What is your most memorable wedding?
A 3 tier sand castle cake with penguins sliding down the cake and getting up to mischief eating ice creams and fish and chips. I also made a personalised topper of the bride and groom, Jade was in her beautiful wedding gown and Mike in his dirty tee shirt and shorts with his mountain bike helmet and The Simpsons socks! Their littke dog sat at the foot of them both completing an incredibly personalised centre piece. 😊
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of my hand modelled sugar pieces. They tend to stand out from the crowd and make people feel really special. Also my strong feelings that customer service is so very important. I strive to do my best for every single bride and groom I have booked in with me and I really do care about how their cake is going to turn out. It's lovely when brides and grooms get back in touch with massive Thankyous and I think, "yey! I did that 😊"
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Ooh, let me think......
Probably to start early and get a good look around before you make any final bookings. Also from your cake point if view book in the date by all means with your favoured cake maker (hopefully me.....ahem!) but then maybe leave the final designs of it until after you have picked out your dress, flowers and other venue decor. This can really help to design a gorgeous cake to blend really well using elements of your styles.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A bride last year had glittering gold names carved from wood at each place sitting. They looked so beautiful, and stylish but also doubles up as favours and name tags.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Typically a couple will contact me to enquire. I ask them if they have any styles in mind they like so that I can give a very rough estimate on price. This way we both know from the off if we're a good match on quality and budget.
Then if the couple eoyld like to go further I invite them across to Fairy Hill Cakes HQ were they can sample the delights of my kitchen and we go through a cake design.
I then email over a full quote based on what we discussed and if they are happy eith everything they can secure their date with a non refundable deposit.
What is your signature cake?
I have to say my signature cake is probably the wacky fun cake with lots of intricate details and sugar modelling.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
Most of my cakes are original creations based on the couples personal design details. THE most original is probably the sand castle cake I described above.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
A lady was retiring from where I worked, we joked that she was secretly changing jobs to be a pole dancer, I made her a cake with a pole dancer model on top! We all laughed, people started asking for other cakes for events and occasions around the doors and the rest is history!
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
A big huge 6 or 7 tiered monstrous cake with delicate peony roses david austins and beautiful blossom flowers. I'd then carve a hole in the middle of it so I could jump out and do a tadahhhhhh! moment. Ive always wanted to do that......