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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

Dietary Options

Gluten-Free
Dairy-Free
Nut-Free
Vegetarian

General Services

Tastings
Last-Minute Orders
Tiered Cakes
Delivery
Treats and Favours
Bespoke Design
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Set-Up
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)
Laura & Adam
Wedding: March 2019
January 2019
I cannot recommend CakeBuds enough
Liz made our wedding cake in March 2019. I cannot recommend CakeBuds enough; the entire process was painless, and the final product was delicious! Liz was friendly and communicative, and collaborating on the design was a fun process. She really listened to our ideas, and we were so happy with how things turned out, both visually and flavour wise. All of our guests agreed the dessert was a highlight of our day. We've saved the top tier for our anniversary and I can't wait to enjoy a slice of this cake again.
Katie & David
Wedding: 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!!
Lianne & Graham
Wedding: August 2018
January 2019
Her work was exquisite!
Liz made our cake for our wedding yesterday and it was exactly what I asked. Her work was exquisite. Every tier tasted amazing.
Tamsin & Nick
Wedding: July 2019
January 2019
We had so many compliments about the cake
Amazing and helped so much last minute when let down by other supplier but we had so many compliments about the cake, it looked perfect for the day and was absolutely delicious
Lauren & Dan
Wedding: 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.
LaHu Wedding Photography
Wedding: October 2018
January 2019
Amazingly Talented!
If your looking for a wedding cake supplier for your big day then contact Liz because not only is she amazingly talented, making the yummiest cakes, but she’s also a lovely, lovely human being.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Burghfield, Berkshire

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
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What is your most memorable wedding?

Hahaha... you do know that a wedding cake takes days to make and not hours don't you? Realistically I could never create one of my wedding cakes with the time constraints of the Great British Bake Off. So my show stopper would have to be something pretty simple due to the lack of time. I would go for a really tall single tier buttercream or white chocolate ganache covered cake and decorate it with lots of colourful flicks of paint to make quite an abstract feature. Then decorate with a single sugar flower attached to the side of the cake. However, if there were no time constraints, then I would create a multi tiered asymmetric cake with each tier being a cube. It would include a textured stone effect finish on the cake in tones of white and very pale green, with some additional texture such as bas relief in metallic tones and isomalt crystals. Maybe with a few modern sugar flowers on the cake too to really draw your eye to certain parts of the cake. Watch this space...!!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

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.

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?

I currently offer 18 different cake flavours. One of my most popular flavours (and mine!) is Salted Caramel. This is a Salted Caramel sponge, drizzled with a homemade syrup and filled with salted caramel sauce and a silky smooth salted caramel buttercream.

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.

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.

What is your signature cake?

As of my design are bespoke so this is a difficult question to answer. I would probably say that the most original design would have to be one I did for a wedding in summer 2019. The bride and groom mixed a contemporary design of torn paper ruffles with a classic design of roman columns to add height. You can see the outcome in my photos.

What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?

So, how did CakeBuds originate? Well, since a young age I have always enjoyed baking. However it wasn't until September 2016 that I started baking celebration cakes, as I wanted to create something special for my daughters first birthday. Family and friends then asked me to make cakes for them, so I taught myself to decorate cakes using books, Pinterest, YouTube and other online tutorials. The feedback I received was overwhelming which ultimately encouraged me to set up CakeBuds in summer 2017. At the start of 2018, I decided to expand my business into wedding cakes. Expanding into wedding cakes has led to many exciting opportunities such as styled photoshoots, becoming a recommended wedding supplier for several wedding venues across the south of England (including The Elvetham, Highfield Park, The Grange, Rownhams House, The Dome in Worthing and new wedding venue The Barn at Avington) and winning the title of South Central Wedding Cake Designer/Maker of the year in The 2019 Wedding Industry Awards.

Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.

contemporary, textured, movement, artistic, bespoke

What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?

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.