For me every cake is special, as I work very closely with all our clients. But if I had to choose one design, our Midsummer Night’s Dream cake has received the most attention from both our clients as well as from the press worldwide.
I once designed a wedding cake for a couple, one of whom is a renowned artist, incorporating our Midsummer Night’s Dream design. They put their own spin on it by adding a sugar peach and pear nestled on top, to reflect that they are referred to as “peach and pear” by their family and friends. The cake was set on a tree trunk surrounded by flamingoes, parrots, owls and lots of foliage.
Alongside your stunning cakes you also create the most beautiful dessert tables. Can you tell us what treats you like to include to entice guests?
Dessert tables are still popular, with a range of cakes and desserts in similar shades to fit the wedding colour theme/fresh florals. We offer tiered cakes, tiered brownies, individual mini cakes, individual buttercream cakes and cupcakes, macarons, meringues, profiteroles and tarts. Our clients do not have to choose from our list of cake flavours. If they have a special wish for a particular sponge flavour we are happy to go out of our way to make this. In fact, some of the flavours we currently offer were special requests by some of our previous clients, for example, pistachio cardamom or almond infused with clementine and orange curd or Belgian dark chocolate sponge layered with Oreo cookies and salted caramel.
What’s the most intricate piece you have created and how long did it take?
It probably has to be psyche and cupid cake for De Beers. The two figures were individually carved and sculpted with white chocolate. The figures alone took me eight days to work on and the delicate sugar peonies, roses and blossoms took a further four days.
How important is social media for your business?
Social media is enormously important for my business. More and more couples/clients are using, in particular, Pinterest and Instagram to find inspirations and to find their wedding suppliers. The downside to social media is that it can be quite overwhelming and daunting. I think it is important to strike the right balance and not get lost in the world of virtual reality.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Meditation, photography, experimenting with new cake flavours and most of all spending my free time with my family. If I am not working in the studio then you will most probably find me somewhere in Bushy Park or Richmond Park taking photos or going for walks. I also like to experiment with new flavours and I tend to do this in my free time.