The ‘cutting the cake’ shot is in every wedding album and is one tradition that just keeps on going. To find out just what it takes to make that special centrepiece we asked new mum Vicki Flick, who loves to bake in her spare time for a whole manor of special occasions. Read our interview below and be inspired by some of her amazing creations…
What inspired you to get into baking?
I’d always been into baking as a child but got back into it when my husband (then boyfriend) turned 30 and I decided to make a tower of cupcakes for his party. I spent two days making 200 cakes and I haven’t looked back since!
Where did you learn how to decorate cakes?
I’ve learnt a few things along the way from my Aunty, who is a very experienced cake decorator, but a lot of it has been self taught. I’ll see a picture of something I like and just give it a go. Some of the results have been more successful than others but I’m learning all the time.
What kinds of occasions have you baked for?
Birthdays, weddings, baby showers or just to cheer someone up. Cake always makes people happy!
Tell us about making cakes for weddings
There is definitely a lot more pressure when it comes to weddings as they have to be perfect and will get photographed a lot on the day. Sometimes I make sugar paste decorations in advance, which does help to make things less stressful.
I’m lucky that I’ve been given quite a free reign so far and as long as I’ve stuck to a colour scheme or theme, I’ve been able to do what I like. I look at lots of pictures on Google and Pinterest and take elements of certain things I like and use that to create my own thing.
How long do they take?
It varies depending on how highly decorated they are but the longest time I’ve spent making decorations is 22 hours! It was worth it though and I was really pleased with the results.
How did you choose your own wedding cake?
My Aunty made it for me but again I searched a long time on Pinterest trying to find the perfect design. I was going for quite a classic vintage theme so she made loads of sugar paste hydrangea petals that cascaded down over five round tiers. She also made edible lace that was wrapped around each tier, which really gave it that vintage touch.
What's most important when baking for a wedding? Perfection, perfection, perfection!
What’s the hardest cakes you’ve ever made?
Ninety Alice in Wonderland cupcakes! There were so many elements that I wanted to cover and some of the details, such as the tiny teapots, were really intricate. They have been my favourite to make so far though, as I love the story and there was so much scope for different decorations.
When I made my first wedding cake for my sister-in-law’s wedding, I made the mistake of putting the cake in the fridge overnight. It had cream coloured butter icing and burgundy sugar paste decorations and by the time I got to the venue the condensation had caused some of the decorations to soften and the colour had started to run down the cake! Luckily it had mainly affected the back of the cake, which I made sure faced the wall. I was mortified though!
Thanks to Vicki Flick for sharing her love of baking with us! If you’ve ever made cakes for a wedding or special occasion and want to share your story, let us know by commenting below. We’d also love to see pictures of your wedding cakes so share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.