THE ICING ON THE CAKE – STUNNING WEDDING CAKES BY NICOLA PETERS
I met Nicola Peters at a Wedding Fair and was immediately struck by her stunning display of Wedding cakes. Having trained as a knitwear designer a number of years ago, I have always been fascinated by those who choose to follow a passion for making, in what ever arena. I know how hard it is and I know the hours of work that go into creating something bespoke and beautiful, and in trying to build a business doing something you feel passionate about. I wanted to find out more about Nicola’s approach and met her at her home based studio to chat about the business of designing and making cakes for what is arguably one of the biggest days of your life.
Wedding cakes and the symbolism associated with them has evolved over many centuries but in more recent years the cutting of the cake represents good fortune and fertility and is traditionally the first activity carried out as a couple as a pledge to support and take care of each other. The wedding cake should be made with an abundance of good quality ingredients to symbolize a long-lasting, rich, and happy marriage and bring luck to everyone who eats it.
Nicola was not always a cake designer, but spent many years building up an entirely different business selling water softener. It was only when she walked into a shop to choose a wedding cake with her daughter that she fell in love with the pristine environment used to display these beautiful creations. She one day hopes to have her own shop, through which to display and sell her cakes.
Nicola believes not only do wedding cakes need to have that wow factor suitable for such an important occasion but they need to taste really good and to this end Nicola offers tasting sessions to all her potential clients. A tasting session lasts two hours and couples get to sample nine different flavoured cakes as well as four different fruit cakes. Needless to say the preparation that goes into each tasting session is involved, but it became apparent that this is a level of attention to detail that runs through every aspect of Nicolas business.
Nicola loves flowers and uses them as a feature in most of her cakes. She can be seen studying flowers in local garden centres or the grounds of Hall Place and will as a starting point for the cake try to match the flowers and the colours of the flowers to those found in the brides bouquet.
The flowers that adorn some of her more complex designs can take up to two weeks to construct and looking closely at the workmanship involved, it is hard to believe that they are all constructed from icing. They are! Everything you see is edible.
it is no surprise that Nicola’s cakes are in demand, but if you would like to find out more contact Nicola on 01322 524332, or visit www.suchfuncakes.co.uk