Gunnersbury Park Weddings

I live and work in the London Borough of Ealing so I was delighted to be able to have a look around the newly refurbished Gunnersbury Park House. It’s a gorgeous 17th Century mansion house set in parkland - and it’s recently been restored to its former glory for weddings of up to 180 guests.

I took part in a styled photoshoot here alongside some of Ealing’s finest suppliers, with cakes and dining in the main house and also the Orangery.

If you have booked your big day at Gunnersbury Park then please get in touch to talk about cake. I will deliver your cake here for FREE, set it all up in position, and do all the liaising with the venue and other suppliers.

Gunnersbury Park Wedding Venue - The Orangery
Gunnersbury Park Weddings
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Drawing Room
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Drawing Room
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Hermione gold leaf wedding cake
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Drawing Room
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Drawing Room
Gunnersbury Park Weddings - Drawing Room

Beautiful Photography by http://luciemltphotography.com/

Venue https://www.ealingvenues.co.uk/

Cakes by…me!

Floristry by http://www.thecrackedpot.co.uk/

Catering by https://www.richmondcreativeevents.com/

Make up by https://www.instagram.com/beautyrocksmeuk/

Wedding gowns by https://www.thebridalgalleryuk.com/

Chairs and tableware (via Richmond Caterers) https://co-ordination.net/blog

Best of...October 2018

The end of October means that things start quieting down a bit here in Cakery Towers. It’s been a gorgeous month - we’ve had a bit of an Indian summer and not too many rainy wedding days! Lots of drip cakes - either on semi-naked cakes or our fab “tootsie” design, and of course a bit of non-cakery makery in the form of my halloween pumpkin.

I also got to look around Ealing’s newest Wedding Venue, Gunnersbury Park. This is a really elegant venue, much needed in Ealing! I’ll be blogging about it soon, but if you are getting married there then I’ll deliver and set up for free.

Everything’s over on Instagram but here’s my highlights.

Best of...September 2018

Well that’s a wrap, September! It’s been a (mainly) lovely month here with only a few rainy wedding days. I’ve been to most of my favourite local venues - Syon House, Syon Hilton, Pembroke Lodge, Kew Gardens Orangery, Fulham Palace to name just a few! Plus getting in my first trip to Pinewood studios, 2 Temple Place, and many others. Lots more semi-naked cakes, a book cake, and lots of collaborations with fab florists.

Everything’s over on Instagram but here’s a few faves!

Semi-naked Cakes

At the start of the year, I wrote a post about Naked Cakes. I've made looooads of beautiful naked cakes this year, but there is a new rising star on on the horizon - the semi-naked cake - so I thought I would jot down a few thoughts about those! I've made loads of them this year and I'm expecting them to be just as popular next year. Why? Here's why....

A semi-naked cake? That just sounds weird.

Yeah, not the greatest ever name. I don't know who came up with it. A naked cake has no icing on the outside - a semi-naked has a bit. Just a scraping so you get nice straight lines, but with a bit of cake peeping through.

Let's call them something else.

Fine with me - I go for 'Salome'. She was the biblical character who perfermed the dance of the seven veils. In my head, this cake is doing a strip-tease.

What do they look like?

Pretty! Check out the pictures. They can be dressed with fresh flowers and/or fruit. They are a really ace mix of rustic and contemporary. If you like your rustic to be tidy, then this is what you want.

Do you supply the flowers?

Normally, you will just order them from your florist, and I'll arrange them on the cake.

Are they a good budget option?

Yep. I charge a little bit more than a naked cake, as they are a little bit more work, but they are still less work than a fully iced cake and that's reflected in the price.

Can they be any flavour?

Yes - you can have different flavours in different tiers. Some flavours work better than others.

Can I have one?

Drop me an email and I'll sort it all out for you!

Naked Cakes

The new year always brings with it a flurry of enquiries and this year is no exception! As usual I'm getting lots of enquiries about one design more than any other - I call it "Lady Godiva", but the cake world calls them naked cakes.

Naked cakes are as popular as ever, and it's not hard to see why. All your guests will be love it: the ones that love eating cake, the ones that like cake to look like cake, and the ones that want to see something really different. They are quirky AND traditional, all at the same time, and they look soooo delicious!

Lots of people don't want iced cakes. They've been put off sugarpaste (aka 'fondant', the smooth icing most cake makers use) by those supermarket birthday cakes with a thick wodge of sugarpaste on the top. These naked cakes are perfect for you, sugarpaste haters. However, in defence of icing, I usually tell clients that my cakes don't have a big slab of icing on the top, it's much thinner - I'm not mass-producing these things like the supermarkets do so I can take the time to make it nice. Also, once the cake has been cut each slice only has a tiny bit of icing on the top so it doesn't dominate. But if you're still anti-icing, go naked!


Mmm, Cake. What flavours work best?

For me personally, I love naked cakes to be a traditional jam-and-buttercream cake, like a viccy sponge. I like the way the jam oozes out of the sides! So I'd go for a combination of vanilla ad raspberry, and strawberry and champagne tiers.

But then again....they look ace with lovely chocolate cakes filled with lighter coloured buttercream, so chocolate and salted caramel, or choc orange, or chocolate and peanut butter....

I make lots that totally mix and match the flavours, too, and you can see from the pics above that they look fantastic too - so anything goes!

Fruit? Flowers? How should we decorate it?

I love them decorated with fresh fruit and fresh flowers. I supply all the fruit, and I'll ask you to order your flowers from your florist. Obviously, they can't be toxic flowers! The flowers sit on top of the cakes but they are in contact with cake you'll eat, so if you hate the idea of fresh flowers on cakes (some people do, and that's fine!) then just stick with the fruit. You can see it still looks fab! Either way, I'll set the cake up and arrange all the fruit and/or flowers on it.

Oh but I read that they dry out...

I have never worried about this. I bake them at the very last minute, and use great recipes that really aren't dry, and I set it up as late as I possibly can for you. They don't get a chance to dry out! Sure, if you baked it a few days in advance, or set it up the night before, it wouldn't be nice, but I'm not going to do that. So don't believe all the internet scaremongering, but do select your baker carefully!

Budget-busting?

Not at all, Naked cakes are obviously less work for me than an iced cake covered in sugarflowers, and that's reflected in the price.

I want one now!

Yay! Drop me an email!