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Favourite Wedding Cakes of Local Cake Designers

April 19, 2016
Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

Good morning! Woo hoo, productivity has returned to The Promise HQ!

You all loved our feature on favourite flowers from a couple of weeks ago, so we thought it was only right to continue on and share glorious wedding cakes. Oh yes, they are incredible works of art and we are so lucky to have these incredibly talented ladies on our doorstep. Don’t be afraid to give them a call/email if anything takes your fancy 🙂

Designer: Gillian from The Little Cupcakery, Bangor

Gillian’s favourite: I adore this buttercream cake. I just loved the way it was such a simple cake transformed completely with some pretty flowers, albeit Floralearth flowers!

Trends for 2016: I think trends we will still see lots of buttercream cakes with fresh and sugar flowers. They are timeless, pretty and co-ordinate so beautifully with the rest of the wedding, they are yummy to eat and perfect for those who are having a summer wedding or a who don’t like sugar paste! They’re also very affordable!


Designer: Kathryn from Candytuft Cakes, Newtownards

Kathryn’s favourite: I love this bench swing cake for its simplicity. It is of the moment. It is exactly the kind of thing I am being asked for in 2016 but with a Candytuft twist. I love rethinking the traditional wedding cake table and using decorative items for an eye catching display. The display includes one tall semi-naked cake dressed with fresh flowers and macaron and two fully iced cakes with a gold metallic drip and again dressed with macaron. It also features a few sweet, little, decorative, mini cupcakes to match. Metallics are still on trend and the soft pink is ever so pretty, and with rose quartz being one of the Pantone colours of the year for 2016, you can’t go wrong. I feel this kind of display would be very appealing and also very versatile.

What’s exciting me for 2016 cakes? I am looking forward to each and every cake I will have the pleasure of making, being unique and personal; whether it be a tidy rustic semi-naked cake with fresh florals; a fully iced, themed and decorated, masterpiece; or indeed a combination of both. I have such a mixture of styles and finishes of cakes coming up and love the excitement in creating every single one.

Contact: / tel: 07890 698619

Designer: Emma from Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Design, Omagh

Emma’s favourite: It’s not very often that you find a bride who knows exactly what she wants for her dream day, let alone have a clear vision of her perfect wedding cake. My bride Samantha is an event stylist specialising in weddings. When she approached me with her idea to create an entire wedding with an enchanted garden theme, I was immediately hooked. She gave me the freedom to work with the design brief and more importantly the resources to get creative with.

Her cake was certainly a challenge from start to finish… from experimenting with textures, colours and techniques to attaching the amazing garland of fresh flowers (created by Skea Flowers) to the cake…which I might add took four people! The whole experience was like being involved in a very glossy photo shoot and to see the final results…wow! I still pinch myself that I was involved in creating such a breath taking piece of art. This cake will forever hold a special place in my heart.

For 2016 I am loving: Metallics! Combining them with textures and detailing drawn from wedding dresses and invitations, as well as lots of flowers both, sugar and fresh.

Contact: / tel: 07904 480920

Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

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Designer: Catherine from Cake Couture NI, Bangor

Catherine’s favourite: The theme for this winter wedding was festive red and gold. The centerpiece was a contemporary two tier cake in white and gold, also a semi naked gold edged cake and a buttercream ruffle cake all finished with fresh flowers supplied by Floralearth. There were lots of little treats in addition to the cake: cake pops, cupcakes and mini cakes, decorated with touches of red and gold to complement the colour scheme. Grace and Saviour provided the decorated screen backdrop and gold glitter table linens. Floralearth added the lovely foliage runner and dressed the table with cinnamon sticks, candles and pine cones. This is one of my favourite recent wedding cakes because, after endless hours of preparation, everything came together so beautifully- styling, flowers and cake! I love the clean contemporary style mixed with a little bit of rustic which was perfect for the stunning venue- The Carriage Rooms at Montalto. As a cake maker, it’s a joy to create a display that is a strong feature and focal point of the day, as well as being able to cater to all tastes with a wide range of flavour options.

This year I’m excited for: The Pantones colours for 2016 – my personal favourites are Rose Quartz, Serenity and Iced coffee and I’ll be incorporating these into new designs for 2016. I’m also delighted that metallics are still going strong.In terms of trends, I think there will be a move towards pared back, immaculately finished, contemporary designs. Rustic style remains popular but now with a more polished edge. If 2015 was the year of the Naked cake, 2016 looks set to be the year of the Nearly naked cake!

Contact: / tel: 028 9127 7146

Designer: Gail from Airy Fairy Cakes, Lisburn

Gail’s favourite: This cake was created for The Promise styled photo shoot where the brief was bright, industrial and modern. I have a bit of a passion for anything industrial as my house is filled with that sort of decor and I knew straight away I wanted to do a marble effect cake, it’s everywhere at the minute but has yet to hit the wedding scene in a big way. I also wanted to take the colour scheme of blues, pinks and peach tones and make those my stand out colours rather than a typical grey marble stone effect. It gives this cake a really  modern feel with the square tiers, sharp edges and I love it for this reason, I could see it in my head and the end result was even better.

This years key trends: We have seen metallic cakes around for a while now and these will be taken to the next level this year. Geode cakes are starting to come through as are marble effects with flecks of metallics, stone finishes and cakes adorned with precious gems to look like rocks.

Couples are a lot more open to experimenting with colour too, they know their cake doesn’t need to be iced white and in fact doesn’t even need to be iced, the naked cake has been very popular and now people are moving towards the semi-naked cake where the cakes are partially frosted with a crumb coating only and then adorned with flowers, berries, meringue kisses, toppers, painted metallic finishes – really whatever they fancy.


Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

Designer: Helen from The Cakery NI, Omagh

Helen’s favourite: I have chosen my own wedding cake! It was a sentimental thing making my own cake and it’s not something I will hopefully ever do again! People told me I was mad, but I don’t think I was. I’m a bit of a control freak and work best under pressure, so I figured doing it myself meant I got the result I was after. The most stressful part about it was trying to find room for the cakes in the fridges. My vision for the cake was a big showstopper but nothing too fussy at the same time. Keeping the detailing basic helped in the end. My husband and a few guests are gluten free so I made half the cake gluten free. We had lemon, chocolate, caramel, chocolate and orange and white chocolate and raspberry flavours, there was definitely something for everyone!

This years trends: I will be creating quite a few big cakes, again showstoppers! I’m seeing lots of metallics, either pearl lustres, silver leaf and of course the 24ct gold leaf, also. They are my favourite as I love all things bling! I’m also seeing the semi naked cakes become extremely popular, overtaking the naked cakes. Both suit the rustic theme a lot of people choose and can be cheaper in price which helps. The ruffle cakes for me are getting more and more popular. They are a labour of love as they take hours to create, but are very rewarding when complete. Also I see a few people going back to traditional routes and having fresh flowers on cakes, it looks fab, simple and classy!

Contact: / 07756 222737

Designer: Natasha from Sugar Flower Cake Company, Moira

Natasha’s favourite: I call this cake the Enchanted Garden Cake! I love it because it encapsulates the magical air of a dreamy enchanted garden. The owls represent a bond created by being the only two who know what lies behind that door!

This wedding season I’m excited for: Semi-naked cakes where some tiers are iced and others are naked, 1920’s or Art Deco themed cakes and berry colours!

Contact: / tel: 07798 655855


{Featured image: Ten21 Photography}

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