Deliciously decorated cakes with Charlotte White
Visitors to the Farm Shop & Deli Show on Tuesday 19th April are in for a treat when they will have the opportunity to learn how to make-over frumpy everyday cakes into seductive treats that are as delicious as they are glamorous. This session, taking place at 11.30, will be hosted by the fantastic Charlotte White, author of Burlesque Baking.
Charlotte White is the creative mind and busy hands behind Restoration Cake. Since its beginning in 2009, Restoration Cake has built a reputation for bespoke Wedding and Celebration cakes with a flair for the dramatic. Ahead of next week’s Farm Shop & Deli Show session you can find out more about Charlotte and her glamorous career.
Where it all began
Charlotte’s passion for cake design started in her Nana’s kitchen and her love of opulent design has grown from a love of history and the arts. Charlotte now works with each of her clients to create stunning, edible, works of art that taste every bit as good as they look.
Baking for the famous
Previous clients have included Dame Vera Lynn, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and The Old Vic Theatre. Charlotte has also been commissioned on a number of occasions by ITV, creating cakes for personalities such as Ben Shephard and Richard Arnold as well as a stunning tiered cake for the very last final of Dancing on Ice.
Several of Charlotte’s cakes have been featured in the press but none more so than the three-tiered Star Trek Borg Cube Cake, created for the UK’s first Klingon Wedding.
Charlotte has written two cake decorating books, the most recent of which Deliciously Decorated being published by Ryland Peters & Small in February 2015. Charlotte’s previous title Burlesque Baking was published in February 2014 by the same publisher. Both books seek to return glamour to the kitchen, one cake at a time.
Talking on TV
Charlotte appeared on ITV’s Lorraine in April 2015, alongside Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, in the popular segment ‘Let Them Tweet Cake’. The feature comprised live studio appearances and recorded masterclasses. Charlotte has also appeared as an expert on The Great British Bake Off.
Up close and personal
Charlotte regularly sells out her classroom demonstrations at The Cake & Bake Show and also performed in The Cake & Bake Super Theatre in London, Edinburgh, and Manchester in 2015. Keen bakers and cake decorators have also been able to watch Charlotte’s Burlesque Baking roadshow in the Kenwood Kitchen Theatre at The Goodwood Revival , The Ideal Home Show Xmas (Manchester) and at The Foodies Xmas Festival in London.
Looking forward to getting back ‘on the road’ in 2016, Charlotte kicks off her year by hosting the main Chef’s Theatre at The Foodies Festival in Brighton over the May Day Bank Holiday.
Charlotte regularly appears as a guest on BBC 3 Counties Radio’s Weekend Kitchen show – the recipe sheets in which her cakes appear are the most requested at the station. Taking pride in her ‘face for radio’ Charlotte has also appeared on BBC Radio London with Gaby Roslin several times and is a favourite on the vintage radio scene.
Charlotte’s approach to Cake Decorating, sweet baking, and the teaching of sugarcraft, is completely new. Whilst inspiration may come from vintage fashion and Baroque art, the approach to teaching is all rock’n’roll. Charlotte is passionate about her craft and her mission is to demystify the art of Cake Decorating for a new generation.
What is Charlotte's favourite recipe?
Glamorous Ganache Cake - Chocolate Mud Cake. Sometimes, I get asked what my favourite cake is to bake; it’s this one. Hands down. No question about it. You’ll thank me for this one when your kitchen is filled with the heady scent of chocolate and you taste this beauty.
Charlotte has been kind enough to share her recipe with us for Glamorous Ganache Cake - Chocolate Mud Cake, just one of 40 delectable recipes for show-stopping cakes, cupcakes and cookies from her 'Deliciously Decorated' cook book.