Your Sussex Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 104)

CAKES 61 Annie Bennett from Leading Lake Cakes shares. “Rose is popular at the moment. I offer a blush pink, rose-flavoured sponge with fluffy buttercream also containing a floral hint. It looks fabulous and smells divine!” Annie continues, “Fruit cakes also seem to be making a comeback. I’ve had quite a few bookings for those this year.” Having safely been released from the various lockdowns of recent years, Leading Lady Cakes is now offering a full consultation service, at a venue of your choice (ideally your wedding venue), allowing couples to sample a selection of her mouthwatering cake flavours. Annie says, “This includes our newly-designed taster box, featuring up to six flavours. This follows an initial online consultation to decide on the basics, which is a fabulous way of getting the design details ironed out.” On the flavour front, Alice is finding that her raspberry and white chocolate cake is most in demand – “The sweetness of the white chocolate complements the sharpness of the raspberries and makes the perfect sponge,” she explains. “One to look out for is the Italian-style, which is a large flat wedding cake with piping. I have a feeling once they start to get out there, they’ll become popular. So, watch this space!” – Emily Fitter, Emily’s Mixing Bowl IT’S ALL WHITE “Classic yet simple styles are frequently being requested. Elegant white, with single roses and perhaps lace detail on the icing,” Annie tells us. While Ashleigh says, “Pearls and whites are currently on trend. Think all-white cakes with loads of shimmery sugar pearls, which are our most requested style at the moment, decorated to match the also on trend pearl-covered veils and headbands. These tie in nicely with a venue filled with fresh white flowers and greenery.” TREAT TIME Cakes by Ashleigh’s newest product this year is the dessert table. “These have gone down a storm,” Ashleigh says. “They’ve simplified the booking process too as they come set from our menu as a package. All a couple need to do is tell us their colours and style and we do the rest. They include a two- or three-tier cake with matching items such as macarons, cupcakes and other delicious treats, all displayed on matching cake stands, plates and in trinket boxes. Holly Ann Cake Design has also launched a new dessert table menu for 2023, which you can check out at dessert-tables. Meanwhile, the latest sweet treat offering from Marples Cakery is deluxe chocolate dipped sprinkle strawberries. “These are popular for wedding champagne receptions,” Alice says. “Champagne and indulgent chocolate dipped strawberries make the most divine combination!” She too is finding that grazing treat tables are much requested, and says, “Couples are opting for a more al fresco type of dessert experience.” CONTACT OUR EXPERTS Ashleigh Nicholson, Cakes by Ashleigh, Emily Fitter, Emily’s Mixing Bowl, Holly Fairall, Holly Ann Cake Design, Annie Bennett, Leading Lady Cakes, Alice Marples, Marples Cakery, Holly Ann Cake Design © Cakes by Ashleigh Cakes by Ashleigh Cakes by Ashleigh © Marples Cakery © https:// Marples Cakery © https:// Marples Cakery