HOW DID I END UP MAKING WEDDING CAKES?

I got engaged…

 

After 4 months together, Daniel proposed while we were cycling across London Bridge. Having nearly fallen off my bike at first, it made the world of sense to me to go for it… So, I said Yes….

And that’s when I decided, already being fully cake-obsessed, that I wanted to make our wedding cake. Find out more below about how Malarkey Cakes is built from a mixture of my all passions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW DID I END UP MAKING WEDDING CAKES?

I got engaged…

 

After 4 months together, Daniel proposed while we were cycling across London Bridge. Having nearly fallen off my bike at first, it made the world of sense to me to go for it… So, I said Yes….

And that’s when I decided, already being fully cake-obsessed, that I wanted to make our wedding cake. Find out more below about how Malarkey Cakes is built from a mixture of my all passions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in nineteen-eighty-something is when my cake obsession really began. Hours spend gazing at the pages of my Mum’s cake decorating books like ‘Jane Asher’s Party Cakes’ and ‘Cake Icing and Decorating’ by M&S spring to mind. Then there is the time spent baking and icing my Great Granny’s wartime recipe chocolate cake with my Mum. I always made sure the mixture left on the Kenwood ‘K’ beater was all for me (I genuinely believed the ‘K’ was for Katie).

Fast forward fifteen or so years and I had come away from university with a Graphic design degree which plays a huge part in my cake design process, especially in my computer generated design sketches and taking an idea through from a mood board to reality.

Modern architecture also plays its own part in influencing my cake designs and signature style. Brutalist architecture examples like the Southbank Centre and the Hayward Gallery as well as the modern Victorian fusion of Coal Drops Yard and The Samsung Building in Kings Cross. Then of course there is the magic of The Gherkin where we had our own wedding celebration.

Seeing more of the world than just my back yard has held an important role in everything I do since my first solo trip away at the age of 23. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a new city and tasting every single new dish and dessert a place had to offer. Living and working as an English teacher in some of the most vibrant cities in South East Asia; Saigon, Phnom Penh and Bangkok to name a few, taught me about new cultures and flavours and these adventures inspire me and my designs every day.

Since 2014, I’ve had the privilege of combining my love of design, travel and cake into my work. The couples I am lucky enough to work with and their stories add in to my inspiration which helps me to create something completely unique for every wedding. Every part of the cake design process is as important as realising the final cake on a wedding day. Knowing I’ve played a part in achieving a couple’s dream wedding with one of my bespoke cake designs is the best feeling there is.

Katie x

WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO DESIGN YOUR DREAM WEDDING CAKE?

Me in words and numbers...

 

I’ve been to over 50 countries and spent my 20s as a bit of a nomad. MOTORBIKING around CAMBODIA and VIETNAM, TREKKING in PERU and BOLIVIA and BULLET TRAINING and FOOD TOURING around JAPAN.

 

I’m obsessed with DESSERTS… PANNACOTTA, TIRAMISU, anything involving CHOCOLATE and anything involving CUSTARD.

 

I’m a sucker for RETRO ADS, PACKAGING and POSTERS.

 

If I could do it all again, I’d be an ARCHITECT or INTERIOR DESIGNER.

 

Wherever I travel to, I always seem to opt in to trekking up a VOLCANO or mountain in the dark to see the SUNRISE… It’s nearly always worth it though.

 

On a beach holiday, you won’t actually find me on the beach, but SCUBA DIVING instead. It’s all about those holidays spent exploring above and below the water and building your day around a SUNSET COCKTAIL.

 

I love nothing more than a slow breakfast at the weekend…EGGS.. Anything with EGGS! Shakshuka, scrambled eggs, Turkish Menamen, Eggs Benedict. Serious indecision when given a menu…

 

And EXPLORING. Always exploring…

 

And did I mention I never stop thinking about FOOD?

 

I’m a LONDONER- This city is my adoptive home and has been my inspiration for the last 10 years.

 

When I’m not designing and making wedding cakes in my North London studio, I love taking in everything this city has to offer. From LATTES to JAPANESE PATISSERIE, GALLERIES to LONG BIKE RIDES and WANDERS in the streets of some of my favourite places; SOHO and the deserted CITY OF LONDON at weekends.

 

 

My Cake Philosophy...

 

AM I THE CAKE DESIGNER FOR YOU?

Couple focussed

Design-led

Artistically adventurous

Since 2014 I’ve helped dozens of couples realise their cake design dreams with my design-led approach to wedding cakes. My couples LOVE cake and they know what they want when they see it and when they eat it...

Their cake is given an important role to play in their day – it makes a style statement and forms a central part of their décor as well as a delicious treat for their guests. Far from being all about style over substance, my cakes taste as good as they look, incorporating a range of both scrumptiously nostalgic and fresh contemporary flavours.

Are you ready to make cake magic happen?