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Introducing Cherry Blossom Cakes

Introducing Cherry Blossom Cakes

Beautiful Bespoke Wedding Cakes handmade in Bawtry

I’m so happy to welcome Cherry Blossom Cakes to my Wedding Collective. Based in their gorgeous cake shop and showroom in Bawtry, Charlotte Sleight and her team create show stopping wedding cakes and guest favours. I first met Charlotte around three years ago and she never disappoints when she brings her stunning displays to our wedding fairs. I am always in awe of cake folk (aware of my own personal limitations when it comes to so much as decorating a cupcake!) and Charlotte is one of the best. Her cakes always offer fabulous detail and the perfect finish. If you’re looking for a cake that’s truly personal then I recommend you give Cherry Blossom Cakes a call. Ask to see their personalised bars of chocolate too!

Charlotte also creates the most mouthwatering dessert tables. It’s no accident we detour by her stand when we’re treated to tasty chocolates and delicious cake bites! Charlotte has herself just tied the knot so she understands what it takes for a couple to finally settle on their cake design. You can call Cherry Blossom Cakes to arrange a complimentary cake tasting at her showroom! Go and see her amazing portfolio and design a cake centrepiece you’ll never forget. Mention Buckinghams when you call.

Why I love Cherry Blossom Cakes: personalised wedding favours – top quality finish to their creations – bespoke designs – those dessert tables!

Contact Charlotte Sleight on 01302 711238

Find Cherry Blossom Cakes in the Wedding Collective

www.cbcakes.co.uk

The Cake Story joins the Hub

The Cake Story Joins The Hub

Gorgeous wedding cakes with unique styles & flavours from The Cake Story

A super lovely lady and simply beautiful cakes, The Cake Story is in our Wedding Hub. I’ve known Dawn now for what must be 4 years and she is a really super person. Based in Newark she has a distinctive style to her cakes with beautiful sugar work, a perfect finish and really lovely flavours. My favourite (so far!!!) is Elderflower. It’s so light and delicate, perfect for a summery wedding.

If you are already a Bride Member of the Hub you can contact Dawn directly or if you prefer, follow her profile page to keep up to date with new styles and flavours. Whatever you do, pop her on your ‘must find out more’ list!

The Cake Story Hub Profile 

Cake images courtesy of Mirror Imaging Photography – image of Dawn by Gingernut Photography

12 Questions To Ask Your Cake Maker

12 Questions To Ask Your Cake Maker

Wedding cake maker Helen Alborn is based in Leicestershire and one of our ‘Be Loved’ suppliers. She has been awarded 5 stars from the F.S.A. and was a Regional Finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards in 2015. She prides herself on using only the freshest ingredients for all her creations.

Semi-naked wedding cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Semi-naked wedding cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

1. Is my wedding date available?
Small wedding cake suppliers book up fast especially for summer months so once you’ve confirmed your venue it’s time to book in your cake. This isn’t a confirmed booking until a deposit is paid and the final design and flavours can be discussed during a consultation.

Blue Hydrangea Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Blue Hydrangea Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

2. Can you help if I have a fixed budget?
It’s best to explain your budget right from the start before sending a photograph of a cake extravaganza you’d love. Remember it’s the intricacy of the design and time it takes that effects the overall cost. Some decorators will say prices start at £x and others will work out a solution which fits your budget and theme.

Patel Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Patel Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

3. Do you offer cake tastings?
It’s usual to be invited for a cake tasting and a consultation at a convenient time to discuss design ideas. You will be asked what flavours you’d like to try. Some bakers may charge for this service but this is usually deducted from the price should you proceed to order a cake.

Button Bouquet inspired wedding cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Button Bouquet inspired wedding cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

4. Do you bake your own cakes?
This may seem an odd question but it’s fair to know exactly what you’re paying for. Professionals bake cakes from scratch using fresh ingredients and offer an extensive range of flavours and fillings including for those with dietary requirements. Others may only use cake mixes perhaps adding fresh milk and eggs and some simply decorate ready-made cakes.

Wedding Cupcakes by Helen Alborn Cakes
Wedding Cupcakes by Helen Alborn Cakes

5. Are you registered with the council and what is your food hygiene rating?
All cake suppliers should have no problem with you seeing their kitchen and showing you their business addressed star rating issued by the Environmental Health Department of their local council. This provides peace of mind that your cake baker reaches the high standards you’d expect for hygiene, but remember this is no guarantee of food quality.

Wedding Favour Cookies by Helen Alborn Cakes
Wedding Favour Cookies by Helen Alborn Cakes

6. Can I see a portfolio of recent cakes?
Every cake supplier should happily show you photographs and reviews of actual wedding cakes they’ve made recently for clients and this will give you a good idea about their skills, quality, consistency and versatility. Social media has made this easy for you to research in advance using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just make sure it’s their work you’re seeing!

Mice Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Mice Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

7. How will you display our cake?
Many venues have cake stands that you can use and cake suppliers may also have a selection of stands to hire for a small charge. These may require a deposit, refunded on the safe return of the stand. Your supplier may also liaise with your florist if you’d like to use fresh flower arrangements.

Lily Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Lily Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

8. Do you deliver?
Most cake suppliers will insist on delivering and setting up your wedding cake to guarantee it arrives in perfect condition. Local delivery is often included in the price.

Wedding favours by Helen Alborn Cakes
Wedding favours by Helen Alborn Cakes

9. Are you insured?
All cake suppliers should have full public liability insurance. If in doubt ask to see their Certificate of Insurance.

Helen Alborn Wedding Cakes and Favours in Leicestershire
Helen Alborn Wedding Cakes and Favours in Leicestershire

10. How long will my cake last and can I freeze leftovers?
Provided your cake hasn’t been frozen prior to it being decorated there should be no problem freezing it. Your supplier will normally provide boxes and instructions on how best to store your cake.

Ivory Roses Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Ivory Roses Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

11. When do we pay you?
After a cake tasting and consultation, a quote will be put together and sent to you itemising everything that was discussed including the venue, set up time, cake flavours, design, stand hire, delivery, terms and conditions etc. A non refundable deposit is usually paid to confirm the booking and your supplier will indicate when the final payment is due.

Buttercream Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes
Buttercream Wedding Cake by Helen Alborn Cakes

12. What happens on the delivery day?
Your cake should be delivered and assembled at your venue at the time and place arranged. An Allergy Advice Sheet will be given to the venue indicating any common allergens which may be present in the cake should any guests need to know, along with details of inedible content and storage boxes for leftovers and decorations.

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