Monthly Archives: October 2018

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At Home With Hall of Cakes

Lots of people are fascinated by what we do.  Clients always ask many questions about how we work, how it all comes together, how do we manage the business – being predominantly run from my home in Bexley..

When Hall of Cakes first started out – nearly 11 years ago now – I was so conscience in the beginning that my business was run from home.  I saw my competitors – to my mind in bright lights – in London and thought I would never be able to compete with them. I didn’t think Hall of Cakes would ever look as glamorous or impressive without a ‘shop front’.  I am proud to say that 10 years later, working for venues such as The Ritz and The Savoy, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Within the house we have a beautiful studio /  office purely for the business.  We also have a separate kitchen – away from the main family kitchen.  Whilst we work in the family kitchen on a daily basis, to maintain a 5 start rating from the Environmental Health Agency we have a separate kitchen to store all equipment, utensils and ingredients.  None of our equipment or utensils cross over with family life.

I think 10 years on, our portfolio speaks for itself.  I think now that people can see the copious amounts of wedding cakes that we have designed and created and see that a glossy shop front isn’t required. Plus, with the benefit of social media now – who needs shop front?  Well, of course, many business do but, with social media nowadays we have our shop front – actually a few shop fronts!

I am over the moon with these images from 3 Boys and Me Photography.  Nina is a candid photographer, who captures real moments and real emotion.  I absolutely love her work.  She is renowned for her black and white imagery, but I love her bursts of colour too.

Nina did this shoot for us back in September.  September was our busiest month this year and to be honest I nearly cancelled the slot I had booked with Nina.  But, I didn’t and I am so glad I didn’t.  The whole point of the shoot was to capture us when we are busy – cakes everywhere, tape measure round my neck (which I usually spend my of my time look for), kids homework book sprayed with icing sugar and the fridge in the background covered with our family memorabelia.

We may not have a glossy shop front but we do create and design amazing cakes.  You may be confronted with a half naked 5 year old (dressed as a skeleton with a spider on her head, like this morning..) when collecting your daughters birthday cake…  But, you will get a beautiful cake from a team with over 50 years’ experience in sugar craft, with an excellent reputation and a portfolio and that I am incredibly proud off.  Oh, and, we don’t have to charge you the overheads of that glossy shopfront in London :)

Thank you Nina.  Fantastic images as always x

 

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Wedding Cakes at Braxted Park, Essex

We have done so many lovely weddings this year…  We have delivered many cakes across Kent, London and Surrey but, we have also had such a busy year in Essex.

One of my favourite venues in Essex this year has to be Braxted Park.  From the moment you drive down the incredible drive way to the main house, it feels very special indeed.

Whilst we cannot fail to see the shiny, sparkly, plush  exterior that a beautiful venue offers, as a supplier, we see another side – the back end (so to speak!).  What makes a venue special to us is how the staff co-ordinate the event behind the scenes and how easy this makes our job on the day.

As you would have seen, we specialise in very grand wedding cakes.   One of the most stressful parts of our job is the delivery and the set up.  It is always a pleasure to arrive at Braxted.  The team are warm, friendly and helpful – and you always get a nice cup of tea!

This is the wedding cake we designed and created for Lucy and Ricky back in September.  Lucy was a pleasure to work for – an absolute dream!  So pleased you loved your cake Lucy and thank you so much for the kind words you posted…

Wow what can I say Nicola the cake was amazing and what a lovely lady you are seeing us through the whole journey… amazing!!! we thank you so much and highly recommend if anyone wants that wow factor and complete feeling of ease with one part of wedding planning book with this lovely lady you won’t be disappointed