Spring Cleaning with Go-Electrical

April 15th, 2015

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 Our Spring Cleaning offers are online now.

Here at Go-Electrical we know how important it is to have a lovely, clean house but we also know that cleaning isn’t necessarily what you want to be doing when the sun is finally beginning to shine again (sshhhh don’t scare it). We have looked through all our cleaning products and selected some of our most effective cleaning and laundry appliances to help you get that Spring Clean satisfaction. Here’s a closer look at three of the products:

AEG-ATT7920BP-Aptica-Pet-Cylinder-Vacuum-Cleaner-BlueThe AEG Aptica Pet cylinder vacuum is specially designed for pet owners who have to tackle pet hair in their homes. That is battle that can be won with the help of the Aptica’s Pet Turbo nozzle, purpose built to lift hair from furniture, floors and clothing. This vacuum can also help stay on top of any annoying odours in the household as it comes with a special carbon HEPA filter system, which removes up to 99% of allergens.

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The Samsung Motion Sync Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is designed to make vacuuming your home as hassle free as possible, with it’s ‘Motion Sync’ design, this is probably the most maneuverable vacuum you offer! The unit’s HEPA filtration also helps to remove dust and dirt, however that isn’t all it does. The specially designed filter system is there to capture and hold air-borne allergens and those pesky dust particles, helping to keep your household air hygienically clean.

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Lastly for this blogpost, the Rowenta silence steam generator iron makes ironing out creases that bit quicker and easier. Rowenta’s own microsteam 400 stainless steel soleplate means this is a high quality bit of kit, designed for maximum steam output. This allows the the iron to produce 120g of steam per minute, meaning you will be able to easily glide through any pile of ironing you’ve accumulated and wave goodbye to all those creases. Steam generator irons are much more powerful than a standard steam iron, by creating such larger amounts of steam, which pumps constantly and consistently through the iron’s soleplate, they allow you to get through the ironing all the more quickly.

 So have a peruse of our offers, get the house spotless, then get outside and enjoy the Spring!

To take a closer look, and to take advantage of these offers visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go-Website for more appliances and offers coming soon.

Make Easter Simple With a Little Help From Go-Electrical

March 23rd, 2015

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 With Easter fast approaching on Sunday 5 April, our Easter Offers are here to help.

From the food preparation to the relaxing afterwards, our Easter offers are designed to make hosting Easter Sunday lunch that little bit simpler.

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We have the specialist 3 Piece Carving Set from Richardson Sheffield. This set contains a carving knife, a carving fork and a sharpening steel, making it an all in one package for carving a roasting joint. Then there is the Richardson Sheffield V Sabatier 5 Piece Knife Block Set, with a saving of £100 on offer for the Easter period.  These high quality knives, constructed using over 170 years of Richardson Sheffield’s expertise, will soon have your vegetables cut to size. 

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For a more all purpose food preparation solution, look no further than the KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor in Brushed Nickel, which has a saving of £150. The Artisan Food Processor combines KitchenAid user-friendly and stylish sensibilities with the robustness and stability of die-cast metal. Part of their wide and iconic Artisan Range, the food processor is a great appliance to make an assortment of kitchen preparation tasks easy. Three bowl sizes, three different blades and four assorted discs mean the KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor will perform fantastically in any kitchen.

We have two Tefal pan sets on offer this Easter holiday. Firstly the Jamie Oliver By Tefal 3 Piece Hard Anodised Saucepan Set as well as the Tefal Ingenio Enamel The Complete 13 Piece Set. The Tefal Ingenio has the clever Tefal detachable handles, making storage a doddle and the pans are suitable to be used as storage containers, meaning a home for any leftovers.

The Le Creuset 3-ply Stainless Steel 35cm Rectangular Roaster is the perfect size and shape for roasting, poaching, baking, bain–marie cooking as well as searing meat. From the trusted ‘3-ply stainless steel’ cookware range by Le Creuset, the roaster utilises the latest multi-layering technology; a core of aluminium is sandwiched between two layers of premium grade stainless steel. This means heat gently and evenly spreads from the base the rim, ensuring no hot-spots. Perhaps best of all, the roaster is dishwasher safe meaning no arduous scrubbing in the sink when you could be munching chocolate eggs.

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And after the table is cleared why not use the AEG Moda Mio Favola Coffee Machine And after the table is cleared why not use the AEG Moda Mio Favola Coffee Machine to create a perfect espresso? Lavazza have created 10 flavours for their ‘A Mode Mio’ coffee pods – ensuring there’ll be a coffee to suit you. Purchase an AEG LM5000 Mode Mio Favola coffee machine from the Go-Electrical website and we’ll includeFREE AEG Lavazza milk frother (worth £59.99), making it easy to have a barEaster Sunday afternoon.

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Please not the order deadline for Easter delivery on all these items is Wednesday 1st April at 2pm.

To take a closer look, and to take advantage of these offers visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go-Website for more appliances and offers coming soon.

View Quest Retro Radios

March 3rd, 2015

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With Mother’s Day less than a fortnight away, now is a great time to highlight the beautifully designed, retro radios available from View Quest.

The View Quest Retro DAB+ Radio combines View Quest’s five-star rated sound quality with Emma Bridgewater’s lovely retro design.  This model is available with both the 30-Pin and Lightning iDocks.

A versatile digital radio like the Retro by View Quest allows you to enjoy rich sound quality thanks to dual ultra-wide speakers, which lead to What HiFi awarding the Retro five stars.

View Quest radios effortlessly combine retro design with the latest DAB+ technology, with 10 digital and 10 FM radio station presets you can listen to your favourite stations at the touch of a button. Plus, via the iDock or the 3.5mm aux input, your own music library is accessible through any other audio device.

We also have the Retro Mini in stock, available in 14 colours, including three Emma Bridgewater designs!

VQ ask “why should the technology we buy only be black or silver?” and with the popularity of these designs, it seems many of us agree with them.

These radios are all on offer until the 16th of March.

To take a closer look, and to purchase one of the View Quest Radios featured in this post, visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go website for more View Quest Radios coming soon.

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KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Offer

March 2nd, 2015

Until 12th April, purchase a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer 4.8L and receive three gifts worth £188.

With their sleek, stylish design and availability in 25 colours, these stand mixers would look fantastic in any kitchen, traditional or modern.

The Artisan mixer is very user friendly. The single attachment hub turns the machine into so much more than a food mixer. The motor is direct drive, the advantages of this are; quiet in operation, constant speed with any quantity, reliable, long lasting and energy efficient.

With it’s planetary action invented by Herbert Johnston in 1919, the Artisan mixer is every baker’s best friend, as it ensures a fast and thorough mixing thus producing a lighter, more aerated mixture.

Everything about this mixer has been designed to make it look outstanding. Each machine is coated in baked enamel this not only makes the Artisan stand mixer easy to clean but prevents scratching and chipping easily.

On top of this, purchase from the Go-Electrical website now and also receive:

To take a closer look, and to take advantage of this offer visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go website for more KitchenAid appliances coming soon.

New Dualit Classic Kettles Due This New Year

December 24th, 2014

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After popular demand Dualit launch the new Dualit classic kettle range; the perfect partner to Dualit toasters.

Dualit have combined their iconic classic design with their own patented revolutionary technology to create the stylish and sleek classic kettlesDesigned to co-ordinate with classic, vario and combi toasters.

Available in copper, polished stainless steel or clay. The Dualit classic kettle features a large 1.7L capacity, super-fast 3kW heating element and ergonomic grip handle.

Dualit’s patented ‘Whisper Boil™’ function makes the ‘Classic Kettles’ the quietest range of kettles that Dualit have designed to date. The Dualit Classic kettles have been awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s ‘Quiet Mark’ mark of approval.

The Dualit classic kettle has truly been built to last. Featuring an innovative and patented replaceable heating element, helping to extend the lifetime of the kettle.

To take a closer look, and to purchase the new Dualit Classic Kettles visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go website for more Dualit appliances coming soon.

Newgate Clock Competition

October 31st, 2014

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Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and either Retweet a Competition Announcement Tweet from the Go-Electrical Tweet stream (https://twitter.com/goelectrical) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’.

It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we will be made aware of the entry via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 12.00 on 31/10/2014 and 23.59 on 6/11/2014 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. In accordance with Twitter’s rule we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win a Newgate Clocks FAP584EK Petite Gallery II Wall Clock Ebony Black. More information about the prize can be found here https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/newgate-clocks-fap584ek-petite-gallery-ii-wall-clock-black.html.

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 100 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 100 likes must achieved by 23.59 on 30/10/2014

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

Win this Pure Evoke D2 Portable DAB Digital Radio

October 24th, 2014

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Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and re-tweet our Competition Announcement Tweet (https://twitter.com/Goelectrical/status/525640362782904320) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’. It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we can track entries via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 14.00 on 24/10/2014 and 23.59 on 30/10/2014 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. All tweets must adhere to The Twitter Rules. In accordance with Twitter’s rules we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win a Pure Evoke D2 Portable DAB Digital Radio (Walnut). More information about the prize can be found here https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/pure-evoke-d2-portable-dab-digital-radio.html.

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 100 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 100 followers must achieved by 23.59 on 30/10/2014

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

Introducing The All New PURE EVOKE D2 and D4 Radios

September 2nd, 2014

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The new EVOKE Mio collections by PURE effortlessly combine iconic PURE design with class-leading sound. From this it is clear to see why PURE digital radios are such in demand audio devices.

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Two new models have been launched this August – the EVOKE D2 Mio and EVOKE D4 Mio. Both models have a stylish leather effect casing and are available in seven on-trend colour options, almond, aloe, cerulean, charcoal, pewter, raspberry and scarlet. The new colours have been carefully selected, taking inspiration from 2014/2015 key colour trends.

For more casual music streaming, you can use the built-in Bluetooth to stream wirelessly from a huge range of mobile devices both inside and outside of the home.

The EVOKE Mio radios sound just as beautiful as they look. A great depth of sound and solidity is achieved with a wooden casing. The perfectly tuned speaker and digital amplifier deliver market-leading audio that PURE radios are well renowned for.

Listen to your PURE EVOKE D2 or D4 radio wherever you go by purchasing the optional ‘ChargePAK’. ChargePAKs are innovative rechargeable battery packs, so much more economical than regular batteries and significantly kinder to the environment too. PURE are confident when it comes to the quality and reliability of their products so much so that they now offer a 3 year warranty across their audio range.

To take a closer look, or to purchase the new EVOKE Mio D2 and D4 visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go website for more PURE radios and speakers arriving soon.

Totally Tropical – Roberts Release The Revival RD60 DAB Radio in Four Limited Edition Colours

June 20th, 2014

We burst into Summer 2014 with the release of Roberts limited edition Tropical Revival RD60 DAB radios. Available in four new bright colours – marine teal, zesty lime, sunburst orange and hot pink.

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Marine teal arouses memories of the warm waters of the Aegean Sea.

Zesty lime evokes vivid images of Rio Carnival with its colour and vibrancy.

Sunburst orange is as its name sake suggests an explosion of colour.

Hot pink is a lively and fun shade remindful of summer festivals.

Roberts have effortlessly combined iconic 50’s retro design with DAB/digital radio technology. From this it is clear to see just why Roberts revival radios are such an in demand, cult gadget.

Take a closer look and purchase a limited edition Roberts Tropical Revival Radio, visit the Go-Electrical website now. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Go website for more Roberts radios arriving soon.

Cool Contemporary Cakes for Every Celebration

March 3rd, 2014

Cake designer Steph Longbottom shares some of her amazing creations and offers her tips on creating sweet treats for any occasion.

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Steph Longbottom, 25, from Barnoldswick, Lancashire, was always more interested in eating cakes than making them. As someone who always used packet mixes to make her sweet treats, Steph fell into baking when she made her son’s first birthday cake almost three years ago. Now owner of cake designing business Betty Buttercream, she tells us how to create that perfect celebration cake.

Flavour versus Design

When creating a celebration cake, it’s easy to get carried away with the look of your final design. But it’s important to focus on the flavour as well as the fondant.

“You need to think about the way your cake looks and tastes. For me, one without the other makes the whole process a waste of time. It’s all about getting that balance exactly right.

“I like to really focus on the flavours. I actually wrote all my own recipes because I wasn’t happy enough with existing cake recipes,” says Steph.

When it comes to creating your own recipe, you’ve got to put in the hours to achieve perfection – as Steph knows all too well.

“I baked every single day until I perfected each recipe. Before I went into baking professionally I used to love packet mixes. I really thought about the elements that were in my favourite mixes and looked for similar recipes online to take certain aspects from those as well.”

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Pictured above: Steph’s ‘Tutti Fruiti Cupcakes’ – Madagascan vanilla sponge with a sweetie filled bubblegum and tutti frutti frosting.

“I made these for a young lady who wanted to surprise her sweet-toothed friend,” says Steph.

She describes her baking style as eclectic and creative rather than practical and organised.

“Because I use my own recipes, I tend to alter them every time. I’m quite eclectic in that way. People say baking is an exact science, and it is to an extent, but I will change things to suit what someone has asked me for.

“If I think a tiered cake should be denser, I might alter how much flour I use, or if I think a particular cake would suit a more gooey texture I’ll change my recipe accordingly.”

The Farm

Pictured above: ‘The Farm’ – a quirky spin on a traditional wedding cake using green fondant and a tractor topper.

“This cake was chosen by the bride as a surprise for her husband to be. The design features the whole family plus a cheeky sheep.”

I Can’t Live Without My KitchenAid Mixer

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Pictured above: Steph’s mixer proudly displayed on her kitchen worktop.

As a professional baker, Steph knows how important it is to have the right tools for the job – particularly for something as important as a celebration cake.

“I have a gorgeous baby pink KitchenAid mixer, which I won at a baking competition. It was great because I’d been using a wire whisk until then, but since having the mixer I’ve realised how important they are in baking.

“They make the process so much quicker, and it’s all about quantity as well – I can make larger amounts. If I ever needed to replace my mixer I would do it straight away, I don’t think I could live without it now.”

Steph was surprised to find out how easy it is to use a mixer.

“I was shocked to find how simple it is to use them. It’s got a mechanism to drop the whisk up and down and buttons to control the speed, that’s all there is to it.”

Essential Tools for Tempting Treats

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Steph’s electronic scales are equally as important when it comes to baking her next masterpiece.

“I couldn’t live without my electronic scales either. If I halve my ingredients, I like to see the amounts exactly, so I have some standard kitchen scales which I actually have a spare set of just in case anything happens to them.

“You need some really good baking pans as well. I generally stick to the big-name brands as I’m more inclined to think the equipment is going to work well.”

‘Keren’s Rose’ – a wedding cake made using polystyrene dummies. Only the bottom is edible – a Victoria sponge with Madagascan vanilla pods and sweet raspberry conserve.

“The bride wanted a floral look but was allergic, so I hand crafted each rose and all the foliage too. A very traditional and elegant creation.”

Making Your Luxury Cake on a Budget

Baking a cake doesn’t have to be a costly process. Even for a luxury wedding cake, Steph says there are still ways to achieve it on a budget.

“Naked cakes are quite big at the moment. They’re basically just a cake without any fondant. People are starting to use them for weddings and I think they’d be really nice for birthday parties too.

“I do a lot of dummy cakes, where you add polystyrene tiers which are covered with fondant and placed on your cake for decoration. That can be a cheaper option too.

“If you want a six-tier cake, just have one or two tiers edible. The price difference is huge. Once you start to understand how many people a six-tier cake will serve, you’ll probably realise you’d have to invite a lot more people or have loads of cake left over.”

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Pictured above: ‘The Marquise’ – a traditional Victoria sponge encased in delicate ivory ruffles, pearls & flowers.

“This cake travelled from Lancashire to Gretna Green on the bride’s knee! It was named after the bride and groom as he had lots of input in the design too.”

Although amateur baking has become popular, Steph wouldn’t advise people to make their entire wedding cake.

“Personally I wouldn’t like that pressure if I was a novice baker. I think something like a wedding cake is such a huge responsibility. You might be able to make a naked cake, but I wouldn’t like to teach myself how to use fondant a few days before my wedding.

“If you have some cake design experience, sourcing a standard cake and decorating it yourself is a cheaper option and way to add your own style and flair to your wedding.”

Make Your Wedding Cake Unique

In recent years, the cake industry has become more fashion orientated.

“Traditionally with wedding cakes you’d get a three-tier fruit cake with white or ivory fondant and piped designs. A lot of the more experienced bakers are amazing with piping, but newbies like me don’t know much about it because we don’t get asked for it these days.

Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes

‘Ebony and Ivory’ – A selection of the cupcakes created for a large black and ivory inspired cupcake tower. Flavours included fudge chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla.

“The bride wanted to incorporate roses and lace, which created an elegant vintage theme, proving that cupcakes can make a big impact at weddings,” says Steph.

“I think it’s just more fashion orientated now. For me personally and a lot of people, it’s as big a deal as the dress is.”

When it comes to flavours, Steph also says it’s important to find something that’s right for you rather than your guests.

“People often include a vanilla sponge in their cake if they’re having a few tiers, as that generally appeals to everyone.

“I think it’s more important to find something that represents you and what you love. If it’s a really good-quality cake it will get eaten. I don’t think there are many flavours of cake that loads of people dislike. Find something that you want rather than thinking ‘oh but nanna won’t like that very much.’ It’s your cake.”

Out-of-the-Box Wedding Cakes

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If you’re looking to create something a bit quirky, there’s nothing wrong with going for something totally out of the box.

“I once made a cake with an Xbox design. It was a traditional ivory three-tiered cake with cascading flowers, but the second tier was a black Xbox and the top tier was a stack of games.

“The bride took the designs of popular games and changed them to things like ‘maid of honour’ and other things that represent getting married. I put those on to edible paper and included figures on the top with the groom holding a controller.

“It was actually a surprise for him. He saw the cake for the first time at his wedding, so that was really nice to be a part of.”

For her own wedding, Steph’s chosen some of her amazing cakes as centre pieces.

“I have so many different cakes that I love, I’ve decided that for my own wedding, instead of centre pieces and table decorations I’m going to have a different cake at every table. That way I can have lots of different styles and flavours.”

Family-Friendly Baking

Steph often gets her three-year-old son Frank involved with creating new recipes.

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Pictured above: Frank posing with the gingerbread house and caramel shortcakes he and Steph made for Santa.

“I generally try out new recipes with my little boy who’s three. We’ll bake them together and I’ll decide whether or not to put them up on my Facebook page. Frank loves helping me and has his own little pinny and chef hat.”

She believes there are lots of plus points when it comes to baking.

“Just seeing how happy people can be over something that’s come out of your oven is amazing. People get so emotional over the final design, quite a few of my customers have actually cried. It’s just phenomenal. It keeps your house smelling really nice too – that’s a major plus point.

“Baking is a cheap and fun family activity. It’s been around for hundreds of years and will always be with us. Anybody can give it a go, so what a wonderful thing to share with your children, friends or relatives.”