Simple Swiss Meringue – my cheater version

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I am very excited to share with you my very own Swiss Meringue buttercream... but it's far from traditional.... I LOVE a good meringue based buttercream. Be it Italian or Swiss or any other method, they're all delicious. My favourite attributes are their silky texture, their less sweet flavour and simple fresh ingredients. However, the method is always a royal PAIN. Heat the sugar, double boil your eggwhites, cool that.... sheesh... When you have to make 8-10 batches of buttercream in a weekend, you need a quick buttercream that will come together in minutes. All the time. None of this fussing around stuff. I first saw a cheater recipe over at Artisan Cake Company. Loved it. Except one thing... I still tasted a bit of the grit of the icing sugar rather the completely smooth texture of typical SMB. Then one day  I was playing around with a macaron recipe and failed at the meringue portion (must have had oil in the bowl somewhere) and almost pitched my eggwhites and sugar when I … [Read more...]

How to order a wedding cake!

You're wearing a gorgeous ring, the dress has been bought, venue booked, the planner has her list and now the crowning glory... your wedding cake! It might not be the first thing you booked, but it's a key element to completing a polished wedding look, will wow your guests and create a beautiful centrepiece in your reception. But how do you go about ordering this said wedding cake filled with lucious buttercream and covered with delicate sugar flowers or adorned with hand piped designs? Chocolate or Vanilla or something exotic? Ordering your wedding cake should be a FUN and delicious experience! Here my top tips to get the wedding cake of your dreams and within budget. 1. Book a consultation for your wedding cake about half-way through your planning. Designing the cake too early with your cake artist means that you don't have all the pieces yet (maybe invitations haven't been finalized, florals are undecided, dress appointments to be had) and designing a wedding cake works … [Read more...]

Pretty in Pink, Mint & Gold

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It's hard to pin-point how Niki and I "met"... most likely it was through the rabbit hole of social media but she quickly became a regular client and even attended my Christmas cookie workshop. Busy owner of a delicous local restaurant (Urban Pantry) Niki barely had time to get her wedding organized. When we met for her consult with Frank, we were flying in a million different directions. But once she decided on her design and inspiration, the wedding came together so beautifully you'd think she'd had every detail planned for years. Before the wedding even came together, I also had the privilege of creating Niki's bridal shower goodies! The gorgeous florals on this naked cake were created by gatherings floral studio         Here's a little selection (I had such a hard time choosing) of images from their beautiful day! Photography by Matt Boyce of Xero Digital Photography.      How gorgeous are they!?          Beautiful calligraphy of seating … [Read more...]