Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there I’ll tell you how I became an elegant wedding cake designer. Ha! You know you’re going to sing that back to yourself – love how I made wedding cake designer rhyme! No? Ok, maybe just me.
As a child I was always creative. I’ve made earrings, marbled paper, done decoupage, made paper boxes and I’ve dabbled with calligraphy. At school I loved art but sadly my art teacher didn’t like the kind of art I did as he was more into drawing and painting which I can’t do to save my life. I did design and got an A for GSCE but when I left school I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I went to secretarial college and did pretty well. I came out with a Diploma, 120 words per minute typing and 90-110 words per minute shorthand - yes that’s fast and no, I can’t do it that quickly anymore. I've worked in various personal assistant roles and was never busy in any of them. I’ve always worked fast and could never understand why it took my predecessors so long to do the same task and what they did to fill their day. Moving to Scotland in 2011 with my then fiancé (who is Scottish) we lived with his parents until we found a house. I’d always baked to relax and this is something that continued. We were married in the same year we moved up and at the time the cupcake tower was the in thing to have so we had one at our wedding. I remember thinking "I bake a pretty great cupcake so how hard can it be to whack on some fondant decorations". Turns out you need to make them a few days before so they dry out and don't go floppy. Anyway, I started making them for friends and family, then the net grew a little wider and I branched out into birthday cakes until finally my confidence grew enough to launch myself into the wedding industry. I knew the event manager at the Landmark Hotel in Dundee and she got me a place at their wedding show and I went along with my very small cupcake tower.
After a couple more years of only making cupcake towers for weddings and plenty of celebration cakes a friend asked me to make their wedding cake which terrified me but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to succeed. This is it, taken by the fabulous Chris Scott Photography. I was so proud it and the couple loved it too.
After that cake I enrolled in a two day course at Suzanne’s Esper’s cake school where I learnt how to get sharp edges on my cakes and how to make more than just a sugar rose. I was absolutely buzzing after those two days. I remember phoning my Mum from the car on the drive home and she said she had never heard me so animated about anything and I just knew this is what I wanted to do forever.
After having Olivia I didn't want to go back to a job where I sat staring out of the window, so with the support of Chris I went full time into making cakes and now I only make custom luxury wedding cakes, yes the occasional celebration cake is made if I have a quiet week here and there but usually it's all about the weddings. I love bringing my couples ideas to life and it's such an honour to play a small part in one of the biggest days of your lives.
Peace, love and buttercream