I know, cake week is over. But just one more. There is always room for more!
Name: Samia Mazhar
Bit of a background on you:
I have been married to my wonderful husband Arfan for 4 years and love him hopelessly. We reside in lovely Surrey for over 3 years, however we are northerners at heart !
My home town is in Harrogate North Yorkshire I am very close to my family and call them everyday! My brother resides in sunny California and my sister lives in Halifax she has 2 little girls, I adore my two nieces Alisha and Deeyanah to bits and they are always my little helpers when it comes to cupcakes!
I graduated doing Graphics Art and Design and worked as a graphic designer for some time before I set up Vanilla Cake Shop. With a lot of support from my family and friends, I now have a successful business and am loving every minute of being a cake decorator!
Background on your business, costs, style etc:
I am a big perfectionist and take a lot of pride in my work, ensuring all my cakes are looking perfect before they are delivered and set up at the venue. My ultimate goal is to make sure my clients are happy with the service being provided to them.
My cake designs are couture and very elegant, in keeping with current wedding fashion and trends, many have been featured in many popular wedding magazines and blogs.
Clients are invited to a cake tasting consultation, which also involves going through all of their ideas and requirements. A lot of time is spent understanding what my clients are looking for in their dream wedding cake.
There are a variety of choice, such as classical and contemporary tiered cakes, miniature cakes and cupcakes. Offering intricate piping, exquisite handcrafted flowers and all finished with close attention to detail.
Cakes are baked fresh, using quality ingredients such as Free-range eggs, Madagascar vanilla extract and rich Belgian chocolates. Organic ingredients are also used where possible.
Prices start from £350 for a 3 tier cake.
Favourite flavour of cake/cupcake/pastry:
For cakes I am a die hard chocaholic! It has to be our Rich chocolate torte cake with chocolate Belgian ganache filling.
For cupcakes I love our Red velvet with cream cheese frosting.
Most memorable wedding creation you have done:
My first red velvet 3 tier cake. What made is memorable was the bride Carolanne. she was so open to suggestions and really lovely. She made a beautiful bride and loved the cake. I also got a lovely thank you note from her, it was simply precious.
Every time I think about her I smile J
Advice to brides about selecting their cake, any tips or things to remember?
The wedding cake is an extremely important component in your special day and therefore must not be overlooked. All of my cakes have been put center stage in the reception hall and they therefore become a focal point. Guests approach it, have their pictures taken next to it, the bride and groom also have their memorable pictures of cutting the cake.
You must decide on a budget and the theme of your cake and then find a cake decorator who will meet your requirements. You will be able to tell a lot about a cake decorator by doing your research and visiting their website. Also remember that you should always book a consultation to taste your favourite flavours and discuss your ideas.
Good cake decorators will have display cakes showcased to inspire you during your consultation. Be sure to ask home based cake decorators if they have passed a health and hygiene course and had their kitchen inspected, they should show you paperwork.
I must stress that making a wedding cake takes a lot of time and effort which is sometimes reflected on the price.
If you are looking for that amazing wedding cake, you have to put aside at least £500 aside for it.
Yes some high street shops do beautiful, cheap wedding cakes. But if you are looking for something unique and a design which has not been used and recognised by everyone, you must see a cake specialist.
Do you have any advice you are willing to share for budding bakers?
You have to be very pro-active, grab every opportunity which comes your way and enjoy every moment of it.
This business is not a 9 to 5 job with weekends off. As a matter of fact, weekends are usually the busiest! I am working 10 hours a day doing administrative duties, promoting and marketing the business networking with wedding suppliers the list is endless. I love doing it!
You must persevere, practice all the time be open to learn new things and don’t ever be afraid to ask anyone for help or advice. I have met some lovely people in this industry who have helped and supported me.
Most of all you must be passionate about baking and cake making, it is so much fun you will love it!
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colours: Plum tones, Ivory and White
Favourite Film: Tough choice between Serendipity and Sweet Home Alabama
Favourite Song: She will be loved (Maroon 5 )
Favourite Month: July
Favourite Drink: Pepsi
Favourite Food: Chinese (Hot and sour soup)
Favourite Word: Gosh!
Favourite Perfume: Clinique Happy and Anna Sui
Favourite Book: Anything cake related
Favourite Quote from a Film: ——– Don’t know any L