My first blog of 2016, the year when I go full out to build my baking business! What do I write about??... something that may be of interest to you... ummm...
Wedding cake news...
Most of my new followers on Facebook I have met through various wedding exhibitions this year. Thank you very much for your support and kind comments about my cakes.
Here I am on the right...
I had a great time talking about your special days and the ideas you had for your cakes. The overriding message I got from you was that you want to have the ability to have something different, unique... a one-off!
This is one of the reasons why so many of you stopped by my stand I think. My cakes are quirky and are always made around the story of my clients.
From the couples I have met so far, I have wedding cakes planned with themes including Iron man, tropical fish, peaceful meadows with slides, fishing themes and Hollywood inspired artwork.
So how do we create your unique cake?
We create your cake from lots of conversation... you bring all of your ideas with you. Images that you like, thinks that you share, experiences that you have had, jokes that only you two get and those things that are most important to you. From this conversation I can tell you what is possible in sugar and we will build ideas, themes, and your story in cake! Most couples are amazed at what you can make in sugar and cake! I sketch the ideas out on paper, until you are happy with the design. We do all of this in my conservatory whilst eating lots of cake and drinking lots of tea.
If you would like to book a consultation to discuss your wedding cake please email me
So what else has been happening?
Karrin Simpson Cake Artist is now on permanent display at the Queesway Centre in Peterborough with thanks to Gayle at GDC events.
Gayle and her team can plan your special day from start to finish. Gayle is an award winning event planner and has a passion for her craft. Take a look at her Facebook Page here...
Charity event of the month
When I started my business I decided that I wanted to be able to continue working in the community and also support charities where I could. So this month I will be supporting Wood Green Animal Shelter. I have personally adopted animals from them and I think they do some amazing work. So this month I will be making a sculptured pig cake for them to auction/raffle. If you are interested in attending their Field Day event which the cake is for then take a look here
I have been invited to host a 5 week course at The Chiltern School in Hougton Regis. As a fully qualified teacher I am able to run short courses and workshops for any age group. I am very much looking forward to getting all creative with the young people at the school to create some summer flower sugar work! Pictures to follow...
If you would like me to deliver any creative cake inspired training days then please feel free to get in touch and email me here.
The cake of the month following the wedding of a very special friend of mine... Here is what the bride said about her cake... "A total suprise was our weding cake made by the amazing Karrin Simpson. She captured our love story and our family which made it even more special. Our wedding song Waiting for a Star to Fall was captured perfectly. So many fabulous flavours and tiers to choose from our guests were spoilt for choice. Karrin Simpson we are truly grateful xxx "
Photo by Daniel Ackerley Photography
Since going to Cake International and spending a FORTUNE on equipment, tools, books etc. I have been practising like crazy and I even bought an airbrushing kit! Not all that successful for my first outing, but once I get a project that will lend itself to using it then I am sure it will be fine... It just goes to show, it doesn't matter at what stage or ability you are, there is always something new to learn!
I also held a 'Family Bake' workshop at the weekend which was my first baking workshop ever. Now, I am used to training managers as my 'day job' is that of a managment trainer, so you would have thought that it would be a breeze but delivering training on making cookie pops is something quite different! The children all rose to the challenge (and some of the parents too) to produce some really lovely looking cookie pops. (see images below)
The cupcakes you can see above were one of my practise sessions and with my upcoming cupcake workshop on 26th May then if would like to create something similar then you will be able to too! If that sounds like something you would like to do then contact me via this website.
Anyhow.. enough from me. I am getting married in June, but once the wedding has passed then I have some new services to offer... more to follow.
I will leave you with the pictures of the children's bakes for now...
I went to London Excel at the weekend to the Cake International exhibition to see what the currents trends are in cake decoration and also to see the wonderful works of edible art that are on show.
What you can see in the picture here is a fairy tea party, all of which is completely edible and made of cake and sugar work. It won a Gold award which is the highest award any cake can achieve.
I have uploaded a few more photo's so that you can see for yourself what very talented people are out there... maybe one day I will be able to reproduce something similar... sigh!
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These cupcakes were ordered by a good friend of mine to celebrate her sister's first year wedding anniversay. As she is a proffesional horsewoman her 'colours'. are pink and chocolate brown with a star pattern.
The design was already dictated for me, and so I knew exactly what I wanted the cakes to look like. The one thing I wasn't sure how to represent was the 1st year anniversay, and so I decided to create a stand alone cake that represented it but keeping the same colour scheme. The cakes and butter cream were chocolate chilli flavour and had quite a kick! The decorations were made from fondant and sugar paste.
The client was thrilled as was her sister when they were brought out as a surprise to end their afternoon tea celebrations.
The best cakes are the ones that are personalised and that provoke happy memories!
These photos were taken by my friend Bethanie Matthews who has quite an 'eye' for a great picture. I will be employing her services more ofter... If you have any questions or comments then please feel free to get in touch.
I have been very curious to try covering cupcakes with a smooth fondant icing, rather than piping on the usual butter cream swirly effect... this was my first attempt.
It was much easier than I expected it to be, however before I started I thought I would scan youtube to see what they had. Not that much as it happened... so it was all a bit of guess work. Here is the one clip that I found fairly useful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYsVNVsPJX0
As this is my first and ONLY attempt, I am not sure if I found it easy because I got lucky, or if indeed it IS easy?!
I am planning to make some more and would love to use a 'Moulin Rouge' theme... I will post piccies if I manage to pull it off! Watch this space!
Today I thought I would upload a picture of a cake I did this week for a friend. I attempted to make some hand made roses as well as various flowers. Some I made with cutters, but the roses I attempted after watching a youtube video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqoRBYuzok0It was both easy to do as the principle was simple, however making them look realistic was much harder!
The colouring of the roses was also difficult and I think the paler colour has worked best, what do you think?
I also make my own gum paste but that is another post!
Next week I am going to attempt to make some savoury cupcakes... watch this space.
Before I even begin with the baking of my cupcakes, I first decide on 3 things...
1. The flavour
2. The colour
3. The theme
These particular cupcakes are a mixture of 6x chocolate with hazelnuts, and 6x chocolate with ginger.
The theme in this case was 'a spring garden' and so the colours were already decided on because of the topic.
The butter cream is green and cream coloured to represent the 'grass/ground' and the flowers are a mix of spring colours... nice to know that it's almost here!
Once I know the answer to each of the above I can then bake with confidence knowing that my end result has already been decided upon.
I created these cupcakes for myself, however when I am designing cakes for clients it is still as important to be able to answer the 3 questions above.
I am teaching a 'cupcake master-class' on April 21st at Stevenage college from 10am - 2pm. If you think you would like to know more about how to create the perfect cupcake then why not enrol? follow this link http://www.nhc.ac.uk/default.aspx or give them a call.
My thought for this week is looking at colour choice when making cupcakes... how do you choose your colours and ensure they work together?
I have included these links which I hope will help you. The Youtube video gives an overview of colour theory and then the website link below it allows you to understand more fully the theory... however this is just the beginning...
How do you choose a colour scheme to suit the personality of the person whom the cupcakes are for? for this, I use my days in hairdressing where we used a consultative approach in order to help define a client's 'style'.
This is another BIG topic, which I will leave for another time. I hope the links help. If you have any questions on colour choice then please, get in touch.
If you enjoy making your own cupcakes, but are getting fed up of buying toppers, shakers or glitter, why not make your own?
I find that I have left over fondant from making cakes, and although I keep them I rarely end up using them on other cakes before their sell by date. So I decided to make use of this extra material by making my own cupcake toppers.