<![CDATA[The Frostery - Blog]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:16:12 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[THE GARDEN OF EDEN - A Bridal Paradise]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:22:20 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/the-garden-of-eden-a-bridal-paradise
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A profusion of summery English country garden flowers in vibrant shades of purple and magenta by Red Floral Architecture, a Frostery cake inspired by a weathered garden jardinière suspended on the most extravagant stand spanning 12 feet of floral fantasy, striking gowns supplied by Knutsford Wedding Gallery, Cheshire, luxurious and exclusive romantic bridal accessories by Ann McAvney of Eleventh Heaven and flawless hair and make-up by Flossy and Leigh combine to create this visionary bridal paradise inspired by the very first love story.  The exquisite images were captured by Teresa C photography. See how it all came together in the fascinating glimpse behind the scenes film by Marry Me Films.  Our stunning bride is Amy Gee from Boss Model Management.
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<![CDATA[Extreme Cake Makers]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 12:34:57 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/extreme-cake-makersNot every bride and groom would be happy to have a Channel 4 film crew gatecrash their wedding but we were delighted when Aachal and Nickhil agreed to let the cameras follow the story of their wedding cake and we're especially grateful that they welcomed us into the magnificent Monastery in Manchester which provided the stunning setting for their wedding day last November.
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The initial design sketch
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Aachal & Nickhil's wedding cake
Making any wedding cake is a huge responsibility and to be filmed making it for national TV added to the pressure.  It took a while to get used to the cameras and crew invading our workspace but the team from the production company, Boomerang, immediately put us at ease and were extremely patient with us!
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Suzanne being filmed by Luke from Extreme Cake Makers.
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Luke (L) and Tom (R) from Extreme Cake Makers with Suzanne at the end of filming
The exciting thing about this cake was the abundance and colours of the sugar flowers which helped give it a real impact and despite the cake's modest size, ensured it would have the impact that Aaachal and Nickhil wanted - even the church's vast nave.
The Frostery has had the privilege of designing and making several cakes for weddings and events at The Monastery over the past few years and it really is a special place.  Designed by Edward Pugin, Manchester's Monastery is considered to be his architectural masterpiece and is recognised internationally for its architectural and spiritual significance . As a wedding venue The Monastery is breathtakingly romantic, peaceful and truly inspiring.  http://www.themonastery.co.uk/
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The Monastery alter
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Stained glass windows around the alter inside The Monastery
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Inside The Monastery
Suzanne Thorp from Extreme Cake Makers
"Extreme Cake Maker" Suzanne with the finished wedding cake
A special thank you to Aachal and Nikhil for letting us into your beautiful wedding.
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<![CDATA[Autumn gold creative shoot at Dorfold Hall]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:03:20 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/autumn-gold-creative-shoot-at-dorfold-hall
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With its fabulous period features and intriguing romanticism, Dorfold Hall was the perfect backdrop to our Autumn gold creative photoshoot led by Red Floral Architecture.  Rather than the russets, bronzes, and fiery, flaming shades that nature glories in at this time of year, we decided to present our ideas using a palette of Autumnal colours inspired by golden October light, gentle white frost, verdant green moss, copper leaves and the ghosts of lavendar.  Dorfold Hall's magical quality highlighted our model's vampy appearance designed by Flossy and Leigh with exquisite jewellery by Eleventh Heaven and the haunting beauty of this seasonal showcase was captured beautifully by photographer Phil Drinkwater.
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The hand-piping on the cake was inspired by the ornate plaster ceilings at Dorfold Hall and the plaque in the rococo gold frame took the current fashion for marbled cakes a step further and using edible paper I tried to create a look of part polished, part rough, pink granite.
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The magnificent arrangements and room dressings by Red Floral Architecture were full of texture and interesting foliage with white and gold pumpkins, green moss, large succulents, game bird plumes and of course beautiful white flowers with touches of  rose gold. The gold stags head featured on the cake and on the dressed stairs surrounded by dozens of twinkling candles.
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Thanks to Debbie and Andrea for bringing an incredible team of professionals together and for co-ordinating the whole thing and to everyone at Dorfold Hall for being such wonderful hosts for the day.
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And finally...see how it was all put together in this behind the scenes film by Marry Me Films.
Venue Dorfold Hall
Flowers Red Floral

Cake The Frostery
Film Marry Me Films
Photography Phil Drinkwater
Hair and make up Flossy and Leigh
Accessories Eleventh Heaven
Bridal Dress from Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique
Lighting by Lightech Ltd
Shoot coordinated by Andrea from Fabulous Day  and Debbie from Better Together Weddings
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<![CDATA[Our anniversary and a bit of Coronation Street history]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:31:20 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/our-anniversary-and-a-bit-of-coronation-street-historyIn a few months time we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary at The Frostery. Whilst we're looking forward and busy making plans for the next five years, we thought we'd take a quick look back too.  Highlights of our first five years are undoubtedly winning two prestigious awards – The hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Award for Best New Wedding Cake Designer in 2013 and The Wedding Industry Award for North West Wedding Cake Designer of the Year 2016, an award for which we’ve been nominated for again in 2017.
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North West cake designer of the year
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The 2016 Wedding Industry Awards
Whilst that first award was received just two years after opening, Suzanne had being making cakes professionally long before she opened The Frostery.  Malcom Gladwell famously observed that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field and it’s pretty safe to say that Suzanne has served her time.
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Suzanne’s parents owned their own successful bakery selling homemade bread, pies and cakes and she was often roped in during school holidays to help out. 

After originally setting out on a different career path - she studied physiology at University - her light bulb moment came twenty years ago when she realised that sculpting cakes was what made her happy.  Her natural artistic talent meant that she could hand-paint children's characters on cakes and experiment with different techniques to create different textures and unusual finishes.
She won several awards as a student cake decorator and was named Cake Decorator of the year at the British Baking Industry awards in 2003 whilst still working for her parents.  
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Cake decorator of the year 2003
Having established a great local reputation, Coronation Street bosses soon heard about their cakes and whenever there was a storyline which needing a cake, it was Suzanne and her mum, Florence who were asked to make it.  So, with the anniversary of The Frostery approaching we decided to dig out some of the old photos of cakes made for Corrie back when Suzanne was still mastering her craft.  See if you remember some of these celebrations on the Street!
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<![CDATA[North West Wedding Cakes]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:48:48 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/location-location-locationpart-2Having established (sort of) yesterday, in which county The Frostery is located (both Yorkshire and Lancashire!),  we definitely feel rooted in the North West.  Most of our weddings take place at a Cheshire or Lancashire venue. We love the occasional trip through Yorkshire but most of the time we'll be heading down the M56 to Cheshire and beyond, travelling around Manchester or heading north, through Lancashire on the M66.  Whilst our rural location means that it takes a little longer to deliver and set up cakes than if we were more centrally located, the scenery more than makes up for the extra miles. However there are particular challenges that come with being right on the outskirts of Lancashire.  The perception can be that it's a long way to come, particularly when you're in the middle of planning a wedding but we're easily accessible by road and rail and a day in Saddleworth could be just the break you need.  After your cake tasting and design consultation at The Frostery you could embark on a stunning waterside walk through a dramatic landscape at Dovestone reservoir, the northern gateway to the Peak District National Park.  Or you could combine choosing your wedding cake with a visit to one of the other fantastic wedding suppliers that are located in Uppermill (see below).

We normally have consultations at our shop on Saturdays, when you can the opportunity to sample our cake and discuss your design ideas and wedding themes with Suzanne over a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of English sparkling wine.  You can request an appointment here.  Alternatively, on 28th February 2016 we will be heading up to the magnificent Eaves Hall, in the heart of  the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, with a collection of our wedding cakes, where we are one of a selection of  carefully picked wedding suppliers to be exhibiting at the Dream Wedding Fair.

So as the wedding season starts to gather momentum, we're already looking forward to the wedding cakes we have booked in at some of our favourite venues; Heaton House Farm, Cheshire, Colshaw Hall, Cheshire, Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, Eaves Hall, Lancashire,  and The Midland Hotel, Manchester, amongst many others.]]>
<![CDATA[Cakes from Lancashire or Yorkshire?¬†]]>Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:19:24 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/location-location-locationThe Frostery is located in a the village of Uppermill in Saddleworth, which is an area made up of rolling moorland and gritstone villages. It is an important tourist area from which the local economy is boosted by the large numbers of visitors each year.  But where is it exactly? A simple question you might think.  Not so!  The map below shows the area of Saddleworth to the East of Greater Manchester on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, but to which county does it belong?
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Saddleworth is  entirely on the western side of the Pennines, however Saddleworth’s links with the County of York can be traced back in history to Norman times.  By the beginning of the twentieth century the greater part of the ancient Township of Saddleworth had administratively become an Urban District within the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The 1974  local government reorganisation created new administrative borders, but in many cases they did not follow the traditional county boundary lines.  The government of the day made it clear that the changes were only for administrative purposes and that the ancient or geographic counties had not been abolished.  This has been reiterated many times since, however much confusion remains.  In the case of Saddleworth, the administration moved from Wakefield in Yorkshire to the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham in Lancashire but the geographic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire did not change and therefore geographically Saddleworth remains a part of Yorkshire. 
So where is Saddleworth?  It's in the County of Yorkshire, administered by Oldham MBC in the County of Lancashire. 
Reasons to visit Saddleworth include:

Uppermill : the ‘retail centre’ and home to many wedding suppliers including The Frostery wedding cakes, Tim Simpson Photograpy, Eden Floral Stylists, Adele Howarth-Winstanley Bride (bridalwear), Blush Boutique (bridalwear), Charlotte Mills Bridal (bridal shoes), Mi Abode (interiors and styling), Argento (jewellery).
Dovestone : an area of outstanding beauty which attracts visitors who walk, climb, sail, walk the dog or just sit and watch the world go by.
Castleshaw : an area of historical interest with its Roman remains and other items of archaeological interest.
Delph : a village with a thriving art community and home to the Millgate Arts Centre.  The latter is home to the Saddleworth Players and hosts other local concerts.  It was also used in the films Yanks and Brassed Off.
Dobcross : a typical Pennine village also used in the film Yanks.
Diggle :  home to the entrance of the Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which is the highest, longest, deepest canal tunnel in the UK.

Thanks to the Saddleworth White Rose Society and Saddlewoth Parish Council for providing some of the information included here.
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<![CDATA[The Wedding Industry Awards 2016]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:47:26 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/the-wedding-industry-awards-2016
We are extremely proud to have been nominated by one of our brides as Best Wedding Cake Designer in the Wedding Industry Awards 2016.

Anyone who had a wedding cake from us in the past 12 months is eligible to vote and the deadline for voting is 5pm on Friday 23rd October 2015.

And what a 12 months it’s been!  During the past year we’ve sent cakes all over the North of England and Wales.  In one week in August we started the week on the North West coast with a cake in the beautiful Blackpool Tower Ballroom.  The next stop was with a cake for a wedding in Darlington in the North East.  This was followed by a short stop off back in Manchester with a cake for the first ever wedding at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse before setting off for Wrexham for our final cake of the week. 

There's been a real variety of cakes this year and from the first sketch to the final flourish we’ve enjoyed making every single one.  From the small and stylish to lavish 7 tiered towers, we hope every cake was thoroughly enjoyed at the time and provides cherished memories for years to come.  The biggest compliment of all is when our wedding cake customers come back to us for their children’s Christening and birthday cakes.  

I couldn’t have done all this without the help of The Frostery team.  Despite having retired twice already, my Mum has been back at the shop helping me get through the orders!  But we’ve now been joined by two new cake decorators, Kim and Stella, so hopefully Mum can now retire for good!       With the team in place, at last we have time to take stock and plan for next year.  We will be announcing our season of masterclasses for 2015/16 very soon - Thanks to all who have enquired for being so patient.  Our next job will be to have a bit of a move around in the shop to give us a bit more room for all our cakes! 

03/11/2015 update.....The Frostery has been shortlisted for the North West Award...Now it all starts to get just a little bit exciting! Thank you to everyone who voted.
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<![CDATA[Faberge Inspired Sugar Egg]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:14:56 GMThttp://thefrostery.co.uk/blog/faberge-inspired-sugar-eggEarlier this year Suzanne was asked to create a sugar egg for a feature in Cake Masters magazine.  Fourteen UK cake artists each contributed a 30cm high egg inspired by the eggs made by the House of Faberge.  Suzanne's design was based on the 1902 clover leaf egg made of green gold, platinum, rose-cut diamonds and rubies.  The "surprise" inside Suzanne's interpretation of the egg is a cute little fairy holding a fairy cake.  Karl Faberge was appointed supplier to the Russian Crown and the clover leaf egg was one of the Imperial Easter eggs made as a gift from the Tsar to the Tsarina.  As a humorous nod to the history of the Faberge eggs and the current popularity of baking and cake decorating, Suzanne's egg was adorned with a  hand-painted portrait of the UK's Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry.
The egg was exhibited at Cake International, London between March 27th and 29th, 2015 and is currently on display at The Frostery in Uppermill.
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