Afternoon All,

In the midst of making more daisies for this week’s wedding my mind drifted back to the delicate cakes I made for Emma and Andy in March and spookily enough their photographer Claire from Woodland Hill Photography sent me some collages of those very cakes!  So to live life on the wild side I thought I would take a break from my wedding cake preparations for The Ravenswood in Sharpethorne and take you back to wedding cakes at South Lodge Hotel.


Claire has produced two collages, the first shows the cakes in situ during the day and at South Lodge they sit to the side of the top table, once the wedding breakfast has finished the team at South Lodge transform the room for the evening reception.  My cakes were moved from their daytime home to be resplendent in the middle of the dance floor ready for cutting.  Claire reliably informs me that it took three people to move the table and three to hold the tower along with Claire holding the cloth the ensure those little babies stayed put!


The second collage shows them in the evening light and I am rather pleased with how they transform from day to night in the blink of an eye; unlike me who takes a little longer these days!


So enjoy and I will now go back to pushing daisies…sorry couldn’t resist.


I will try to get an image of this week’s cake and post a sneak peek up for you to see.


Eat cake and be merry.



Daisies at the South Lodge Hotel Wedding

Posted by Mandi on April 9th, 2013

mini wedding cakes and cupcake tower HorshamA beautiful wedding at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham West Sussex had a huge tower of fondant topped cupcakes, a top cake for cutting and some gorgeous mini cakes.
The stunning display was in a theme of pink, white and all things daisies.
The weather was beautiful (if not a bit nippy) and the stunning Gardens of South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding near Horsham looked over the West Sussex countryside. An absolutely beautiful wedding venue.
Preparations had begun on the cake designs back in October 2012 and the wedding date seemed to be suddenly upon us.
Delicious fresh local ingredients were delivered, collected and ordered in and the fun began!
With over 1200 hand sugar crafted daisies to be made, timings were of utmost importance!
All the cakes were a delicious vanilla sponge topped with a light fluffy buttercream and then fondant topped in pink and white with a variety of daisy designs and hand tied mini ribbons as chosen by the beautiful bride Emma.
As we arrived to set up at South Lodge there was also a Ferrari meeting in the car park which looked fantastic as they all set about driving around Horsham which is an annual event.
The room for the wedding was stunning and we were all in there doing ‘our thing’!
Champagne, flowers, place settings, crisp linens and the cake table all came together.
The table decorations were stunning and had beautiful green apples in the waterfilled vases with the flowers towering out the top and they looked amazing.
I have added a few pictures but am waiting for Woodland Hill Photography to release the pictures that were taken once the Bride and Groom have of course seen them.
It was an amazing special day for a truly fabulous couple Emma and Andy and I can’t wait to catch up with them and see all the pictures of the day and of course over a cup of tea and a cake!.
Have a great week y’all
much love Mands xx


Wedding bouquet cupcakes are order of the day in the kitchen at La Maison on the Ashdown Forest East Sussex this week.

Both east and West Sussex have had flurries of snow but the time is Spring so it is spring flowers that cover the cakes this week.

A wedding at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham West Sussex is being baked and iced for friday and the photos of the stunning cake display will be up on the blog this weekend
A top tier madeira sponge in white fondant icing with fresh flowers will adorn the top of the tower for the bride and groom to cut.

The tower of tumbling cakes will consist of beautiful pink fondant topped cupcakes with tiny diaises , 1200 had to be handcut!
10 mini cakes with flowers and daisies (of course) and pink and white stripes will add to the display with fresh flowers dotted between.

All cakes are fluffy vanilla flavouring with a creamy light vanilla buttercream underneath the fondant tops making this a delicious and stunning arrangement.

The setting at South Lodge Hotel near Horsham is absolutely beautiful and one of the premier wedding venues in the South East.
Hopefully the sun will shine so that the gardens can be enjoyed as well.

Our bride and groom are fabulousy gorgeous and this will be a truly amazing and special day for both them and their family and friends.

So it is off to collect some very fresh and locally sourced ingredients for what will be a very busy but fun few days.

I hope that spring arrives soon as the daffodils in the garden are starting to look a bit sorry for themselves and even Nell the Border Collie is not too keen on leaving her place by the side of the radiator!

Wrap up warm everyone and have a good week.

Love Mands x

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