I look at photos of cakes and I get inspired to do a photo shoot. Cake is a very important part in a celebration. Where ever I go there is almost always a cake.These days Old is the New and I just love vintage styled cakes, tarts, cake pops the list is endless I can go on forever.
A few years ago I photographed a wedding in South Africa there were Over 700 guests ,yes this is not a typo 700 guests.The couple dedicated 1 hour on the wedding cake and the eating of the cake each of the immediate family had to take a piece, and either feed it to the bride or groom or to a person they wish good fortune to.As I was looking upon this spectacle of cake eating guests I thought is it really good fortune to feed the bride that much cake? This got me thinking where does this tradition come from?
They also had poems about the cake, I found this very interesting ,as I have similar traditions in my culture but that would take like 5 seconds cut the cake and eat a piece.
I just realized that both me and my husband did not taste our own cake at our wedding 10 years ago.Oh well there goes that superstition we have only had good luck in our marriage so far.
Back to Cake ,wedding cakes are my favorite to take photos of. In a western wedding they are the Center piece of the wedding.Traditions has change over the years and there is much, much more to a cake these days.
In ancient Rome a wedding cake was broken over the brides head to bring good fortune to the newly wed couple.Part of me says hey lets bring that back we can have an instant trash the wedding dress photo shoot on the spot, but I will feel too bad for the bride afterwards.
One of my favorite Myths is of the croquembouche. The story is about a chef that visits Medieval England and witness a wedding where sweet rolls are stacked between the bride and groom.If they can successfully kiss over the tower of rolls the couple will have good luck in their marriage.The chef then returns back to France and invents the croquembouche.
When I think of France and cakes ,I think of Delicieux Cakes every cake that comes out of that bakery is a masterpiece a work of art and so inspiring.
Delicieux Cakes is a bakery in the heart of Epsom Surry England.It is owned by cake designer Renza Vermeulen.An artist in her own and a master at her craft. I can guarantee you it wont just look beautiful at your wedding or function it will taste divine too.
I am quoting this from her website :
“I have a sweet tooth, inspiring me to start baking cakes at a very young age. My very first design, at age four, was a mud cake. Carefully crafted out of garden soil, decorated with fresh flowers and slices of fruit. Mum was furious!”
She no longer uses soil, but now opts for the highest quality ingredients. Being a qualified dietitian with years of experience in catering, she is always able to accommodate clients with special dietary needs.''
I found myself reading this with a smile on my face.Renza has inspired me through her cakes and I hope that she can inspire you too be it for your wedding day or birthday or just because.
All photos courtesy of Delieux Cakes.