On to one of our favourite fair trade topics – the wedding cake.
With the Fairtrade mark stamping more ingredients than ever before, you can have (forgive us) your ethical cake and eat it too.
In fact, it has come a long way since 2007 when we could only find two sources of Fairtrade wedding cakes for Fairtrade Fortnight. Now there are many talented suppliers and we just wish we could try them all. But before we get lost in the world of buttercream icing, we are excited to announce that we’ve been lucky enough to have Miranda Gore-Brown from The Great British Bake Off share two of her ideas for delicious wedding cakes.
Miranda was judging a Fairtrade Bake Off last weekend with a copy of her book, Biscuit as the prize. You can pick up your own copy of Biscuit here.
The white chocolate rose ganache
“This is a rich chocolate cake made with melted dark chocolate that can be covered with white chocolate buttercream and then finished with a delicious white chocolate ganache.”
Miranda told us she loves to “stack two cakes with a cake dummy in between filled with stunning fresh flowers or foliage and fill the layer between the cakes with beautiful creamy roses. This cake would also look stunning with brightly coloured gerberas, dark red roses or dark green foliage and perhaps snowberries.”
Mmmmm scrumptious! And don’t forget to take a look at our post on Fairtrade flowers to consider combining this recipe with fairly grown blooms if you want to add another sugar coated layer to your wedding cake.
The cupcake tower
Next up is the firm favourite: the cupcake tower. Miranda’s version was made for a February wedding and she decorated it “with hand-rolled chocolate roses and decorations. The “I do” cupcake toppers are simple to make and add a personal touch.”
Or even Biofair organic fair trade quinoa flour (but try this at home before you present it to your wedding guests as I’ve no idea how it would turn out!).
Suma organic and Fairtrade icing sugar from Mauritius which is a must-have item in an enthusiastic baker’s cupboard.
Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract was the UK and Europe’s first organic Fairtrade vanilla extract and they also have 5 flavoured Fairtrade sugars to experiment with.
Let’s not forget the Fairtrade chocolate – we pay very close attention to developments in this area.
Divine 70% dark chocolate with raspberries – heaven (I’ve got some hidden in the cupboard!).
Green & Blacks
“There is no Mr Green and Mrs Black. Green symbolises their strict organic principles and black the intensity of their chocolate”
If you don’t rate your wedding cake making skills (or those of your partner / aunt / uncle / nephew… insert relevant relative), then here are some awesome cake designers that are committed to using Fairtrade and organic ingredients.
Celebration Cakes by Celeste
Celebration Cakes by Celeste based in the Midlands, UK are “…very passionate about what goes into their cakes” and we love their detailed ingredients page that lists all the Fairtrade ingredients they use. Unsurprisingly, this talented lady has won several awards for the design of her cakes as well as their taste.
Amy Swann Cakes
The sugar flowers of Amy Swann are like no other, we had to look twice to check if they were edible. Simply beautiful and inspired by all things vintage, we are delighted that Ms Swann uses Fairtrade ingredients wherever possible.
Choco Mallow Coco
After years as a trained accountant, Chloe Hill-Thomas started Choco Mallow Coco in 2011. She is committed to using organic and Fairtrade ingredients wherever possible.
We hope you are feeling the sugar high and that we haven’t left you running out the door to the nearest cake shop. Is that the time? Actually, must dash, a cup of tea and slice of Fairtrade carrot cake is calling.
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