Category: Wedding cake

The Client Journey with Hartt Cakes

March 11, 2022 | Hampshire Wedding, Wedding cake

Last winter Becky from Hartt Cakes had no bookings due to Covid and had to shield, so she turned her attention to her client’s journey. Over to Becky to talk us through the process… I looked at the journey from enquiry to delivery of the cake. I put myself in the shoes of my clients and found SO many pain points throughout the process. I don’t want my clients being frustrated or overwhelmed at all, weddings are stressful enough! I found an automated CRM software I now swear by called ‘Dubsado’. It took me over 20 hours to learn the…

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Q&A with Alexandra from The Pastry Corner

February 22, 2022 | Hampshire Wedding, Wedding cake

Today we hear from Alexandra from The Pastry Corner, she’s on track to provide 100+ wedding cakes this year so she knows a thing or two about what’s happening in the cake world… Q. Hi! Firstly I’d love to hear about your background and how you got to where you are today? A. It all started in my grandma and mum’s kitchen, making jam tarts and cupcakes. Then I studied at Highbury College and Southdown College, before getting my first job at L’Ortolan restaurant (Michellen star). This is where I learnt what a kitchen environment is really like. I was…

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How Covid helped this Hampshire caterer bloom…

Martha Hollis was created in 2018 when chef Rachel Sheppard bought a vintage caravan named Martha. Using the beautiful vintage caravan to serve afternoon teas from, Martha and Rachel had a lovely time travelling around weddings and events serving tea in the sunshine. Rachel created wedding cakes and favours, and started to offer grazing platters and canapés alongside her afternoon teas. She visited lots of wedding fairs and took part in styled shoots. The name was getting out and life was good… THEN CAME COVID. “At first I didn’t think too much of it” explained Rachel “then when the lockdown…

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Duncton Mill – Under New Management

Duncton Mill near Petworth in West Sussex is a fishery and beautiful lakeside marquee venue. Caroline and Martin have been running the venue for years but as they’re due to retire, Carole from The Naked Food Company is taking over… and she’s got BIG plans. Carole’s catering business has been based on the estate at Duncton Mill for years. The award-winning company creates bespoke menus to suit a variety of tastes, styles and budgets. Choose The Naked Food Company to cater for your lakeside wedding (think grazing tables under the trees and desserts on the jetty) or bring in a…

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Q&A with Martha Holli’s founder Rachel Gisby

Q. Hi Rachel! We love Martha Holli’s. Please explain to the readers what you offer. A. At Martha Holli’s we offer handmade bespoke wedding cakes, afternoon tea catering, donut wall hire, macaron towers, wedding favours and vintage china hire. We have a lovely 1960s vintage caravan we use to serve our afternoon teas from which works great for outdoor summer weddings. Q. Who’s Martha Holli? Where did the name come from? A. The name came from the caravan. When I bought her, she was already named Martha and had a lovely vintage-style nameplate on the back. The caravan model is…

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Getting to know… Hartt Cakes

February 6, 2020 | Hampshire Wedding, Wedding cake

Hold tight for some insider baking top tips from Hartt Cakes. Becky’s flavour combos will get your taste buds going, she shares valuable information about where she seeks inspiration… and her pastimes when she’s not in the kitchen are rather unique! Q. How long have you been baking? A. I’ve always had a passion for baking but it really started when I was 14 years old watching an old cake decorating show. I was amazed at how they could turn a simple cake into a work of art. From that point on it was clear to me what I wanted…

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Top Tips for a DIY Wedding Cake

July 26, 2019 | DIY, DIY Tips, Top tips, Wedding cake

Many brides opt for a DIY wedding cake when it comes to their big day, so we have Lara Kenny of Love from lila xx, a bespoke wedding cake company based on the Surrey/Hampshire border, sharing her best tips: To decide on what cakes you need, look for cutting guides online. For ‘normal’ 3” high tiers, look at 1×2” serving sizes. As an example, an 8” cake will give you about 26 slices. When it comes to filling the cakes, fresh cream and cream cheese are a no-no for quite a few reasons. For my jam layers, I pipe a…

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