Based in Bedford, Putnoe Cakes offers a full range of wedding cakes. From the traditional and pretty to the wild and wacky which all taste as good as they look.
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Alison takes a great pride in getting to know her wedding couples and finding out a little bit about what makes them 'tick'. Offering a truly personal service Alison then helps the wedding couple incorporate all their ideas (or as many as possible) into their final design. This means that every cake is totally unique and personal to them.
As a qualified chef Alison is happy and able to cater for special diets.
Also offered are hand made Bride and Groom toppers which are made from photos supplied by the couples themselves, making them a very personal keepsake of the day.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Alison Tree
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your wedding cake, I'm always happy to chat about cake.
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Location & Contact Details
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Nearest Motorway & Junction
Nearest Train Station
Free parking available outside property
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Three years ago on a Wednesday I received a telephone call from another cake maker. She had been admitted to a London hospital overnight and had a wedding cake to complete and deliver to Leeds Castle (120 miles away) on the Friday. Could I help? Well after panicking for a few minutes, I calmed down and said yes of course!
Fortunately she had her iPhone with her and was able to send me all the details, the cake design was very similar to many that I make so was not a problem. The cake had been made and was at her parents house. They kindly delivered the cakes to me and I filled, decorated and then delivered on time.
The Bride and Groom knew nothing until after the event......... not one I want to repeat!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
What about your business are you most proud of?
The fact that I give a personal service, many of my Brides have continued to keep in touch long after the wedding.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get well organised.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Mismatched china and tablecloths for a tea party reception.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
My first encounter with a couple is normally through email or a telephone call to arrange a consultation. They then come to come to my house and try various samples of cake and enjoy tea/coffee. We then discuss all their likes and dislikes, colour schemes and design ideas before finalising a design.
I then email a quotation and sketch of the cake (where applicable) over to them for confirmation of order. A deposit is paid at this stage and then the balance a month before the wedding.
What is your signature cake?
This is a difficult one as I am constantly designing new cakes that are all very different to each other and always changing my mind over which is my current favourite.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
I think this one just has to be the five tier cake that had to incorporate the following: Bride and Groom on a motorbike going on a road trip, Bride and Groom at a shooting club, Little Mermaid, Tangled and the Disney Castle. They were absolutely thrilled with the result.
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
I made my first wedding cake as a 17 year old trainee chef (back in 1979). It was in the days of Royal Icing, and rich fruit cakes. I was living in 'digs' in Brighton and the cake was made in my landlady's kitchen and decorated in the living room!
Fast forward to the 21st century and after years working in various jobs in restaurants, hotels, GP's surgery, school, charity and the private sector. My eldest son announced he was getting married and wanted me to make his cake!
I decided that I'd had enough of looking at spreadsheets and wanted to unleash my creative flair. I left my role as Company Accountant for an international company and instead started my own business of Putnoe Cakes. The rest as they say is history.