Ann’s Designer Cakes create the most magnificent wedding cakes. Many are adorned with intricate hand crafted sugar flowers and beautifully detailed delicate piping.
Whether you choose a breathtakingly ostentatious cake, a beautiful buttercream cake or a fabulously funky design, perhaps in the form of a semi naked wedding cake decorated with macarons, your bespoke cake will be handcrafted with the utmost skill and craftsmanship.
Ann’s Designer Cakes are committed to creating the cake of your dreams from the moment you first contact them. You will be invited to a no obligation consultation and sample testing to ensure that the centrepiece of your wedding celebrations looks and tastes deliciously divine. Over to Ann now to tell us more about her business.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Ann’s Designer Cakes are a leading artisan cake company and have been making cakes of distinction for over fifteen years.
We offer a highly personalised service with inclusive design consultation and sample tasting, ensuring the centrepiece of your day exceeds all of your expectations. Our service is professional yet, intimate, from the design concept through to delivery, providing original designs from the sublime to the ostentatious.
We bake an extensive array of creations, in a multitude of flavours for all occasions, from wedding cakes and birthday cakes to baby showers and anniversaries, as well as cupcakes, cookies and wedding favours. Our artisan cakes are adorned with intricate handcrafted sugar flowers, details and delicate piping, to the ostentatiously fun and funky. All of our decorations are handcrafted, by our talented team, to ensure you receive the cake of your dreams.
What motivated you to start your business?
Baking has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. I was probably around five years old when I started to develop a real passion for it. Weekends were focused on baking at home and I just loved helping my mother to bake apple pies, tarts and cupcakes for my four older brothers and for my father who had a very sweet tooth.
I feel as if I was destined to bake and after spending four years at Patisserie School, I graduated and started my own cake making business, Ann’s Designer Cakes to nurture my ideas and develop my creative flare.
There’s something quite magical about the cake making process. Using just a few simple ingredients, one is able to create something quite spectacular. It’s not just flour and eggs. It’s a mixture of the perfect balance between creativity, patience, knowledge and precision.
Ann’s Designer Cakes has evolved into a team that thrives on creative freedom. We believe that baking, just like art, is a productive form of self-expression and communication and we are able to achieve this with our clients. Having the opportunity to meet with our clients and understand them as individuals, gives us the inspiration to design and create the perfect cake to suit both their personalities and their taste buds.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Our days are very, very busy! Every day is different and that’s what we really love about doing what we do. Each day, my team and I are all very hands-on, taking part in every aspect of running the cake company. From making, icing and decorating cakes to preparing for new consultations. Boxing cakes ready for collections or delivery to venues around Surrey, London and sometimes further afield. Training new team-members and work experience students.
We plan and prepare for up and coming showcases, exhibitions and events. We have meetings with new clients, current clients as well as potential business partnerships to make our business grow. Then there is the admin side of the business which is usually picked up at around midnight!
Each client, challenge, event and collaboration we work on and every single cake we create is unique and we thrive off being super busy and challenged in every aspect of our successful business.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
We provide a highly personal service, with all of our clients receiving a no-obligation consultation and sample tasting, to ensure the centrepiece of your day exceeds all of your expectations. We aim to go above and beyond when it comes to choosing your wedding cake. No idea or requirement is too far-fetched or impossible for us.
We pride ourselves on the relationships that we build with our clients. We have the ultimate privilege of being a part of their most special day, saying those all important I Do’s. We then continue to stay in touch over the years creating cakes for every celebration that follows, from baby showers, children’s birthdays and wedding anniversary’s which is so special and something we really value here at Ann’s Designer Cakes.
How can couple judge if a company is a right fit?
There needs to be a visual understanding. Everyone needs to be on the same page or at least inspiring each other towards the ultimate idea for their big day. Creativity, patience, respect and a desire to exceed the client’s expectations are key elements to having the right partnership between a wedding supplier and a client.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
One of my favourite moments from previous weddings is when my clients walk in and see their finished cake which is usually at the wedding venue or after they’ve got married. Together we have created something and at that moment when they finally get see the finished product, their reactions make everything so worth it.
The bigger picture- does your business offer goods/services of the wedding world?
We had a good range of extended services beyond our wedding and celebration cakes. We also offer the C9 Programme, a cleanse and detox programme which aims to help give our clients a little helping hand to get wedding day ready. We work in partnership with many preferred and recommended suppliers such a florist, bridal shops, make up artists, hair stylist and photographers.
Our partner company, Love Letter Lights offers our clients an exclusive discounted rate on hiring giant LOVE letter lights for their weddings. We also pride ourselves in supporting local charities and often donate our cakes for raffles and various causes to help raise money for various charities.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
We have got so much coming up this year that we are going to have to grow our team! We’ve got a lot of showcases in the diary, from the National Wedding Show, Surrey Wed Fest, Asiana Show and charity events.
There are a lot of collaborations in the pipeline too with brands and restaurants. We are really excited to take part in more presentations and demonstrations at various events, so there are a lot of exciting projects happening this year for Ann’s Designer Cakes team.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Our clients inspire us. Their individuality encourages us to create bespoke and unique cakes. Every client is different and every cake is different. Making cakes is an art form and we thrive on being challenged in every aspect of the client’s needs, ideas, their story and the venue in which they are getting married. The feedback we receive also inspires us to get better and better with our craft and we strive to be innovators within such an exciting industry.
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