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    My favourite buttercream wedding cakes of 2018

    As the end of the year is approaching, I wanted to share my favourite buttercream wedding cakes of the year. So to start with, this is an epic five tier buttercream cake for a modern wedding combining, eclectic florals by Phil John Perry with a quintessentially English establishment at the Cavalry & Guards Club in Piccadilly, London. All five of the tiers were made of buttery Victoria sponge, including a gluten-free tier for the bride.   Read More...

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    English Garden Bridal Editorial

    I'm so excited to tell you that I've appeared in my first wedding feature! It was a dreamy photo shoot, back in May, with an incredible team of ladies. Our English Garden bridal editorial is now live over on Rock My Wedding.   Read More...

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    Gorgeous June wedding at Hedsor House

    Hedsor House. What a very special place to exchange your vows and celebrate your wedding. The house itself is only a short drive away from London but in an instant you get whisked away from the city.   Read More...

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    Hampton Court House Summer Wedding

    A simple, yet oh so elegant theme for this summer wedding at Hampton Court House. A gentle woodland feel was carried through the house starting with herbs in pretty jars on the steps up to the entrance of the house, continuing with the stunning floral arrangements in the grand hall and the table centrepieces in the dining room as well as foliage arches around the doorways. The house was brimming with luscious green foliage as well as white heady, summery blooms.   Read More...

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    Romantic Wedding at Bury Court Barn

    On a gloriously sunny day in the month of May, I travelled down to a rural setting in the Hampshire countryside for a wedding at Bury Court Barn – a beautiful and romantic wedding venue with its lofty oak beams, twinkling fairy lights and the prettiest walled garden. My lovely bride and groom had requested a five tier buttercream cake that would take centre stage in the main barn. I knew everything about this wedding would be incredibly romantic, so to add an extra special touch, I decorate...  Read More...

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    What a beauty! The naked cake

    Oh I do love a tiered naked cake! They can be beautiful, sumptuous and so inviting.Each cake has its own unique look and feel, and no two cakes ever look completely alike. There are so many ways to decorate a naked cake too, they can be simple and pared back to show off their clean lines and delicious fillings.   Read More...

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    Early Spring Wedding

    As we start to leave the dark days of winter behind, we can begin to look forward to the joys of Spring. And what a wonderful time of year to be getting married when there's a whole host of beautiful Spring flowers to choose from. If you adore ranunculus, known as the rose of the Spring, well having your wedding at this time of year might be just perfect for you. The Spring-inspired cake, pictured above, is made of three tiers of sumptuous lemon sponge and is covered in fluffy buttercream s...  Read More...

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    Flowers & Photography with Janne Ford

    Over the last year, I’ve had the joy of getting to know the incredibly talented Janne Ford. We found each other through our mutual love of photography and Instagram! Janne takes the most exquisite images of flowers - she is a true master of light and her beautiful images never fail to inspire me.   Read More...

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    Winter Wedding

    Winter weddings can be so very beautiful. By embracing the flowers and foliage that's associated with the season you can create an atmospheric feeling to the venue. With your wedding cake, you can have rich flavours that can feel so inviting on a winter's day.   Read More...

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    Wedding Favour Designs

    I love design that captures the feeling of romance and this is certainly reflected in my cake work. I've been working on some new wedding favour designs that I feel would make the perfect addition to a wedding table. When a simple wedding favour biscuit is combined in a beautifully styled place setting, it can be a key component in creating a unique and elegant wedding look. This table setting has a dreamy feel to it with soft linens, silk ribbon, candlesticks, vintage glassware, lots o...  Read More...

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    Gingerbread Spiced Bundt Cake Recipe

    During the winter months, I love baking warmly spiced cakes. In the lead up to Christmas, my house is often filled with the fragrant scents of gingerbread spices. So I've created this bundt cake recipe that captures the flavours and scents of gingerbread in a moist and delicious cake.   Read More...

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    Cake Decorating & Styling Workshop

    What a beautiful day I had hosting a cake decorating & styling workshop with the lovely Emily Quinton of Makelight. Our attendees were welcomed to Emily's light-filled and airy home in South East London - the perfect space for creativity and inspiration. We had new and old friends come to join us and we started the day with wonderful conversations. Each and every attendee received a goodie bag containing delicious Sugar Plum Bakes treats, that also double up as great props for styling, ...  Read More...

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    Autumnal Wedding Cakes

    Autumn is my favourite season. Each year as it comes round - I fall in love with it even more. I love the light, the russet-coloured leaves, the smoky scent that is carried on the air...   Read More...

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    Floral Styling Workshop

    Following on from June's Magic of Peonies workshop, I was so excited to be attending another workshop by Janne Ford & Eden Bloom's Hazel Shaw. This was very much an autumnal themed floral workshop and was set at the magical wedding venue: Bury Court Barn in Farnham. The Real Flower Company provided us with an array of flowers to play with, all freshly picked from their English farm! They are a pioneering flower company, led by Rosebie Morton, who are at the head of a movement to provide...  Read More...

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    Romantic Cake Designs

    I love romance - I am very much a romantic at heart. So I'm always delighted when I can incorporate the spirit of romance into my cake designs. This beauty here was made for Alex and Michael, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.   Read More...

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    Summer Styled Food Table Scene

    I had the joy of styling a summer food table scene with the lovely Emily Quinton. If you've read some of my earlier blog posts, you'll know that Emily is an amazing photographer and stylist. She's hugely inspiring, so it's always wonderful working with her. This table is so familiar to me too as it features in many of Emily's online styling tutorials - it's full of warmth and texture and so lovely to use as the tabletop for our scene.We created this summery scene in ...  Read More...

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    Mid-week Cake Love: My new Instagram hashtag project

    To be truthful, I wasn’t so sure about social media platforms. That is until I created an account on Instagram just over a year ago. It has a very unique feel to it, and admittedly is going through changes of its own currently.   Read More...

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    The Magic of Peonies Workshop

    I am absolutely loving incorporating flowers into my photography. So when I heard about the Eden Blooms styling workshop with peonies and cakes run by Janne Ford and Hazel Shaw  - I knew I had to take part. On paper, it sounded super lovely but the experience totally surpassed my expectations!The workshop took place in Twyford, Hampshire at the Dutch Masters wholesale flower market, which in itself had so much to look at and take in.   Read More...

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    Cakes with Fresh Blooms

    I've had the joy of creating some rather special cakes recently. Beautifully simple, semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh fragrant blooms - the kind of cakes that I especially love to make. The cake featured above has a collection of exquisite roses.   Read More...

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    Food Styling Shoot with Emily Quinton

    I'm so excited to tell you that I've just been involved in a wonderful food styling shoot with the incredibly talented Emily Quinton. And I feel very privileged to be sharing Emily's stunning photos here of my cakes. For those of you who don't know Emily, she is a tremendously inspiring individual. I came across Emily through her courses that she runs at Makelight (www.makelight.com), of which she is the co-founder.   Read More...

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    Food Styling & Photography for Sugar Plum Bakes

    I've been a passionate photographer for many years now. In fact, I received my first ever camera on my 10th birthday. It was one of those point and click cameras, which would seem pretty antiquated today, but I absolutely loved it!   Read More...

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    Red Velvet Layer Cake Recipe

    My most popular cake flavour requests are vanilla, chocolate or lemon sponge. But it's really exciting to see a different cake flavour becoming increasingly in demand. And it's hardly surprising that it is Red Velvet.   Read More...

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    Romantic love-themed biscuits for Valentine’s Day

    So another adventure begins today on my journey with Sugar Plum Bakes. My very first online shop has been launched in the All By Mama marketplace. This is an exciting step for my business as orders can be placed at the click of a button.   Read More...

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    Fabulous Mermaid Class with Zoe's Fancy Cakes

    I just had to write a blog post about the amazing day I spent with Zoe Hopkinson from Zoe's Fancy Cakes (zoesfancycakes.co.uk). I travelled up to Leeds for a one day workshop with Zoe to learn how to make this beautiful mermaid. It was great to be learning first-hand from such an incredibly talented cake designer. Zoe is exceptional at modelling characters out of edible gumpaste and is well known for her unique bride and groom cake toppers. I would normally model cake toppers from ...  Read More...

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    Layer Cake with Carrots & Cranberries

    I just love eating carrot cake and this is a cake that is frequently made at home. As one of my children has a nut-allergy, I’ve played around with ingredients to create a carrot cake recipe that all of the family can share and eat. So I've removed those infamous nuts but kept a little bite to it with the addition of wholesome sunflower seeds. I also like to add cranberries, instead of the more commonly used raisins, as they have a lighter flavour and a taste of sharpness.   Read More...

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    Vegan Chai Latte Cup Cakes

    These delicious & mildly spiced cup cakes are vegan and dairy-free. This recipe was especially created following a customer request. A lovely mama told me she wanted to send a care package to her daughter studying away from home at University. To really capture the flavour I knew I wanted to infuse the coconut milk before combining it with the other ingredients.   Read More...

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    Gingerbread Biscuits

    As we head into winter, there's something about the evenings drawing in that makes me seek out home comforts. I love to make the house all cosy, so as the light fades, I turn on the fairy lights and light all my candles. But what I find most comforting is filling the house with the warming aromas of gingerbread spices.   Read More...

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    Spiced Apple Cup Cakes

    As the winter nights draw in, I find myself seeking comforting recipes that fill the house with beautiful spicy aromas. Making our house feel all homely and welcoming. Like a big, soft blanket to snuggle into.   Read More...

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    Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

    Semi-naked cakes are definitely on-trend for weddings. They are simple yet sophisticated with their smooth finish and clean lines. Depending on the grandness of the occasion, they can be dressed up or indeed down.   Read More...

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    Vegan Chocolate Cup Cakes

    With all my bakes, I like to have a good go-to recipe up my sleeve. And as I frequently get requests for cakes to fit different dietary requirements, I've developed a few trusted cake recipes that are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. I much prefer to use natural ingredients and always avoid recipes that contain 'replacer' ingredients such as egg replacer. I've been honing this particularly yummy chocolate cup cake recipe that incorporates lovely, flavoursome ingredients an...  Read More...

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    Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tiered Cake

    This delectable combination of salted caramel, chocolate fudge icing and chocolate cake is one of my favourites! The rich chocolate and gooey caramel make an utterly indulgent cake which is perfectly fitting for a milestone birthday celebration! This particular creation was for a 40th birthday party with a Hollywood Glamour theme.   Read More...

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    Celebration Drip Cakes

    I'm not one for following cake trends too closely especially as my creative process is often about designing a special and unique cake for each client. But there is one current trend that I am loving! And that is drip cakes.   Read More...

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    Swallows & Amazons Themed Cake

    This project was close to my heart and made me feel rather nostalgic for my childhood years. The cake was designed as a surprise for a lovely lady's birthday. The details I'd been given were that she loves being in the water and her husband had mentioned a possible theme of Swallows & Amazons.Living close to the river in Kingston upon Thames, helps me draw upon inspiration from nature and the outdoors.   Read More...

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    Cakes fit for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

    Creative Youth, in association with the Surbiton Food Festival, were hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for local children and were in need of some cup cakes. I was delighted to help out this inspiring local charity with a cake donation. With the Queen of Hearts in mind, I thought these cute mini Jammie Dodgers made the perfect little cake topper along with these bright red cup cake cases.Creative Youth are a non-profit charity that work with young people in Kingston upon Thames and the surro...  Read More...

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    Food Styling Shoot Guest Blog by Marion Wotton Photography

    I love baking. Many of us do - goodness but The Great British Bake Off wouldn’t be a raging success if we didn’t! But I must admit that while I enjoy baking, I simply don’t possess that flair, that certain … je ne sais quoi that turns a cupcake into a work of art.It’s fortunate, then, that there are people who cannot only bake a delicious cake, but also create a showstopper!   Read More...

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    Decorating cookies - Kids’ art & craft activity

      This cookie recipe is a variation on my gingerbread recipe. I like to make Easter cookies with my children at this time of year and this cookie mixture is delicious. The cookie recipe is lightly spiced for warmth and flavour and is great for early spring.   Read More...

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    Light & yummy scones

    School holidays are a great time to get baking with the kids. This scone recipe is great for little hands to get stuck into. The scones can be cooked quickly and the kids can get almost instant gratification!   Read More...

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    Vanilla & Salted Caramel Cake

     I love Millionaire's shortbread. That delicious combination of crumbly, buttery biscuit with the sweetness of the caramel and the depth of the milky chocolate to complete it's yumminess! It got me thinking about combining those flavours in a layered vanilla sponge cake.   Read More...

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    Basic Vanilla Cookie

    My tried and tested basic vanilla cookie recipe is my staple for most decorated cookies. It is a great biscuit dough to work with. Once chilled, it rolls out smoothly and is easy to cut cookies.   Read More...

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    Rose Theatre Fashion Show

     I was very excited to be involved, even though in only a small way, in the Rose Theatre fashion show in Kingston upon Thames. Seventy-two VIP guests received goody bags containing lovely little items which of course included a fashion-themed cookie from Sugar Plum Bakes. I love how you can transform an ordinary biscuit into something glamorous and stylish. I decided to keep it simple and play around with designs for a basic heeled shoe cookie.This one is something classic and timeless...  Read More...

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    Banana loaf

    There is many a version of banana cake / bread out there. I've baked and sampled my fair share but I do have a couple of trusted go-to recipes that I use for those over-ripening bananas in my fruit bowl. Recently, a friend of mine served me up some Aussie-style banana loaf.   Read More...

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