Upgrade a simple white cake with layers of sponge in graduated shades and a side of cupcakes.

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Vanilla cake with white chocolate filling, £150 (serves approx 50), cake stand, £15 to hire; vanilla cupcakes, £1.50; cupcake plate, £3 to hire, thecakeparlour.com. Personalised cake topper, £11.41, Ready Go at etsy.com. Cupcake toppers £8.95 (opart of a cupcake kit; containing 24 cases and 24 sorted toppers), borrowedbluepress.com. Plate, 30p, fork, 36p, both to hire, jones.co.uk. Flower arrangement, £180 (plus £15 vase hire), amandaaustinflowers.co.uk (Avalanche, Vendela, Bombastic, Keanu, Sweet Avalanche, Purple Power, David Austin and spray rose, ranunculus, Sarah Bernhardt peony and lilac)

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As seen in the September/October 2012 issue of Brides