Today we have a special guest blog post from my dear friend, Evi. She is a talented cake maker and decorator who is making the cake with all her heart. Her work is exceptional and detailed. Her cake is always delicious and fresh. When you order your cake from her, you know that you are on the good hands . I've tasted the cake myself and have ordered the cake from her for my son's birthday. Highly recommended. :)
Let's find out about the tips and insights from her.
Tell us what you do and where you are located.
Hi my name is Evi from Simply Cakes Melbourne. I am located at Bonbeach, Victoria Australia.
How long have you been in the cake making industry? How do you get into the cake making?
I've been doing cake decorating over 5 years now. It started from love of cooking and baking and posted at my blog Cooking In Melbourne. I love to see pretty cakes and decided to take basic cake decorating courses while my son at kinder back in 2008. I keep learning until now from youtube, books, online classes and short courses.
We are starting 2014, what trend do you see in cake decoration for wedding?
The trend for wedding cake now is rustic looking cake. Modern and simple. Lots of fresh flowers on the cake. Laces wedding cake is also in style.
What would you advise your brides when choosing their cake maker in terms of type of cake, decoration, colour, size etc? What type of cake is best for hot summer day?
When you go to discuss with your cake maker, bring along something that you want to represent it into the cake like theme color, invitations, cake idea etc. It doesn't have to be really match. The most important is the idea of the cake that you're really happy with. I love simple cake and clean finish. To determine the cake sizes, you need to provide your cake maker the serving size. To serve as a dessert size, the cake sizes will be bigger and the cost is more expensive. Other option to cut the cost is using kitchen cake and have smaller wedding cake on display.
Fruity flavor cake is great for summer wedding like Lemon, Orange and poppyseed, Coconut Cake, white chocolate mud cake with raspberry or Jaffa mud cake. But mostly people love chocolate mud cake best and this is perfect as a wedding cake as the cake moist but firm.
Let’s say you are not available to make the cake, what would you provide as an alternative to your clients?
Sometimes in busy wedding season, booking is required 3-4 months in advance. If I am unable to make the cake I always refer to other cake decorator who I know that you will be well looked after.
What is your best achievement or experience in cake making?
The best achievement I would say when I have to make a wedding cake with strawberries cascaded on the cake. I love the design. It was very rewarding experience. The couple were very happy and called me to say thank you. It was a really happy moment.
We recently met up at the bridal expo in Phillip Island. Check out her advice on your hair and make up for your wedding day.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Jessica Kramp and I run bridal hair and make-up business "Brush & Brows". I love helping you look even more beautiful and make you feel amazing on your wedding day.
What is your favourite make up style for everyday? Do you have favourite colours, styles, brand, etc?
For everyday I prefer natural glowing make-up, with fresh dewy skin. Also well groomed eyebrows and big lashes is a must! I use a range of many different brands and I am always trying out new products to find my favourites.
For the bridal make up, can you tell us what is special about your service and product?
By running a mobile service, I can provide high quality professional hair make-up and eyebrow shaping all in the comfort of your own home. Brows are my specialty and are often forgotten about, but when they are shaped to appear full and defined this can really enhance your overall bridal look.
When do you recommend brides to try out the make up and hair style? Garden party? Beach party? Winter/summer option? How do you match with their dresses and other accessories?
I recommend that all brides have a trial, it not only gives you peace of mind that you will look your absolute best but also helps me to plan for the wedding day. I work with the bride and bridesmaids to find the best possible hairstyle and make-up to suit each individuals needs.
How far in advance would a bride look at trying their make up and making their booking?
It's best to have a trial within 3 months of the wedding date, but they can be booked up to 6 months in advance. Brow shaping is a separate service and can begin within 6 months of the wedding date, it's best to have your brows shaped every month in the lead up to your wedding to ensure they are in perfect condition.
We are getting into 2014, what are the trends in bridal make up and hair style?
Modern brides are choosing softer, effortless hairstyles and natural make-up with glowing skin. I aim to give brides a natural look that is long lasting and looks perfect both in photographs and in person.
Any advice for brides when choosing their make up and hair style artists?
If you would like to be as relaxed as possible on your wedding day choose a mobile stylist, who can bring the salon to you!
Where can prospective clients find out about your service?
www.brushandbrows.com.au or for urgent enquiries, please contact Jess on 0417 578 677
I'm a fun and friendly Melbourne based portrait and wedding photographer.
Thank you for visiting and I look forward to having you here often!