This is the story of a unique, one-of-a-kind wedding cake and how it came to be.
I met Amy and Greg at the National Wedding Show, Manchester Central in October 2017. We had a lovely chat and Amy had already messaged me by the time I got home on the Saturday evening. We arranged a consultation and ideas were set in motion.
Amy & Greg were planning a totally personal wedding experience, to be held in a marquee on family land in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside overlooking Halifax. They had seen one of my previous white chocolate cake designs and decided upon this as the basis of their unique design. However, they had a large list of details that they wanted to include as each of these held a beloved personal significance.
Mickey and Minnie – Disneyworld, where they got engaged
No. 313 – their first home together
Vauxhall logo – the company where they first met
Baloo – Greg’s favourite Disney movie and reminder of his grandfather
Mrs Potts and Chip – Amy’s favourite Disney movie and reminder of her grandmother
Opera masks – reminder of Greg’s mother
Shotguns – their hobby of clay pigeon shooting
London bus – to represent the South
White rose – Yorkshire
Red Rose – Lancashire
This was the result. 5 layers of chocolate, lemon drizzle, carrot and rich fruit cake, covered with ganache, white chocolate sugarpaste and all the little details hand-modelled in white modelling chocolate. With all that chocolatey loveliness, the smell was quite intoxicating.
I am so pleased how it all came together and despite 3 attempts to get up the field in my 4×4 due to torrential rain and thick mud, it all arrived safely. (At least I didn’t need a tractor tow like the poor caterers and indeed the bride and groom when they arrived later that afternoon!).
I guess the moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to express your personality. So it may not conform to a stereotypical ‘traditional’ wedding cake but the sentiments behind it were of much more importance. It was an honour to be entrusted with such a task and in their words, to take their wacky idea for a ‘story’ cake through to the end. Whilst it will not grace the pages of a glossy wedding magazine, to be told by the couple that it was “beyond their expectations” is accolade enough