2017: Our Year in Cakes

 In Baking, Festivals, Fairs & Shows, Updates, Wedding

It’s been a busy but enjoyable year for us in the Zeenees kitchen, and as the year draws to a close we wanted to reflect on some of our favourite cakes and bakes of 2017.


Our baking year started with a flurry of wedding cakes. There was a trend towards elegant and classic cakes, with a simpler design, but we also had a lot of fun with some more creative orders. The marble trend continued and our favourite was a purple, white and grey marble fondant cake with a double height middle tier. An Artdeco four tier geometric cake was another highlight of the season.

From a personal point of view Spring was also very special as we had our very own Zeenees wedding, with baker and cake designer Liam Goldstein tying the knot with his now-husband Nick. And ever the baker Liam even baked his own wedding cake!


After a much deserved honeymoon of our own, the weddings continued throughout the summer. Our oven was really put to the test in July, when we made our biggest ever wedding cake – a six-tier white fondant cake with white icing flowers.

The summer period was also very busy with food festivals & shows. The Zeenees van was on the road most weekends and we took in a number of agricultural shows, food festivals and summer fetes across Devon.

Triple chocolate brownies and rocky road slices were definitely the most popular bakes of the season, but we also got through lots of lemon drizzle and marshmallow crispy cakes!

For the August Bank Holiday we ventured up to Wiltshire for the Great British Food Festival at Bowood House, and even got to see Val Stones and Jane Beedle from 2016’s Great British Bake Off!

And on the Bake-Off theme, the series returned in August and despite some line-up changes it was great to see the format retained and the passion for baking still at the fore. There were some fantastic bakes this year, but it was two “illusion-bakes” from week one that we were most impressed with: Stephen’s BLT sandwich and Yan’s ramen cake.


September got off to a great start with our friends Lisa and Liz’s wedding. It was lovely being asked to bake them a pair of celebration cakes, each personalised around their favourite flavours. Liz had a rich chocolatey sponge cake, with a chocolate orange buttercream and plenty of sweets on top. Lisa had a rainbow themed madeira cake, with a lemon curd filling and plenty of skittles and meringues.

We also made a floral naked cake for a (rather late) summer party and a rather fun rabbit themed celebration cake for a 4 year old’s birthday party.

Autumn also saw our final few food festivals of the year with the Kingsbridge Show and Abbfest, both in September.

Autumn traditionally marks the switch from one wedding season to the next for cake planning and in October we had the two-day Boho Bride Wedding Festival at Exeter Castle.


We started winter with another themed celebration cake bake – this time a Ben10 themed birthday cake. It was for the winning bidder from our lot in the AgeUK charity auction, held earlier in the year, and it was great to be able to raise money for this fantastic charity.

As the year draws to a close and Christmas approaches we usually have a flurry of smaller festive bakes and Christmas cakes. But the focus is very much on the 2018 wedding season now.

Christmas itself will be time for a well-earned break, after what’s been a really great year. We look forward to working with all our customers old and new in 2018, and if you’re looking for a cake for your wedding, birthday, anniversary or even an office party feel free to get in touch.

Have a great Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year.