It's been a little while, but we are very pleased to update you with our latest #WeddingExpert guest blog from the delicious FiZiGiG Cakery based in Milford, Belper. We caught up with business owner Sarah to find out all about the art of cake making and to get some hints and tips for all those choosing a wedding cake maker.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself & FiZiGiG Cakery
I feel very lucky that I live in this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Milford has been my home for 28 years and now it is where I make my cake creations. From my windows I can see the hills rolling down towards Belper. This area has influenced my making, creating & design; it’s a peaceful environment to work in.
I have a BA (hons) Degree in Graphic Design & a Diploma in Art & Design and have a studio for painting, drawing & photography.
I was taught to bake by my Mother, she was a brilliant cook & very artistic, I think these two things go together well. Three years ago a friend asked me to make a cake for her, she was so pleased with it she insisted that she paid me for it! The design process of creating a work of art that was going to be eaten and make people happy, really appealed to me. Then more people started to send in orders and so FiZiGiG Cakery was born!
2. Please describe FiZiGiG Cakery in a few words
Bespoke design, high quality & attention to detail.
3. What kind of services does FiZiGiG Cakery offer?
FiZiGiG Cakery offers a complete design service. Sometimes a customer knows exactly what they would like & sometimes they like me to design the whole thing. Discussions/ meetings/ planning and reworking ideas are all part of what I like to offer. I welcome customers to come & see me or talk on the phone to finalize ideas. FiZiGiG Cakes are special & made everytime with care & love.
4. What's the most unusual cake you have ever been asked to make?
I’ve been asked to do many unusual cakes from a couple in a hot tub to a British rail Locomotive! Among the most unusual was a Mexican man & a wedding cake to include the grooms Landrover!!!
5. What has been your favourite cake or event to work on?
Occasionally I have stalls at fairs and events. The one I always look forward to the most is The Belper Games. It’s a fantastic event, growing every year and is held in aid of the Scleroderma Society, Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust & Ataxia UK. I attend in Memory of my friend Penny Wheeler.
I do a cake stall, this year on the theme of ‘Village Show tea tent’. Come & find me in the main Marquee on July 18th at Belper Rugby Club.
6. WHat are your plans for 2015?
The FiZiGiG Cakery plans this year are all about expansion! I’m working on a big idea that should be ready to launch in the summer!! News hot off the press will be released on FiZiGiG Cakery Facebook page!! All I can say at this point is that a merging of Cake, Art, Coffee will be happening!!
I’m also planning to run pop up hen day cake decorating events & vintage tea parties.
7. What advice would you give to couples seeking a cake designer?
Customers researching information for their cake orders often contact me. I’m always very happy to talk to anyone & give advice, prices, and ideas. I think it’s really important to find out as much as you can about your baker/cake maker before you place an order. The final product needs to look fabulous and taste amazing too. Look at their previous work if you can, Facebook pages & websites are great for this. Read the reviews, take notice of recommendations, word of mouth is really useful especially if it’s a previous customer. Remember though, when you ask a cake maker for information & prices etc.…real quality should cost a bit more, don’t be tempted to just go for the cheapest price… as always in life ‘you get what you pay for’. It takes time, skill, expertise, and a whole lot of attention to detail to create a wonderful cake. Keep all this in mind when you set your budget and go cake maker hunting!
8. What advice would you give to couples hoping to make their own wedding cake?
If you are planning on making your own wedding cake, my advice is, keep it simple, make sure you have set aside at least the 2 full days before the big day to make the cake! It takes a lot longer than you might think & it’s got to be nice & fresh for the wedding day. Most importantly…structure is key, think about transportation to the venue, if the cake is going on a road trip you must ensure it’s structurally safe!
9. Final thoughts
I love my little business, I’ve met so many lovely customers who keep coming back to me. I’m proud that FiZiGiG Cakery has a reputation for quality and creativity & feel honored that I can contribute to people’s special events by creating their cakes!!
You can see more of FiZiGiG Cakery's work on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fizigigcupcakes#!/fizigigcakery?fref=ts or find them on Twitter https://twitter.com/fizigigcakery. Contact Sarah on 07762 752826 for all your cakey enquiries!