2021 Sidestepping the Traditional

Hello and welcome to July’s blog.


Before I get started, I must share with you my exciting news… I have become a Grandad for the first time. Just writing it looks wonderful. My Daughter and Son-in-law have had a little boy, named Zachary James and they are all doing well. My wife and I got our first cuddle in over the weekend – the first of many as you can imagine.


Despite the sun possibly going off on its own holiday, the warmer weather is welcome, and I can work away in the kitchen without the worry of the icing sliding off the cake and onto the floor. Believe me, the heat from last month almost saw that happen. Anyway, as well as making batches of brownies I have also been approached to make a few ‘quirky’ cakes so this month I’d thought I’d wax lyrical about the joys of ‘Sidestepping the Traditional’ and adopting a more unconventional centrepiece for the wedding cake.


Firing up my trusty laptop, I made a pot of Safi Coffee, got myself comfy and as always, I do hope that you enjoy reading some of the things I found.


The rise of the Quirky cake!


Five years ago, if a cake designer had suggested to a couple that they have a Macaroon Tower, a Krispy Kreme donut cake or a naked wedding cake they would most likely have laughed, coughed when they realised you were serious and then given a firm, ‘No!’ But things have changed, and I am being asked regularly for naked cakes, semi naked cakes and character themed wonders.


It’s a fact – a traditional wedding cake will always be in style, however that does not mean that every couple will decide that is the way to go for them is a classic white cake.



A wedding is the perfect opportunity to have a unique day. Maybe, you are obsessed with Haribo sweets and are determined that these will play a major part in the day – think a small bag as the favours, concealed within the napkins, adorning the cake, inside and out – a fun, albeit hyper wedding! One of my friends is determined to have brownies at her ‘next wedding.’ Her current husband would rather she simply had them for a birthday or anniversary treat!


A wedding cake is the ideal place to get creative. If you read any of my Facebook or Instagram posts you will know that I am persistent in my views that a wedding cake should be eaten at the wedding – not wrapped in what will soon become a soggy napkin – before being carted home, left on the side or just thrown in the bin. The shame – never mind the waste. Cakes are lovingly created to be marvelled at, to be the centrepiece of the day before being devoured – that is their destiny.


Anyway – back to quirky. Stunning white tiered cakes are timeless, but I got to wondering what was available if people really wanted to go ‘quirky’ and what does that even mean?

After a quick scroll through Google, it appears there are indeed few barriers, depending on imagination and level of skill. I came across tall creations covered with flowers, sweets, fruit, plants or a combination of them all. And it doesn’t stop there…Characters from well-known stories take pride of place – Alice in wonderland, the theme for a mad hatter’s tea party style cake, while Darth Vader marries his Mrs Vader atop another – the cake was obviously The Death Star – must have been before Luke saved him!




Colour is well up for interpretation too. Subtle pinks and lilacs to bright oranges and dark rich chocolate – as well as the most stunning blue and white creation that made me stop scrolling.


Black wedding cake anyone?


One colour that does stand out for a wedding cake is black. If you are thinking of a black and white wedding or just looking to go bold, then black really does fit the brief. For a glamourous winter or New Year’s Eve wedding this colour cake really makes an impact. Many of the cakes I looked at were dressed up – some with glitter, sequins, flowers and fruit.

One thing to note – check with your baker that the black food colouring won’t stain your guest’s teeth – unless you are planning a Halloween wedding.

Regardless of the look you are after, a wedding cake can contain an infinite of flavours and you don’t have to stick to just the one. I recently made a wedding cake that was half chocolate and half salted caramel – unfortunately, the groom didn’t get to sample the salted caramel due to the guests collaborating to divert him. I have said I will bake him another one for his birthday.


Hurrah for the brownie


The sale of the brownies and coffee combo hampers has gone really well, with a pleasing number of re-orders. The boxes contain my signature brownies together with a pouch of stunning ground coffee from Safi with the added option of a either a mug, cup and saucer or the wonderfully named, Keep Cup. This is a reusable, barista inspired travel cup.

Thank you all for reading to the end – any likes and comments are always appreciated.


Wishing you all a really lovely month – here’s to a great summer!


Remember, the only real way to start or finish any weekend is with a Tree House Brownie and a cup of Safi ground coffee.


‘Eating a brownie really is like wrapping a soft, cashmere blanket around your shoulders.’

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