Layer Cakes The Essential Collection Ebook Cove Cake Design

Layer Cakes Ebook Launch

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My First Ebook!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my first ebook, Layer Cakes – The Essential Collection on Wednesday 18th November 2020. My business very much started from a love of baking delicious layer cakes and importantly, experimenting with flavour combinations. My flavour profiles have been what has regularly drawn clients to choose my cakes for their weddings and celebrations. I am often asked about my flavour inspiration and the recipes I use, demonstrating a demand for ideas and quality recipes in the cake making community. Having shared recipes over the years on my blog, I always wanted to do something a little bit more, to arm people with the skills and inspiration to create cakes of taste. I wanted to write a book.

Why an Ebook?

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My ultimate dream was to write a hardback book that would grace the shelves of bookshops the world over. I started to research this avenue only to discover many disheartening tales of rejection, loss of creative direction, and ultimately low returns for the years spent working on a book. I wanted to get my recipes to my followers and have control over what I produced. With the digital age an ebook was an obvious and simple choice as a starting point on my book writing journey.

What is Layer Cakes – The Essential Collection about?

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I wanted to start my collection at the beginning. Layer Cakes – The Essential Collection is a collection of key recipes, tips and techniques that aims to enlighten and inspire amateur and professional cake makers alike to make layer cakes of flavour. I took the most common cake flavours, such as Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Coconut, Coffee etc, and and provided ‘base’ cake recipes for each. These recipes are all suitable for layered cakes that are used in wedding and celebration cakes. A chapter on fillings such as jams, curds, caramels and icings/frostings allows readers to create fillings and icings from scratch. The book then provides a variety of flavour combinations using these cake and filling recipes, each with a twist on classics. Flavour pairings such as Vanilla Pear Macadamia, Chocolate Blackberry Bay and Coconut Black Sesame Passionfruit, are sure to spark interest. My ultimate hope is that readers will be inspired to create their own combinations too. I can’t wait to see what you make!

What If I Am A Baking Novice?

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This book is for you too! I wanted my recipes to be attainable and relatively straightforward for all levels of baker. I have started the book with baking tips, techniques and essential equipment. In many instances I have provided alternatives for those who don’t want to invest in unusual or expensive tools or ingredients. I have given ideas on how to decorate with items such as flowers and other edibles. I have also included a step-by-step photographic guide for filling and icing a cake with buttercream icing.

What Recipes are Included in the Ebook?

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This is the exciting bit! I worked hard on creating the recipes in the book to give achievable yet interesting cake flavours. There are a few classics such as Lemon Blackberry Lavender or Chocolate Pear Salted Caramel, but my favourites are Almond Matcha Raspberry, or the cover cake, Coconut Black Sesame Passionfruit. All cake flavours can be simplified if preferred, for example Lemon and Blackberry alone makes a wonderful combination. Or indeed I hope the base cake flavours and filling recipes allow readers to create their own flavour combinations.

Who Helped You With The Book?

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I am so grateful to a wonderful team of creatives who helped me pull this together. Firstly I took a course at Food Photography School earlier this year which gave me further skills and confidence to take my own photos for the book which I am so proud of. A few key photos in the book were also taken by the talented Claire Brown Photography who did my original branding work for me. I am so grateful to my sister, Emma Brady, a professional copyeditor, who worked so hard on editing my text. I was thrilled to work again with my wonderfully talented graphic designer, Natalie, from Keady Row, who ultimately brought the book to life. Natalie succeeded in creating an ebook that has the look of a glossy lifestyle magazine, and importantly has a style that is right on brand with Cove Cake Design. Finally I must thank my web developer Mick from Smudge Design who was on hand as always to assist in the website side of getting things done.

So How Do I Buy the Book?

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It’s easy! The book will be launched on Wednesday 18th November 2020 and will be for sale through my online shop. It is downloadable in pdf or epub format for reading on your preferred device. As a further incentive when you buy the ebook you will be entitled to exclusive access to my new private members Facebook group, Cove Cake Design Baking Club, where we can share our experiences with the recipes, give further tips, and ask and answer questions. Sign up to my mailing list at the top of the page to be notified of the launch to make sure you don’t miss out (and shh…to receive an exclusive mailing list member discount!).

Thank you so much for your interest in my cake recipes and support of my little business. I hope when you buy the book and try the recipes you will enjoy the process and results. Don’t forget to tag me on social media, @covecakedesign #ccdlayercakes so I can see and share your wonderful bakes!

Suzanne x

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Christmas Cake Postal Gift Box Cove Cake Design Ireland

Christmas Cake Postal Gift Boxes

Christmas Cake Postal Gift Boxes Ireland

Christmas Cake Postal Gift Boxes

I am delighted to launch my Christmas Cake Postal Gift Boxes. Filled with delicious treats, Christmas Gift Boxes are available for postal delivery throughout Ireland. They are a perfect gift to send to friends and family, especially those whom you may not see over the festive season. They would also make great gifts for work colleagues, neighbours and teachers.

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What’s in the Christmas Cake Gift Box?

I enjoyed testing Christmas recipes for my boxes, and canvassed ideas from my followers online. My children were happy taste testers too! I finally settled on a selection of four delicious treats that are quintessentially Christmas.

Christmas Gift Box Contents:

Brandy Soaked Christmas Fruit Cake (2 portions)

Vanilla and Black Cherry Fudge (6 pieces)

Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake with Homemade Ginger Biscuits, Pistachios and Cranberries (2 portions)

Iced Christmas Cookie (2 portions)

Postage and Packaging

I think we are all conscious of reducing waste and environmental impact these days and hence it was so important to me to ensure that my Christmas Cake Gift Boxes used sustainable packaging as much as possible. All treats are packaged in compostable food grade cellophane before being nestled with environmentally friendly tissue paper in my gorgeous recyclable branded boxes. The boxes are designed so that treats fit snugly, avoiding unnecessary use of filling tissue. Boxes are wrapped in cotton ribbon with a sprig of festiveness and placed in an outer recyclable paper postage bag.

Price includes postage by An Post for delivery within Ireland.

How Long Do They Keep?

Storage

It is recommended that the chocolate biscuit cake and fudge are stored in the fridge. The Christmas cake and cookies are perfect at room temperature.

Shelf Life

All of the Christmas treats keep for up to 10 days from receipt (if they last that long!).

How to Order

Boxes are available for pre-order now in the online shop . Delivery is on selected dates from late November. There is limited availability so order your Christmas Postal Gift Box today to spread festive wishes!

Suzanne, x

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Online Shop

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Our New Online Shop

I am thrilled to launch the Cove Cake Design online cake shop! This is something that I have wanted to do for some time but the postponement of many of this years wedding orders finally gave me time to focus on setting this up and developing products.

With more products in the pipeline, take a look at what is currently on offer in the online cake shop:

Tasting Boxes

I have dispatched tasting boxes to my wedding clients for some time now and they have always been received with rapture. Any time I have posted photos of them on social media there has always been much interest, with people asking if they could pretend to get engaged to receive a box! Well I have finally met the demand with my Luxury Seasonal Tasting Gift Boxes which are now available to purchase in the online shop. With 4 seasonal flavours, these boxes are a taste experience for the recipient. Summer boxes included Champagne Elderflower Strawberry and Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Rosemary, while Vanilla Pear Macadamia and Orange Rhubarb Rose featured in the Autumn edition. These boxes are the perfect gift, or indeed treat for yourself! Christmas range coming soon!

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Cake of the Month

I think we all need a little treat from time to time and my Cake of the Month was designed for people who want something refined and delicious for small family celebrations or even a weekend treat. Allowing me to indulge in my love of experimenting with flavours and ingredients, flavours change with seasonal availability. Autumn saw one of my favourites featured, Chocolate Blackberry Bay…delicious! Cakes are decorated with available ingredients such as macarons, gold leaf, seasonal edible fruits and dried florals.

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Coming Soon! Recipes and tutorials

I can’t wait to release my most exciting product to date…my first erecipe book! Almost completed, Layer Cakes-The Essential Collection is my go-to guide for creating delicious layer cakes with confidence. Featuring 9 basic recipes with 3 variations for each (by my calculations that is 27 cake flavours!), plus all my baking tips and tricks, this book will offer a wealth of information to new and more experienced bakers alike. Indivudal recipes and cake decorating tutorials are also in development, stay tuned!

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I hope you enjoy browsing the online cake shop, and don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list at the top of the page to be the first to be notified of new product lines!

Suzanne, x

Marshmallow Love

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Deliciously light and fluffy, and with endless flavour possibilities, homemade marshmallows make perfect additions to a wedding cake table  as well as beautiful guest favours. We have been having some fun experimenting with flavours and are delighted to share some of our favourites.  With so many options we would as always be delighted to customise flavours as required!

Champagne or Raspberry Rose

Our favourite flavours which taste so good independently or combined. We couldn’t decide which to choose so will leave it up to you! Here we have layered fresh raspberry and rose with deliciously decadent real champagne mallow. Flecks of freeze-dried raspberry between the layers add a little surprise!

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Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Roasted White Chocolate

Sweet and caramel-like, our roasted Belgian white chocolate is delicious swirled through vanilla bean marshmallow.

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Cinnamon Spiced Irish Apple

Made with pure local Irish apple juice, this lightly spiced marshmallow is a real taste of Autumn.

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Pure Coconut

Fragrant Malibu marshmallow coated in textural dessicated coconut.

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Fresh Blueberry Swirl

Visually beautiful and equally delicious, this blueberry swirl marshmallow can also be made with other summer fruits.

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Earl Grey Chocolate

Belgian chocolate marshmallow infused with the subtle Bergamot fragrance of Earl Grey Tea

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