Some Frequently Asked Questions answered
Where are you based?
I work from home in Emsworth, on the south coast of England. I am registered with Havant Environmental Health, am fully insured, and have a Food Standards Agency rating of 5.
Do you do wedding cakes?
No, I don't. I firmly believe that wedding cake makers have special skills (and equipment) which I don't have. The good news is that, as far as I know, I am the only cake maker in the country who doesn't do wedding cakes so there are lots of other options out there.
Do you make round cakes?
No. I also don't make tiered cakes, sculpted cakes, or fondant covered cakes. The reason I offer such a limited choice in terms of shape/flavour is to keep costs reasonable for my customers. The good news is that as far as decoration is concerned, the world is our oyster.
Do you make cupcakes?
No, I don't. Thankfully there are some marvelous local cupcake makers and I am always happy to suggest a few businesses which might be able to help you.
How should I store my cake?
Your cake will be delivered in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box with a lid. During cooler months I recommend keeping your cake somewhere out of direct sunshine and not too close to a radiator. During warmer periods I recommend storing your cake in the coolest space you have (but no colder than 5 degrees centigrade) and bringing it to room temperature before eating it.
It is worth remembering that butter melts at 32 degrees centigrade. Buttercream frosting is 1 part butter, 2 parts sugar so if left out in the sunshine on a hot day it will melt!
Do you do nut free or other allergen free cakes?
I am always happy to have a frank discussion with any potential customer so that they can decide whether my set-up and procedures are ones that they feel comfortable with. I do make cakes for customers with nut allergies. I am not able to make gluten-free or dairy-free cakes. I cannot at the moment offer vegan cakes. I list the allergens contained in my cakes on the Flavours & Prices page of this website.
Do you deliver?
I do deliver locally and I encourage all my customers to take advantage of this option. Delivery within about 15 miles of Emsworth is free and I deliver from 7:00am until very late. This means that I can keep your cake cool (especially useful in hot weather) until you need it. My cakes aren't suitable for delivery by courier.