Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Personal, natural, informal, taste-obsessed, sustainable.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I don't mess around when it comes to high quality ingredients and I'm seriously focused on taste. Den bakes use organic, free range and unrefined ingredients wherever possible, and I make as much as I can myself, including compotes, curds, nut pastes, fondant and syrups. If I wouldn't give it to my kids, it's not going in your bakes.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
All wedmin and no actual conversation ain't fun. Try to restrict your planning chat to agreed times - schedule it if that's your thing! - but just remember to talk about something OTHER than your wedding from time to time, as it can be all too easy to let it encroach too much on the rest of your life. And if you're getting bogged down in the minutiae, always bear in mind that a guest with a full belly and a drink in hand is the most forgiving kind...just make sure the food is in safe hands and I guarantee your wedding party will have a wonderful time celebrating with you!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Personalised beermats, designed by a friend of the bride. Such a gorgeous little keepsake and really thoughtfully done.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
When you get in touch, I'll come back to you within 48 hours with a bunch of follow up questions, based on the info you've given me. I'll give you a free quote as soon as I have enough details for a realistic number, and can work out something spectacular to suit the vast majority of budgets. It's best when couples contact me at least 6 weeks' notice before the big day - it ensures we have maximum flexibility for ideas that are personal to you. Then comes the fun bit - I ply you with cake options via a postal sample pack (there's a small consultation fee that comes off your final balance). We'll discuss design options over email or by phone, too. Once we've agreed both flavours and design, you'll get my annotated sketch of your cake and/or dessert table, you pay your 50% deposit and we're full steam ahead. You'll hear from me again when it's time to pay your balance, then I'll drop you a line to let you know when I'm making your cake (I like my cake extra fresh!) And I'll check in after your nuptials for your feedback, of course.
What is your signature cake?
My Chilli Carrot is good fun: a gentle heat in with the spiced sweet carrot, balanced by the zesty icing. But then my Original Nutter is excellent too - alternate layers of semi-sweet chocolate and hazelnut cakes, frosted with dark chocolate + hazelnut buttercream...I think you'll just have to taste them all, as I can't limit myself to one signature cake ;)
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
Same way I got into marriage: someone wonderful asked, and I said "yes!" My first wedding cake was a referral from a dear friend, and while I wasn't sure I was ready for such a huge occasion, it turned out to be a roaring success. The groom told me afterward that people were having fourth and fifth slices!