On Friday I spent a very enjoyable day at the Squires Sugarcraft exhibition in Farnham. It makes such a nice change to be on the other side of the fence…. free to look around and even sit down for a coffee and chat with old friends – the height of luxury!!
One of my favourite rooms to visit at the exhibition is always the wedding cake showroom. I was actually one of the very first wedding cake makers to have a table in this showroom, back then the showroom was in the ‘Dance Studio’ and I was still taking commissions for cakes – gosh doesn’t time fly!! I love to see how trends influence the styles of cakes on display and how they change year on year. Some cakes were amazing, some were very commercial, some not quite my cup of tea but all of them are made by very talented people who make a living from their passion for beautifully decorated cakes.
So here are some of the cakes that caught my eye:
Thank you to everyone who has helped me put names to cakes, if you know any more details about the remaining cakes please do let me know…..
Love the lime green and black colour combination on the front cake and doesn’t the oversized black double hellebore makes a Wonderful topper? I made my first sugar hellebores for a competition piece for the Squires exhibition back in 1997, it was my first ever competition and I remember being totally thrilled that Alan Dunn presented me with my prize!!
I had to include this next cake, being as it’s a wonky, I always like to see other peoples interpretation of what can be done with this wonderful shape! The cakes above and below were all created by Jill Fisher – Cake Creations
This next cake is a true stunner and I’m not usually drawn to white cakes, so this is a rare exception!!! It was created by Liz finch of “Cakes by Elizabeth Finch“. I love the way Liz has folded over the sides of each petal to create a beautiful textured fabric flower look. And of course I love the matching mini cake on its own cake stand (was it a cake stand Liz?)
Love me tender, I think it was the colour combination that drew me to this simple cake by Janet Endean – ‘The Cake Fairy’
Stargazer lilies have always been a favourite flower of mine so I was naturally attracted to this impressive cake by Louise Wilson – Lou’s Amazing cakes. The painted detail was superb!
I love colour, as many of you will know, so the cake below by Fiona Barnett caught my eye, I particularly like the board and base tier – flowers are fab!
A lot of work has gone into the next cake
Colour and pattern, in a room full of many white and pastel cakes, certainly made an impact!
It was the cake stand that I first noticed on the cake below……having spent hours looking for stands for my recent photoshoots! Isn’t it lovely and the cake compliments it perfectly. It’s my guess is that the stand cake came first and the cake second, but do tell me if it was the other way around! The cake was created by Lucky Sixpence
Of course I am drawn to the cakes that appeal to me, so my apologies if you spotted ones that you preferred – cakes are very personal and we all have different tastes. If you weren’t able to attend the exhibition this year, I hope you find the cakes I have selected inspirational – perhaps you have a favourite? Do let me know.