What is your most memorable wedding?
This one had to be the wedding of my best friend. She asked for the design to be a surprise! I had to bake the cake, decorate it and then trust my hubby to deliver it to the venue as I was a bridesmaid! In between photos I had to finish the set up of the cake, and luckily my friend and her hubby loved the cake! Phew!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Elegant, traditional, floral, friendly, personable
What about your business are you most proud of?
This year I was entered into an awards and ended up a finalist! Although I didn't win the award, I was immensely proud of what this little one woman, work from home mum business has achieved over the last 6 years.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get everything booked in as soon as you can. That way, you'll know that everything is in place and you won't be stressing before the big day.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I always love seeing the handmade touches, such as table plans and table decorations.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Usually after a few emails, we meet up for a cuppa and a chat about cake (and some samples, obviously!). Then we finalise the design details, flavours etc and I type up an order form for the couple to complete to book in with me. It's very informal, and totally unpressured. I'm not a salesperson - just a baker :)
What is your signature cake?
I would say my signature cake is becoming either the naked cake, or classic elegance with sugar roses and lace.
What is the most original creation you have baked for a wedding?
A recent cake was a semi-naked cake decorated with drippy chocolate ganache and different flavour macarons. At the venue it got a load of compliments with nearly everyone saying they had never seen a cake like that before!
Describe how you got into making wedding cakes.
After my own wedding in 2009, I needed a new hobby as wedding planning had taken over my life a little bit - oops! I enrolled on a sugar flowers course at the Huddersfield Technical College as it was then, and started to learn to create intricate sugar flowers. The first ones I learned were sweet peas, and by the time I was wiring together my first bouquet I was hooked! From there I've gone on to improve my skills dramatically in both sugar flowers and cake decoration, and 6 years into my business journey we're doing better than ever!
What would be your show stopper in the Great British Bake Off?
Hmm, I'd need a bit more time than they usually get on the Bake Off, but I'd probably come up with a 3 or 4 tier wedding cake. It's what I know!