Please take a look at Christine's website I promise you won't be disappointed but just don't abandon us completely!

Nicola Quigley

Monday, 23 May 2011

Willy Wonka-tastic!

So after weeks of planning, lots of baking and marzipan magic from young Anna we have our Willy Wonka extravaganza.

All sliced up and eaten now I can share with you the photo's and processes of the this 3 tier miracle. Let us know what you think!

This is our Bottom base Anna created each marzipan strip and placed them all onto the cake to measure them out and make sure they fitted correctly before applying a little white icing to the back as glue to hold them in place.

This is how each tier is initially built up, the colored cover paste goes on first and then Marzipan shapes are 'glued' to the sides to build up the patterns simple and effective.

Nicola Quigley

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Beyblade Cake

We recieved an order for a Beyblade cake. Having no idea what Beyblade was, I did a quick wikipedia search and found out it is a Japanese series in which groups of kids gather and 'battle' using high-powered, magical tops. It definitely brought me back to my days of playing Pokemon! Take a look at the cake we created!

I think the cake turned out great and I'm sure Adrien will love it. We can't wait to show you guys what projects we have coming up within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Louis Vuitton-a-liscious

So having been a fan of the designer hand bag cakes for a while now I was so over excited when we got a request for a Louis Vuitton Handbag, only my personal favorite design out there.

It is another of those the pictures speak for themselves cakes, like so many of ours Gush Gush! But seriously Anna and Vincenzo are amazing at what they do and a sneaky piece of gossip they are working on a Willie Wonka Chocolate 3 tier extravaganza this week so will have some delicious photo's for you next week but for now grab a biscuit; get comfy and take a look at these.

Thank you for taking a look, we have some more great cakes for you to look at towards the end of the week and of course the chocolate factory extravaganza next week. Let us know what you think we love getting hearing your comments the good make our heads swell the bad ones just help make us better bakers

Nicola Quigley


Monday, 9 May 2011

Thomas the tank engine VS Lighting Mcqueen!

So our very own lovely Anna's (a.k.a Marzipan Genuis) son turned 2 this week, Happy Birthday Kasper and this is the beauty she created him. It pays to have a marzipan artist for a mother Kasper will always have the coolest birthday cakes. So let us know what you think?

I am absolutely amazed by the this cake the idea and execution are outstanding, hope you all had a great weekend. Looking to get your own fabulous creation baked get in touch on 0207 619-7793 and talk with Nicky.

Nicola Quigley

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Royal Weddings and cake!

So what did we all think, I absolutely loved the royal wedding sitting with my family scoffing royal wedding cupcakes and sipping tea watching what I thought was a very romantic and loving ceremony. But enough with all that soppiness lets talk cake and oh my what a cake.

Kate (Katherine now really) had alot of input into her cake and met with Fiona Cairns 6 weeks ago to discuss them. The cake consisted of 16 different types of flowers all with individual meanings harking back to the victorian era such as oak and acorns to symbolise strength and endurance and bridal roses to signify happiness, a gorgeous brandy soaked fruit sponge inside I so wish I could have tried it.

We wanted to take this oppertunity to post some pictures of our own wedding cake creations from the past year; so prepare to get hungry and take a look at these!

So let us know what you all got up too, who had the best street party and who's head ached the next day (mine) chat to you soon everyone happy baking!

Nicola Quigley