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An intimate wedding with a colourful macaron wedding cake

It has been a really busy weekend here at Medici Macarons HQ – 3 weddings in total!

On Friday Amanda and Dave got married at the National Trust’s Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. It’s a stunning venue deep in the heart of the woodland and set next to the river. It is quite a magical place.

Amanda wanted a macaron wedding cake that reflected the colours of the bunting that she had made to dress the ceremony room where she was to get married. But she also wanted macarons that were the flavours that she and her family loved. After some discussion I created a tower of hazelnut, pistachio, lemon curd and strawberry macarons. Both the hazelnut and pistachio macarons were made with 100% pure nut paste, the strawberry macarons had a secret centre of homemade strawberry jam and the lemon curd macarons had a secret centre of zesty homemade lemon curd.

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The tower was beautifully dressed with flowers from Amanda’s own garden and were arranged by Amanda and her best friend. It was lovely to see these friends working together to make the floral base and crown for the macaron tower.

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Amanda’s wedding was an intimate affair and the macaron wedding cake she chose held 100 macarons. Whatever the size of tower you would like I think this shows what a beautiful alternative a macaron tower can be to a traditional wedding cake.

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Many thanks to Gary at Shutterspot Photography for the lovely images.

 

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A Mexican themed wedding with a very special Tequila macaron

So what macarons do you make for a couple getting married and who love all things Mexican? Tequilla macarons of course!

These macarons were filled with a white chocolate ganache laced with tequila and lime zest, with a secret centre of tequila jelly and a sprinkling of sea salt! The macarons turned out to be lovely and complex – the type of macarons where your taste buds go on a little journey of different flavour sensations. This is what Becky Cakes from The Travelling Tea Ladies said, “I was lucky enough to taste one of these macarons and it was as amazing as it looks. A real tequila hit with Lynne’s clever tequila jelly centre. The lime came in gently encased in white chocolate gorgeousness and was left with a lick of salt on the palate”.

Many thanks to Charlotte from the wonderful Legend Bridal Designs Ltd who asked if I could create a ‘Mexican’ macaron for her friend’s wedding – I just loved being able to create this new and very special flavour.

If you would like me to create a special bespoke flavour just for you then please get in touch so we can have a chat.

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A bespoke wedding macaron made with gin

When Amy asked if I could create a gin macaron for her wedding I was delighted to say yes. Not only am I partial to a G&T myself I just loved the idea of developing a new macaron flavour. I knew creating a gin macaron would be a challenge as getting the flavour of alcohol in to any chocolate ganache is quite tricky if you want to get it right.

Amy’s preference with her gin was lime so I made a white chocolate ganache laced with gin and some punchy lime zest. If I said it didn’t take me long to get the flavour right I would be a liar! To retain the gin flavour required an amount of gin that just made the ganache too runny for a macaron filling. With quite a bit of playing around (and about 4 hours) I decided I had a wonderful tasting ganache – just like a truffle with a zing of lime and a subtle after taste of something alcoholic – but you know what? It just didn’t taste of gin.

As you will know my signature macarons are those with a secret centre usually of home made jams and jellies. But it struck me that maybe I could create a gin jelly secret centre? And that’s just what I did. I must say that what I created was something very special. A wonderful smooth, creamy white chocolate ganache with the tang of lime zest and then a really powerful gin kick.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating Amy’s special gin wedding macaron and I think maybe Amy did too, ‘Absolutely, truly amazing. Lynne, you are a wonder to behold’.

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Many thanks to James at Sugarbird Photography for this wonderful shot of my gin macarons.

If you would like me to create a bespoke macaron flavour for you then please ring and have a chat – I am always up for a challenge.

 

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And the winner is……cherry Bakewell macarons

I love making macarons (okay I know you know!) and I love creating new flavours that entice and inspire.  But I thought it would be a lovely idea to see what flavours everyone else would like to see so I decided to do a Facebook competition. The winner was picked at random and their prize – well a box of macarons in their chosen flavour.

So Ruby Ellen and her cherry Bakewell macaron got pulled out of the metaphorical hat and these beauties were posted to her. We have an almond and cherry jam buttercream with a secret centre of pure jam. The shell is decorated with royal icing and it’s topped with a glace cherry.  I so enjoyed creating these macarons for Ruby Ellen and I do think themacarons look rather cheeky with their little red noses!

This is what Ruby Ellen said of her cherry Bakewell macarons,  “My macarons just arrived in the post! They are the most delicious macarons I have ever tasted.. I couldn’t resist but to try one for breakfast~

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Creating new and bespoke macarons is something that I love doing so if you are thinking of a particular flavour that isn’t listed on flavour inspiration then just get in touch and we can talk over the options of developing a new flavour just for you.

 

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A Dior Inspired Wedding Macaron Tower

As you will know I love doing wedding photo shoots so when I was asked by Minihaha at Brachetto Weddings if I would like to be involved in a Dior inspired shoot with whites and golds my answer was a definite YES!

For a while I have been wanting to create a different style of wedding tower so I got my thinking cap on and created this tower. Using glass bead tiers and a white glass pedestal cake stand I made a column of macarons which was then beautifully dressed with flowers from Kirsty at Minnie Bees

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Here’s a photo of me constructing the macaron wedding tower (caught unbeknown to me on camera by the talented, lovely and just a little bit sneaky Kathryn). In total the column held about 180 macarons and took nearly an hour for me to create. I hope you will agree it has made a stunning centrepiece and a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

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Some of the macarons were decorated with edible gold beads and where used to provide detail at the front of the wedding tower and at the top around the top floral arrangement.

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Here’s a the full list of the creative team

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You can also check out a video from the day taken by 2 Little Ducks

Planner & Stylist – http://www.brachettoweddings.com/

Photographer – http://www.photographybykathryn.com/

Florist – http://www.minniebees.com/

Make-Up Artist – https://www.facebook.com/glambyelizabethdaisy

Bridal Dresses – http://prestigegowns.co.uk/

Dessert Table – http://www.cakesforshow.co.uk/

Videographer – http://2-little-ducks.com/

Favours – http://sobellefavors.com/

Bridal Jewellery – http://www.brachettoweddings.com/#!m-by-minihaha/c8vm

Model – Abigail Wright

 

Food for Free!

Couldn’t believe my luck the other day – I was walking with a friend when we cam across the most heavily laden damson tree. What was even more wonderful was they were the plumpest, juiciest damsons I have ever eaten. Armed with a few carrier bags we harvested about 5llbs. Even to make 7 jars of damson jelly and a few bottles of damson gin too!

The jelly is going to make a mighty fine macaron. Not sure yet whether to go for a purple shell which was the colour of the skins or a pink shell which will be the colour of the buttercream. They will make an excellent wedding macaron with their deep fruity flavour regardless of their colour. I will post photo’s of the macarons later.

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Wedding Photo Shoot

On Monday 17th March myself and the other talented members of the Bolton Abbey Weddings headed out into North Yorkshire to the stunning Cruck Barn at Appletreewick. This was my very first photo shoot and I had no idea what to expect. We had two brides and one groom, various stunning wedding dresses, a couple of changes of hair and make-up and the decoration of the barn in to a vintage, whimsical, country wedding, complete with wedding cakes and macarons of course!

The photographers were Colin and Heather from the Colin Murdoch Studio who worked like Trojans capturing the whole day and the various transformation that occurred. I’ve included some of their photo’s here.

My macaron tower. With stunning flowers by Leafy Couture.

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And truly stunning wedding cakes by Poppy Pickering and vintage china and styling from Rose Pink Vintage.