Cake Design

A stand-out wedding cake requires so much more than simply a baker. An edible work of art that reflects who you both are requires a designer too. I use my experience in graphic design, and my love of modern art and architecture to create sophisticated yet playful wedding cakes that are as daring as they are delicious. Find out more about the cake design experience below.

Cake Design

A stand-out wedding cake requires so much more than simply a baker. An edible work of art that reflects who you both are requires a designer too. I use my experience in graphic design, and my love of modern art and architecture to create sophisticated yet playful wedding cakes that are as daring as they are delicious. Find out more about the cake design experience below.

Step 1.

In response to your initial enquiry, I’ll ask you what your ideas and inspiration are for your wedding cake. You might have a clear idea of what you want, or you might be inspired by one of my previous cake designs. Maybe you’ll want me to create a cake inspired by your venue, your dress, the grooms tie, your wedding stationery or the story of how you met…

Malarkey Cakes Modern wedding cake moodboard
Malarkey Cakes Wedding cake tasting session

Step 2.

We’ll meet up and get to know each other a bit better over cake and ideas.

As well as our meeting being a chance for you to try a selection of my signature wedding cake flavours, the session is also an opportunity for us to talk about your wedding day, your plans, and how your wedding cake will fit into them. We’ll discuss the inspiration behind your wedding cake in more detail and create some initial ideas together.

There is a £75 fee payable on booking our tasting and design session. Not only does this give you a selection of freshly baked cake to taste, it also includes completely bespoke digital sketches of your proposed cake design…

Malarkey Cakes Wedding cake tasting session

Step 3.

Following on from our meeting, I’ll begin designing your wedding cake from the ideas we discussed and I’ll create digital sketches to help you visualise your dream wedding cake design in more detail. I’ll tweak your chosen design until all the details are as you want them to be…

Maalrkey cakes wedding cake design mockup

Step 4.

Once your wedding cake design and all the details are finalised, we’ll be ready to book in your wedding cake order. A deposit of 50% is now payable to lock your wedding date into my diary and confirm your wedding cake booking…

Step 5.

Everything will be put in to place for the making of your wedding cake. The set up and styling of your wedding cake is as important as the cake itself, so working alongside you, your venue and your planner, I’ll ensure your cake is displayed in the perfect place and styled to work with all the other aesthetic parts of your day. Et voila!

To finish everything off, I offer a wedding cake styling service to ensure your cake is perfectly displayed and set up at your venue to help it become the stand out piece that it should be.

Kind Words...

"Cannot thank Katie enough for our incredible Wedding Cake. I had seen her designs on Instagram and instantly fallen in love with them however I thought that if they looked that good there wouldn't be a focus on the taste - how wrong I was! I got to try a bite at a wedding fair, so tasty that it alone would have convinced me that this was the cake designer for us!

The cherry on top was meeting Katie, it really felt that she understood and was excited by our plans for the day and created the most stunning, bespoke cake I've ever seen. The only difficult part was narrowing down the flavours (they were all good!) but her expertise was really great ensuring we got a nice balance.

Finally the boring but I think important thing to note when you're planning a wedding - the communication we received was great - everything was really clear, something invaluable when you have so many things to be dealing with."

- Lucy & Jez

Kind Words...

"Katie was fantastic to work with for our wedding. Her talent and professionalism is second to none. We always knew we didn’t want an ordinary wedding cake and came across Malarkey cakes on Instagram. From the moment we saw her designs we knew this was who we wanted to work with.

We booked in a cake tasting and the flavours didn’t disappoint. We sat with Katie to share ideas, colours and our preferences. She provided a few sketches which really brought together our thoughts from the consultation.

On the wedding day, the cake was one of the talking points, our guests loved the flavours and we were extremely pleased.

Katie was very organised and contacted us prior to the wedding to finalise details for delivery and it all went smoothly.

We wouldn’t hesitate in the slightest to recommend Malarkey cakes! Ordinary wedding cakes are so 1999- if you want a cake that is a showstopper, unique and tasty -Malarkey Cakes is the way to go!"

- Rommel & Tom

Kind Words...

"Malarkey Cakes by Katie are truly the most wonderful cakes I have EVER tasted !!
For this reason I chose for her to make my wedding cake. She was so attentive and precise that after our first tasting my husband and I were sold !!

The moment I saw her geometric cakes on Instagram I knew that she was going to make our cake. My husband however was apprehensive because he had never tasted her cakes prior to the first tasting and the pricing discouraged him ...(men). Believe it or not on our wedding day when we had our reception reveal he could not stop talking about the wedding cake and how unique and amazing it looked!

I had so many features to my cake so that it would be one of a kind and Katie made those adjustments with me (and my husband too) in mind.

Thank you Katie for your love and care towards your work !

Forever grateful."

- Nyasha & Edsel

Kind Words...

"Katie was so lovely and helpful to deal with. Her cakes were so good it wasn’t easy picking from the flavours we picked for our tasting.

If you want a cake that tastes ‘to die for’ and stands out from the crowd, pick Malarkey cakes.

Our wedding cake went down a storm. Thanks Katie!"

- Hadley & Marion

Kind Words...

"Katie was a pleasure to deal with. We were so impressed with her work and genuine love she has for creating her masterpieces!

Everyone loved the cake she produced for us, not only did it taste great but it looked the part, we had many compliments on it and everyone wanted to know where we got it from! 10/10, one of the best in the business for sure."

- Vaishali & Ricki

Kind Words...

"From the moment I met Katie with my soon to be husband, I felt as though she instantly got our visual creativity! As detailed as we were and as overwhelming our ideas were, she was able to make us feel comfortable the entire time and give us amazing cake ideas. Not only did she create a masterpiece for us, but it tasted amazing!

We did go through a process of trying out loads of different companies, but never did we come across a cake baker who consistently had every trial cake down to perfection. I mean no exaggerating here, we really couldn’t chose. We ended up having alternative raspberry ripple and dark chocolate ganache cake. It was so delicious.

Honestly, we were thrilled. Thank you so much Katie."

- Fay & George

My Cake Philosophy...



Couple focussed


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?

Katie Lake Volcof Cake Designer


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Malarkey Cakes wedding cake tasting and design session