Most wedding couples opt for a cake as a centrepiece to their celebration, something to wow admiring guests before being cut and consumed on the big day.
While the tradition of a white-iced fruit cake has changed immensely over the years, with everything from brownie towers to incredible edible sculptures taking centre stage at today’s receptions, the way of displaying a wedding cake has not altered so much. But that it all about to change thanks to a company at Woodmansey, near Beverley, which is transporting the showcasing of wedding or celebration confections to a whole new level with its collection of cake carriages.
Kym Maxwell believes she is the first person in the country to offer such a range of ornate carriages in which to display a cake at its best. The Italian-made carriages are re-engineered and coloured by Kym’s partner, Mark Storr, to hold a variety of cake stands that can be placed or suspended in the centre and enhanced with flowers, foliage or lights, to suit the requirements of the celebration.
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Some of them measure over 6ft, making them a guaranteed focal point of any celebration. Kym, 60, launched Elite Cake Stand Hire as a way to offer “something different and eye-catching” for weddings and parties.
She said: “I used to make cakes myself many years ago, but only part-time. I was a social worker for 22 years. I thought it would be good to do something where people were looking to have a nice time.”
From an antique gold footman’s carriage to a pumpkin carriage, there are a variety of Elite options to make any cake the real centre of attention. “Our prince or princess carriages make gorgeous displays for baby showers,” said Kym. “We can tailor the carriages to be used at birthday parties, weddings and many other events.
“We welcome anyone along to our little showroom just to have a look around and get some ideas. I think our carriages are ideal for a bride and groom looking for something that’s a bit different. The thing is, people will be looking for the dress, the vehicle, the flowers, all the things that go into planning a wedding, but they’re not looking for a cake carriage because they don’t know we’re there – we’ve done some wedding shows but we haven’t got our name out there yet.”
Kym said: “We want to work with people to give them exactly what they want, it’s something nice they can be involved in early on in their arrangements. We’d love more people to know about our friendly little local business.”