The World of Anges

Birthday Cakes and Bakers Block

I've written about Baker's Block before. It's like writer's block, but for bakers duh. As of late I feel so stretched from all directions and a bit like a hybrid between a robot on auto-pilot and a headless chicken. Guess Bakers' Block can keep recurring periodically. I came across this genius illustration by Gemma Correll that so perfectly summed up how I look and feel:

I'm the 🐦 #pigeon #sketchbook

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Our team is super small and we've had a sudden spike in birthday cake and wedding cake orders while trying to battle the recent ridiculous heat wave that plays havoc on buttercream and chocolate. It literally makes baking unbearable and we have to work twice as long to decorate each cake in what feels like a Dutch oven. And then of course there is the delivery of them all - we've been delivering to The Savoy Hotel and the Shard again amongst loads of other homes, offices and restaurants in London, and then all the way to Reading, Chelmsford and Redhill. The miles have been insane. To top that, we have had to don our Christmas hats on the hottest days of the year for Christmas in July events - when key members of the press and media come to scope out Christmas ranges to showcase in the lead up to the biggest consumer occasion of the year. It was TOUGH.

Golden Stella Cake for Christmas Cake Range at Selfridges

Auto-pilot is really the only way to battle through this all and I've come out the other end feeling wrung out and shriveled. I've got a backlog of ideas but little oomph to put them in execution and that's really what we need back in the bakery right now. It all sounds very idealistic but it's the truth - our business only grows as we evolve and keep working on fresh ideas. 

Netflix Birthday Cake

While I can lament about my creative juices drying up I do appreciate the best customers we are lucky to serve, and the sense of pride when someone orders one of our most whacky cakes is immense. This week we created Triple Decker Alice in Wonderland birthday AND wedding cakes and so many NetflixandChill cakes, it really is the greatest satisfaction to see people respond to our creations! And that's worth chasing after every droplet of creative juice.

Alice in Wonderland Cake

So I'm literally going to force myself to calm down, chill out, take a few relaxing days to refresh my weary little brain and beat body and grab inspo wherever it is to be found. Those new ideas aren't going to hatch themselves!

Lots of love,

Reshmi xoxo

Unique London Wedding Cake - Fried Chicken & Waffle

So this weekend saw three of my favourite orders go out all at once - a huge James Bond themed dessert table, including mini cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, chocolate truffles, macaron towers, choux buns, brownie bites and cookie sandwiches, as well as Shristi's Baby Shower Cake, and a ridiculously drop-dead cool two-tiered wedding cake for Amy and Gavin. None other than a wedding cake version of our weird and wonderful Fried Chicken & Waffle cake!

Unique Fried Chicken Wedding Cake London

I've had a little stalk on Instagram on their wedding hashtag, #thebevhans, and their wedding at the Oval London looks just the perfect setting for our wedding cake creation - cool, trendy, and uniquely fabulous. I love the bride's hair and outfit, and this little video of her and her dapper groom cutting the cake is just way too much fun!

 

We truly are so very lucky to have such great customers. At times when we feel under-appreciated or battered by trolls who do not understand how much work goes into our cakes etc and when it gets increasingly harder in an over-saturated market full of copy-cats, awesome customers like Amy & Gavin really make it the biggest pleasure and the most rewarding job. I'd like to think like-attracts-like and hope to serve them again and again and again...cuz c'mon, a couple that chooses a Fried Chicken wedding cake has got to seriously be the coolest and most fun ever. Quite like our cakes :)

Lots of love,

Reshmi xoxo

Baby Shower Cake - It's a Boy!

This past weekend was possibly one of our busiest yet. Which is refreshing and stressful all the same. Refreshing because as I've blogged previously about experiencing a vacuum in orders following Brexit (consumer confidence maybe? Or summer holiday planning? Who knows, but it sucked) so it was nice to see our business pick up again. Stressful because, as also blogged recently about the whole Sandra Lee nonsense, I got trolled over the previous weekend and it sucked up my energy making our busy week feel that much longer where I had to power through to fulfil some incredibly large orders, including a massive dessert table going all the way on a boat in Portsmouth!

Boy Baby Shower Cake 

There were many memorable creations from this weekend including a very special baby shower cake for one of our cherished regular customers. Shristi requested custom chocolate baby shoes as a cake topper with some blue footprints for her baby shower in London. As you may be aware, we strictly don't do novelty - never ever ever. But sometimes something really special comes up and we try to find a way that treads the novelty line carefully to incorporate into our signature style eg: NetFlixandChill and Alice in Wonderland. My friend Daisy of Daisy Brydon Creations, who actually specialises in novelty and sculpted cakes stepped into our baby shoes and hand modelled these very cute chocolate shoes for our Macarons & Roses cake.

The cutest lil chocolate booties by @daisybcreations with lil choccie footprints crawling up our baby shower cake 🍼

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We had blue and ivory macarons and piped buttercream flowers to keep in with the "It's a Boy" baby shower theme and added some chocolate baby foot prints crawling up the cake.

Boy Baby Shower cake London

I believe the catering was by the incredible force behind Darjeeling Express supper club. Seeing some sneak peeks of the food from Calcutta made me so home sick (even though Calcutta was never really home, but my folks are originally from there) and it feels that much more special that I was kind of there in cake spirit amidst all that delicious Bengali food!

Lots of love,

Reshmi xoxo