Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes!

The Diamond Jubilee is upon us here at Family Cakes and we are not about to get caught unaware. We are rolling out some specialty products for the Jubilee so when you celebrate or maybe you just want a reason to have something a little tasty for the weekend.

Mixed Boxes of cup cakes are availablbe and seem to be our biggest sellers right now!!

So a Big congrats to our Monarch! and everyone else lets Party!!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tales from a wedding cake desinger

Spring is here at last and  with Summer just around the corner there is lots going on at The Family Cake Company.  Look out for our Royal Jubilee cakes, appearing on our site later this week!

Glass finish Wedding cake
This week I will be seeing three potential clients who have chosen us to design their cake for them. Budgets range from £500 to over a £1000.

Meetings & Wedding Cake developement with Brides & Grooms to be is always fun and exciting.

To be invited to play such a key role in someone's wedding really is a privilege.


In my years of experience, the best advice I can give Brides to be is to set yourself a realistic budget and do not deviate from it.  A good & professional  wedding cake designer (ME..hopefully!)  should be able to design you dream cake within your budget. (Please commission me .. Please?!)

One of our most frequently asked questions is: 'How much is a wedding cake'??

From a Bride to be's point of view I can understand that budgets need to be planned and that costs are crucial.

From a cake designer's perspective this really is a loaded question.
Every cake is a different as the bride herself.  Cakes can vary grately in price depending entirely on the style of decoration

The first Wedding Cake meeting/consultation should be fun & relaxed, giving you the perfect opportunity to discuss your ideas, magazine cuttings, mood boards (box of wedding treasures you have been collecting since you were 11 yrs old !)
The designer will want to learn more about your hopes for your cake, your venue, location, menu, dress, flowers.. basically anything that will help set the scene.
The rest, or the magic (!) is up to the designer.  Your cake will be the crowing glory of your big day, however lavish or intimate & informal.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Victoria Sponge Cake

Ok so this one is a bit difficult for us, we usually make this in large quantities, so recipe would yield about  five 8" cakes. These cakes are light and fluffy and are best served with two cakes on top of each other with a nice layer of butter cream and jam in mouth is watering already.

680g butter
680g sugar
12 eggs
680g self rising flower
6 tsp of baking powder
6 tsp of vanilla

Begin by mixing together the butter and suger, then add the vanilla. Slowly add the eggs, alternating with flour and baking powder. It is really that simple. Grated this is a large recipe so a big mixing bowl (if you are up for the upper arm workout) or a large mixer would be best for this. After this you can cook it in individual 8 inch pans at 150C for 30 minutes, or until it reaches that nice golden brown.

After the cakes have cooled pick two and on the bottom one layer on the butter cream and then jam or berries or whatever you like really and place the second cake on top. Then you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Look delicious huh? Well happy Baking everyone!

Ps. if you are in a real need for a large number of cupcakes, this recipe yields 160!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Crumble Crumble Everywhere!

You know how often time desserts or cakes are topped with this light and sugary crumble that people just love to pick off and hog all to themselves? Well we are going to be offering you here our very own recipe for this crumble. It is a lot easier than you think and you can impress your friends with your skill and presentation.


200g Butter
175g of Brown Sugar
250g of Flour
50g of Almonds

Mix in a machine until it looks like you always dreamed it would...You are probably sitting there thinking, "Oh there must be more, they have to be leaving something out." No will always be the response. Its simple to do but the trick is just taking the time to do it right. People get lazy with baking sometimes but this is something small people can do that will take their simple cake from "Mmm" to "Wow!"

Go ahead make some crumble...all the cool kids are doing it.