First wedding cake 2019

First wedding cake 2019!

I so very rarely ask professional photographers for images and try to photograph my wedding cakes myself at the venue (with little success) and even more rarely receive them unprompted – that makes Laura Calderwood a very special photographer indeed.  The images of Zara & Tom’s day(s) which Laura has provided are fabulous – so I just had to blog them!  And, I’m never just interested in the wedding cake images so have downloaded many and found it difficult to whittle them down to an acceptable number for this blog post.  Here goes…

The wedding venue

Carlton Towers… a magnificent Grade I listed Victorian gothic country house in Carlton, North Yorkshire, England.  What a place to say, “I do”!Carlton Towers

Fireplace goals…Carlton Towers table setting and fireplace

The wedding styling

The couple chose Natasha Jane Events who styled the venue beautifully…

Mirror seating plan at Carlton Towers

Wedding reception styling at Carlton Towers

Natasha Jane Events styling and florals at Carlton Towers

White rose and foliage floral styling

Mirror seating plan at Carlton Towers

The Design Process

As the wedding planning was happening remotely, after a number of emails, I had an initial telephone consultation with Zara after which both she and Tom were very sure they wanted me to create their wedding cake.  So, they secured their date prior to meeting me or tasting my cakes.  Right from the outset Zara had her heart set on my ‘Maike’ design.  Given that I never make two cakes the same, we tweaked it to suit Zara & Tom’s styling.

The bridesmaid dresses

Then, we considered the maids’ outfits – specifically their deep red colour for some pops of colour on the cake…Red bridesmaid dresses and green and white floral bouquets at Carlton Towers

The wedding dress

And we also considered Zara’s dress… those ruffles!  Zara was clear she wanted cascading sugar roses on the wedding cake, which left no room for any sugar or wafer paper ruffles (less is more!)  so, instead, I used royal icing brush embroidery to introduce this element of the dress into the wedding cake design.Bride walking down the aisle smiling at Carlton Towers

The final design

Amanda Earl Cake Design cascading white roses and foliage wedding cake sketchWedding cake consultation

I met Zara & Tom a month or so later, along with Tom’s parents too, and fed them lots of cake!


After much deliberation they plumped for…

  • Masala Chai – aromatic sponge spiced with home made masala chai, infused with cardamom syrup and layered with masala chai buttercream…masala chai cake slice
  • Caramel & Praline – caramel sponge layered with almond praline buttercream and home made sea salted caramel sauce.  Zara’s really not keen on almonds though so we substituted hazelnuts for the almonds.  sea salted caramel and praline cake slice
  • Madagascan Vanilla – classic Madagascan bourbon vanilla sponge layered with Madagascan bourbon vanilla buttercream and raspberry conserve.

The wedding cakewhite rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake

Some close-ups…

…and at the venue… captured beautifully by Laura Calderwood Photography

white rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake in situ at Carlton Towers

white rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake at Carlton Towers

white rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake in the card room at Carlton Towers

closer image of white rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake at Carlton TowersCloser…closer still image of white rose cascade and green foliage three tier wedding cake at Carlton Towers

close up white rose cascade and green foliage wedding cake

close up white rose cascade and red hydrange blossoms

close up white rose cascade and ivy wedding cake Hair goals…rear image of brides tousled long wavy wedding hair

achieved by Anna Stephenson Professional Hair & Make-Up Artistbride and groom marrying at Carlton Towers

The bride & groom

black and white image of bride and groom facing holding hands

groom placing wedding ring on brides finger

bride and groom holding hands smiling at each other

groom cupping smiling brides face

All married!

newly married walking down the aisle at Carlton Towers

smiling bride and groom facing each other on the steps of carlton towers

bride and groom smiling embrace

bride and groom walking and smiling at one another

bride and groom smiling

bride and groom embrace

bride and groom smiling and embracing

bride and groom embrace

bride and groom asian wedding dancing

groom and groomsmen asian wedding dancing

Zara & Tom, cutting their wedding cake…
bride and groom cutting three tier white rose cascade wedding cake

Professional wedding photography

Never scrimp on your wedding photographer.  Always choose the absolute very best you can afford.  That way, you get images like these here.  Priceless.  Thank you so much to Laura Calderwood Photography for providing unbridled access to Zara & Tom’s image gallery!  As the wedding cake maker I’m somewhat on the periphery though still very much invested in your wedding day.  So, I just love it when I get to peek into it.  Bit nosey like that 🙂 .

Lovely words

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Bespoke wedding cake design

If you’re planning a Yorkshire wedding (I’m based in Harrogate and deliver to venues throughout Yorkshire and parts of the North East) and would like to commission me to design and create your wedding cake please feel free to get in touch!

With love, Amanda x

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