Statement cakes have gathered pace over the last few years, with many couples now opting for ‘wow factor’ cakes, which stand tall and receive impressive gasps from their guests. My bride and groom wanted just that; a spectacular statement cake to fit in with the spectacular countryside grounds of their venue.
Set in 350 acres of farm and woodland, Micklefield Hall is an idyllic country house in Hertfordshire which boasts herbaceous borders, fruit orchards and stunning views as far as the eye can see.
Aside from being tall, my bride and groom were keen for their wedding cake to feature shaped tiers, ornate details and handmade, ivory sugar roses to mirror the theme of their elegant wedding reception.
Their 9 tiered cake – yes, a whopping 9 tiers – featured a quilted pattern with antique gold mouldings, tapered tiers with lustred lace detailing, an hourglass ‘dress’ tier with a beautiful gold and pearl brooch and more personalised tier highlighting their monogram.
During their cake consultation, it became apparent that my bride and groom loved the restaurant scene and frequented fine dining establishments across the capital regularly. With this in mind, I encouraged them to opt for some of the more interesting flavour combinations I have to offer.
Their multiple tiers included rich chocolate cake paired with salted caramel and Belgian chocolate ganache; black cherry and tonka infused cake with a velvety tonka bean Swiss meringue buttercream; a lightly spiced carrot and raisin cake with a vanilla cream cheese buttercream; a fragrant pistachio, lime and rose cake filled with a delicate rose Swiss meringue buttercream; a vanilla bean cake with raspberry preserve and traditional vanilla bean buttercream and a rich fruit cake top tier.
To cater for their guests with specific dietary requirements, they also had an egg free and nut free vanilla bean cake, with strawberry preserve and traditional vanilla bean buttercream.
Photography: Photography by Hina
Catering and event management: Ragamama Ragasaan
Floristry and centre pieces: EM Design