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COVID-19 Update
Due to the current pandemic I am currently unable to hold any face to face Tasting Consultations. However I am still taking bookings for later this year and 2021. We can discuss the design of your wedding cake via video call and arrange a Tasting Consultation at a later date.
Specialising in Contemporary Wedding Cake Design across Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, London and surrounding areas. National Highly Commended in the 2020 Wedding Industry Awards.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£500
Details

General Services

Tastings
Last-Minute Orders
Tiered Cakes
Delivery
Treats and Favours
Bespoke Design
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Set-Up

Dietary Options

Gluten-Free
Dairy-Free
Nut-Free
Vegetarian
Full Description
There is so much choice nowadays when it comes to designing your wedding cake that it may seem like a daunting task. Long gone are the days of the traditional white wedding cake as more and more couples are pushing the boundaries and opting for something a little bit different. Whether your looking for something that is colourful or neutral, bold or modest, detailed or minimalistic, I will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding cake is individually designed to suit your particular style, ultimately creating a centrepiece that is both stunning and delicious. I hold regular Wedding Cake Tasting Consultations throughout the year, which are complimentary for couples who have already secured their booking with me. Your Tasting Consultation is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet and discuss the design of your wedding cake in relation to the size, shape and decoration. You can look at my display cakes to get a feel for what certain cake decorating techniques look like in real life and most importantly you will be able to taste a selection of cake flavours from my menu. If you are unable to meet in person at one of my Tasting Consultations, you can order a Wedding Cake Tasting Box to be posted to you instead. These are perfect for you and your fiancé(e) to taste a selection of my cakes in the comfort of your own home. If you would like any more information then please do get in touch. Liz x

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Elizabeth Wood
Hello! I’m Liz, the Multi Award Winning Cake Designer and Maker behind CakeBuds. There are many things that inspire me in my cake designs. I love working with colour, texture and different depth tiers to create unique looking wedding cakes. So, if your looking for a wedding cake designer who will bring something a little different to your wedding day to WOW your guests with, then please do get in touch. Liz x

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2017
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(26)
(26)
Nick & Eve
Married in February 2020
January 2019
A masterpiece on our wedding day
From start to finish Liz’s attention to detail and ability to ensure your wedding cake is special and generally taste out of this world is evident. Upon arriving at Liz’s home for the cake consultation we were immediately met with a clear view of how she worked, how things were priced and guidance for selecting a wedding cake. Liz worked with us to ensure we remained within budget and was very creative in making the cake flow well with are overall decor theme. As a couple you are able to see a clear output of what your cake will look like and you are able to iterate the drawings Liz produces until you arrive at your said cake. I found this extremely unique and valuable because it ensured our cake would be bespoke but also that we would not be surprised on our wedding day. Thank you so much Liz for delivering such a masterpiece on our wedding day.
Lauren & Dan
Married in October 2019
January 2019
We couldn't fault Liz in the slightest
Liz was fantastic from start to finish. The initial consultation stage included a fab selection of cakes to try & were safe for my husband to eat (he’s intolerant to both dairy & soya). Liz was able to create a cake that met our requirements both in terms of flavour and style. Everyone has been incredibly complimentary about the way the cake looked on the day, & how it actually tasted. Communication wise we couldn’t fault Liz in the slightest. Quick responses & lots of information where needed.
Charlene & Scott
Married in September 2019
January 2019
Her cakes are complete showstoppers
Liz helped us design the most amazing wedding cake! Really unique and the whole experience was special from start to finish. Her sugar work is incredible. Very talented and the flowers on our cake looked so real! The flavours are also gorgeous and different. I chose Liz as her style and creativity really is classic, classy and modern all at the same time. The less is more approach and attention to detail she has ensures her cakes are complete showstoppers!
Olivia & Rob
Married in September 2019
January 2019
CakeBuds truly captured my vision
Liz at CakeBuds truly captured my vision, which I promise you wasn't and easy one. I was blown away with her attention to detail and absolutely everyone at the wedding said it was the best wedding cake they'd ever tasted - in particular the white chocolate and raspberry! Every time I see her posts now of her tasting boxes I am tempted to order more! The cake tasting at Liz's house was amazing and possibly the best pre wedding experience!
Katie & David
Married in September 2019
January 2019
The cake was delicious!
Liz completely understood what our vision was, and was very amenable with our design choices. All communication was prompt and clear, and the cake was delicious!!
Shereen & Gio
Married in August 2019
January 2019
Liz understood my vision straightaway
Well, where do I start! From the first tasting and consultation, Liz has been superb, nothing too much trouble. During the consultation, I’d described classic cake with a difference, Liz understood my vision straightway and provided many sketches and recommendation to add character, like rough edges, gold leaf and marbling effect! The sugar flowers which matched my bridal bouquet was beautiful! Every single feature captured, white rose, eucalyptus, brunia balls, and, in such detail! Last but not least, each layer had a different flavour and tasted delicious! Our favourite flavours, passion fruit, red velvet and salted caramel! Thank you Liz once again x
Location & Contact Details

Address

Burghfield, Berkshire, England

Travel Notes

All of my cakes are made from the kitchen of my family home in Burghfield, Berkshire. I operate by appointment only.

Nearest Town

Reading

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M4 junction 11

Nearest Train Station

Theale or Reading

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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FAQ
(6)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Can I include my own?!?! No...okay. Then it would have to be a wedding I supplied a cake for in February 2020 at Northbrook Park Hotel in Surrey. The couple actually found me on Bridebook and were amazing. They came to me wanting one thing and went away with something completely different. The colour theme for their wedding was black and gold and a lot of thought had gone into the styling of their big day. Their cake was probably one of my favourite cakes I've made to date. It was a three tier textured charcoal square cake with a sugar foliage cascade down the side of the cake. You can see the cake in my photos.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

contemporary, textured, movement, artistic, bespoke

What about your business are you most proud of?

After only working in the wedding industry for just under 11 month I achieved the title of South Central Wedding Cake Designer/Maker of the year in The 2019 Wedding Industry Awards. Twelve months later I went on to win the title of South Central Wedding Cake Designer/Maker of the year in The 2020 Wedding Industry Awards for a 2nd year running! Only two months later I won National Highly Commended in the 2020 Wedding Industry Awards and I am now a judge for the 2021 Wedding Industry Awards alongside some amazingly talented wedding cake artists. These are definitely my proudest moments!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don’t just put your wedding cake in a dark corner at your wedding venue. Think about where your cake will be placed and how you can dress the table to give it the wow factor! Just some simple decorations such as candles or flowers can really make a difference.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

More and more couples are breaking the boundaries when it comes to their weddings and want to do things a bit differently. A wedding I provided a cake for last summer had set up a confetti bar for their guests to mix their own confetti using dried petals. I thought this was a lovely touch to add and it really fitted in with the whole rustic theme of the wedding too.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

As soon as you have booked your venue, it is best to get in touch to check my availability. It is only myself who designs, bakes and decorates all of the cakes at CakeBuds, therefore I am only able to take on one wedding cake order per week to maintain my high standards. As a result, certain dates do get booked up well in advance. If you love my style, then you can secure your wedding date with CakeBuds by paying a £100 non-refundable booking fee. The design of your wedding cake can be finalised at a later date. After securing your wedding date, we will arrange a suitable time to meet at a complimentary Tasting Consultation. This is a great opportunity for us to meet and discuss the design of your wedding cake. So please feel free to bring along any photos, stationary or colour swatches which you would like to use as inspiration. You will also be able to taste a selection of cake flavours from my menu. After your consultation, I will send you a selection of cake sketches with accurate quotes. We can then finalise the final design of your wedding cake, flavour choices and price via email. Approximately two months before your wedding day, I will be in touch to confirm your chosen wedding cake design and flavours. This is when your remaining balance is also due. I will liaise directly with your wedding venue to arrange delivery and set up of your wedding cake, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding day. If you would prefer to taste my cakes before securing your booking with me, we can arrange to meet at one of my Tasting Consultations for a small fee. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you can order a Tasting Box instead. Should you then go ahead and book your wedding cake with me, the cost of the consultation or sample box will be deducted from your final balance. Please note that no booking is secure until a £100 non-refundable booking fee has been paid.