Letting people know you're thinking of them is never the easiest thing to do in just the right way. I came to realise this when looking for that special something to say “things will get a heck of a lot better” to a friend going through a rough patch, I couldn't find anything just right. So, drawing on my skills as a cake artist I got to work and made my first ‘FlourPot’.
After seeing the delight on my friend’s face, I had a real desire to make unique experiences for people to share with their loved ones and friends. I’ve always been a creative at heart, constantly making and baking during my formative years, concocting bespoke wedding cakes and elaborate birthday cakes and now I really wanted to make individual cakes accessible to everyone, so The Botanical Baker was born!
I’ve built on the design language of original FlourPots and am adding new ideas and flavours all the time, along with bespoke requests, such as a daisy posy for Daisy’s graduation celebration. All requests are welcomed and I will always try to get the perfect gift delivered to your door.
Experimentation and traditional crafts are at the heart of what I do. I use Asian bean paste, which gives an amazing lifelike finish to the flowers and plants, along with rice paper, sugar paste and pulled sugar to create realistic decorations. My favourite feeling is when the recipient exclaims: “I can eat that?” Or: “Surely, it’s a real plant?”
When I am not covered in flour or sugar, I am chasing around after my daughter or “messing around with flowers”, as my husband likes to put it.
The Botanical Baker has been featured in Brides magazine, Perfect Wedding, You and Your Wedding, Ideal Home, the Mel and Sue Show and on the Guardian newspaper’s website. I can also now be found each work at Partridges food market on the Duke of York Square in Chelsea - come and say hi every Saturday 10 - 4.