From a young age I have always gravitated towards the kitchen to bake and decorate sweet treats. Now my dream is becoming a reality and I am so, so incredibly excited! I can’t even begin to explain how long I’ve wanted to start ‘Botanical Cakes’.
I would firstly like to thank you for visiting my website and potentially choosing me to be your supplier for your special day. If that be your wedding day, birthday or any special occasion. I am also aware that cake is nearly always welcome, so if you have a day in mind and a special treat is required I can cater to any requirement. Even a celebration of life, new or old.
Secondly I would like to take this moment to thank my mum and dad, brother, and grandad especially, along with close friends and neighbours for everything that they have done to help; with their support and endless tasting of cakes and other baked goods I am now able to launch Botanical Cakes.
Here is a photo of me, around the age of three, when my baking career ‘started’. I’m decorating cookies with our close family friends when we lived in Kansas. I like to think since decorating these cookies I have come a long long way!
My baking career may have started in this kitchen in Kansas when I was three years old - my goodness, it’s been a long & adventurous journey. Baking at home with mum, firstly supervised by her making the classic fairy cakes, to being let loose in the kitchen. I think at first my parents regretted the chaos this caused. Even with all the mess I used to make, at least they got a nice cake at the end of it. I started off part-time working in a bakery - mainly baking cupcakes & cakes, whilst also baking goods at home. Dad used to set challenges, like; bake a cake that resembles each season, ‘I want to taste Autumn’.
Then I progressed to making flapjacks out in the wilderness of Tanzania while trekking over 200km, & making pancakes filled with mangos picked from the local trees for everyone while we camped in a village that was yet to have fresh running water. When I got back form my adventure in Tanzania I went to London where I studied at Le Cordon Bleu graduating with their Patisserie Diploma. I progressed to work in a couple of Michelin Star restaurants as a patisserie chef, making anything & everything from lemon curd tarts to soufflés.
While I was living in London my mum used to call me up while she was baking a cake asking if her cake was baked - I happily guide her through the process of checking the cake(s).
Now, I am the proud owner of Botanical Cakes. Baking in my own kitchen & loving every moment.
well I am madly in-love with plants & am slowly creating a tropical rainforest inside my house. That combined with the fact that nearly EVERYTHING, everything, that goes into the baked goods stems from botanical products: flour; sugar; chocolate; fruit; vegetables; vanilla; nuts; and spices to name a few. I also use a lot of beautiful flowers & foliage: fresh; dried; chocolate leaves; & pressed. Even the cows and chickens who kindly produce the eggs, milk & butter all depend on grain, wheat, grass, even seaweed (they’ve discovered that if seaweed is introduced into a cows diet the methane gases produced by cows is reduced by up to 82% - how cool is that?! All these products stem form the natural world, the botanical world. It just felt like a match made in Heaven! Two passions of mine, coming together to create ‘Botanical Cakes’.
I am environmental conscious & try to source all my products as naturally & local as possible to have less of an impact on the environment. I am very influence by nature; plants and animals (whale cakes, Aurora (northern lights cake), wild and free treat boxes. I am working towards growing as much of my own foliage as possible.