What happens in our classes?

Sometimes coming along to a class or any experience you’ve never done before can be a little daunting. I thought I’d give you a little run down about what happens during our classes so you feel confident to come along to any class.

Our classes begin at 10am. The doors open at 9:45 for you to come in, grab a seat and I’ll stick the kettle on. We all have a good gossip and chit chat while everyone comes in. Once everyone has arrived we get cracking on our day. The studio is always set up with everything you need for your day. You don’t need to being anything with you, just an apron if you have one.

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Depending on the class, we begin with making flowers or prepping the cake. Colour schemes are always a big discussion too. Actually one of the most important decisions of the day! Everything is explained in lots of detail so you never need to worry about whether you have done the technique before or if its new skills. You are always welcome to ask me any questions you have thorough the day. I am always on hand if you need help with anything. You will also receive a full set of notes of your class which you are welcome to write any extra info on them. I always have pens available, mainly pink ones!

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We have a little lunch break where we eat, drink and chat some more. Mainly following all the new found cake pages on Facebook and Instagram. Next, we continue working on some gorgeous decorations and cakes until the class is all done. At the end of the class, I love to take lots of photographs of your creations.

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You’ll pop your cake on our table and take as many photos as you like using our gorgeous flower backdrop. Sometime we take group photos. Sometimes I take sneaky photos too! Then you’ll box up your cakes, gather up your extra bits, notes etc and get yourself home leaving all the tidying up to me. Isn’t that the best bit.

We like everyone to feel part of the BDB family and everyone is always made to feel incredibly welcome on our classes. Learning new skills can be exciting but scary so we are always on hand to help with anything, during and after the class.

Dani xx

Wedding cakes and dessert table heaven

For the past few weeks my social media has been full of beautiful wedding cake progress. I don’t do many wedding cakes now I’m so busy with teaching you lovely lot. But… my beautiful sister was getting married so that meant one huge cake table for me to do! Yay!

I actually started making all the flowers in February. Every time I had a class with a rose  to make I would make it in white or pale grey so I could reuse it. Flowers store for years and years. Just keep them in a cake box, out of direct sunlight and they’ll be fine.

You can see on the first photo below, these flowers are stored in a cake box, surrounded by packaging to keep them safe.

The second photo is a great way of planning out your flowers. It can be tricky when putting a cascade together so I made a paper template of the exact size of the wedding cake (tricky to see in white against white!! Oops!) then placed the flowers on the template. You’ll know if you need a few more flowers this way.

The last photo is the cake dowelled and temporarily stacked so I could mark out where the cascade was going to go as I had piping work I wanted to do around the flowers.

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I spent a week getting this huge cake table done and I loved every second. It was so special to be a part of my sisters special day and create something pretty wow. Even if I do say so myself!

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A lot of the cake I used I bought from sweet success ( www.sweetsuccess.co.uk) Super yummy baked cakes so all I had to do was decorate them. This saved me so much time with teaching the cake classes too.  From Sweet Success we had chocolate, vanilla, carrot cake and red velvet. I baked sticky toffee cupcakes, sphere cakes, cookies and macarons.

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Im no macaron expert but after a few attempts, I was happy ( ish!) with them and they tasted yummy. I decorated the cookies with fondant then piped all the names of the guests on them, as well as lots of cute little hearts. I used Purple Cupcakes Foam domes to prep my cupcake toppers. This ensured they were perfectly domed.

 

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The table all set up at the very beautiful Cripps Barn in Cirencester. The venue was amazing and I loved this backdrop for the cake. So here we have one huge 4 tier cake, all tiers 6 inches deep of Vanilla, Chocolate and Lemon Cake, Sticky toffee cupcakes, carrot cake mini cakes, red velvet cake pops, vanilla macarons, sticky toffee sphere cakes and 65 cookie favours. The cookies are to die for. A cross between shortbread and a biscuit. Utterly delicious and lasts a good week to 10 days. See our recipe section of our website for the recipe.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have so bombard me with them. What do you like best? Cake pops were my favourite by far. Yum YUM!!

Lots of cake love

Dani xx

A week of wedding cakes.

I’ve been counting down the days until this week. My baby sister is getting married on Sunday. Hurrah!! We’ve been talking and planning her wedding cake for months and its finally here. Time to get my bake on!

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I made this dessert table last year and I’m still totally in love with it now. Cake decorating dream job right there! I knew I wanted to base my sisters cake on something like this cake table. Only BIGGER!!

So we decided on a 4 tier cake, cupcakes, cake pops, sphere cakes, mini cakes and macarons (If I can master them). Also we thought it would be super cute to provide everyone with a little cookie favour with their name piped on to double up as favours and place names. How exciting! All in a gorgeous colour scheme of grey and white.

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Day 1 – Making lavender, ganaching cakes and baking cookies.

I’ve been slowly making white sugar rose flowers for months. Making the most of my sugar flowers I make in all my cake classes, doing them in the right colour so I can use them on her cake.

- Sugar flowers can be made months in advance. Just store them in a cake box, somewhere cool out of sunlight and they’ll be good to go.

I plan on using all my beautiful milk glass cake stands on the display, as well as gorgeous rectangle display platters from Asda.

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Day 2 – Ganaching and covering mini cakes, covering the 4 tier cake and adding lustre, more lavender and cake pops

I’ve had a fab busy few days in my cake studio. It feels great to get stuck into a huge wedding cake again as I stopped taking on so many cake orders last year. Loving every minute so far.

Whats your ideal wedding cake? What would you have for your dream cake? Let us know.

Dani xx