Friday, 14 May 2010

Christchurch Food Festival


Cake-Links well known for it's vast array of cake decorating equipment and it's extensive online site, sent it's talented wedding cake makers to Christchurch Food Festival on the 8th and 9th of May.
There compact stall had a host of tasty treats, including huge slabs of mocha, chocolate, plain and lemon cakes. Muffins and mini muffins all decorated with handmade sugar decorations.
The weekend was a huge success with great comments from visitors to the festival, and a sell out day on Sunday!Cake-Links staff had a great time making unusual tasty treats like Cake pops (chocolate cake on a stick!), ice cream cone cupcakes, and our unique choccy mallow cake bombs!
Despite having a lot of competition, our hand decorated cakes sold out, and our shocking blue iced, blueberry muffins, were a big hit! The runout butterflies on our cherry muffins were an instant seller, and our cute chocolate cupcakes with ladybirds were loved by young and old.
The weather was cold and a little damp, but the turnout was fantastic, and the atmosphere of the festival was very positive, with stalls from as far a field as France and Italy, with gorgeous breads and cheeses!After a great weekend of cake decorating success, Cake-Links are sure to be seen at the 2011 Christchurch Food Festival!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Christchurch Internaional Food and Wine Festival 2010


The Christchurch International Food and Wine Festival 2010
Takes place between the 7th and 16th of May.
You can visit us at our stall in the High Street at the International Food Market on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of May.
We will be selling cake and cupcakes, but our talented and experienced staff will be on hand to answer any cake decorating questions you may have, but best of all our famous shop is just a 5 minute walk from the high street - so you can stock up on your cake decorating supplies too!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

New Book - Eddie Spence - The Art of Royal Icing


The Art of Royal Icing
Eddie Spence's long awaited book is now available to buy.
Everything you could ever wish to know about this traditional method of Icing and decorating is here in this book.
A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to decorating cakes with royal icing.
• Tutorials, techniques and cake projects explained by an expert with over 50 years' teaching experience.
• Debut title amalgamating a lifetime's work from a master craftsman.
The Art of Royal Icing is the long-awaited debut title from one of the world's greatest sugarcrafters. With a career in cake decorating spanning over six decades, the exceptional work of Eddie Spence MBE is presented in this unique and comprehensive book, demonstrating how you can use royal icing to decorate everything from an imposing wedding cake to a modest mini cake.
Cake decorators of all abilities can learn and perfect the skills and techniques required for royal icing from one of the world's most well-respected tutors. There are ten step-by-step tutorials which take the reader through everything from simple scrolls and pressure piping to advanced techniques such as extension work and oriental string work. A collection of cake projects gives the reader the opportunity to put their skills into practice.
As a celebration of a lifetime's work from one of the world's best-loved sugarcraft tutors, a biography of Eddie Spence tells the endearing and fascinating story of how a shy bakery apprentice came to become a master of royal icing. Eddie Spence begain his cake decorating career as an apprentice baker for J W Mackie in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied confectionery and has taught Napier College in Edinburgh, Kedleston College and Wilmorton College in Derby. Eddie worked with Mary Ford for a number of years, and his world renonewd skills led him to work on several Royal Wedding Cakes, including a wedding cake for Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Her Majesty the Queen's golden wedding anniversary cake.
Eddie Spence was awarded an MBE for service to Sugarcraft in 2000.

Monday, 18 January 2010

New cupcake cases and cup cake stands

Gingham Cake Stand

New cupcake stands and cases to match


We have a great new range of cupcake cases and stands.

Pink gingham Cases and Stands

Blue gingham Cases and Stands

We also have some new Muffin Cases, Blue Blossom Cases, pink blossom cases and pink butterfly cases
Cases start at just £2.50 a pack, and the cupcake stand are just £6.99 - perfect!


Cake Decorating Supplies 

Cake Decorating Supplies 

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Diamante Alphabet


We have a great new range of alphabet letters for your cakes.
Perfect for adding sparkle to a wedding cake, each letter is adorned with diamante, and is on a silver coloured pick (approx 7cm) to secure into your cake.
The alphabet also contains an & sign, so you can have double initials, e.g S & R, for Sandy and Roy
You can even spell out names if your cake is large enough!
At just £3.99 we think these are a great addition to our ever expanding cake decoration range.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Choosing a wedding cake maker


Cake Decorating :Wedding Cakes
Choosing a Cake Maker

Recommendations are always a good place to start, talk to friends, family, neighbours to ask who they would recommend. Look in the yellow pages, remember that many cake makers work from home so don't necessarily go for the big flashy adverts! Go to Wedding Fairs, it's a good place to get ideas, but remember that the cakes on display will be fake (dummy cakes), and it's easier to get a flawless finish with a dummy cake!
A shop will be registered with the local council for environmental health checks etc, and food hygiene certificates displayed. If you are using a home decorator, ask if they have been registered, and also ask to see their food hygiene certificates (they should be no more than 3 years old). (remember food business have to register in the UK, whether or not they work from a commercial premises or home)
Ask to see pictures - any good cake maker should have plenty of photographs for your to look at.Ask if they have one any competitions etc
Wedding cake ideas.
Ask the cake maker- they should be a mine of information and ideas.
Cake Size
If you have a lot of guests e.g 200+ and rather than a monster would like normal size Cake, but it won’t be enough for all your guests, think about this - After the cutting of the cake for photographs, your cake will be whisked away by the caterers for serving. Most cake decorators can provide a plain iced cake, in the same colour as your main cake, and this can be ready for cutting in the kitchen, your guests will never know!
What if I want a 3 tier cake but don't want all that cake left over
Easy - a cake maker should be able to make you dummy tiers which would look identical to the real cakes, so it will look like a normal 3 tier cake but perhaps one or two tiers will be 'fake'

What sort of Cake to have?
Traditional Fruit Cake has begun to decline in popularity with sponge cakes and even cupcakes being the top choice. Depending upon your design you can have mixed tiers e.g. one fruit, one chocolate, and one plain sponge. Remember though that it is not just you eating the cake! Many guests would like to keep a slice of wedding cake, therefore it is nice to have one tier in fruit. Again talk to your cake maker, but at the end of the day the decision is yours!
Special Diets and Allergies?
Some Cake makers will cater for special diets, but remember that nut allergies can be more difficult, we would suggest that it could be very difficult for any cake maker to say they do not have nut trace, because they would normally use marzipan and other nut products in their kitchen.
Should we use fresh real flowers on a cake?
Fresh flowers have become very popular on cakes - check with the florist though that they are happy to decorate a cake in flowers - check that they have done it before, ask to see pictures!There are some issues such as water damage to the icing or flowers wilting! It's also worth checking that if you are having exotic flowers that they are not poisonous! Take a look at sugar flowers, you can have them hand made - but expect to pay for this high skill - some cake shops sell sugar flowers ready made - they are not as fine as professionally handmade flowers but are still popular for wedding cakes.
How can I store sugar flowers & decorations? You can safely store these for many years in an airtight container, out of direct sunlight and away from any damp atmosphere. You can also buy picture frames and Perspex containers, in which you can display your flowers.
Is it possible to keep a wedding cake tier for a Christening?
Fruit cakes can safely be kept for a few months, though people do keep fruit cake longer, most cake shops will only date a fruit cake with a best before date of 3-6 months. Sponges must be eaten within a week, but you can also freeze them for a few weeks. Again talk to the cake maker. Be aware that if you keep a fruit cake for longer than the best before date, you should take off all the icing and marzipan and put fresh on the cake - the reason - the bit most likely to go off is the marzipan, it can ferment due to moisture under the icing. The last thing you want is a mouldy christening cake!
I want a wacky cake with figures or buildings in sugar?
Talk to your cake maker! They should be able to design unique cakes, make bride and grooms in sugar, make cars, buildings, pillars in the shape of people and so on.
I want my cake to taste as good as it looks.
Talk to your cake maker! Ask your cake maker if it is possible to get a sample of cake- don't expect to get a chocolate cake sample with chocolate cigarello and sugar flowers! - You should be able to get a piece of cake with filling, so that you can try it.
Can I take my wedding cake abroad, as I am getting married outside the UK?Your cake maker should be able to supply your cake in heavy duty transport boxes, these are stronger cardboard, but you still must ensure that the cake remains level and isn’t bumped around too much! It has been known for people to book extra seats on flights just to take the cake - check with your airline. Most importantly - check whether you can take cake into your destination country! For example Australia has very strict guidance on food products.
When should we order our Cake?
As soon as possible! Trained, skilled, professional cake decorators are rare, and their talents are in high demand. We recommend booking a wedding cake 3-6 months in advance, book early.
When should we order our Cake? As soon as possible!
Cake prices vary hugely, for a standard 3 tier sponge cake you should expect a starting price of around £200 - £250, and then start adding your decoration etc on top. For a three tier fruit cake you should expect to start at around £350. If you are in London, you should look at prices starting at around £500 for most wedding cakes.
Should we make an appointment to order our Cake?
It is not always possible to take a wedding cake order on the spot . A cake maker would rather not rush your order! It normally takes half and hour to and hour to take a wedding cake order, this is to allow enough time to detail your design. It is a good idea to take with you anything relevant to your wedding e.g. colour samples, your theme, where your reception is...
Do I need a deposit for the Cake?
Most cake makers will ask for a deposit to secure the date, this is usually non refundable. Expect to pay a fairly big deposit £50-£100 or more.
When are balances normally paid?
Usually your cake maker would ask for the balance to be paid a few weeks in advance of collection or delivery. Some may take the balance on collection.
Should I expect to see the cake before the wedding. This would depend on the type of cake you've ordered, if it's all chocolate you might not be able to see until the day before, if it's all fruit, you may be able to see as far as the week before.
Important NOTE - When is the cake going to be served?
Traditionally the cake is cut just after the meal, with photos taken of the bride and groom, the cake is then taken away for cutting and is served with the tea and coffee. Many hotels will persuade you have the cake cut at the evening buffet - this sounds good, but when your guests have eaten a large meal at 3-4-5pm and then have possibly been drinking, the last thing they want to eat at 8-9-10pm is wedding cake. You need to decide whether your cake is for display, or if it is a big part of your day and you have your guests enjoy it! If you want your cake cut at the reception, put your foot down and ask for it to be cut at the reception!
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Cupcake Wrappers


New Cupcake Wrapper Designs
In Stock Now!
We've just taken stock of these great new cupcake wrappers.
Available in 4 designs - Butterflies, blossom flowers, lace flowers and broderie anglaise.
At just £6.50 for 12, they are a fantastic addition to your cupcake towers. Great for weddings, or special birthdays.
UK delivery 1-2 days!!

Monday, 11 January 2010



Elvis 75th Birthday Cake


Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday this week.
The singer, crowned the King of Pop, died in 1977.
To mark the occasion a five-tier blue and white birthday cake was commisioned to be cut by his children, in front of a crowd of Elvis Fans.


The celebrations took place at the Graceland Mansion where fans were later given a slice of birthday cake.
The cake design incorporate 75 years, white gates, a figure of an angel, and the King himself, and is completed with thunderbolts and stars. A mix of ideas, which is defined by the different shapes of cake tiers.


Valentines Day 2010




Our great new range of Valentines Day Decorations are in stock now.





We have everyting from heart decorations, sugar decorations, red icing, pink icing, Food colours, and anything you can think of to create the perfect gift for the special one in your life!






These great Hearts Cutters, are perfect for covering your cake in heat shapes.
You can also use them with pastry, make jam tarts with pastry hearts on top!





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