Bit of a background on you:
I first developed a love of baking aged around 5 when I started spending time with my Nan in the kitchen. She was always singing that old song ‘If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake….’ and the song still makes me smile now. She always had something fresh from the oven ready for us when we visited every weekend. The love of baking that she instilled in me has stayed with me. It wasn’t until I had my son though that I discovered I had a natural flair for cake decorating, especially for carved cakes.
Background on your business:
Having spent several years making cakes for family and friends and friends of friends I finally decided to get serious about cake in 2009 and that is when Ice Maiden Cakes was born! I now specialise in fun, contemporary cakes and am particularly known for my carved novelty cakes. Having said that, the customer is king and I am happy to turn my hand to any style you take a fancy to!
My wedding cakes are elegant and contemporary with bold shapes and colours and large single bloom flowers. I also love to create bespoke bride and groom models which are personalised to the happy couple’s outfits, hair and eye colour, flowers and accessories.
Favourite flavour of cake/cupcake/pastry:
I am a complete cake snob and NEVER eat cake from supermarkets or branded bakeries. My favourite cake would be a toss-up between a simple lemon sponge filled with a thick layer of lemon curd and my cherry bakewell sponge.
Most memorable wedding creation you have done:
Last August I made a cake for a lovely couple where the groom was in the REMEs. They came to me with a fantastic idea of having a tank wedding cake. The bottom tier was a large fruit cake iced in a golden colour and dusted with sugar ‘sand’ and the top tier was a Challenger II tank carved from chocolate cake. To top it off I modelled the bride and groom riding in the tank. A truly unique wedding cake!
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?
Have fun with your wedding cake! When I was married *ahem* years ago wedding cakes were white with sugar flowers on – nowadays anything is possible so let your imagination run wild. A fun hobby, a favourite film, a job you are proud of or an exciting honeymoon destination can all provide inspiration for your wedding cake. Your baker will be able to get around any practical difficulties such as serving the right number of portions so don’t let those small details get in the way of your big ideas. And don’t worry about what anyone else thinks – it’s your day so do it your way!
Do you have a recipe you are willing to share for budding bakers?
Here is the world’s easiest cupcake recipe for when you are really up against it – with the help of my KitchenAid I can have a batch of these in the oven in 15 minutes!
225g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
Put the butter, sugar and flour into the bowl of your mixer and mix on medium until combined. With the mixer still running crack the eggs into the bowl one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the vanilla.
Spoon generous dessert spoons into paper cases and bake at Gas Mark 4 for 20 – 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack then top with your choice of icing or make in to butterfly buns.
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Film: Schindler’s List
Favourite Song: If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked a Cake
Favourite Month: September
Favourite Drink: Cherry Coke
Favourite Food: Homemade sponge cake
Favourite Word: Bimble – I like the way it sounds like the action it describes!
Favourite Perfume: Opium
Favourite Book: Difficult – I’m a big book worm and own about 3000 titles! My favourite kids book would be The Water Babies by Charles Kingsleigh and I’m also a big Tolkein and Roald Dahl fan. I have too many grown up favourites to name but my favourite baking book at the minute is the Bake-a-Boo Baking Cookbook.