INSPIRED IDEA: Dreaming of Gorgeous Confections ...

Just a bit of whimsy today from GU HQ ...

Summer brings ideas of romantic, naturally gorgeous cakes and deserts and I just adore the trend for naked wedding cakes. Believe me, I love a bit of traditional white frosting a much as anyone, but these unadorned wedding cakes are such fun and give one a sense of wild abandon. What's more, being able to peek at all those layers of squidgy buttercream just gets the mouth watering! Let's face it, if the cake and filling are delicious enough, the rest is well, just the icing on the cake.

Here's a round up of some of those delicious looking confections that I've come across on the web over the last few days.




Cake: Carried Away Cuisine


Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar


Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar

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Put out the eco friendly bunting!

For everyone celebrating green weddings, eco chic jubilee events and ethical street parties, put out the bunting and have a great weekend!


The Queen's 60 years as head of state demonstrates fidelity, dedication, love, compromise and steadfast loyalty - all essential qualities for a long and fruitful marriage.

Image: mycakedecorating

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A piece of 'wedding' cake!

When Lisa of Tricky Treats, who makes dreamy wedding cakes using only the very best local and organic ingredients, joined Green Union's wedding directory she let slip that she had recently got married. It sounded like an amazing affair so we asked her to tell us more. Over to you Lisa ...

"We got married on the 30th April 2011. It was a gorgeous sunny day with only a few drops of rain! The service was emotional but by the time we started singing ‘When I’m 64’ all the nerves had gone and we were well on our way to having a great party.


My beautiful dress was designed and made by Kirstie Macleod. It was the most dreamy outfit I have ever worn. Towards the end of the evening I put on my headdress made by my wonderful friend Steph of Feathersmith. Within the headdress she had also incorporated bit of lace from my dress and material from the bridesmaids dresses. I absolutely love it!

My husband has a small obsession with owls so as well as the classic English garden party theme we had a few owls thrown in the mix too. Every table had an owl name and picture painted by Tess and her Dad.

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GU HQ hosted a tea party

We had a lovely afternoon here at GU HQ last Thursday when Rosie Parsons, a very talented wedding photographer, and Vicky of Vintage Teasets braved the deep Devon lanes to come and visit us right here at headquarters.


Its not often we get visitors here, we usually have to trek out to the big city to find our friends, so there was definitely a celebratory atmosphere. The GU kitchen produced a delicious polenta cake which went down a treat with fair trade tea.


Rosie snapped away for posterity, even insisting on recording a new portrait of me! Then after tea, we showed them around; they inspected the cutting garden, woods and veg patch and talked to the chickens before driving off into the early dusk making their way back to the big cities.

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Get baking!

On the second day of National Baking Week it seems absolutely appropriate to encourage all you brides out there to contemplate making your own wedding cake, or at least asking a close friend or relative to have a go.

Images from BBC Good Food.

If you follow a good recipe and have a trial run, you'll find its really not all that difficult to make a delicious and gorgeously decorated cake to grace your wedding reception. The great thing about making your own is that you can choose to use only the best, if not organic, ingredients and you know exactly what's gone into it.

celebration_cake.jpgAlthough I love baking and make cakes quite a bit I had never made a celebration cake until earlier this year when I was 'volunteered' to make my mother-in-law's 80th birthday cake. You can imagine the terror and nightmares that ensued! But I enjoyed every moment of the making, testing and tasting once I had decided to make a one tier zingy lemon cake with polka dot decoration. And I was pretty pleased with the result!

BBC Good Food has a really good wedding cake recipe by Jane Hornby. There's the bottom layer of chocolate cake, the middle layer of zingy lemon cake and the top layer of light fruit cake with a special section on how to put the whole thing together and ice it. There is everything you need with size guides for guest numbers, quantities, timings, step by step pictures and video tutorials too. Its so well laid out that even a beginner could make a fabulous wedding cake from scratch.

You could decide to make all three cake flavours, choose just one flavour, make a three tier, two tier or one tier cake depending on the number of guests you are having at your wedding reception.

You can't go wrong, give it a go!

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Organic chocolate Wedding Cake offer!

organic_choc_cake.jpgAward winning organic wedding venue Penrhos is offering a FREE organic chocolate Wedding Cake worth £450, made by Penrhos chef Daphne Lambert, for any couple who makes a wedding booking before 1st April 2009 - the wedding to be held at Penrhos any time in the future.

Penrhos is a gem of an old manor farm buried in the half-tamed border country between Herefordshire and Wales. It's the perfect setting for your green wedding.

To make a booking and claim your organic chocolate wedding cake just phone Penrhos on 01544 230720 or email quoting 'GreenUnion'.

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Organic Fortnight - Cakes

We thought we'd celebrate Organic Fortnight by highlighting some of the wonderful organic products availabe to couples planning an eco-chic wedding celebration starting off today with cakes:

Cupcakes, 'crottins' cakes or pavlovas piled high with strawberries and cream. Organic carrot cake, fruit cake, chocolate or hazelnut. Filled with cream, buttercream, fruit puree or lemon curd. Covered with buttercream, royal icing, marzipan or fondant. Tiered local organic cheeses or even an organic pork pie, the choice of wedding cakes today is endless. Where to start?

Well, start by finding someone who will make a cake with organic, natural and fair trade ingredients and if you're not going down the road of making it yourself or getting your long suffering Mum to do it for you here are a couple of creative cake makers using fine ingredients and organic where possible.

organic_wedding_cakes.jpgJanine Rose provides a completely bespoke wedding cake service, supplying beautiful and exceptional cakes baked to order using only the finest ingredients. We will design your wedding cake to compliment the colours and style of your special day, while Amanda Baird at The Utterley Sexy Cafe expresses her creativity and individual design, making fabulously exquisite cakes in her own inimitable way. The cakes come in a variety of flavours and are made from the finest ingredients, including local free range eggs. Using her painterly skills straight onto the cakes, they become truly edible art.

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