A few months ago a very good friend of mine asked me to make her wedding cake (eek) and I was thrilled to be asked so I said of course I would. It was a little bit nerve-wrecking as I’d never done a wedding cake before and even more so because it was for a friend! Kate and Joe chose a red velvet cake and seventy-five cupcakes (half of them lemon, half of them traditional sponge, one which was gluten- and dairy-free). I spent the whole day (and evening) before the wedding making and icing the cakes so that they’d be as fresh as possible, spent a couple of hours tying and glueing ribbons around each cupcake case and the next day we drove to the venue with the cakes in the back of the car, as careful as if we’d had the crown jewels in the boot!
I was really pleased with the way they turned out and, more importantly, Kate and Joe really loved them. The wedding was fab, Kate looked beautiful, Joe looked handsome and we had a brilliant time. In fact, I’d love to do it all over again
After the excitement of the wedding, we had another market to prepare for. Considering the awful weather we had last time and the fact that the forecast this time was for blue skies and sunshine, we made a mountain of fudge in readiness for hordes of customers and a stampede. The weather was indeed blue and sunny, but the market wasn’t actually much busier than the previous one. We had a great day, and friends dropped in and out throughout but we ended up with a fair bit of stock left so we decided to visit the Richmond market the following Sunday so that none of it went to waste (or worse, down the neck of yours truly and my nearest and dearest – our dentist would have loved us).
Richmond is beautiful and the market there each Sunday is a really nice mix of artisan stalls and delicious food. We discovered Monkey Char teas (bought some heather and peppermint tea, yum) and made friends with a few of the other stallholders – that’s one of the nice things about running a market stall; you end up meeting the same people and get to know them. Some of our friends popped along to browse around the market and to say hello which always brightens the day, and we came home knackered but this time we were dry – definitely a bonus!