Icing on the wedding cake: Twisted Flour & Sugar

This dynamo mother and daughter duo really do put the icing on the wedding cake. Sally Holt is the fantastic frilly and flowery creative and Kate Podmore, an ingredients alchemist with a flair for fondant.   Once clients arrive at Twisted Flower & Sugar Merchants sunny greeting room in Wigram with the chic chaise lounge, […]

Baked with love

Wedding planning has got some sweet relief as the side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic look to be slowing down. And when it comes to choosing one of the sweetest parts of your big day, Metropol has rounded up some of the biggest confections trends for the wedding season ahead.     EDIBLE BLOOMS According […]

Almond Meringue Torte recipe

  COOK 1.5 | SERVES 10 Meringue nut layer 75g (½ cup) roasted almonds 4 egg whites 250g (1½ cups) icing sugar 1 tbsp white vinegar 30g (¼ cup) unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder Filling 600ml (2½ scant cups) thickened (whipping) cream 75g (½ cup) roasted almonds, chopped 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped 135g (1 cup) […]

Taking the cake: Original Foods Baking Co

Celebration season is upon us, and every Kiwi knows you can’t turn up empty handed. Original Foods Baking Co. is here to save the stress of reinventing the salad, engineering an extravagant platter, or choosing the best bottle of wine. Jaimee Ferris, Marketing Manager of Original Foods Baking Co., tells Metropol why this year you […]

Cakes & catering with a twist: Twisted Flour and Sugar

Twisted Flour & Sugar Merchants are a mother and daughter team, Sally and Kate, who create magic in the kitchen, with a pinch of chaos.     The Twisted ladies specialise in creating bespoke cakes, delicious grazing platters and individualised catering for your special event. Their spectacular cakes – from dainty treats, eye-catching showstoppers, to […]

Taking the cake

Traditional wedding cakes will always have their place, but if you’re looking for something which reflects the unique tastes and style of the newlyweds – why not forgo the fruitcake and white fondant for something a little different?   There are many ways to pay homage to the custom of a cake without being tied […]

Takes the cake

It’s long been said you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but with our roundup of the latest cake trends for the Romeos and Juliets of 2020, you might just be able to! These are some of the sweetest staples of the big day.   CROCHET CAKE: You’ll find crochet and macramé winding […]

Never Fail Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake

This three-layered six-inch cake is sure to wow the most hard-to-impress guests!     Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 27 mins INGREDIENTS Dry 1 ½ cup white rice flour 3/4 cup almond meal (almond flour is even better) 1/2 cup potato starch 3/4 cup white sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking […]


Spectacular show-stoppers: Sally Holt makes gasp worthy wedding cakes

No stranger to elaborate cakes, Sally Holt was a founding member of the Canterbury Cake Decorators Guild and the NZ Cake Decorators Guild. Her most memorable was a 17kg, half metre-tall wedding cake, made for a world champion ballroom dancing couple. “Back in the day wedding cakes were three-tier fruit cakes with lacework and handmade […]

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Have your cake and eat it too: a non-traditional approach to wedding cakes

Once upon a time, wedding cakes were a one size fits all affair – that is to say, dried fruit and white fondant were the order of the day. That was – of course – pre-Instagram. As our cake creations have become increasingly elaborate, they are taking a bigger bite out of the bridal budget. […]