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Southwell Cakery design, bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes for weddings and other special occasions
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General Services

Bespoke Design
Physical Shop / Studio
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Tiered Cakes
Treats and Favours
Full Description
Our studio is located at Southwell Business Centre, in the beautiful minster town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire. It has held a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 since opening in 2015, and is open most week days 9.15am - 3.00pm, or by appointment. We work closely with a number of local venues being one of their selected preferred suppliers. Our designs are very rarely repeated, they are mainly bespoke but our 'Stephanie' and 'Isabella' styles have inspired many other cakes. Our style could be described as classic with a twist, we love clean lines and statement blooms. Please view our portfolio of cakes on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We are very proud to have been shortlisted for the Bridebook Awards and received a Gold accreditation. We have also reached the regional finals of The Wedding Industry Awards, and been shortlisted for the English Wedding Awards and the I Do Wedding awards.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ruth Harmer - Owner
Hello, Thank you for looking at Southwell Cakery's profile. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your wedding cake, we'd lover to hear your ideas. In peak wedding season we often become fully booked, but you can make 'Reserve the date' bookings 24 months in advance.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Nottinghamshire Harpist & Pianist
Wedding: December 2018
February 2019
Creative cakes
I've met Ruth lots of times as we both are wedding suppliers in the Nottingham area. Her cakes look divine and are often really creative. She's a great person to work wit...
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Jenny and Emma (Flower Barn)
Wedding: December 2018
December 2018
Flower Barn
Ruth's cakes taste and look stunning, we love working with Ruth and know that we will turn up to a cake that always makes putting flowers on an easy task xx
Akito Floral Design
Wedding: December 2018
December 2018
Stunning Cakes
Ruth's cakes not only look amazing they taste delicious. (I know as I've worked with some fabulous clients who've had their cake made by this lovely lady). It's always a ...
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Emily Neary
Wedding: November 2018
November 2018
Fabulous supplier!
We have worked with Ruth at Hazel Gap and have always found her cakes to be fabulous! She is always so helpful and friendly and we love working with her! We would highly ...
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The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel
Wedding: November 2018
November 2018
Wonderful Supplier
Ruth always makes the most perfect cakes, they taste so delicious... You just know that a lot of love and attention has gone into the making!
Rebecca & Andrew
Married in October 2018
November 2018
Cupcake couture
Ruth made our cake selection process an absolute breeze, from the very first enquiry through to setting up on the day. We decided not to have a traditional wedding cake a...
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Location & Contact Details


Unit 15 Southwell Business Centre, Crew Ln, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0TX, England

Travel Notes

Once a consultation appointment is booked, I send full directions, but we are easy to find

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 Jnc 26

Nearest Train Station

Newark or Nottingham

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (5)

The Wedding Industry Awards Regional Finalist 2017,
Shortlisted for the Bridebook Awards 2017
Bridebook Awards 2018-GOLD
English Wedding Awards Regional Finalist
I Do Wedding Awards Regional Finalist
Preferred Supplier List

What is your most memorable wedding?

Can I say my own? It was the first cake I was involved with, I helped design it and looking back, this is where it all started for me.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Our style could be described as timeless, elegant and sophisticated, with a contemporary edge and a touch of whimsy, but we are lead by our clients ideas.

What about your business are you most proud of?

I started Southwell Cakery from scratch after being made redundant. I have worked hard, and my business has grown, and it has become my fourth 'baby'.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

As soon as you decide you want to use a supplier, book them.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

I love typography on wedding cakes. Including your initials, or a special message is a lovely, subtle personal touch.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

We invite all couples to a free, no obligation consultation at our studio in Southwell. Here there is the opportunity to view our range of show cakes, try samples and discuss in detail the couples wedding cake ideas. From there, we raise a quotation(s) and forward to the client. It maybe that there are further discussion, and alterations made to the design. We keep couples dates penciled in our diary for 14 days after a quotation is given. A £100 non refundable/non transferable deposit secures a wedding booking, designs are finalised 6-8 weeks before the event with balance payments due one month prior to the wedding. Sugar flowers are made a few weeks before the wedding, with the cake being started four days before. We liaise with the venue and any other suppliers involved with the cake to confirm arrangements. One the day, we personally deliver and set up the wedding cake so it is ready before any guest arrive.

What is your signature cake?

We name all our cakes after our Brides, most are bespoke one offs, but our 'Stephanie' and 'Isabella' designs have inspired many more creations.

What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?

There is something original about all of our wedding cakes. We love to use ideas suggested by couples to create a unique and personal wedding cake.

Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.

I've always been creative and have previously worked in fashion and publishing. When I was made redundant I decided to take the opportunity to turn a passion into a business.

What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?

A grand, skyscraper of a cake with lots of detail and handmade sugar "Look at me" flowers.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Discount5%
Bridebook Special OfferFree Consultation including samples to taste