2015’s Great British Bake Off pulled in peak viewing figures of 14.5 million people. The nation’s love of all things baked and beautiful has reached new sugar highs but while many of us find ourselves wiping more icing off the kitchen worktops than we actually manage to get on the cake, some of the UK’s greatest bakers are taking the art of cake to new levels.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of wedding cake design. Following last year’s homage to wedding cakes, GoHen have grabbed our tasting forks and gone in search of 2015’s Greatest Wedding Cake Designers. It’s tough work ladies but somebody’s got to do it. You’re welcome.
Roma Finlinson graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with expert training in classic French patisserie. Her own cakes while timeless and elegant also have a real sense of glamour and drama, with whole bouquets of sugar-flowers blooming from the tops of her sleek creations. A most definite and welcome inclusion in our collection of the UK’s finest wedding cake designers.
Winning awards comes naturally to expert cake designer Rosalind Miller, she’s received international acclaim for her creative talents and her bakes can even be found loitering in Harrods. Her elegantly shaped designs are often laden with cascading flowers and beautiful blossoms as well as intricately detailed patterns from tier to tier. Rosalind’s cakes are intricate, captivating and at the pinnacle of wedding cake design.
The Jolly Good Pud Company
Baking for a living has been a lifelong dream for Jolly Good Pud’s leading lady Heidi Thompson, who decided to start her own company after having a family. We here at GoHen are glad that she did, because otherwise we wouldn’t be able to gawp at her beautiful bijou bakes when we should really be working – sssssh!
Hall of Cakes
Nicola Hall is a woman who followed her creative aspirations to become one of the best vintage cake designers in the UK. Her designs are bright, crisp and clean, with kitsch bows around her tiers as well as delightful arrangements of sugar flowers providing a tasteful decorative touch which will wow wedding guests.
As one of the leading cake designers in East Anglia, Helen Ward has been making stunning bakes professionally for 4 years and in 2015 her talents were recognised when she won the national award for ‘Best Wedding Cake Designer’ at the National Wedding Awards. Her intricate designs are breathtaking, with floral patterns and iced pearls enhancing her perfect dimensions.
May Clee-Cadman’s amazing bakes have featured in several bridal magazines and as well as ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Her fairytale cakes have won her more awards than we’ve had cupcakes (and we’ve had a LOT of cupcakes!). From simple elegant white tiers to rich vibrant colours, all her wonderful cakes could grace any wedding.
The Cake Carousel began turning when mum Claire realized that the cakes that were such a big hit with her kids deserved a little more exposure, fast track a few years and she’s been nominated for ‘Best Wedding Cake’ at the Welsh Wedding Awards for her baking efforts. Looking at her rustic, buttercream-filled sponges topped with summer fruits we can understand why!
Love Candy Cakes
The appropriately named Candy Wilson is a cake designing tour de force in the Peak District; her mercurial creativity is on full display in her work, which is quite simply gorgeous. Whether she’s working on a bijou bake or an elegant series of tiers, Candy’s imaginative ideas are steeped in romance.
Ben The Cake Man
With the imaginative name, he sounds like our kind of superhero and is most definitely a caked crusader. Ben is another baker who featured in last year’s Top 50 and remains firmly at the of the wedding cake world. We particularly love his ‘Bright & Bold’ designs although we’d fight villains for a slice of anyone of his captivating cakes.
Owner and founder of Rachelle’s, Rachel, has been driven by her love of baking but it is possibly her background in design that has turned her cakes in to the show stoppers they are. Originally Rachel trained in theatre design and her cakes are certainly imbued with a theatrical flair and wonderful use of colours and intricate detailing.
Little Boutique Bakery
Little Boutique Bakery has appeared in several bridal publications, much to the delight of leading lady Jennie Louise Bishop, and the international recognition she’s received is much deserved if her stunning bakes are anything to go by – cakes range from the towering and traditional all the way to the in-vogue birdcage designs.
Ceri Olofson’s gorgeous designs have all the glitz and glamour you’d expect from cakes intended for such special days. Having studied at London’s University of Arts, these days she can be found expressing her creativity in the kitchen rather than in the studio, although that’s not to say that Ceri’s wonderfully abstract designs aren’t artistic masterpieces in their own right.
The beautiful designs that Mia, the driving force behind Fatcakes specializes in are truly a sight to behold. With her repertoire of quirky creations including (intentionally) off kilter tiers and more traditional wedding cakes decorated with ornate sugar flowers there is a very wide range of styles and skills on show in her bakery.
Curtis & Co Cakes
The award-winning cakes that Jennie Brooks produces are measured, precise and practically perfect in every way, this is baking that Mary Poppins would approve of for sure! Any retro-chic bride-to-be will adore these colourful, modern designs with their elegant vintage twists.
The Cake Store
Helen Mighell, the lead designer of wedding cakes at The Cake Store certainly doesn’t do things by half. Whether you’re searching for the most awe-inspiring traditional cakes, or quirky, unique modern designs, Helen’s verve for cake making has led to some captivating centrepieces full of flair and delicate romantic nuances.
Bernadett’s love for cake making comes all the way from her native Hungary, where she was inspired to take to a career in the kitchen after witnessing her grandmother’s passionate baking. It’s certainly a passion she shares judging by her ornate designs that feature just a hint of that old European charm and mix it with the latest contemporary designs and more traditional cakes.
Cakes by Robin
Her company name doesn’t make too much of a fuss, but Robin Green’s sensational baking speaks for itself really. Having traded banking for baking, these days she deals in sugar-craft and strawberry-laden tiers rather than pounds and dollars. Couples who are lucky enough to profit from her years of dedication will find a baker who can work as stylishly with bold colours are well as more traditional soft wedding tones.
Cake Maison’s colourful array of wonderful wedding cakes will make for a sensational centrepiece that’ll wow your guests with their stylish decoration and towering tiers. Their designs are eye-catching with a subtle air of sophistication – a must for any chic bride-to-be.
Bath Cake Company
Bath Cake Company’s sugary designs are kitsch, cute and absolutely scrumptious! Celia Adams’ beautiful bakes are both easy on the eye and delicious to try. Whether traditional, contemporary or completely bespoke there is something quite simply captivating about all Celia’s icing work which made her a natural choice for our Top 50.
Cakes by Beth
We love hearing the backgrounds of the bakers but science and engineering does seem a bit of a career leap. It was certainly a great choice as the resulting cakes have won Beth deserving recognition. Her multi award-winning cakes use bold shapes and colours as well as plenty of creative sugar-craft to give the bake a real sense of character.