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Cake & Lace Weddings is based in Newbury and Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding spends five minutes with specialist cake designer Rosie Redmond to get to know this star baker; from how her baking journey began to her favourite sweet treat. Read on to find out more...
Where did your journey in to baking begin? Rosie says: "My education was within the creative world, I trained as a 3D designer and finished my degree at Reading in 2004. From university I had a number of roles some creative others within the internet industry, when the last role ended I decided it was time to go back to something I really enjoyed doing – baking, as a child I would spend hours decorating the yearly birthday and Christmas cakes.
"However the decision to start a business started with a friend getting married, she'd admired the Choccywoccydoodah cakes, showing me a picture of the cake she was dreaming of, I flippantly remarked "I can do that!" After many hours of online tutorials I finally perfected a beautiful cake in a similar style.
"Friends of similar ages were getting married, they would ask me to make their cakes, I built a portfolio had a website designed and from there my customer base and reputation grew."
What's your favourite part of wedding cake designing/making? I really enjoy intricate work, I can immerse myself for hours into detailed royal icing hand piped work, although creating models out of fondant can be just as much fun.But the best part of all the work is delivering and setting up the cake as you see all the different elements come together, I can step back and feel proud of the work I have achieved.It's also so lovely to be invited to be part of someone's special day and to be able to share with them their excitement and joy on the day.
What's been your favourite cake design so far/why? I worked with a bride and groom a while ago to create a hanging chandelier cake, it turned out beautifully and was such a pleasure to make. It took a bit of engineering to get it all to work and once put together it really was a show stopper. I also really love the naked and semi-naked cakes as they look so fresh and tempting. Decorated with fresh fruit and flowers they can really stand out in garden, marquee and barn weddings, although they can become a little too tempting for little hands! Though my all time favourite cake has to be my own wedding cake – our friends had high expectations and it really needed to stand out and be something different. We had a marquee wedding and based the design on the hanging paper lanterns decorating the ceiling. We built the stand ourselves and spent many hours creating all the decorations for each ball, it took a long time to make but we were so happy with the end result.
Top wedding tip for couples? Enjoy every step, from the planning through to the actual day - it all goes by so quickly. Plan to set aside a few moments on the day for just you and your husband to spend together to appreciate the union and commitment you have made to one another. From the planning stage, decide on a budget and allocate certain amounts to each area. As a cake maker, if I know how much you have available to spend on a wedding cake I can design and specify a size of cake that is within your budget.
What's your go-to comfort-eating dessert? There's quite a few to choose from... anything with toffee or salted caramel, I do like a bit of stewed rhubarb with ice cream and cinnamon or Chelsea buns, but my all-time go to has to be the treacle sponge, its quick and easy to make and so satisfying!
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