Nothing gets my sweet tooth tingling quite like the prospect of tucking in to a lusciously moist cake or crumbly, buttery biscuit, so when the organisers of the Crail Food Festival asked me to write a guest blog post featuring Sucre Cœur, I was more than eager to find out more about them.
Sucre Cœur, a confectionery company who specialise in beautiful wedding cakes & the most intricately designed cookies I’ve ever seen, is based in the East Neuk of Fife and is owned and run by Karen and Dave McCormack. They met whilst working together in a restaurant in Edinburgh and married in 2001, then following their respective graduations from university, they decided to join creative forces in 2007 and Sucre Cœur was born.
Whilst in the beginning they attended many wedding fayres marketing their business, Sucre Cœur swiftly went from strength to strength and nowadays their reputation precedes them with the majority of their work coming from word-of-mouth recommendations – always a good sign of a great business! They travel all over the country delivering and setting up their beautiful wedding cakes, each one designed and decorated to be personal to the bride and groom, ranging from traditionally filigree iced to the less formal story-telling cakes, in a range of delicious flavours.
I had the pleasure of meeting Karen recently and during a good old natter, she showed me photos of previous work they’d been commissioned to do. It’s here that I’d like to point out that I thought I’d seen great confectionery art before having lived in France for 7 years, but nothing compares quite like the exquisite artistry that Karen achieves. The attention to detail on the cookies in particular is exemplary, I really have seen nothing like it before.
Such are the amazing designs of the cookies that in March, Karen attended ‘CookieCon’ in Salt Lake City, Utah entering 4 designs of cookie into the competition. She achieved a fantastic result with a 3rd placement in the Spring section with a Fabergé-style egg cookie and 2nd place in the Home Sweet Home section with her charming 3D Crail Cottage cookie. With design concept to final decoration sometimes taking up to a week per cookie, it shows the utter dedication and passion that she has for her art. But can I just take a minute here to appreciate the fact that there is a whole convention…..dedicated purely to cookies…..how utterly fabulous!!!
Anyone who attended the Crail Food Festival last year will probably remember the incredible gingerbread cookie display by Sucre Cœur in collaboration with Susie Lacome of Crail Gallery, on show in the window of the gallery throughout. Again, the artistic flair shown on these cookies, that depicted an entire East Neuk village in case you missed them, was amazing.
When I asked Karen what she had lined up for the food festival this year, she told me all about The House of Sugar (in Crail Town Hall 14 – 15 June 2014) which is playing host to another cookie art installation. However, this year visitors will be able to get involved all weekend and ice their own cookie to create an edible mosaic. This sounds like such a fun idea and I cannot wait to get stuck into this – I know my son will love it too!
It was a real delight to meet Karen & hear all about the Sucre Cœur story, I’m looking forward to seeing her again at the festival in June. So if you’re visiting The House of Sugar and happen to see a woman with a five year old boy in tow, more than likely smothered in icing and cookie crumbs, it’ll probably be me!
Crail Food Festival 2014 will have a venue dedicated to all things sweet: The House of Sugar will be in Crail Town Hall on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014. More details to follow!