What is your most memorable wedding?
Setting up a wedding cake at Northbrook Park in Hampshire - I was concentrating hard, carefully placing sugar roses and petals on the cake. At the most inoportune moments, the resident peacocks would let out the most almighty screeches. That certainly stays in my mind, beautiful though they were.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Stylish, romantic, sophisticated, elegant, timeless.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I enjoy using traditional cake decorating techniques and am proud that in the process I help to keep these techniques alive.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
You can never plan too early - that way you ensure you get all the suppliers you want.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
After initial emails where I confirm availability, and give an initial estimate I then organise a wedding cake consultation (with tasting) so that design ideas and flavours can be discussed in more depth.
Once the design has been agreed, I will then email a wedding cake summary (along with a sketch if needed) with all the details required for the cake.
For very large cakes, a second consultation is offered if further colour-matching and design elements need to be finalised.
What is your signature cake?
Realistic sugar flowers in styles and colours to order.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
A 5-tier floral cascade cake with hundreds of sugar flowers for a florist getting married. The types and colours of the sugar flowers requested were very precise but I delivered on every point. They included Acalanche roses, David Austin Patience roses and David Austin Juliette roses.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
When I was a child, I used to enjoy a lot of baking with my mother, particularly at Christmas. I would sit at the kitchen table with all of my mother’s baking and cake decorating books, and plan out which recipes I wanted to use.
As an adult, I fell back in love with baking, and searching for cake books one day I chanced upon modern cake decorating books which inspired me so much, I enrolled on a cake decorating course with Peggy Porschen. This further fuelled my enthusiasm, so I enrolled on a Cake Decorating & Sugar Flower course at Brooklands College in Surrey. One year became two, and within a month of finishing the second year, I started my own business, ClearlyCake, in May 2012.
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
Probably a tall tiered cake with 1000s of sugar flowers and a bit of bling in the form of edible gold.