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Wedding Cakes in the Cotswolds

How to bake great cakes

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Xavier Pelloux- award winning Patissier, explains how to bake a great cake.

Xavier Pelloux- award winning Patissier, explains how to bake a great cake.Such is Xavier’s devotion to producing the finest pastries and cakes that he refuses to take short cuts that might make his life easier.

And while this may add a few extra hours to the processes involved in making his Continental-style treats, he says the difference in the taste, texture and appearance is well worth going the extra mile.

Xavier’s training equipped him to execute every aspect of the pâtissier’s art, including creating stunning croquembouches and exquisite wedding cakes, all of which are finished to incredibly high standards.

“You have to be a maniac to do this – it’s all about the detail,” says Xavier, as he applies tiny pieces of gold leaf to a batch of French-style opera cakes. “Pastry is more about science than cooking. Everything is carefully calculated – every ingredient is weighed out to the milligram – and there’s a reason for everything we do.”

“Precision is very important and I think that’s what sets us apart. Everything we do is made by hand.”

Xavier’s quest for perfection starts with the ingredients he uses, such as responsibly-sourced  sea salt from Anglesey, for which he makes the just over 400-mile round trip himself. At the same time he buys locally whenever possible, such as the freshly-laid eggs he gets from Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester.

“Everything in our products is made by us, whether this means making our own buttercream from English butter or separating eggs ourselves rather than buying in ready-to-use egg whites,” he explains.

“We get through at least 1,000 eggs every week. We buy locally as much as we can – we think it’s important to support the local economy – and I refuse to buy in anything that’s ready-made.”

“For me the ingredients are key and I always look for the freshest and best quality ones I can find.”

It took around three years to get the wedding cake business off the ground, but this aspect of the business was to prove to be just the tip of the iceberg when they heard in 2013 that the new Gloucester Services was looking to sell Continental-style pâtisserie.

Since then the bakery has gone from strength to strength, with Xavier and Bee taking on an apprentice and additional employees. They’re now planning a second kitchen to keep up with the demand and hope to take on a further trainee by the end of the year.

“We cannot keep up with the demand for the macaroons – as soon as we’ve made some there’s an order for more,” laughs Xavier.

“We’re now getting through five kilos of ground almonds a day. Sometimes I start work at 3am and finish at 10pm to keep up with demand, but I’m used to it: when I was a kid we always started early and I’ve never regretted it. It was a great way to acquire the knowledge and skills that keep me busy today.”

So if you would like an expert to bake you a stunning cake for your special date, birthday, wedding, anniversary, or occasion you can order your cake and contact Contemporary Cake Designs on 01242 252352 or click on the Contact Us button now:
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Contemporary Cakes designed by passionate experts

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The Swiss are renowned for precision and the award winning pâtissier Xavier Pelloux is no exception.

The Swiss are renowned for precision and the award winning pâtissier Xavier Pelloux is no exception.
Such is Xavier Pelloux at the Contemporary Cake Design devotion’s to producing the finest pastries and cakes that he refuses to take short cuts that might make his life easier.

And while this may add a few extra hours to the processes involved in making his Continental style treats, he says the difference in the taste, texture and appearance is well worth going the extra mile.

Customers at Gloucester Services certainly agree and have been voting with their feet since

Leckhampton based Contemporary Cake Designs began supplying sea salt caramel tarts, chocolate tarts, lemon tarts, raspberry eclairs, fraisier cakes, opera cakes, colourful macaroons  and a wide range of other goodies to the motorway services station.

Working as a pastry chef and chocolatier is a way of life for Xavier, 38, who began learning his trade when he was a teenager.

By 18 he had an impressive range of qualifications and left his native Switzerland to travel the world, working in New York and some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants and shops, including Maison Blanc, The Ivy, The Hilton in Park Lane and Harrods. In fact he was working in the famous Knightsbridge store when he met his wife-to-be, Barbara, known as Bee, who worked in the decorated cakes department.

Xavier’s training equipped him to execute every aspect of the pâtissier’s art, including creating stunning croquembouches and exquisite wedding cakes, all of which are finished to incredibly high standards.

Xavier’s career began at a bakery/pastry shop around the corner from his parents in Switzerland.

“My mum used to take me there as a child and I loved the strawberry ice creams they served,” he says.
“I started my apprenticeship at 14: school had never really appealed to me. I had the basics but it was when I started a holiday job at my local bakery that things started to make sense.

“Fourteen was an unusually young age to be apprenticed and so I began with a pre-apprenticeship with the support of my parents. This meant that I was a fully qualified as a pastry chef before I was 18.

“Working abroad allowed me to develop my skills and work with some of the best people and finest ingredients.”

Xavier and Bee moved to Gloucestershire in 2005 to set up their own business specialising in wedding cakes, for which they created a kitchen that met their exacting standards.

“We built the kitchen from scratch; people thought we were nuts,” laughs Xavier. “I did the painting and tiling myself; our child had barely been born.”

So if you would like a stunning cake for your anniversary, wedding, special date or occasion you can order your cake and contact Contemporary Cake Designs on 01242 252352 or click on the Contact Us button now:
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Chocolate tower wedding cake testimonial

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Contemporary cake design created a 6 tier chocolate tower wedding cake.

Contemporary cake design created a 6 tier chocolate tower wedding cake.

As a result the client was kind enough to say:

“Just to let you know that the chocolate wedding cake last weekend at Andrea and Andy’s wedding was absolutely A-MAZ-ING!!!!
Thank YOU SO MUCH for such an excellent and very impressive cake!
Andrea and Andy were over the moon!!”
You really are the best
Julia XX”

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Wedding shows in the Cotswolds

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Contemporay Cake Designs have been asked to exhibit our stunning Wedding Cakes at the following Wedding Shows in 2016 and 2017:

Contemporay Cake Designs have been asked to exhibit our stunning Wedding Cakes at the following Wedding Shows in 2016 and 2017

The Cheltenham Race Course, 2nd October 11am – 4pm

The Ellenborough Park Hotel, 16th October 11 am – 3pm

The Greenway Hotel and Spa, 16th October 12pm -4pm

The Elmore Court, 16th October 12pm -4pm

The Barn at Upcote, 20th November 12pm -3pm

The Town Hall Cheltenham, 8th January 11-3pm

The Sudeley Castle 12th February 11-3pm

Hope that you come along and met us- we’d love to help you out?

Personalised birthday cakes by Contemporary Cake Designs

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Contemporary Cake Designs create distinctive, bespoke personalised birthday cakes.

Contemporary Cake Designs create distinctive, bespoke personalised birthday cakes.
One such distinctive, bespoke personalised birthday cakes was this one above for Alfie’s 13th birthday- who is a great fan of Del Boy and “Fools and Horses”.

Just tell us the theme that you want to feature and our creative chefs will design, bake and deliver a stunning masterpiece of a birthday cake.

It’s not just birthday cakes which we can bake- but wedding and corporate events. Just ask us about what is possible and we’ll try and beat your imagination.

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Fully deductable Consultation fees

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All of our consultation fees for our cakes are fully deductable in your cake order.

All of our consultation fees for our cakes are fully deductable in your cake order

To a certain we are a victim of our own success as we are recieiving a growing number of requests for wedding, christening and bespoke cake creations consultations.

The bad news is that as a result in future we will be charging a £50 consultation fee for all of our cake designs and creations.

The good news is that these fees will be 100% fully deducatable in your deposit payment when you commission us to create a cake for you.

If effect your bespoke cake design consultation will still be free!

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Another wedding cake testimonial

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Contemporary Cake Designs have recieved another wedding cake testimonial:

Contemporary Cake Designs have recieved another wedding cake testimonial
Dear Xavier and Bee

I just wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you for the most beautiful wedding cake you did for us!! It was unbelievable and everyone commented on it thank you. The macaroons also got lots of comments and you just did everything with no trouble.

Thank you so very much
Best wishes
Steph and Family

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