My First Three Tired Wedding Cake!


After the Cake was cut

Hello my Cakers, Bakers and Beauties!

This wedding cake gave me nightmares for weeks on end, it was a wedding cake for a very dear friend of mine and I didn’t want to mess it up. I don’t have photos of the stages because I was concentrating too hard during the process and didn’t have time to mess about taking or posing for pictures.

The bottom layer is a 12″ vanilla cake with home made raspberry conserve and Dominican Republic Vanilla Buttercream.

The middle layer is 10″ rich chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.

The top tier is a Lemon Drizzle cake.

I covered the cake in an Ivory coloured sugarpaste, it’s made by Renshaw and the colour is called “celebration”.

The bride and groom wanted a very simple Ivory cake with Gold accents, because of their religious beliefs they couldn’t have a mini bride and groom cake topper, but the bride had said she was going to leave a topper at the venue on the day so I could put it on top then.

After a precarious journey with the fully assembled cake I arrived at the venue to find no topper! After trying to communicate with staff at the venue – a massive waste of time, another friend of the bride turned up and informed me that the bride didn’t like the topper when it arrived so she decided not to leave it at the venue. The cake looked so unfinished that I grabbed a few roses from a centre piece and laid them on the top of the cake, it wasn’t perfect but it was better than nothing.

In total the cake took me about 18 hours to bake and assemble, I spent weeks and weeks on the prep, I know I could have done it in stages and spent a week doing it, but that’s not my style and I wanted the cakes to be as fresh as possible.

I did enjoy making the cake but it was so stressful I’m not sure if I’d do it again.

I’ve made a Croquembouche before for someone’s wedding anniversary and it was a breeze compared to this, I don’t particularly like working with sugarpaste though….

Yes I know the cake is crooked and I know what I did wrong, my dowels were not all the exact same length, the difference was in millimetres though and when I finally went to bed the cake looked straight to me. Also my sugarveil was applied in a slanted fashion which made the cake look more crooked than it was, but again it look straight when I put it on.

The bride and groom were delighted with their cake but I was horrified at the crooked-ness, I wanted to throw a sheet over it and cut it up quickly but that wasn’t really an option, I also wanted to apologise every single time someone took a photo of it, but again not an option.

I was so sad when I set it down and it was crooked I wanted to cry, I really did. I put my heart and soul and so much careful planning into the cake for it to be crooked on the day. I was actually very angry at myself but since I was also a guest at the wedding I couldn’t brood about it all day.


Cutting the Cake

Congratulations Mr and Mrs “D”! 

To respect the couple’s privacy, I’m not posting any photos of them but here are a couple of pictures of me and my lovely  hubby!


The person who took this photo didn’t know what to do and almost dropped my camera this is why my face looks like this!


That’s Better!

For the readers interested in hair who read this far, Thank you so much! Just for you I’ll throw in some hair talk…

I wore my hair in a high bun and managed to get some “baby hurr” going on at the front, instead of a hat I wore an oversized bow in black & cream and leopard print.




Yay My 1st Blog Post!


I’m not sure who I’m greeting -as I doubt anyone will end up reading this blog except me.

If somehow you have ended up here Hi! I’m Sian I’m 27 I live in London and I started this blog to keep track of my progress on my “natural hair journey” and with my Baking which is a passion of mine.

I’ve been 100 percent natural for almost a year now, by that I mean I started wearing my natural hair out mid February 2012 but my last relaxer was around March 2011.  I’ll write more about my natural hair journey in a later post.

Today is my Nephew Widget’s first birthday! I’m about to make a cake for him it will be a cake spelling out his proper name in smallish letters – his name is quite long and even though I’m about to bake the cake I still don’t know what I’m going to put the cake on to transport and present it!

This time last year I had on a silky straight Brazilian weave with a silk closure, it was really pretty hair but it cost me about £500 and that was the final straw plus in photos it looked like a really bad wig! I still have that hair in my wardrobe even though I only wore it once I can’t bear to throw it away. One of these days I’m going to make a wig/have a wig made out of it.

Today is probably not the best time to start a blog as my own laptop Cherry committed suicide last week by leaping off my kitchen counter, Cherry has been sent to the menders but it means that all my photos and other stuff on my laptop will be wiped. I’m currently using an OLD laptop my hubby dug up from somewhere but it’s slow going and the cursor jumps around the page if  I type too quickly.

On that note I’m signing off for now wish me luck on the cake!