Anyone who knows the Madeline Isaac-James team knows that apart from our families, we have three loves in life: Dresses. Shoes. Cake.
So it was with great pleasure that we learned all about the fabulous creations of a local Hampshire company, Gifted Heart Cakes – who’re (almost) just down the road from us – well, just down the M3. How could we resist talking to someone who has managed to combine two out of three of our favourite things in one delicious place?!
Don’t you just love the cake on the left made for a very lucky lady’s birthday – Natalie soooo wants one (but with a Louboutin shoe – she’s so picky!) Anyway, before we start talking too much about shoes (that’s for another post), we asked the lovely Emma Waddington, designer at Gifted Heart Cakes, to talk to us about her fabulous business…
Tell us how Gifted Heart Cakes started?
“I’ve always enjoyed baking and cake decorating as a hobby, I have been making cakes for around 12 years now. It started off with friends and family, and it progressed via word of mouth. My Nan was my initial inspiration as she has made wedding cakes for many years. I studied A level art and also did a Btec in Graphic Design, for me, decorating cakes is another extension of my artwork. At Gifted Heart Cakes we offer a bespoke wedding cake service. I tailor each cake specifically to my bride and grooms wishes. At an initial consultation we talk about wedding theme, colours, and personalities – anything that enables me to put a really personal touch to their design. We also make many novelty cakes (Birthday, Christening, Engagements and anniversaries to name a few). We pride ourselves on the level of individuality we give the cakes. But not only do they look good, they taste great too! Flavours range from Fruit and sponge to more adventurous flavours such as chocolate orange and white chocolate and raspberry.”
Where do you get your inspiration for your beautiful designs?
“I draw cake inspiration from everything! Clothes, gift bags, greeting cards, evenwallpaper. I can be walking through B&Q and something will catch my eye and I immediately think of what a pretty cake I could make. I also love anything vintage, beautiful colours or textures!”
What do you love most about what you do?
“I love the variety of what we do. No two cakes are the same and its such fun coming up with designs to meet people’s dreams. It’s also the best feeling seeing a bride on her wedding day overwhelmed with the cake you have just delivered. We also recently delivered the cake below. The bride cried when she saw it and I received this message from her which made all the hard work and stress so very worthwhile: “My dear Emma, I don’t know where to start… It was the first time I cried on my wedding day. Seeing the cake, you totally blew me away with the creation and so many people mentioned how gorgeous it was and tasted x. I loved the carrot cake, that’s my favourite. Thank you for dreaming even bigger than I possibly could and making my wedding day truly a dream come true xxxx Amanda”
What advice would you give brides to be when choosing a cake?
“Try to find a Cake designer whose style matches your own. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event and you want to be sure that your cake maker truly understands exactly what your dream cake looks like and can make it a reality.”
In addition to stunning wedding cakes, we couldn’t resist sharing the cake below. Emma says: ”A recent cake I was asked to make was this dragon cake. It was a real challenge but well worth it to see the clients face!”
But, back to the wedding cakes! Here’s a few more to wet your appetite….
Finally, if you could have your picture taken with someone special, who would it be and why?
“Corny but I would have to say my Nan – the lovely “Nanny Jean” My love of cake making came from her. She is a very special lady – the kindest person I know.”
Huge thanks to Emma for sharing this with us. You can taste some of her gorgeous cupcakes at our Accessories Evening in the Farnborough boutique on Thursday 3rd November (6pm-9pm) – see http://www.madelineisaacjames.com/2011/10/accessories-evening-farnborough-boutique-thurs-3rd-november/ for more info; and if you can’t wait until then, why not contact Emma directly:
website – http://www.giftedheartcakes.co.uk
facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Gifted.heart.cakes
twitter – http://twitter.com/Giftedheartcake