We pinned her down for a moment to ask some not-so-pointed questions.
Er, please read the interview before scrolling down to look at the cakes. . .
Q: How long have you been baking?
I’ve been baking for 3 years but only taking orders for the last six months- It’s always been a hobby and a hit with my family and friends who have pushed me to take it up as a business.
Q: Which is your favourite cake, speaking, ahem, professionally of course?
I know this is going to sound boring but my absolute favourite and speciality is my Victoria sponge. I do love making and eating this!
I also really enjoy making the tiered cakes–because at the end you stand back and have an instant WOW factor. I’ve made some huge cakes: one was 24 inches tall and the bottom tier was 20 inches in diameter. It fed 400!!
Q: What made you want to go into the baking business?
I started this as a hobby when I was quoted ridiculous amount of money for a cake I wanted and thought that I could do it myself. Ever since then I have found a passion for cake making and believe we shouldn’t be ripped off my some of these cake shops! ! My family and friends have pushed me and given me the confidence to do this as a living.
Very admirable. And we couldn’t agree more about not wanting to be ripped off. So it’s been a smooth journey in business then?
Oh no. I do have some funny stories. A bridal customer took her finished cake and promptly dropped it. I’ve burnt cakes, broken cakes, forgot to put ingredients in cakes, worked through the night because we had a power cut in the day. But it’s all part of the
fun and there’s nothing better when you see your client’s happy face!
It’s also nice when they send in their pictures celebrating their most precious moments with one of my cakes!
Oh my. You are really very dedicated to your craft and your customers. And we are happy this is all turning out so nicely for you and you really seem to be enjoying what you do. Just one last question that we can’t resist asking: Do you believe you can have your cake and eat it too?
I will take this as can a cake look good, taste good and not cost the earth- yes, you absolutely can!
And on that note, feast your eyes on some of Victoria’s beautiful and lovingly made creations.
Victoria’s Sponge is based locally, but she serves customers in the Greater London area. You can find her business listing on Mumsnet Local – Redbridge.