2015 another year of naked cakes

2015 was all about naked cakes. Just like 2014 and 2016, and we LOVE it!

Here are some of our favourite creations.

Sylvanian Mr and Mrs Sylvanian

Hessian Our signature cake with Langues de chat biscuits!

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Photo Kathryn Hopkins

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Photo Lexi Fleming

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White roses, berries and foliage Wedding photography by Paola De Paola

Photo Paola De Paola

Jay Anderson Fine Art Photography - Game of Thrones Styled Shoot 035 Game of Thrones inspired

Photo Jay Anderson

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Photo Love That Smile

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Semi-naked themed cakes decorated with a figurine, a bunting, fresh flowers and berries Unicorn lover

Bring on 2016!

A bientôt!

Lau xxx

 

The cost of delivering and setting up a tiered naked wedding cake at your venue.

Bonjour lovelies,

A few couples have asked me how most cake designers calculate their delivery and set up costs. So I wanted to write this blog post to explain how it was being done. I hope you’l find it helpful.

I think naked cakes cannot just be dropped off at the venue, they need to be set up and decorated there and then, the main reason being the cake, being uniced will dry out if left out too long same applies to the fresh fruit and flowers we use for decoration. Secondly, it should be placed in its final spot and not moved about after set up.

As you can imagine, weekend or not, driving around London can be tricky (all that traffic and all those restrictions!) so it takes us approximately 3 hours to get to the venue, deliver and set up a naked cake. Obviously, it has to be reflected in the price.

So here is a recent one. Such fun!

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Cutting and placing the flowers on the cake.

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Placing the fruit and dusting with icing sugar.

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Placing the cute toppers (awww). So Mr French Made, what do you think?

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Adding the final touches. Tadaaaaaaa!

A bientôt!

Lau xxx

Alternative wedding for alternative people: Misfit Wedding: ‘Marrying misfit mind with wicked weddings’

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Looking for something a bit different for your wedding? Then go visit Misfit Wedding.

The name says it all! These guys are awesome. This is what they say about their directory/ blog.

‘We’re there to help you find all the things you need to make your wedding a breath of fresh air compared to all those bland, nice-but-no-thanks weddings you’ve been dragged to.

We’re still new on the scene, but we’re constantly adding to the site and before long we should be the all-singing, all-dancing number one resource for alternative weddings in the UK.

An alternative wedding doesn’t have to have Darth Vader on the guest list or a gaggle of gregarious goths gathered round the groom; it just has to reflect the personality of the two most important people there. The bride and groom. Or bride and bride… or the two grooms… or the eightee…ENOUGH! The point is you can celebrate your wedding day however the hell you like!

Browsing around this website you will find that Gothic, Rockabilly, Rustic, Vintage, Gamer & Geek, Steampunk, Fairytale & Fantasy and other misfit themes are what we’re interested in. Hopefully we can present you with some cool ideas for your big day!’

Do you want a quirky, alternative wedding? Do you want your wedding to stand out?

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Do you want your wedding to stand out?

Do you want to break free from the shackles of what is considered ‘normal’ and don’t know where to start?
Well, search no more. Here is the place to go Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza! Doesn’t it sound amazing?
We, French Made will be there too. Exhibiting our rustic, Anglo-French inspired cakes and our new range of organic homemade jams.

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As well as fabulous alternative wedding suppliers such as The Couture Company and their beautiful bespoke dresses, Rock The Frock with amazing vintage gowns, The Origami Boutique with their quirky range of origami bouquets and others accessories, Claire Spake and her cute stationery and many more!, there’ll be competitions and freebies!

Same sex Alternative Wedding

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Photo: Paola De Paola                       Photo: Claire Macintyre

Wowser! Remember, Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza on 1st March in East London (Far Rockaway, Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, London). We hope to see you there!

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A bientôt!

Lau xxx

Naked wedding cakes: To a ‘naked’ year! and many more!

No fondant, just homemade, scrummy sponge based cakes that exposes the delicious flavours inside.

Hello lovely peeps,

We hope you had a great Christmas and now looking forward to 2015!

I wanted to drop you a quick line and show you some of our 2014 designs and thank all the beautiful couples who hired us to be part of their big day.

In 2014, here at French Made, we created lots of rustic inspired cakes, especially naked cakes and I’ll tell you a secret, they are going to be even bigger in 2015 with the new… ‘barely’… naked.. one!!! So, I thought I’d show you a few to give you some inspiration.

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Have a good one! Bring on 2015!

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A bientôt!

Lau xx

Different type of wedding cake toppers: What can you top your cake with?

A little while ago I saw a post on one of my favourite blogs Rock n Roll Bride about cake toppers and I thought I could show you a few that were selected to be placed on my cakes.

Personalised wooden heart

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                                              Flowers: TJ

Little wooden people

geek                                   Photo: Alexa Loy, Cake topper: Genefy Playground

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Asya                                                        Flowers by Rebel Rebel

Old-fashion plastic couple

(from my own wedding, awwww, kitsch??? I knoooowwww)

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Here it is in action.

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Oops, no sorry, I’d already taken it off…

Cute Animals

Sylvanian Family Bride and Groom and mini bunting

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Old-fashion ceramic swans

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Feathery little birdie

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More birdies

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Photo: McKinley-Rogers, Flowers: Ladybird

Flowers

Artificial flowers

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Photo: Kat Forsyth

Fresh flowers

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+ Personalised Stationery

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+ Berries

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Usual cake toppers

Such as this one, made of seashells, brown sugar and flowers!

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OR

These Star Wars figurine. Why not?

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Annnnnnnd, that’s it for now. Etsy is a good place to find cool cake toppers I think.

So, which ones do you prefer?

A bientot!

Lau x

How much does a wedding cake cost? Your wedding cake and your budget

Bonjour! It has been a while. Too busy baking beautiful cakes for lovely couples this wedding season ;). Today, I would like to talk about how to choose your wedding cake according to your budget.

WeddingFirst, let’s not forget that wedding cakes are real artistic creations individually designed by your cake maker. It is bespoke and made to order to meet your personal requirements. Of course, the price is primarily determined by the cost of the ingredients and size of the cake but also the level of decoration required and the time spent on it.

Here are a few points you may find useful to understand how your cake is priced.

  • The choice of covering.

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You can usually choose between buttercream, cream cheese frosting, fresh cream, chocolate ganache, royal icing fondant icing, marzipan etc… Fondant icing and marzipan tend to be more expensive due to the original price and time spent one it.

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                                               Photo: Paola De Paola

Naked cakes should be cheaper as they require less work but it does depend of what decoration you wish to go for. Summer berries are quite costly, even more so in the winter!

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  • The choice of decoration

The possibilities are (almost) endless, lace, ribbon, sugar flowers or figurines, fresh flowers or fruit. Again, price and time spent will determine your final quote.

  • The choice of structure and height.

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Photo: Paola De Paola

You may go for a single, 2/3/4 tiers etc…

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The height of each tier could be standard (approximately 3”), higher (4”) or double (6”). Obviously, The higher the more expensive as more ingredients used, time spent and materiel such as cake boards and dowels.

So ask yourself the question, do you want a tall cake to impress but not necessarily one that caters for all your guests?

Why not add fake, polystyrene tiers that will add to the height. These are cheaper than a real one.

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  • The choice of the shape.

Classical shapes are square or round but there are also other possibilities such as oval, heart-shaped but be aware that fancy shaped will add extra cost especially if it requires a special baking tin.

  • The cake topper

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                                             Cake topper: Genefy Playground

Sugar flowers or fresh ones. couple figurines, wooden initials. Try Etsy.com, they have a fantastic range of toppers. Personalised or not.

Voila. A bientot!

Lau xx