I am thrilled to welcome my first guest blogger on Flowerona!
Let me introduce you to the very talented photographer, Helen Jermyn. Brought together by a shared love of beautiful flowers, Helen and cake designer, Ceri Olofson of Bake Until Scrumptious, have collaborated on a project that celebrates seasonal flowers and miniature cakes.
The result is a set of striking images that capture the natural vibrancy of summer flowers and fragrant flavours evocative of an English garden in bloom.
Over to you, Helen:
I’m delighted to share with you some images from a recent flower-inspired collaboration between Ceri and myself.
Ceri is founder and head designer at Bake Until Scrumptious. Based in East Dulwich, her distinctive cakes combine beautiful creative design with stunning flavours. With a background in art and design, Ceri draws inspiration from sources as varied as fashion to art movements. She takes a similarly creative approach to flavours, combining elements in a sometimes unexpected, but always delightful, way.
I’m a photographer, also based in East Dulwich, who inherited a passion for flowers, plants and gardens from my father and grandfather who were both professional gardeners. With that sort of background it’s not surprising that garden photography is one of my favourite types of commissions.
Our collaboration involved designing and photographing a collection of miniature cakes that take their inspiration from the flavours and memories of an English garden in bloom.
Flowers used in the designs include sprays of ‘White Majolica’ rose, carnations, campanula, jasmine, stocks, and hydrangea. Fran Bailey of the Fresh Flower Company contributed many of the flowers but we also raided my own garden for violas, jasmine, parsley and fennel.
The cake design below was of a particularly delicate construction and involved lowering a cage made of royal icing gently onto a small arrangement of cornflowers, stocks and fennel.
As for the flavours think raspberry and fresh mint, earl grey with apricot and rose, almond and honey!
The final images capture the natural vibrancy of summer flowers and it’s these that take centre stage. Not wanting to draw attention away from the designs we used soft natural lighting and a few carefully selected props to achieve a fresh, visually simple style.
Ceri is as fond of using fresh flowers in her designs as I am of photographing them:
“In my opinion the sugar versions can never rival the beauty and subtlety of fresh flowers. Why make a flower out of sugar when it can never truly compare to the real thing?”
Will Ceri and myself be working together again? I certainly hope so! Watch this space…
Many thanks to Helen, Ceri and Fran for this wonderful blog post and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these stunning cakes and flowers.
If they’ve inspired you to do some baking, Ceri has very kindly posted the recipe for the lavender sponge cake with lemon zest meringue buttercream on her website.
(Images : © Helen Jermyn, 2011)