As Britain’s flower beds come to life this month, we’ve collected together unusual and stunning floral-based creations from bakers across the country.
Spring’s bakery offerings include striking succulents, poached apple roses, and a teal bouquet of flower pops. There’s plenty of fancies to awaken your imagination – and taste buds – with ombré, mirror glazing and retro colour palettes proving popular for crafted flower bakes. Here are highlights from some of the UK’s most creative bakers:
Terrarium Cupcakes from Little Bear Cakery
These coffee and walnut cupcakes are topped with coffee buttercream and edible coffee ‘soil’, rose gold dusted cherries and intricate handcrafted sugar leaves. The complex creation hails from east London business Little Bear Cakery.
Flower Cake Pops from The Cake Pop Company
Chocolate cake, wrapped around a buttercream centre, is dipped into blue candy chocolate, which is then topped with an edible flower. Available in bouquets from eight to 108, each measures about 4cm and is individually wrapped in a cellophane bag with silver twist tie. Based in Oxfordshire, The Cake Pop Company specialises in creating handmade cake pops.
Cactus Cake from Emma Page
This piped buttercream cactus creation with edible dirt wouldn’t look out of place out on rolling desert plains. Created by Emma Page, it is covered with an especially resilient buttercream that remains fresh at room temperature for over a week, and is described as being stable enough to pipe into elaborate floral arrangements with realistic volume and crisp edges.
Poached Apple Tarts from Lily Vanilli
These tarts are made up of poached apple strips that impart a shiny, deep red colour. Underneath, the blooms conceal a custard filling. They were created by graphic designer turned cake-maker Lily Jones, who amassed a celebrity fan base with macabre cake creations (such as marzipan beetles) before opening her own bakery. Her first site is based in London.
Ombré Rose Cake from Rosalind Miller
A three-tier cake covered in hundreds of sugar roses coloured with a pink-to-burgundy ombré effect. Underneath, the roses can conceal artisan sponge flavours, from lavender to elderflower to saffron and cardamom. Rosalind Miller supplies bakes to the Harrods food court and high-end wedding superstore The Wedding Gallery.
Assorted Flower Cupcakes from Colehill Kitchen
These cupcakes use buttercream moulded in the shape of roses and hydrangea clusters. Unique colour choices impart a distinction to the bakes, and include a multi-coloured buttercream the bakery uses in unicorn-themed goods. Based in south-west London, Colehill Kitchen specialises in bespoke handcrafted bakes – including a range of literary children’s cupcakes thematically linked to Beatrix Potter and Alice in Wonderland.
Black Forest Rose Cake from Julien Plumart
This decorated gateau features a mirror glaze, speckled chocolate collar, and hand-crafted rose top in a rich orange red. Flavour-wise it incorporates cocoa sable, almond and chocolate. A French patisserie based in Brighton, Julien Plumart makes handcrafted macaroons and mousse cakes, among a host of other intricate French fancies, large and small.
Orchid cake from Red Rose Bakery
A simple three-tier sponge adorned with black ribbons and delicately wrought orchids, this straddles that line between modern and timeless perfectly. Based in central London, Red Rose Bakery has been running since 1958.
Hydrangea Cascade Ombré Wedding Cake from Sugared Saffron
This pink hydrangea cascade proved popular last year at The Ritz, according to its creator, with its chic pink ombré flowers and clean, minimalist base. London baker Sugared Saffron has had its modern creations featured in plenty of books and newspapers over its seven-year history.