Weddings and Markets

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 :)

Cupcakes in different shades of purple to match the wedding colours

Cupcakes in different shades of purple to match the wedding colours


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!

The entrance to Heron Square where the market is held.

The entrance to Heron Square where the market is held.

Easter hols and time to get arty

I haven’t had to go to work for a week and I’m getting rather used to it – I’ve still been getting up reasonably early in the mornings but having time to get on and do things without having to battle the tube in rush hour twice a day has been fab.  One of the things I’ve been doing is making new blackboard signs for our market stall, using some tips I discovered on Pinterest.  I wanted to do something freehand rather than order signs online (after all, the whole idea of the Little Lemon Bakery is that everything is hand-made) and so I followed three simple steps and ended up with signs that I’m really happy with.

Step one was to print out the wording I wanted to use and the Little Lemon logo, then tape them lightly to the blackboard so that I could outline them in pencil, leaving a faint imprint on the blackboard:

Outlining the textStep two was to go over the outline with pencil to make it nice and easy to see:

Drawing the outlineAnd step three was to paint!  I found a nice lemon yellow crafters’ acrylic in Hobbycraft:PaintingI liked the result so much that I did another one, for the Barkery:

The Little Lemon Barkery


I’ve also made some new signcards for our taste samples seeing as they went down so well at the last market:

Sample signs  So that’s all the crafty bits done; next week the dog-biscuit-baking commences!