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Wedding cakes, bespoke cakes and macarons

Caribbean Chocolate Macarons

The origin of Caribbean cocoa beans Cocoa (from the Spanish word, cacao) has a long and fascinating history, stretching back at least 4000 years. The ancient civilisation of the Mayans used cocoa beans for medicinal purposes and to make a bitter drink used in traditional rituals. The Aztecs later used cocoa beans as currency, clearly […]

Salted Caramel Macarons

Salted butter caramel, a deliciously irresistible combination of caramel, salt and butter, has a whole story behind it and its ingredients! Brittany salt The 14th century in France was a key period when the virtues of salt were discovered with regard to food preservation. In 1343, King Philip VI introduced the “gabelle”, a salt tax, […]

Strawberries and Cream Macarons

Quintessentially English What do strawberries and cream make you think of? Sitting on a grassy bank watching rowers on a tree-lined river Thames at the Henley Regatta? Sipping champagne in a flower festooned marquee at a summer wedding reception? In short, to many people, strawberries and cream mean a perfect summer’s day in England.    […]

Valentine’s Day

“Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet” … Katharine Lee Bates Fast approaching is Valentine’s Day, with its tradition of sending letters, cards or gifts, often featuring heart shapes. But who was Valentine? What is actually behind this celebration of love? And how did the traditions associated with it begin? Valentine’s Day (properly […]

The Queen’s Chocolate Birthday Cake – designed for royalty!

Queen Chocolate Cake slice

There is a real life royal story behind this cake. Back in the 19th century Queen Victoria’s Swiss born chef, Gabriel Tschumi, came up with a recipe for a very fine, intensely chocolate cake.  It clearly went down well with Queen Victoria, and very likely with succeeding monarchs because our very own Queen Elizabeth, Queen […]

Reducing sugar in cakes

Christmas Lemon Strawberry Entremet

Many customers of mine are looking for ways to keep healthy by making small yet manageable lifestyle changes to their diet. This means I often get asked about reducing sugar when someone makes a bespoke cake, pastry, or French macaron order. When it comes to sugar, I think it is important not to discredit it […]