We admit it, we’re kind of Harry Potter nerds here at C&D, so when Tej asked us to come up with a Harry Potter cake for a mega-fan, we were all over it! We love the magical, chaotic Diagon Alley, and thought that incorporating it into the design would make for a super fun cake. Our clever decorators hand-made and painstakingly hand-painted each shop-front, creating a very tasty diorama of the real thing. The cake is topped with a (very shiny!) chocolate frog, Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand, the Marauders map, and a big mug of Butterbeer, of course.
We love bespoke work, not least because we get to spend a few hours hand-making cute little Cars/Unicorns/Minions/(Insert current Pixar character here), but also because the whole team gets involved in the creative process. Bespoke cakes don’t always have to be huge, bank-breaking sugarpaste-heavy affairs, and sometimes a delicious dreamy buttercream cake with a few special pieces will do the trick nicely!
Our small gang of office-based cake-obsessives love to come up with bespoke ideas for any budget, and there’s no project too small for the talented decorators in the kitchen! We love this cute little Disney Cars cake we did for Sebastian a few weeks back!
A little casual Googling tells us that the Mr Men Characters were first brought to life in 1971… that makes us feel incredibly old, but is also a testament to how timeless these moralistic little guys (and ladies – let’s not forget the Little Misses!) are. Check out this super fun mix of hand-piped and 3D modeled Mr’s we did for Clara this weekend!
It’s that time of year again, and as much as we’d like to avoid it, it’s inevitable… We’re not talking about the greying sky, the shorter days or the end of Summer, but rather… the end of Bake Off! Tonight marks the very last GBBO as we know it, and we’re going to be consoling ourselves with more than a couple of baked goodies while we curl up to watch the Bake Off finale tonight.
In brighter news, we had the amazing opportunity to support the NSPCC with the annual Childline Ball. This year was extra special as it marked 30 whole years of Childline. This year, the team at NSPCC teamed up with our favourite TV show ever (GBBO obvs!) for a completely Bake-Off themed ball! To ensure an authentic Bake Off experience, we helped to create a Technical Challenge, by providing uniced C&D Cupcakes with plenty of buttercream and sprinkles, for the guests to recreate, and be judged on, some designs we’d prepared earlier.
The evening was captured by the talented guys at CPG Photography, and we’ve included our favourite moments for you here!
Who knew that four years could pass by so quickly? It feels like just yesterday that Olympic fever struck our lovely city. Now it’s Rio’s turn, and we’re super excited… finally some coverage of professional trampolining on National Television! The guys at Seven Dials PR are excited too, apparently, as they commissioned us to create these Olympic themed cupcakes to send to their lucky clients.
When Jo asked us to create her wedding cake and told us to do whatever we wanted, we were pretty excited. The amazingly talented head of the Crumbs kitchen, Sally, created this masterpiece from her own imagination, and we think it’s brilliant. Each beautiful tier is a different decadent flavour inside, which means there was something for all 150 guests. Congratulations Jo!
Despite a particularly inclement July, there’s no denying that it’s Summer in the UK, and that means it’s wedding season! We’ve had the honour of supplying cakes and bakes to many happy couples over the years, and we love how different each wedding is! These particular nuptials were pretty exciting, as the lovely bride and groom, Ani & Patrick, let us loose on their dessert table. Left to our own devices, we created a range of sweet treats to keep everybody going long into the evening, and the result is pretty amazing. Congratulations, Pat & Ani!
Last week was one of our favourite in the London calendar – Pride week! What’s not to love about a celebration of equality, acceptance and love? Oh and let’s not forget all the rainbows and glitter…
We turned our Soho Store into a homage for all things Pride related, and didn’t hold back at HQ either. Here’s one of the many amazing rainbow cupcake orders we made last week!
We can’t count the number of Alice in Wonderland inspired orders we’ve been asked to do, over the years. There’s something so compelling about Lewis Carroll’s characters and the magical world that they inhabit, that the story has been rendered timeless. We love working with this theme, as it allows us to be playful and creative, and no two orders are ever the same.
This beautiful two-tier buttercream cake is a soft Vanilla Sponge with a Piñata centre, full of mini smarties, that are just begging Beatrice & Otelia to “eat me”…
Ahoy, land lubbers! OK that’s all the pirate lingo I have for now, but luckily this order speaks for itself. Hector may only be four, but he knows what he likes, and what he likes is PIRATES! We did this amazing Pirate cake, complete with hand-painted treasure map and a quite menacing looking skull & crossbones, for this birthday this weekend!
If you don’t have a child (or you aren’t) under the age of 12, you probably don’t know who the Octonauts are…. but even if you don’t, you can’t deny that they’re pretty cool dudes. What’s not to love about anthropomorphic animals who live under the sea and go on rad adventures? Nothing! Here’s some super cute Octonauts themed cupcakes we did for a, you guessed it, Octonauts themed birthday party!
Despite appearances (drizzly cold June days, anyone!?) Summer is creeping in slowly, and that means it’s WEDDING SEASON! We love how different all of our brides and grooms-to-be are, and how they each have a unique vision for their big day. Emily sent us photos of the beautiful Hydrangeas they’d arranged for the day, and we did the rest. Congrats Emily!
Here’s some fun American Football Cupcakes we did for Max and Matthieu’s 9th Birthday, complete with sugarpaste trophies, chocolate footballs and buttercream grass. Happy Birthday boys!
While our HQ in Wandsworth is all about bespoke orders and delivering treats around London, our shop in Soho works a little differently. In our small but perfectly formed bakery upstairs, our team bake really exciting and seasonal flavours every morning, as part of an ever-changing menu. Here’s a closer look at a few of the amazing flavour creations coming out of C&D Soho!
We’re loving fresh, spring flavours like Pistachio and Rose, which has a pistachio sponge, pistachio cream filling and is finished with fragrant rose buttercream, pistachios and crystallised rose petals. Also gracing our counters is Nutella Ella Ella; with a Chocolate and Hazelnut sponge, Nutella whipped cream filling and a Nutella Swiss Meringue Buttercream, this is the ultimate diva of the cupcake world and regular guest star at C&D Soho. We can’t get enough of the ridiculously cute Jammie Dodger; Raspberry Sponge, Strawberry filling, splodge of jam and mini Jammie Dodger on top – how could you not love this guy?
As Summer slowly slinks in, we’re taking inspiration from our favourite drinks for some of our newer flavours. OK so maybe a cupcake isn’t what we’d recommend to quench your thirst, but we wouldn’t blame you for trying, with flavours like Pink Lemonade, Piña Colada and Cherry Cola.
Find some of these guys, along with loads of fresh, seasonal flavours in our Soho Store!