Piece of cake!

26 Apr 2011

Piece of cake!

Indulge your every sweet fantasy with cupcakes, whoopies, macaroons and a credit crunch cake

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Mmmm…cake. Who doesn’t love a slice? And no wedding would be complete without the ceremonial cutting of the most extravagant cake you’ve ever eaten.

But what to go for? Fruit cake or chocolate sponge? White icing or buttercream? Full on fancy or simple chic? Do you go with tradition and keep the top layer for a christening or do you wave goodbye to tradition and have whoopies or macarons – both rumoured to be the ‘new cupcake’?

Cupcakes are as popular as ever it seems, with many brides going for their favourite flavour cake in miniature form. Jackie Collins from Cakes by Jackie (jackiescakes.moonfruit.com), based in Borehamwood has seen 2010 as the year of the cupcake.

‘I have been getting lots of order for cupcakes this year,’ she says.

‘Chocolate has been hugely popular. Couples generally go for something that both them and the guests will enjoy and chocolate cake is a lot more of a crowd pleaser than fruit cake.’

So what’s set to be the trend for 2011? Whoopies have been coming over from the US throughout the year and could well be the new wedding cake of choice next year. The mini sponge-come-biscuits are filled with buttercream and can be colourfully decorated in a similar way to a cupcake.

Macaroons have also seen a huge revival over the last year and can add a splash of colour and sense of fun to your big day. The French fancies are meringue-based making them light and fluffy and they come in a huge variety of flavours.

And if you don’t fancy spending a fortune on something that will be eaten within hours then Jackie can help.

‘Throughout 2010 I’ve seen a large number of couples on a strict budget who do not have a huge amount of money to spend on the cake and so I now offer a ‘credit crunch cake,’ says Jackie.

‘The cake is a three-tier fruit cake, decorated to the couple’s liking, for just £200 which is a bargain.’

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