November is done and my fridge is still filled to the brim with random bits of leftovers. Please. Someone come over and eat all this leftover Pumpkin Pie! Ever notice how every year after Thanksgiving until Christmas, everything kinda slows down a bit. Emails get answered a little slower. Phone calls start to pile up. Just getting people to complete tasks takes just a little longer than normal. It's almost like this time of year we remember to finally put friends and family first. Well, I completely got sucked into that. Sorry for the late newsletter and I hope everyone is having an amazing Holiday season. So let’s take a look back at the November Sweets:
Winter Wedding Tips
For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we are now in the full-blown winter season. Which typically means a pretty big slow down in the number of weddings. But winter is not completely devoid of weddings. In fact, 32% of all US weddings happen during the snowy season. So I wanted to take a look at how to do a winter wedding. What tips are out there to get that perfect wedding day despite some cold conditions. One of the most helpful guides to a winter wedding a found from the blog "Here Comes the Guide." They go into great detail about all the factors to consider and tips on how to make everything look its best.
But I think the real problem with a winter wedding is not the snow or the cold, but all the holidays. How do you deal with a wedding during the holiday season? Do you incorporate them, ignore them or something in between? Ultimately you should do what you want for your special day. But if you are looking for ways to include the holidays in a classy way, I recommend checking out these write-ups from Brides Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings on how to do a holiday wedding.
Great Bake Off Host Doesn't Like Cake
So this little piece of trivia had me chuckling and I thought you might get a kick out of it as well. The much-beloved TV show "The Great British Bake-Off" has been all the rage in baking TV shows for several years now. But apparently one of its hosts, Sue Perkins, doesn't even like cake. In an article in the UK's Daily Mail they reveled:
"Former Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has revealed that she 'doesn't really like cake'. The 50-year-old comedian fronted the popular program with co-host Mel Giedroyc, 51, for six years before it moved over from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2016. She admitted that although she's eaten 'a couple of tons' of baked goods while hosting the show, the treat 'isn't her go-to' and she would only eat a cake made by pal and former judge Mary Berry, 84, if she 'had to'"
I guess the old saying is still true, don't believe everything you see on TV.
A Cake That Caught My Eye
This month's cake that caught my eye is the stunning piece of sugar art that was crafted by the talented Cup Cakes and Counting. This cake looks sculpted from marble and covered by flowers appearing to be hanging on to life as the winter approaches with one single flower still battling strong. It's a beautifully cold looking cake that has a sense of hope and perseverance. The Natural wood from my Natural Beauty Cake Stand is a nice connection point between the softness of organic appearing flowers and the hardness of the stone appearing cake. Truly a lovely piece of sugar art. To see more great cakes like this one, make sure to follow us on Instagram.
My Guide to a Great Wedding Cake
Designing a wedding cake is one of the best parts of planning a wedding. You get to sample decadent sweets to find just the right flavor cake. You also are able to exercise some creativity when coming up with the look of the cake. I mean, when else do you get to pick a cake in any size, color and shape imaginable? And, haven't you always wanted a cake stand? Now you have the perfect reason!
On the same note, designing a wedding cake can also be a daunting task. With so many choices, it can be difficult to choose a cake that is right for you. Check out some of the best advice I have picked up along the way for getting the wedding cake of your dreams._______________________________________________________
Question of the Month
Each month to try and better understand the wedding cake world I ask a question, and then share the answer the next month. Last month I was curious to know about your feeling towards cake competitions:
How do you feel winning a cake competition affects your business?
- 9% - Not at all
- 73% - Some, but not as much as you would think
- 0% - It does help on occasion
- 18% - Massively helpful in booking and getting new clients
- 0% - It launched my career into a new level
Very interesting. So a little over 80% of you said it had basically little to no effect on your business. With the remaining 18% saying it was massively helpful. I wonder if it mattered what the competition was, or even how fancy the title is. If you won "Best Left-Handed Baker in Rockford County" no matter how prestigious of an award it really is, most potential clients will most likely have no idea what it is. But if you won an award that proclaimed you "The Bake Supreme Baker of All the Land" even if it was only you and your cousin competing for it, that plague might get some customers' attention.
This month I want to ask you about your feelings towards cake: