What is your most memorable wedding?
the first wedding cake I made for a very good friend is definitely the most memorable. I practiced making the three different tiers at least twice, it took over two hours of colour mixing to get the perfect shade for the lily of the valley leaves and around 10 hours to create the topper (which was a bunch of sugar lily of the valley). My husband was best man and my young children helped transport the tiers and hand me my tools as I assembled it. Although every wedding cake I make, and every couple I work with, are memorable, this one holds a special place in my heart.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Modern, elegant, unique, detailed, creative,
What about your business are you most proud of?
The wonderful feedback from happy customers and the ability to bring a smile to someone's face.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Try and enjoy the whole process, and know, things will go 'wrong' but it won't matter
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Beautiful hand drawn caricatures of every single guest as table place settings.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
In response to an initial enquiry, I will email through a pre-consultation questionnaire to gather basic information such as date, venue, any initial design ideas, flavours, budget etc. Then a couple would come to my studio for a tasting and face-to-face consultation, after which I produce a sketch and quote. The final design would then be tweaked if necessary and an order form raised. A month before the wedding, we would then have a conversation, either in person or by phone or email to finalise any details on design, delivery etc. I will liaise with your venue/wedding planner/florist or other relevant suppliers if necessary then on day, I deliver the cake and assemble it at the venue.
What is your signature cake?
I love bold colours, metallics and large focal flowers.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
Probably a gold, teal and blush five-tier cake with frills, cherubs, fantasy flowers which 'floated' on a cloud on a cake stand.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
The wedding cake I baked in June 2012 for a close friend was the catalyst for developing the business. After friends saw pictures, they began to ask for cakes. Once I had the kitchen registered with the council, obtained a food hygiene certificate and public liability insurance, I developed a website and the business took off very quickly from there. I now create wedding cakes, bespoke celebration cakes and teach classes to allow people to develop their own cake decorating skills.
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
This year, I think I would create a semi-naked style cake with caramel and chocolate ganache drizzle, dressed with fresh flowers, French macarons and chocolate shards (I'm a little in love with Anges des Sucres work!)