Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 Sugar Ruffles Highlights

As we come to the end of 2012 I am looking back on some Sugar Ruffles highlights this year. 2012 has been such a good year and I have had some fantastic opportunities I am looking forward to all that 2013 brings. 

I have been lucky enough to work with several magazines this year. I was commissioned by Cake Central magazine to create two cakes for them this year. I really enjoyed working on theses cakes for the 'fashion' issue and the 'simple and sophisticated' issue. The cake I designed for the fashion issue was also featured on top cake blog Half Baked. In 2012 Sugar Ruffles cakes were also featured in two issues of Wedding Cakes- A design source magazine and back in September I was interviewed for Cumbria Weddings Magazine. 

 I am also looking forward to some exciting new magazine projects in 2013. Sugar Ruffles cakes are also going to be featured in the new editions of Wedding Cakes & Sugar Flowers and Wedding Cakes- A design Source magazine both out 31st January 2013. I also spend time in the last part of 2012 working on an exciting project for the April edition of Wedding Cakes & Sugar Flowers magazine. I can't wait to share this with everyone! 

In October my sister got married and I loved making her wedding cake. This was definitely one of my highlights of 2012. See more in this blog post.

One of the best parts of my job is when I receive lovely feedback from customers.  Here are a couple of lovely emails I received this year. See more on the testimonials page on my website.

"Charlotte, I must say they were absolutely gorgeous!!! Everyone loved them and talked about it!!! One went to Venezuela and other two to Portugal!! Thanks a lot for your hard work and dedication, you managed to recreate exactly what we wanted. Miguel and I were both happy with the final product and totally pleased to have selected you for a wedding cake/favours. Thanks a million and all the best!"

"Thank you so much the beautiful cupcakes you delivered yesterday for my daughters 18th birthday. If you could have only seen my daughter Meg's face when she opened that box. I just can't tell you how excited and happy she was.  I will be recommending you to everyone. We had a lovely day out and she didn't expect that last surprise. They not only looked absolutely beautiful, they tasted as good as they looked. I can only thank you once again."

It also makes my day when I get lovely comments here on my blog, and when I post photos over on flickr and on facebook. Thank you so much to everyone who leaves me such kind comments :D

Here are a selection of some of my favourite wedding cakes from 2012

Happy New Year to all my blog readers.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Diamond Wedding Cake

4 tier wedding cake with ivory satin bows, sparkly brooches and edible diamonds delivered to Chequers hotel today.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Cake Parlour- Sweet Tables (Book review)

The Cake Parlour- Sweet Tables by Zoe Clark

The book is divided into 6 chapters each focusing on a different sweet table including recipes and detailed instructions for how to make all the desserts.

  1. The Candy Collection
  2. A Romance of Ruffles
  3. A Feast of Roses
  4. Festival of White
  5. Lullaby of Sweet Loves
  6. At the Cake Parlour
My favourite chapter is 'A Feast of Roses' which features a gorgeous sweet table with beautiful towers of pink macaroons and red sugar roses and stunning chocolate-wrapped rose raptures, cupcakes and truffles. It is a really pretty book with lots of inspirational ideas and recipes.

A kindle edition of the 'A Romance of Ruffles' chapter is also available individually and features a trio of ruffled buttercream cakes with full instructions and co-ordinating desserts.

Teacher Retirement Cake

Teacher Retirement Cake
Congratulations on your retirement Pauline!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Buttercream Ruffle Wedding Cake

A 4 tier red velvet wedding cake with buttercream ruffles and fresh roses

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Digital Magazine Subscription Giveaway

Win a digital magazine subscription
Zinio recently contacted me to help spread the word about their December discounts and to host a magazine subscription giveaway for my readers. 

Zinio have thousands of top magazines from around the world and you can browse and purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly from your computer or mobile device to read wherever and whenever you like. My top picks of the digital subscriptions are above. Which are your favourites?

 Zinio have over 300 magazine titles available at up to 50% off their already-discounted prices. Find out more about these special December deals here

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS has also put out some fantastic special holiday issues at 30% off:  Food Gifts, Party Food, and even an entire issue devoted to Christmas Cookies. Find out more here

In addition to telling you about these discounts, they offered me a free magazine subscription and 9 free magazine subscriptions to giveaway to my readers. See instructions for how to win below

To enter
 Leave me a comment telling me which magazine you would like a subscription to. Please include an email address so that I can contact you if you win. 
9 readers will be selected randomly on 23rd December 2012 and will win a magazine subscription. 

This giveaway has now closed and an email has been sent to all the winners. Congratulations to all the winners!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Winter Wonderland Christmas Cake

Winter Wonderland Christmas Cake

Rich fruit cake decorated with ivory snowflakes, silver dragees and a large bow on a glittery cake board

Giant Teepees Wedding Fayre

On Sunday we attended a Wedding Fayre in Giant Teepees at Cartmel Racecourse. The Tepees looked fantastic and were really beautiful inside, lit up by fairy lights and a lovely fire pit which kept everyone warm.

This is our table at the wedding fayre.

We exhibited some of our latest wedding cake designs and met lots of lovely bride and grooms to be and their families.

Pink Hearts Cupcake Tower

Pink Hearts Cupcake Tower

A cupcake tower for a wedding at Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge. 
Vanilla cupcakes with silver and pink pearl sprinkles, topped with pink and white glittery fondant hearts and 'love is sweet' picks. Vanilla giant cupcake with cascading pink and white glittery fondant hearts 


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