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Creating Cakes at Allerton Castle
By Amanda Earl - Cake Design   //  
Tue 10 Apr 2018
F & J chose to travel from Hong Kong to marry at Allerton Castle, which is an elegant and illustrious gothic revival stately home. It’s a stunning venue for weddings as well as a TV and film location. Having travelled to many venues in my nine years in business, I think Allerton Castle is definitely one of the most opulent!
Destination Weddings

It’s not unusual for me to receive wedding cake enquiries from couples travelling considerable distances to marry in Yorkshire. Indeed, many couples travel to me from London for their wedding cake consultation but 2018 has seen a rise in international enquiries. This year I’ve held wedding consultations with couples from California, Germany and Hong Kong, opting for a destination wedding in Yorkshire. Ultimately, these lovely couples have commissioned me to design and create their wedding cake!

The Venue

F & J chose to travel from Hong Kong to marry at Allerton Castle, which is an elegant and illustrious gothic revival stately home. It’s a stunning venue for weddings as well as a TV and film location. Having travelled to many venues in my nine years in business, I think Allerton Castle is definitely one of the most opulent!

The Photographer

F & J told me they had chosen Joel Skingle Photography to capture their wedding.

Generally, for my website Portfolio, I photograph my cakes at home but I do then try my best to achieve decent venue shots (with very limited success!) using a good camera and my tripod. Unfortunately, on F & J’s wedding day when I set up the cake, the daylight wasn’t great and the room wasn’t yet dressed. I rarely ask photographers for images, realising they must be inundated with requests. However, I did tentatively approach Joel to ask if he would be willing to provide any of his images of the cake. And really, his Studio Manager, Sophie’s, reply is the whole basis for this blog post! In the end, I wasn’t sent just one of Joel’s images, instead Sophie sent me a lovely email granting me access to the whole image gallery, enabling me to download many images!

Joel has already blogged F & J’s wedding, so I just concentrated on the details pertinent to the cake – the flowers and the dress. As demonstrated above, though, I couldn’t help but download a couple of gorgeous venue shots too!

The Florist

Most of my wedding cakes feature sugar flowers inspired by my couples’ chosen floral styling, so I’ll concentrate on those first. F & J chose the very talented Joanna of Twisted Willow Floristry. Here are some of Joel’s images of Joanna and her team’s beautiful work…

an initial peek…

The Design Process

F & J decided to chose the brilliant Amanda Earl Cake Design to achieve their perfect wedding cake.

During our Skype consultation, phone calls and subsequent emails J told me that Twisted Willow planned to use a variety of pink, blue and white flowers. Potentials were avalanche roses, sweet avalanche roses, stocks, eucalyptus, lisianthus, delphiniums, larkspur and a variety of foliage to create F’s trailing teardrop-style bouquet. I spot some veronica, grape hyacinth, wax flowers and sea holly too!

F & J’s was an intimate wedding, with a small two-tier cake, therefore we couldn’t include them all so I designed the cake, incorporating their chosen colour palette of blush pink and dusty blue, with an arrangement of sugar flowers inspired by some of the fresh ones. I also included some lace detail from the gorgeous dress. Here’s my sketch…

Creating

I didn’t take many progress shots but, as I hadn’t made them before, did capture the delphiniums… F & J chose two tiers of caramel cake with almond praline buttercream and salted caramel sauce. To whet your appetite, here’s my homemade almond praline before I ground it up for the buttercream…

I iced the cakes in blush pink and dusty blue sugarpaste….

The Cake

Here are Joel Skingle’s photos of F & J’s wedding cake (I’ve been far too self-indulgent, including colour and black and white images!)…

Thank you so much to Joel Skingle Photography for allowing me unbridled access to his gorgeous images – it’s very kind and a real treat for me! I do harp on about how choosing a good photographer for your wedding day is the most important element of your wedding planning. But it’s true! It’s an investment and F & J will have Joel’s beautiful images for life!

Bespoke Wedding Cake Design

If you’re planning your own Yorkshire wedding – destination or otherwise – and would like to commission me to design and create your bespoke wedding cake please feel free to get in touch!

With love, Amanda x