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Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

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An award-winning wedding cake designer, providing unique and innovative designs for creative couples.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£300
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General Services

Bespoke Design
Delivery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Set-Up
Tiered Cakes

Dietary Options

Gluten-Free
Vegan
Vegetarian
Full Description
I'm Debbie, a bespoke wedding cake designer providing innovative designs for creative couples who want their wedding to truly reflect their personalities. I take inspiration from my glorious Yorkshire countryside surroundings and specialise in unique designs using natural textures, bold florals and delicate handpainting. However, I also have a naughty and geeky alter-ego and love nothing more than adding quirky elements, for example, favourite films, pastimes, pets etc to make something that is truly tailored to the couple and their story. I want couples to start believing that there is a cake maker who will listen to their ideas and dreams in a non-judgemental way, mould and embellish those ideas (and perhaps add a little crazy and whimsy!) and then turn them into something fabulous that they will love. I want everyone to experience the excitement and passion that I have for my craft and the little bit of my soul that goes into every creation. I ultimately want the customer to feel completely special, have fun choosing their cake and to feel that they have my undivided attention. It is not just a cake, it is an experience!!! I will always answer enquiries but please note that my replies may end up in your Spam folder so if you have not had a reply within 24 hours, please check in your Spam folder. Thank you

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Debbie Gillespie
I offer a completely non-judgmental approach as for me, no style can be too big/small/wild or wacky. I want customers to have the cake of their wildest dreams and if that includes smurfs, the more the merrier! No-one should be afraid to express themselves.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2014
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
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Location & Contact Details

Address

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England

Nearest Town

Huddersfield

Nearest Motorway & Junction

J39 of M1

Nearest Train Station

Huddersfield/Shepley

Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (11)

Rock n Roll Bride
Bespoke Bride
Festival Brides
Magpie Weddings
Unconventional Wedding
Your Yorkshire Wedding
CBBC Marrying Mum and Dad
Living North
Yorkshire Life
OutsideBride
Costco Magazine, June 2019

Accreditations / Associations (4)

Featured supplier - Eclectic Wedding Enclyclopedia
Preferred supplier - Bagden Hall Hotel
Preferred supplier - The Well-Being Farm
Preferred supplier - Blossom Barn Weddings

Industry Awards (3)

Winner - North of England Wedding Awards 2016
Finalist - North of England Wedding Awards 2015
Jan 2019 - Jacqueline Gold #WOW winner
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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

My most memorable wedding was a 4-tier luggage cake with LED lights inserted into the globe top tier to form a flight path. The couple were British but had emigrated to Australia so wanted their cake to represent this. The whole thing was done via email to Australia and it was delivered to a very snowy Pennine location in the middle of winter. Stress 100% but the couple loved it and I still get emails from them about it, 4 years on!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Natural, unstructured, quirky, individual and fun

What about your business are you most proud of?

I previously won the North of England Wedding Awards 2016. This is in recognition of excellence in customer service and is based purely on customer feedback. They all commented on how friendly and easy-going the whole process was, with good communication. One of my brides also stated that if you hadn’t tasted my chocolate cake, you hadn’t lived! I have also recently been crowned Wedding Cake Designer of the Year 2019 for Yorkshire and Humberside in the I Do Wedding Awards. I was also named by Yorkshire Life Magazine as one of the 5 best wedding cake designers in Yorkshire.

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

Whichever wedding supplier you choose, please don’t be afraid to speak up and be true to your style. If they won’t accommodate it, find someone that will!

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

Any personal touches, especially those that represent shared interests, are better than anything just gleaned from Pinterest. A wedding should a celebration of a future life together so both parties should have an input.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

All my wedding couples are invited for a no-obligation consultation, where they are provided with a sample selection of our most popular flavours. We then chat over the design and I will provide a detailed quotation and sketch (if required). Their date is then secured with a 25% non-returnable deposit. Alternatively, as I will only have limited capacity per week, a wedding date can be secured with a £50 deposit and the design process completed nearer the date.

What is your signature cake?

I love to incorporate bold floral displays with handpainting to produce a modern but rustic look. I would suppose that my signature style would be the rustic log cakes, which are handpainted to look just like the real thing. Many people at wedding fairs are surprised to learn it is cake and want to touch it to make sure.

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

In October 2018, I provided a completely unique wedding cake to reflect the couple's love of fantasy, Disney and musical theatre. Their cake featured a fully handpainted footpath scene leading to a fantasy castle, flanked by 3D trees and guarded at the back by an edible hand-modelled dragon. It was totally epic and the bride's face on seeing it was a picture!

Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.

My first wedding cake was my own in 2005. Although it was a very simple design, I found the process renewed the love of art and creativity that I had had as a child, whilst at the same time producing something beautiful and tasty for someone else to enjoy. The arrival of two children meant that cakes became more elaborate and soon I was being approached by family and friends to make cakes for them.

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

Dare I say it - I don't watch Bake Off so I am not exactly sure what it entails. I would suppose that I would use a traditional flavour, done to perfection but with perhaps a little twist. Design wise it would incorporate all the things I love - flowers, hand-painting and a little fun.