What is your most memorable wedding?
Actually, every wedding cake is memorable because I feel I have worked together with the bride & groom to produce something really special and unique to them, so each one is memorable for different reasons.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
What about your business are you most proud of?
That I have built it up with dedication & determination through the absolute love of cake making and the endless desire to keep up with every new technique & piece of equipment, and a wish to be as sincere, honest & genuine to clients as possible and give them the best I possibly can.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get everything in place i.e., venue, colours, theme before designing your cake, and don't wait too long as good cake decorators get booked quickly.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
One of my clients had a wood/outside theme and everything was wood inspired... it was brilliant.. from wishing sticks, logs on tables, the cake was a log with cup cakes, butterflies, mushrooms, etc.,
Describe your typical process with a couple.
To hopefully engage them with my enthusiasm and excitement over their cake.
To provide cake samples from which I look forward to the OOOOO and Ahhhh's and 'that's yummy!'
To give an excellent design service, and I do feel it is up to me to guide and give ideas and alternatives to create their cake.
To show them pearls, beads, colours, techniques and share ideas and thoughts.
To make my clients feel comfortable, that they can ring when they wish, discuss, and be totally relaxed and happy with me.
What is your signature cake?
I make a delicious and so moist carrot cake and red velvet cake to die for.... but... I also make an amazing creamy fruit cake.. made with carnation cream which is just heavenly and moreish... but then my chocolate fudge cake is a popular choice... and so is my toffee cake...
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
The Acropolis cake, which was pretty much accurate, had 6 fruit cakes on the base and which took 2 of us to lift into the Hotel. Everything was made from sugar and I gather there was a queue to take pictures !!
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
A neighbour invited me to nightschool in the 80's.. and I never looked back.
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
Having entered I got to 80 out of 13,000 applicants. I was very pleased with my own recipe for a Thai Chicken Quiche, and a Belgium Chocolate Ganache Mousse Cake, which got me through and shortlisted in London.