There are wedding cakes and then there are Cakes by Robin. For brides-to-be who want to impress, they turn to experienced cake designer Robin Green to create something truly bespoke.
Although Robin is a dab hand at creating tiered towers of sugary florals, it's her more unusual designs that turn heads. In fact, she's probably best known for taking elements of a couple's personalities and translating them into cake form. But don't think novelty; think memorable.
"My favourite wedding cake was a stunning Indian elephant cake," says Robin. "After a summer of white and off-white wedding cakes, we were asked to come up with a bespoke design for a couple who were happy for us to run with an idea - the remit was 'colourful' and 'Indian-summer inspired'. This elephant cake is what we came up with… I literally fell in love with it! Since then, we've recreated it in lots of different colour combinations, with or without the elephant, round or square tiers, as opposed to the cushions. Whatever way it is done, we get so many compliments about it."
So what's big for cakes in 2016? "It's going to be an exciting year for cakes," says Robin. "The key trend seems to be 'super pretty'. We are still getting requests for naked cakes but with a move towards buttercream finishes or semi-naked cakes. Colour-wise, we predict that there will be a lot of lilac and lavender, while ornate metallic finishes on cakes - using gold leaf or a lustre effect - will continue to be popular."
Are Robin's designs too good to eat? Definitely. Can we resist? Not likely!
Available in 10 different flavour combinations, from a delicious traditional vanilla Victoria sponge to moreish salted caramel, anything goes! Prices from £375 for a 3-tiered cake; www.cakesbyrobin.co.uk