This week, my grandparents celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Having met at the age of 12 (my grandfather was delivering newspapers to my grandmother's house at the time), they got married at 26, and 60 years on they are still happily married - though a little more eccentric than when they first met. They're a couple who love an excuse to throw a party, and this was no exception. The whole family were involved with the planning, and I was asked for advice on the all-important cake. Would a wedding cake be appropriate, I thought? I knew I wanted it to be super-special and show-stopping, but I didn't think a traditional tiered cake was quite right.
Thankfully, Christine Taylor at Choccywoccydoodah was at hand to advise, and together we came up with a bespoke design that they loved. If you're a second time bride, or just a girl who likes to break the rules, then make sure you check out their wonderfully quirky chocolate sculptures. They really have to be seen to be believed, but you'll get a good idea of their style by logging onto Be inspired by the relatively understated Rose Doric design in white chocolate, which would be beautiful for a summer wedding. For a modern city wedding, choose the show-stopping chocolate shard cake and if you can't make up your mind, then the completely 'way out' Mr & Mrs Smith Design, offers something for everyone... birds, butterflies, flowers and a personalised chocolate banner.
Once you've settled on a design, choose from the four equally delicious flavours - the legendary chocolate cake, boozy chocolate and fruit cake, lemon or spicy ginger. Prices start from £350 for a single tier cake, which will provide up to 50 portions.
In case you're wondering, I chose the Sweet Pea and Cabbage cake for my grandparents, which was a real hit. The only person who was less impressed, was my two-year-old niece who was quick to notice the sugarpaste caterpillar in one of the cabbages!