Eggs...check. Flour...check. Sugar...check. We all know what goes into making a cake - some of us can even avoid burnt crusts, runny icing and soggy bottoms. But to make wedding cakes that are truly something special takes a little bit extra; a little bit of magic.
Not many cake makers possess this magic - the ability to create a cake that takes away our breath as instantly as it takes away our toned waistlines, the skill to sculpt edible art without compromising taste or texture, and the creativity to weave each couple's personal story into every individual bake.
However, in her kitchen in the heart of Chelmsford, Essex (where for every over-used mixing bowl there shines a fairy light, and for every exhausted spatula, a classical composition serenades in sympathy), Fiona Byrne of Fifi's Cakery weaves her baking magic day by day, week by week.
Fiona has created a world that enchants all who come to visit her, and, whether a loved-up couple, a friend seeking solace, or a fellow wedding professional turning up to talk business; no-one leaves Fifi's Cakery without the weight of the world feeling a little lighter on their shoulders and a slice of cake resting comfortably in their stomach.
In April, it was my job to help Fiona visualise this sense of magic and enchantment that lies at the heart of Fifi's Cakery. What better setting than a wooded wonderland?
Let's take a tour of the enchanted world of Fifi's Cakery...
Once upon a time (well OK... one month ago),
A cake maker and a photographer ventured where no humans go.
To a land where marvellous magic fills the air,
And mystical creatures dance without a care.
We packed our cars with cameras and lenses,
And wonderful bakes that excited all senses.
Now some of you won't believe in magic at all,
But we know that you would if you'd have seen what we saw...
Upon on a leafy bed of autumnal rust,
Sat cupcakes sprinkled with fairy dust.
Whilst macarons and springtime flowers,
Sought shelter and safety from short April showers.
Forlorn winter branches shivered in envy,
As wedding cakes glowed with a golden-leafed frenzy.
And edible flowers lay resting their head,
On an icing-coated duvet atop a sponge cupcake bed.
Ruffle upon ruffle, tier upon tier,
Cake-making artistry seemed to magically appear.
Never in our lives had we witnessed such a scene,
Where pastels and pinks weaved amongst the brown and the green.
As if not to be outdone, the damp soggy ground,
Became a place where macaron toadstools could easily be found.
Whilst deep amongst the dark woodland floor,
A moss-woven heart made our souls' spirit soar.
It really was an incredible day,
Filled with sugar-coated magic and fairies at play.
But don't feel forgotten and don't be upset,
As the most exciting thing, that I haven't told you yet...
Is that all of this magic and wonder can be yours;
Simply give Fifi's Cakery a quick little call.
To contact Fiona you can call 07429140296, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Fifi's Cakery please visit her website at www.fifiscakery.com.
We would love to hear your comments and thoughts! Who has a favourite a cake from the shoot? Let us know below.