Expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


I'm yours

I'm yours

Q. How can we personalise our big-day bake to bring our story to life and highlight the romance?

A. Lindsay Albon says: In years gone by, the most popular way of personalising a wedding cake was by adding a replica bride and groom topper. Many couples still choose to do this, but with new and creative twists. We've seen everything from crotched Mr and Mrs dolls to little peg people and mini Lego figures.

There are many alternatives to making your cake truly yours. Bringing in the theme of your day is a real showstopping way to do this. For example, match lace elements from the dress or incorporate features of the table settings. You could even colour coordinate the bake's embellishments, and replicate your flowers either in sugar or as real blooms. We're seeing more couples opting for their initials in a monogram feature, which is often designed to reflect the wedding invitations or place names.

Your big-day bake is a blank canvas, and can become a real statement piece. It's an edible piece of art that brings the whole wedding to life.

Lindsay Albon


Bright bakes

Bright bakes

Q. How do I incorporate my vibrant colour scheme into my cake design?

A. Katy Quinn says: So, you're not a pastel kind of couple? No worries, the cake doesn't have to be something you buy because you think you need one or because of the photo opportunity it presents. Practically anything goes with wedding cakes, they can be a real expression of who you are and your journey as a couple. I had a couple recently that came in for something plain and by the end of the consultation we had a life-sized Hedwig owl sitting atop their cake!

It's very common to choose colours that run throughout your day from the invitations to bridesmaids' dresses and table dressings. Don't forget the cake is something else you can use to highlight your colour palette. Vibrant hues can be hand-painted on to your cake or included in a floral arrangement. It's possible that you might want to remember a loved one who can't be there on your big day, but their favourite colour was yellow. In this case a nice bright sunflower is a winner.

Sitting down with your cake designer is an absolute must, and don't forget, we're creative folk and love a challenge!

Katy Quinn,Quinn Cakes