While we’ve never professed to being professional cake decorators, we always strive to create a delicious cake. However it was with some trepidation that we tried to live up to our designer friend, Ptolemy Mann’s brief for a floral fantasy cake to feed 120 guests.

Ptolemy’s wedding to Keith Tappin took place in a beautiful, bucolic setting at Beals Barn Nursery outside Wadhurst in East Sussex where they’d grown masses of gorgeous English flowers specifically for the big day and while all of them were beautiful, many if them were edible too.

The end result was a triple tiered dark chocolate sponge filled with ganache and wild, kitsch-soaked cherries and decorated with yet more ganache, edible gold leaves and a riot of edible English flowers, including roses, cornflowers, peas and marigolds.

Nestling among a bed of roses on the top lay a pair of canoodling sugar cherubs with gilt sugar wings.

While we won’t rush to recreate another cake quite like this one, everybody appeared delighted with the result and the whole thing was devoured within minutes!