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Cake inspiration

Cake and vintageFinding a good cake maker is one of those tricky tasks that needs careful consideration and even more tasting! We’ve recommended lots of cake-bakers for parties and weddings or sometimes we arrange deliveries of cakes to accompany our vintage teas; but how do we choose the cake bakers – what to look for in cake scumminess and decor?

1. Begin with good cake!

One of the first things to remember is that no matter how nicely the cake is decorated – the cakes themselves need to be lovingly baked to perfection if you want great flavour.

perfect cakes on a vintage cake stand

We suggest checking out Country Markets (the name used by the WI cake bakers) for gorgeous home made cakes some very expertly decorated and finished and all very yummy and exceptionally good value.

Mrs T from Mrs T's teatime treats

Our other favourite is Mrs T’s teatime treats (this is Sgt Bun’s wife!!)

2. Cupcake mumpreneurs

Country Markets are great at large cakes – but for consistent cupcakes then you’re best trying one of the growing number of cottage businesses making cupcakes.

lemon cheesecake cupcakes

We often use Moorethancupcakes at Beaminster for good value cakes that taste delicious (like these lemon cheesecake cupcakes) but we also love Lulubelle’s Cakes in the Bournemouth area and Simply Cakes in Dorchester. Modern cupcakes tend to follow the large American-style with heaps of frosting and toppings. They are really great for gifts or afternoon tea, but, for parties with lots of other food choices they can be too much to eat (we do see half-eaten cakes that were just too filling!) If you’re buying cakes for parties, ask your baker to make your cupcakes “fairy-cake” size so your guests can enjoy lots of different sweets (its also cheaper!)

3. Flavour flavour flavour!

Rum babasBe brave with cakes! Cakes will taste delicious if they’ve got great flavourings that are more than just “sweet”. At home, we find coffee cakes in particular do well from a very generous dose of coffee blended in the buttercream but citrus and fruit flavours also work really well. We adore these Rum Baba’s from Moorethancupcakes. Now there’s a flavour that really packs a punch!

4. Design your style and challenge your baker!

Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party

When you’re having a themed party then you can really challenge your cake maker when it comes to design. They’ll love the opportunity to try something new!

We commissioned these cute “eat me” labelled cakes from Sharp Events for our Mad Hatter hen party and they were perfect for the job – but there are also some cake designers out there that have exceptional decor style.

We recently found the amazing Nibble and Scoff of Exeter. Its very rare for us to recommend anyone outside of Dorset – but these near neighbours are incredible when it comes to cake design!

Check out these gorgeous vintage tea cup-cakes and look up their website for even more gorgeous creations including circus, gardening, beach, golf themed cakes – all edible – they are really perfect!
vintage teaparty nibble & scoff

summer deckchairs on a cupcakeschool cupcakes

5. Finally…. learn it and try it!

Wenda from Simply Cakes Our last hint is to get out there and try some cake decorating yourself! We recently went along to a cupcake demo held at Goulds in Dorchester and hosted by the lovely Wenda from Simply Cakes. She was demonstrating simple tips for great cake decorations at home.

cake decorating

Simply Cakes peach roses on green

For more inspiration try going to Cupcake Camp – the first one in Dorset at the Lighthouse in Poole was organised by Cake Heaven and was over-run with enthusiasts! You might want to try cupcake school for more hands on help – we especially like Julia’s Kitchen in Poole – especially as Julia’s offering a free cupcake class to someone as part of her 1000’th Facebook likers.  More and more bakers are offering classes and evening classes are also available from local colleges and there are loads of youtube teach-me videos to follow – we especially like these ones from Sue McMahon of Women’s Weekly – she has a lovely soothing style! No excuses then – time to get baking!


Published by vdorset, on 1st November 2011 at 10:47 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Cake inspiration

Sunny Anniversary

Sasha and Alan wanted a special beachside party with lots of vintage charm to mark their Silver Anniversary. Taking advantage of the gorgeous Branksome Dene Chine on their doorstep, an unexpected burst of late summer sunshine and Vintage Dorset helping with the event styling – this was the perfect opportunity for a Sunny Anniversary!

Vintage Styling – Bunting, Flowers and Props!

This party for around 80 guests was steeped in nostalgia and colour – and designed to be fun and informal. Mixing vintage props with loads of bunting and flowers, gorgeous vintage tablecloths and lots of vintage china we transformed Branksome Dene Chine Community Room into an old fashioned tea shoppe. Its rare to find a venue that is literally on the beach and when the heavens indulged us with late summer heat this became the best possible spot for tiffin! The kids loved our old vintage toy cash register and it was great fun bringing out our old kitchen scales, a washboard and galvanised bucket of flowers and our old ships lantern. It seemed very fitting to use some nautical vintage so close to the coast!

Vintage Props for the party

Food – sandwiches, cakes, scones, cake-stands and vintage china – swoon!

Sasha and Alan’s family supplied sandwiches from the Marks & Spencer entertaining range (you only need to give 2 days notice for these great value gorgeous sarnies) and with pink lemonade, sparkling wine, Sgt Bun’s superb scones and cakes from the WI / Country Markets everything was perfect for a vintage afternoon tea in flip flops!

Here are some more pictures including the gorgeous cake stands and serving platters, tablecloths and beautiful food!

mixed pictures of cake and vintage china

Vintage styling is great for adding sparkle to all kinds of special occasions – its informal and fun and can be great value – especially if you are adding your own food items or want to use your own venue. If you need venue styling, vintage china hire or help finding local food providers and staff for your event then get in touch with us HERE.

Congratulations to Sasha & Alan & thank-you for the delicious bottle of wine!

Silver wedding

Summer vintage beach



Published by vdorset, on 20th October 2011 at 7:58 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Sunny Anniversary