If you are Australian, you will know all about Lamingtons. Although I had heard of Lamingtons, I must confess I had never made them before. So when Kathy and Dom approached me to create a tower of them for their wedding, I jumped at the chance.
Kathy mentioned that she loved these little cakes when growing up in Australia and that friends and family from Australia would be attending the wedding – so there was quite a bit of pressure to get it right!
If you are a Pom then you will probably not be aware of these Ozzie treats but I have to say, they are quite special – small squares of vanilla cake, filled with jam (and sometimes cream) then dipped in chocolate icing before being rolled in coconut.
Our usual cake stands wouldn’t have created the effect that Kathy & Dom wanted, so I set to work creating a bespoke stand that would show off what was affectionately nicknamed the ‘Lamination Cake’. After a Blue Peter-esque couple of hours at sawing, stacking and sticking I created this contemporary bespoke cake stand.
The wedding took place at the gorgeous Dumbleton Hall near Evesham, a grand venue that has stunning grounds and views looking out onto the Evesham Vale. I was quite nervous about how the Lamingtons would be received as being practically the Australian national cake they would come under huge criticism if they weren’t right.
I needn’t have worried. Kathy sent me a wonderful email a couple of days after the wedding to say:
“Just a short note to thank you for the wonderful lamination cake. They were delicious! We had so many guests comment on how lovely they were and my Australian friends and family could not believe we found someone in the UK who made such fabulous lamingtons. Thank you again for everything”
Congratulations Kathy & Dom!
The Angel Bakery has now been in existence for 5 years and as time has flown by we have outgrown our home bakery business. It was definitely time to move into somewhere a bit bigger and after much searching (3 years to be precise!) we have finally moved into our new bakery premises.
At the beginning of 2012, work started on converting a rather bland business unit into a light, bright working kitchen where we can create cupcakes and cakes to our hearts content. Want to know how to find us?
Here are some images of before and after ….
When Joanne and Chris got in touch with me last July to create cupcakes for their wedding little did I know that it would be featured on the Rock My Wedding blog at the beginning of this year.
Over the years, The Angel Bakery has sold its cupcakes at many food festivals including large events such as the Cheltenham and the Bath food festivals. But there is one little festival that has a place in our heart and that is the Tetbury Food and Drink Festival.
Five years ago a very small group of enthusiastic, hard working (and unstoppable) ‘Tetbury-ites’ decided to create a local food festival. With little funding they managed to create an event that has gone from strength to strength, encompassing everything that is great about British food.
The week long festival takes in many aspects of food and food production. You can get an insight in to organic farming by taking a tour of the Duchy Home Farm or learn how to make cheese under the guidance of Melissa Raven of Woefuldane Dairy.
Various hotels and restaurants will also be putting on their own special menus for the event and officionados of the great British banger might be interested to know that The Close Hotel will be hosting the annual Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Appreciation Society Dinner – yumm!!
The week of feastivities culminates on the Sunday with a Producers Market where you will find over 40 local businesses selling their tasty products. During the day there will be demonstrations from celebrated chefs, writers and bakers including Xanthe Clay, Tom Herbert and others, including sausage making, butchery and bread making to name a few.
You’ll also find us there with our range of seasonal cupcakes, bakes and tarts. And we will be giving you the chance to bag yourself a FREE cupcake. Keep an eye on our cupcake link to find out how …..
Tetbury Food and Drink Festival 19th – 25th September
Producers Market – Sunday 25th September 10.30am – 5pm
Check out the festival website www.tetburyfooddrinkfestival.com
The great thing about this time of year is the abundance of luscious fruit available from the UK. The strawberry season kicked off slightly earlier this year with the warm spring and we are now starting to get delicious gooseberries and raspberries.
All the better for us here at The Angel Bakery as we love to make the best of the seasonal produce and with the added advantage of having a stall next to Hayles Fruit Farm at Cirencester Farmers Market, we are spoilt for choice.
Back in the Spring we launched some new tasty treats, our Retro Bakes range. A range of delicious tarts and pies made to old English recipes. Maids of Honour, Congress Tarts and Sambocade are just some of the baked treats available and are going down a storm at farmers markets and food festivals. And with Hayles’ new season redcurrants and blackcurrants now available we can’t wait to use them for our Muckymouth Tarts.
I am often asked why they are called Muckymouth tarts. These tasty little pastries derive their name from that age old problem that any child faces when picking sweet tasting fruits! If, like me as a child, you were ever sent out to pick blackberries from the hedgerows or blackcurrants from the garden you will know that inevitably you end up eating handfuls of the delicious fruits. No matter how much you protested at your innocence, there was always the tell-tale sign of fruit smeared chops, hence the Muckymouth!
All of the Retro Bakes range are made with a hand-made rich, shortcrust butter pastry and filled with an array of scrumptious fillings such as vanilla and lemon custards, rich almond frangipanes or jam-packed with fabulous fruits, making them the perfect treat or dessert.
Last weekend The Angel Bakery supplied some delightful little fairy cakes for a spring wedding at an amazing venue near Evesham in Worcestershire, Dumbleton Hall.
This wonderful location was chosen by the lovely Wendy and Grant who approached The Angel Bakery to create some wedding cakes for their special day. Dumbleton Hall is set amidst its own beautiful old estate grounds overlooking the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds. This old hall has a real grandeur about it, with it’s own lake and immaculately manicured grounds. The sun was out and even the spring lambs had arrived on cue for a wonderful, magical day!
Wendy and Grant chose daffodil yellow, ivory and pale lavender as their colourscheme, encapsulating the wonderful colours of spring. They decided to go with dainty fairy cakes in vanilla and top it off with one of our cute little vanilla layer cakes.
We hope you both had a wonderful day!
One of the many great attributes to the Cotswolds are the wedding venues that are available to prospective brides and grooms. And here at The Angel Bakery our cupcakes get the opportunity to go to a great deal of them – lucky cupcakes!
Barnsley House, located near Cirencester, is just one of the many venues that our cupcakes have attended over the years. The former home of world renowned gardener, Rosemary Verey, Barnsley House is now a contempory and stylish country hotel making it the ideal country retreat. www.barnsleyhouse.com
We were asked to create some fairy cakes and one of our layered carrot cakes for the wedding of Katherine and James.
The fairy cakes were a mix of chocolate covered with a rich chocolate glossy ganache and spiced carrot fairy cakes with a cream cheese frosting.
Katherine and James’ chosen colour scheme was plum and ivory and so we decorated the little cakes with handmade sugar roses and trios of petite flowers with silver dragee centres.
To top it off we created one of our large layer cakes – a moist and deliciously light carrot cake. Decorated with cream cheese frosting and co-ordinating handmade sugar flowers to compliment the tier of cupcakes.
By the looks of things, the top cake proved just as popular as the cupcakes!
The photographer on the day was Paul White, an award winning photographer who creates some amazing images. Check out his website www.paulwhiteweddings.com