Six popular Norfolk cake trends for all occasions
PUBLISHED: 10:29 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 20 September 2017
Nothing says celebration like a cake, and the choices are endless! From fun cupcakes to masterpieces that will leave you reluctant to cut that first slice, there are so many options. Here we speak to the great and good of Norfolk cake baking to discover some of the popular options.
1. Mouth-watering mail-order
You can order pretty much anything online now, and Holt-based bakery Sponge has made it super easy to order cakes at the click of a button. These delicious home-made sponges can be delivered to your doorstep the next working day, which is ideal if you’ve forgotten someone special’s birthday.
If you’ve got a big celebration coming up they can cater for that too, with various packages available, including the latest addition corporate party boxes, which come complete with a sharing sponge made up of 14 different flavours, baby sponges, tea and coffee sachets, party hats, table sparkles, party poppers and balloons.
2. Fairytale feast
The world has gone unicorn crazy! They’re everywhere, including cakes.
“The unicorn trend has been around for quite a while now and doesn’t seem to be slowing up,” says Katie XXXXXX from Katie’s Cake Box on Norwich Market. “As well as having unicorn cookies available at our stall each week, we get lots of requests for cupcakes and cakes.”
Katie says they are great for all sorts of celebrations, from birthdays and christenings to baby showers, although they haven’t had a unicorn wedding cake request… yet! “They are great fun and I think will make any celebration a little more magical,” says Katie.
3. Make your cake… and eat it
How about releasing your inner Mary Berry, and instead of just admiring and eating your cake, you could actually make it? Victoria’s Kitchen holds cake decoration classes in Acle every month and also offers parties in your home or chosen location.
“We have a lot of hen parties,” says Victoria Gadsdon of Victoria’s Kitchen. “Cake decorating is always popular for these groups as it suits the young and old, and who doesn’t like cake?”
4. Fabulous freakcakes
You must have heard of freakshakes – the overindulgent drink and dessert mashup that made its way here from Australia a couple of years ago? Well, the freakcake is the cake version.
Ellie Reynolds from Ellie’s Cakery explains: “A freakcake is a cake of your choice, filled with sauce, curd or buttercream and covered in a buttercream or ganache. Then the fun starts! The cake is dripped with chocolate or coloured icing and piled high with yummy treats. The flavour combinations and topping options are endless!” This makes them ideal for any occasion and, as Ellie says: “These cakes really have the wow factor.”
5. Stylish baby shower showstopper
If icing shaped into dummies, bottles and prams isn’t your idea of a stylish baby shower cake, then how about this elegant option from B’s Bakes?
Bekka Page of B’s Bakes says that their customers are looking for something bespoke and eye catching but elegant, therefore moving away from the traditional themed celebration cakes.
6. Is it really cake?
Illusion cakes were the first showstopper for The Great British Bake Off 2017. They’re one of the most complicated cakes to get right, but when they are it’s hard to believe they’re actually edible.
Imogen Davison, from Sugar Buttons Creative, loves making illusion cakes. The most unusual one she’s been asked to make was a Cthulhu cake – a sea monster which resembles an octopus.
“Most of my epic illusion cakes have taken several days to make, with various stages and processes involved,” says Imogen. “The Sharktopus cake had a large sugar paste-covered board which took several hours to hand paint in edible colours.”
So is there anything Imogen thinks she couldn’t make? “I think I can make pretty much anything out of cake – I love a creative challenge!”