We believe that planning your wedding cake should a fun filled and super tasty experience and Three Little Birds Bakery promise that your cake will taste even better than it looks! Wow, sounds great so far, but what are your choices, style wise and in terms of flavours?
Well, it seems that most things are possible at Three Little Birds. Whether you want a rustic naked cake or a 7-tier sugar-flowered, ruffled extravaganza, Rebecca who runs Three Little Birds will create your dream cake to complement your day perfectly.
Consultations not only enable you to totally personalise the design of your cake, but the flavour combination too. As Rebecca explains below Three Little Birds Bakery is passionate about creating beautiful bespoke cakes that taste absolutely delicious, take it away Rebecca.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Richard Branson said, “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later”. That was me – except it was only myself who was crazy enough to offer me this opportunity!
I’m a southerner originally; born in London, I was raised in Sussex with a brief stint in Brazil, and finally ended up in Yorkshire after I fell in love with and married a Yorkshireman (and yes, I’m now an honorary Yorkshirewoman and am utterly convinced that we live in ‘God’s own country’ .At Three Little Birds Bakery I design and create luxury bespoke celebration, christening and wedding cakes. My strapline is ‘Bakes that look as good as they taste’ because I am passionate about beautiful cakes being delicious to eat rather than just a pretty face. No one wants to cut into a stunning creation to find a mouthful of dry crumbs inside! Everything is freshly baked in my 5* hygiene rated home kitchen and hand decorated to complement the details of your special day. When the cake is long eaten, memories last a lifetime, and that’s what I’m here to help create.
What motivated you to start your business?
After we got married, three little girls came along in very quick succession, meaning I left my job as an Editor in Publishing in order to look after them. After five years of motherhood and its ups and downs I was becoming pretty keen to do some kind of work again, but really didn’t want to get into the complications and expense of relying on paid childcare. I wanted the moon on a stick basically: doing something I was passionate about to successfully make some money while fitting it around my family.
By this point, having always been a keen home baker, I was starting to try my hand at cake decorating as a hobby, and several people encouraged me to think about setting up as a business. Having previously been put off by the health & hygiene and paperwork barriers, I threw caution to the wind (a strong characteristic of mine, which has interesting consequences) and registered Three Little Birds Bakery with HMRC and Bradford Council on November 5th, 2015.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
The oven is on a lot… and so are the washing up gloves! Baking the cakes, making the ganache, buttercream and sugar decorations and finally putting it all together takes up a significant chunk of time; usually towards the end of the week, as most celebrations take place at the weekend.
But as all other business owners will understand, a lot of the rest of my time is spent on:
Maintaining and developing a social media presence
Filling in paperwork and keeping on top of accounts
Cleaning my kitchen (my absolute worst job – I’d rather fill in a tax return!)
Training myself to learn new skills
Bringing stalls to Fairs
Holding Wedding Cake consultations
Replying to emails, sending designs and quotes to clients.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
Great communication; a memorable experience at their wedding consultation tasting lots of cake, sharing their wedding ideas and designing their dream cake; and a beautiful, delicious and unique creation for them and their guests to enjoy and remember. I like to go the extra mile and always try and surpass a client’s expectations.
Usually clients contact me with an idea or photos of what they want, and I give them an estimated price range for this. Either they put their deposit down straight away to secure the date and then book a consultation, or they book a consultation first, the cost of which is taken off the final price if they go ahead with the order.
At the consultation you are invited to bring any and every bit of wedding inspiration you want: material swatches; stationery; pictures – I’ve been invited onto Pinterest boards! We discuss the details of your day and how we can design your cake to complement and include these. You then have the opportunity to taste four cakes and fillings of your choice while I put together your quote.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Looking through photographs and testimonials of previous work is a good starting point. Then I think getting in touch with the supplier and getting a feel for how they operate, especially their communication style and ethos, is key.
Most suppliers will be happy to deliver a variety of styles of their product; I think the real deal-breaker is whether they are going to make you feel happy, relaxed and secure throughout the process – and that comes down to personality, work ethic and (dare I say it again), the right kind of communication.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
Making the wedding cake for my sister-in-law and her new husband was a complete labour of love. They didn’t want to view the cake until they came into the Reception on the wedding day. I set it up on the morning of the wedding around 8am and had to wait for hours for them to see it.
They loved it and said it looked exactly like the picture we’d all sat around one night designing together – the only down side was I missed out on dancing with them because I was slicing up the cake for everyone! I’ll never be able to hear ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas without thinking of lemon drizzle from now on…
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more.
Absolutely – in fact when I set up my business I swore I’d never make wedding cakes because I was petrified of them! I make all sorts of celebration cakes for birthdays, christenings and any occasion. I also make Parisian macarons for seasonal occasions and bespoke orders.
On my Facebook page I run a ‘Top Tip Tuesday’ feature which hobby bakers might find useful for cake-related advice, and my website blog has some of my recipes for readers to use.
What have you got planned for 2017?
I’m launching a monthly newsletter in the next couple of weeks which you can subscribe to on my website, and I’m planning to book myself into some Wedding Fairs in the Autumn. And baking lots of cakes, and doing LOTS of washing up, of course…
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
My clients inspire me. I love hearing their ideas and dreams and working to make those become a reality. The best reward for doing this job is seeing someone’s face light up when they see their ideas become a reality – in cake – and knowing that I’ve helped make the occasion even more special.
All images courtesy of: Three Little Birds Bakery,
Additional image credits, image 4: Huw ReesPhotography