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The Vanilla Pod Bakery

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Beautiful bespoke wedding cakes for couples marrying in and around the Cotswolds.
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General Services

Bespoke Design
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Tiered Cakes
Treats and Favours
Full Description
Hello my name is Pia and thank you for visiting this page. I own the Vanilla Pod Bakery, a bespoke wedding cake bakery based in the beautiful regency town of Cheltenham. I am a keen Pinterester (if that is a word!) and I am constantly looking at bridal blogs and magazines in order to keep my eye on the latest trends and fashions. This then feeds into the cakes that I design and create. Creating beautiful wedding cakes is my passion and over the years I have developed a cake style that is relaxed yet elegant. I strongly believe that each Vanilla Pod Bakery cake should taste as good as they look and therefore use high quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible, to ensure that every bite of a Vanilla Pod Bakery cake is a little taste of luxury. The Vanilla Pod Bakery offers a delicious array of mouth-watering flavours including Belgium Chocolate Truffle, Victoria Sandwich and Lemon Drizzle Curd, as well as Red Velvet, Oreo and Almond & Jam. I love baking and bespoke options are always welcomed. A wedding is such a personal occasion and choosing a cake is one of the fun steps on the to do list. I like to make this a relaxed and enjoyable experience, as it is not everyday you choose a bespoke wedding cake. If you would like to take it further, I would be delighted to invite you to a yummy cake tasting and design consultation at The Queen's Hotel in Cheltenham. To book please visit my website for details.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Pia Cato
Thank you very much for visiting my page, if you have any questions or would like a quote please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be more than happy to help. Best wishes,


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Anne and Paul
Married in September 2017
December 2017
It was so yummy, and just as we wished for.
Hello Pia, We both wanted to tell you that we, and all our family and friends absolutely loved our cake. It was so yummy, and just as we wished for. Thank you so much....
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Emily and Will
Married in September 2017
December 2017
It really was just absolutely stunning and we couldn’t have been happier
Hi Pia, I just wanted to say I ginormous thank you for our absolutely amazing wedding cake that you created for us!! It really was just absolutely stunning and we couldn...
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Rebecca & Chris
Married in September 2017
December 2017
Thank you so much for our beautiful cake!
Good evening Pia, Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you so much for our beautiful cake! We had the most amazing day and absolutely loved how it looked, everyo...
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Laura and Dan
Married in September 2017
December 2017
Thank you so much!
Hi Pia I just wanted to say the cake was amazing! Thank you so much! Will send you photos when we have them! Laura X
Sapna and Joe
Married in October 2017
December 2017
Honestly the taste was amazing – even my dad who isn’t a cake person went back for seconds and mentioned how so yummy it was
Hi Pia, I didn’t get a chance till now to say thank you so much for baking such an exceeding yummy and pretty cake for or wedding. Honestly the taste was amazing – even m...
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Refa and Gareth
Married in October 2017
December 2017
Everything tasted AMAZING
Hello Pia, Hope you're well! I've been meaning to email you since we came back from honeymoon but both of us have been really busy back to work reality. We had a wonde...
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Location & Contact Details


Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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Cheltenham Spa

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (6)

Regional Finalist Wedding Industry Award 2014
Regional Finalist Wedding Industry Award 2015
University of Gloucestershire Business Enterprise Winner 2008
Gloucestershire Women in Business Finalist 2010
2015 National Cupcake Champion Finalist 2015

What is your most memorable wedding?

I have so many favourites, I can't possibly choose!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, Elegant, Bespoke, Delicious, Memorable

What about your business are you most proud of?

That I have created a business that brings happiness and joy to couples wedding cakes.

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

Book your venue and photographer early!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

After the initial email or phone contact, I invite couples to a complimentary tasting consultation, where we design your perfect cake. Once everything has been decided and finalised, I then touch base shortly before the wedding to confirm delivery times, and final details. Your wedding cake is then set up on the day and you get to enjoy it.

What is your signature cake?

The Naked Cake has become my signature cake, I first created one of these 6 years ago and trend continues to grow and evolve.

Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.

I won a university business planning competition! I had always loved baking and had a dream to set up tea rooms in Cheltenham after winning the competition I focused on creating bespoke cakes and this organically grew into specialising in just wedding cakes.

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

My show stopper, would be an extravagant three tier naked cake decorated with handmade dainty macaroons, abundance of fresh fruit and edible flowers.
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