A cascade of macarons for a luxury wedding cake at Claridges, in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Four tiers of blush pink ombré extravagance. Claridges Hotel dates back to 1856 and epitomises opulence, splendour and history. However, its the Art Deco style of the Ballroom that made Madeleine and James’ four tier macaron wedding cake the luxury showpiece it deserved to be. What more could you want from your wedding venue!
Wedding cake planning
We worked closely with Madeleine by phone and email to sketch out ideas. We also discussed the gorgeous cascade of macarons in detail. This was the absolute focal point for their wedding cake. The subtle change in the blush pink colours of each macaron needed to be so slight that the whole design exuded luxury.
Where ordinary isn’t an option
Designing wedding cakes for couples where ordinary isn’t an option is the most exciting part of our role. In the age of Instagram and Pinterest there are so many beautiful opulent wedding cakes. However, sometimes there’s almost too much choice and everything blurs into one. Not true for this design.
For Madeleine and James’ wedding cake we were inspired from all sorts of sources – lush florals, their venue and of course rich luxury ombré colours. They said that they wanted a really fun, unusual wedding cake to compliment their vibrant wedding reception plans. They also wanted to keep a classic element to their design by using very subtle blush pink ombré tones through the macarons.
Flavour is at the heart of everything we bake. From the simplest unbirthday cake to breathtaking multi-tier wedding cakes. Madeleine and James chose a combination of different flavours for each of the four tiers. These included a deliciously moist, carrot cake filled with plump sultanas and mixed spices finished with a hint of Sicilian orange buttercream. A mouthwatering lemon sponge layered with luscious lemon buttercream and rich lemon curd. A Madagascan vanilla berry sponge filled with fruity summer berry jam and our absolute favourite. A light coconut Madeira sponge layered with rich coconut cream and blueberry buttercream. Their light and sweet macarons matched the flavours to each tier.
These complimented their dessert perfectly. We always ask about your wedding breakfast menu, when you begin planning your wedding cake design. This can sometimes influence the wedding cake flavours that you might choose. A rich, gooey chocolate mousse as part of your main meal might mean that you choose light fruit flavours for your wedding cake as an exquisite contrast.
The spectacular setting at Claridges meant that their macaron cascade wedding cake was displayed in the centre of the Ballroom exactly where it should be. We do love to see a wedding cake at the centre of the dance floor!
Photos: Barker Evans, Bluebell Kitchen
We are Erica and Charlie Bell, a mother-daughter team creating breathtaking cakes and macarons from our studio in Maidstone, Kent. We love nothing more than getting to know our couples, creating distinctive designs that are inventive and imaginative. Our one-of-a-kind cakes that are designed down to the very last (sugar) detail. Creating cakes for couples where ordinary isn’t an option.