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One of my other loves in life is food and cooking, and wherever possible using wholefood ingredients rather than that processed nonsense, so you can imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to share a new cake and patisserie book with you (and give a copy away – more details on that below).

Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman is full of delicious sounding recipes using whole, natural and nourishing ingredients, and is totally free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar for those who are avoiding those foods. Not only is this a great recipe book for home baking, but it is also full of recipes that I think would be great for weddings – which is why I felt I wanted to share it with you.

Having a lovely flip through the book, I ear-marked a number of recipes that I thought would be idea for a wedding, so if you are planning to DIY some of your wedding, here are my thoughts on some edible homemade projects.

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DIY sweet treats for your wedding

I thought the Strawberry verbena granita would be delightful for a summer wedding and a delicious alternative to ice cream.

There are two pages of recipes for truffles, including the scrummy sounding Blackcurrant truffles and Camomile and honey ‘white chocolate’ truffles – all of which I thought would make thoughtful homemade wedding favours.

What about making your own Fresh mint thins (think fresh mint leaves covered in dark chocolate) to decorate your wedding cake

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Elegant white tiered wedding cake drizzled with chocolate

It’s rainy and miserable outside, so if you are getting married during the winter months (no winter wonderland of snow for us British!) then a cake that brings some cheer is a must.

We’re all about going with the seasons here at The Natural Wedding Company, so lots of colourful fresh flowers isn’t such a viable option for a winter wedding. This simple tiered white cake, with its sharp edges and chocolate dripping down from each layer, seems to be both rustic and yet elegant at the same time.

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Edible flowerpot muffin wedding favours

Today we have a great post from Jan of Maddocks Farm Organics with some great tips on how to create your own wedding favours using edible flowers. There are some truly beautiful ideas that are sure to inspire you to create some fab homemade wedding favours.

Over to Jan to tell us how to create these beauties…

Whilst increasingly popular, wedding favours are yet another expense and can be very pricey if they are not to look cheap and tacky.

An easy way around this is to make your own. Not only do they look much nicer but they also add a personal touch and can be a fraction of the price of commercial alternatives. Here are a few suggestions which are all very straight forward to make so it is job that could be delegate to the future mother-in-law or chief bridesmaid!

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Flowerpot muffin wedding favours with edible flowers

These are a sweet idea for a rustic themed garden wedding. I used a classic Mary Berry recipe (you can’t improve on Mary perfection!) but any good quality chocolate cake recipe will do or you could use a rich chocolate mousse if you prefer. The mini silicone flower pots are available from Lakeland and other online retailers.

The choice of edible flower is important if you want the ‘plants’ to hold well. Tagetes and Dianthus are particularly good for this but cornflowers also work if you add them at the last minute. We also used springs of rosemary to add to the foliage.

Floral Marshmallows

Marshmallows make a lovely wedding favour and running some edible flower petals through the mix ensures that they are as individual as your wedding.

Flower petal marshmallows

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Izzy Burton illustration

Opening up the blog to other real brides-to-be has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.  I hope you are enjoying and benefiting from the experiences, ideas and handmade projects they have been sharing here.  I’m so pleased with the outcome of this new feature that I will be looking for new TNWC Real Brides to start blogging in the autumn – if you’re interested stay tuned as I’ll be posting details on the blog shortly.

We are joined today we have the lovely Nik who is planning a relaxed coastal farm wedding at her home in Wales.  She’s sharing details of the fab hot chocolate wedding favours they’ve been making for their guests, and also some more personal thoughts on how she’s found planning a wedding alone a challenge.  

I hope you enjoy it – over to Nik…

Arranging Favours and Thank You’s – Our Last Big Job!

With six weeks to go until the wedding, we’ve been turning our efforts to the tasks on our ‘to do’ list that are able to be done in advance.  There seems to be so many things that have to wait until the week/night before the wedding, and it kind of felt as though we’d hit a bit of a ‘lull’ in the preparations, until I remembered that we hadn’t really started on one of the most important tasks – favours and gifts for our guests!  Whoops.

Heart-Warming Hot Chocolate Favours

Hand illustrated 'let love grow' wedding mug favours

From the word go, we wanted our favours to be something practical that would be used on the day of the wedding and that could be used again and again afterwards.

After much deliberation, I had a bit of a lightbulb moment and we decided that we would make hot chocolate stirring spoons for each of our guests, complete with a DIY hand-illustrated mug to commemorate the day (inspired by the work of illustrator OhNoRachio!, whose work I covet and purchase often!).

Hand illustrated 'let love grow' wedding mug favours

To add a little nod to the country we now call home, we arranged for Folksy seller Rescue & Revive to handstamp vintage teaspoons with the words ‘Llwy Garu’ –Welsh for lovespoon! Lovespoons are an old Welsh tradition, although they are typically carved out of wood.

Handstamped vintage 'lovespoon' teaspoon wedding favours

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Tiered chocolate wedding cake with summer berries

Well what a week it’s been!  Another two lovely TNWC Real Bride posts, some pretty floral inspiration, and a personal blog post to share the news that I’m having a baby.  Plus we’ve finally had some warm weather in the UK making us all cross our fingers that spring is finally making an appearance.

With that in mind I wanted to share this spectacular tiered chocolate wedding cake covered in summer berries.  It seems almost more unusual to come across a fruit cake wedding cake these days online, with more and more couples being adventurous in their cake flavours and going for something they actually love to eat.

If you are planning to decorate your wedding cake with summer berries, there’s no excuse not to use seasonal, locally grown fruit.  There are also so many fabulous local farm shops and outlets stocking excellent seasonal produce that you should search the area around your wedding venue and source them direct.  They will be much fresher and, I bet, tastier.

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Nasturtium wedding cake with Sylvanian Family cake topper

So I’ve spent ages umming and ahhing between two weddings on which to share for this week’s Cake Love feature.  In the end, I’ve opted for the one with a splash of colour as the past couple of cakes have been quite neutral.  It’s also wonderfully evocative of summer – just look at those hot red and orange nasturtiums (and edible of course!).

On closer inspection I noticed that each tier of the cake is a chocolate shade lighter, which is a nice touch, and who could resist the Sylvanian Families bunny couple cake topper!

I hold my hands up and stand guilty on this blog of indulging in childhood memories and whims, I’ve more than once mentioned my childhood love of Brambly Hedge.  I was also a massive Sylvanian Families fan, I had a little cottage and the gypsy caravan and horse.  My Sylvanian Families were forever getting married, I just wish I’d thought of using them as wedding cake toppers for our wedding!

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Demure homemade chocolate wedding cake with flowers

Today I have chosen an understated and rather demure looking cake for my Cake Love post.  No, perhaps this wasn’t made as a wedding cake, but for anyone who wants something down-to-earth and homemade looking I’d like to think this cake might encourage you to make your own cake or enlist a friend or family member to make one for you.

In our little house we are chocolate cake fans, so this cake with it’s rough icing and dense chocolatey layers appeals to me.  It reminds me of birthday cakes my mum made, and why wouldn’t you want to evoke that same kind of homely feeling and memories on your wedding day? Topped with a few garden flowers what could be a prettier wedding cake – and one that won’t break the bank.

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