What is your most memorable wedding?
Where I supplied a 6 tier [all double depth] lots of detail - I had to transport in separate tiers and assemble standing on a step ladder. The venue - a huge marquee in the parents grounds - was decorated with bookshelves, a huge fire place with the bride and grooms initials carved above it, wide screen TV's everywhere showing pictures of the bride and groom growing up and later to show scenes from Dr Zhivago. There was a huge stainless steel stage ready for the band for the evening party. The cake was placed on a huge box on wheels which was going to be wheeled in to a bright white light and snowstorm........
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Elegant, Unusual, Original, Personal, Modern,
What about your business are you most proud of?
I have been making cakes for over 35 years and I'm proud to say I have customers returning time and time again. I have one customer who travels nearly 200 mile round trip every year for her daughters birthday cake.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Decide on a theme and stick to it. Make sure you meet your suppliers and see their work - not just pictures [they could be someone elses!]
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A recent wedding was held in a barn, the couple had hay bales and deck chairs for their guests, hook a duck, candy floss, ice cream van, bouncy castle and lots of other idea for a really fun day.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I invite the couple to my home for a consult and cake tasting. I chat to them about their plans for their wedding, venue, colours, flowers, etc. Then I will start to sketch their dream cake. Once bride and groom are happy with the design I will calculate costings. A deposit is then taken to secure the price and the date.
What is your signature cake?
My Eiffel Tower Cake.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
As above my Eiffel Tower Cake but also the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
I started making cakes when I had my children. When they went to playgroup and then on to school I always came home with slips of paper from other Mums wanting cakes. I was soon making wedding cakes. I have made hundreds of cakes over the years and enjoyed every one of them. I now also teach the art of sugarcraft.
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
I think I would create my Eiffel Tower Cake as my showstopper.