What is your most memorable wedding?
I once made a Sri Lankan themed wedding cake for a beautiful couple who had spent a lot of time there. This was such a wonderful theme to work with because I was able to go to town with the vibrant colours and intricate details, right down to hand-piped gold painted fondant elephants!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative, imaginative, unique, bold, artistic
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am proud of the fact that I am able to be as creative as I can possibly be in the medium of cake. I love the fact that it is as possible to paint on a cake as it is to paint on a canvas. I enjoy working with others creatively too and am proud of the numerous one off edible artworks that have come out of Bodoh Bakes.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Go with your gut on everything. Choose ideas that YOU like and not what you think others will like because people will get most from being part of something that reflects you and nobody else
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Little personalised plastic farm animals used as name places.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Initially I would talk to the couple about the number of guests and if they had a theme in mind. Then I would give them a rough quote based on their needs and would then offer a tasting session. After this, I would ask for as much design inspiration as possible (flowers/colours/themes) and would draw up a set of design options. I work very closely with my clients every step of the way to make sure we are creating the dream cake they have in mind.
What is your signature cake?
My speciality is hand painted cakes using edible paints.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
I once did a pop art inspired wedding cake which was awesome. This included the iconic "LOVE" typography and a hand painted Lichtenstein graphic.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
I spent 3 years working in costume in musical theatre but became restless from not being able to use my hands creatively so set up Bodoh Bakes after I spent some time working at a speciality biscuit company, where I learnt how to use a piping bag. This stint gave me the idea of becoming a confectionary artist and the rest is history!
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
A giant famous painting made of cake, frame and all. Someting like van Gogh's Starry Night but using buttercream for the paint and gold painted biscuit for the frame.