What is your most memorable wedding?
My own of course! Oh sorry you mean, the ones I have worked on.
I think it would be the first one I did a dessert table at for a bride whose family originate from the same village in Italy as my mum. She was so excited to have found a taste of Italy in the U.K. and the comments I got that day are what fuelled my determination to build my business.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Unconventional, unique, modern, striking and mouthwatering
What about your business are you most proud of?
For me it’s all about bringing joy to people with what I create, I am most proud of the reactions, compliments and amazing reviews I get from my clients as that’s what makes the hard work worthwhile.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Do it your way! Many people will give you advice about what you should have, what you should wear, what you need to do, what traditions you should follow, but it’s your day, so I say do it your way and make it personal to you.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A bride who had made a floor runner to go down the aisle with a personal message hand painted on it. It was a message to her mum who was walking her down the aisle in the absence of her late father.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
It’s begins with a chat over the phone or email to establish, like, dislikes and a bit about the vision for the wedding. I then invite you to a consultation and tasting at my home, this is very relaxed over a coffee and you get to sample some pastries and discuss the finer details of your dream dessert table. After this I put together a full proposal and quote and you secure the booking by paying a deposit. About 3 months before the wedding I liase with you and the venue to finalise the intricate details and timings of the day. Full payment is made 1 month before the wedding and the week of the wedding the magic happens and you can enjoy your day, all you have to worry about is how you are going to stop yourself from eating all the cake!
What is your signature cake?
Italian wedding cake - a light sponge, drizzled with a vanilla liqueur and layered with vanilla pastry cream. Topped with Chantilly cream, meringues fresh fruits and chocolate
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
A cascading millefoglie (meaning a thousand layers) Italian wedding cake with an array of mini desserts displayed on an old farm cart turned bar with draped foliage and rustic backdrop. The guests commented on how different it was having pastry instead of cake, it was light and fresh, perfect for a summer wedding!
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
Baking is in my blood! being Italian I was brought up around great food and watching my family cook and bake using traditional methods. However I wasn't always a baker, I used to be a dancer and dance teacher! when my body told me it was time to stop dancing, I turned back to my heritage and started to spend more time in the kitchen experimenting. I began making cakes for my children and family birthdays and people began asking me to bake for their celebrations and so what was at first a hobby became a second career, however I knew I wanted to bring something different to the table and so combined my love of baking with my heritage to bring people an authentic taste of Italian patisserie. after a few years of establishing my business, I created a wedding dessert table for a lovely couple, the bride was Italian and wanted to bring some of her heritage to her wedding day, and it was this wedding that shaped the direction of my business. I absolutely loved the entire process from start to finish and I find it such a privilege to be entrusted to create cakes for couples special day.