The Naked Cake

I love cake; chocolate, carrot, lemon drizzle, shortbread, gateaux, sponge …I’m not fussy, I love them all!! But I’m not crazy on icing. I find the sweetness too much to bear and I can almost feel my teeth ache as I eat it.   So I am overjoyed at the current style trend in the cake world that is the Naked Wedding Cake (i.e. cakes of the un-iced variety).  

Far from being unfinished or plain, the Naked Cake is a most beautiful sight to behold!!!  Spilling with fresh whipped cream or buttercream frosting, dusted with icing sugar or dripping with jam and adorned with flowers and fruit to reflect your colour scheme or season… what’s not to love!

Not only are these cakes tasty and visually GORGEOUS, they can work out so much cheaper than iced cakes because the time involved for icing, smoothing, piping etc. is eliminated.  Also if you fancy a bit of DIY (or Do It Yourself with the help of family & friends) it’s so much easier with the naked cake and what could be more beautiful than serving your own homemade cake to your guests on your special day.

Here’s a roundup of our favourites.  X





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Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside….

The seaside is a magical place; the smell of the salty sea air, the sound of waves lapping against the shore or the call of seagulls and of course the views!   There cannot be any more perfect setting for a perfect wedding than the seaside.  So I’ll admit that I get more than a little excited when I stumble across beautiful seaside weddings or events; be that the classic, charming and laid back glamour of a preppy nautical affair or a breezy, light and bright beach wedding. The backdrop of the ocean really does make for the ultimate beauteous event.    

When planning your seaside wedding the shoreline is really your oyster!! So much of the décor that you need to transform a regular seaside venue into something truly spectacular can be found on romantic strolls by the sea with your partner – we’re thinking jars of sand, pretty seashells, driftwood and even sea shore pebbles and stones.   Add some lanterns to the mix and you are well equipped to create a gorgeous seaside look.  Fill glass vases with sand and add a single flower or candle or fill with your shell collection; scatter seashells, small pieces of driftwood and pretty pebbles amongst the flowers on your tables for a whimsical feel; write your guests names on seashells and use as escort cards or place settings.  

If you are getting married in Ireland, shades of pale pink, lavender and purple flowers work beautifully with a seaside theme as they reflect the natural colour scheme of the flowers that can be found amongst the rocks on our shoreline.  For a more tropical summer seaside feel, coral, aqua or sea foam greens are perfect and of course nothing says nautical quite like blue and navy.








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