Freshbrook-based chef and sugar-craft expert Emma Tanner has been running her cake-making business, Cakes 2 Enjoy, since 2006, and is offering courses in cake decorating this autumn.
It’s a great opportunity to learn from the woman who created a wedding cake in the shape of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and his bride Jo in early June.
Describing this feat of confectionery engineering Emma said: “I’d never done buildings before; it took about 60 hours to complete. The tower itself was polystyrene, with a wooden dowel down the centre of it, but the main part of the cake was a square fruit cake. When it was all put together with the sponge and chocolate parcel cakes supporting the structure it stood 23 inches tall.”
She added that getting the cake to London was a bit of a nightmare as the wedding took place on the Jubilee weekend.
“We arrived at Westminster to be told by the police that we couldn’t drive on the sand laid for the Queen’s carriage, so we had to bump over cobblestones outside Parliament with Big Ben swaying in the back of the car.”
You may not have such an epic creation in mind, but whatever you’d like to bake and decorate Emma can offer a course to suit your needs.
She added: “Whether you’re an experienced baker keen to learn some new techniques, or a complete rookie who wants to know where to start, everyone is welcome.
“You might have a particular special occasion coming up, like a child’s birthday. Instead of buying a supermarket cake you can create it all yourself using my equipment, so you don’t have to go out and buy lots of things you’re only likely to use once. Plus you’ll get to meet new people to share the anxiety and triumph of making something others will appreciate."
See course listings at www.cakes2enjoy.co.uk