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Southwell Cakery design, bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes for weddings and other special occasions
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
Physical Shop / Studio
Treats and Favours
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 be a regional finalist of The Wedding Industry Awawds.
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
The Old Vicarage Boutique Wedding Venue
Wedding: December 2017
We love hearing that our couples have chosen Ruth to create their wedding cake! They’re always so delicious and look beautiful! We would highly recommend!
Amy & Alex
Married in October 2017
We were blown away by Ruth’s cakes at our consultation, it was so hard to pick 3 flavours as they were all yummy! We had an idea for our design and Ruth brought it to lif...
Wedding: September 2017
The cake was absolutely amazing the detail and effort that went into it was fabulous ! The taste was delicious .xx
Wedding: October 2017
We love Ruth’s creations!!!
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have sampled many of Ruth’s cakes, and while some cakes look amazing but then let you down on taste ...... Ruth’s always look AND...
Emily and Lee
Married in December 2017
Our perfect day
We have just celebrated our wedding at swancar farm it was magical and sparkly Ruth did our cake and it was unreal it had so many complements and everyone wanted a photo ...
Married in May 2017
Exceeded our expectations
We met Ruth at a wedding fair and attended a consultation to finalise our cake. It took our breath away on the day, tasting as good as it look. We can highly recommend.
Wedding Open Day
6th October 2018
Wedding Open Day at The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Location & Contact Details
Unit 15 Southwell Business Centre, Crew Ln, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0TX, England
Once a consultation appointment is booked, I send full directions, but we are easy to find
Nearest Motorway & Junction
M1 Jnc 26
Nearest Train Station
Newark or Nottingham
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (19)
Your East Midlands Wedding magazine Oct/Nov 2016
Truly Madly Dottie Blog
The Daily Toast Blog
Your East Midlands Wedding Magazine April/May 2018
Industry Awards (4)
The Wedding Industry Awards Regional Finalist 2017,
Shortlisted for the Bridebook Awards 2017
Bridebook Awards 2018-GOLD
English 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 Special OfferFree Consultation including samples to taste