Bella Cakes by Sharon specialises in classic, elegant wedding and celebration cakes. She not only designs fabulous cakes, but they also taste amazing! Bella Cakes are individually handmade and customised to your desire. I have teamed up with Sharon and have asked her questions on trends, her favourites and top advice she would give to couples.
How long have you been a Cake Maker for?
I’ve been making cakes for 20 years for friends and family but “Bella cakes by Sharon” has been in business for 4 years now. I stared my journey making celebration cakes but very quickly moved into the wedding cakes partly due to my love of all things pretty but also due to the demand from my clients.
What part of your job do you love the most?
I love building the relationship with the couple and being a part of their journey as they plan their wedding. Seeing the delight on their faces when they finally get to see the cake in it’s setting at the venue is so rewarding. Very often the journey doesn’t end there. As the couples go through life and have children I get asked to make beautiful cakes for baby showers, christenings and first birthdays. Even “cake smash” photoshoots. Being part of that experience is both a pleasure and an honour and incredibly satisfying.
What has been the most challenging cake you have made?
One of the most challenging wedding cakes I made was for lovely couple who were getting married in Covent Garden, London. This was a towering 5 tier cake with ruffles, lustre and sugar roses. The challenge was to get the cake to London without any mishaps. As you can imagine it was a very hair-raising experience. I am pleased to say the journey went smoothly and the cake looked stunning!
What is your process when couples book with you?
The first stage after securing their date would be to invite the couples to come along for a consultation/taster session. They can share their ideas of the designs they have in mind for their wedding cake. The couples also have an opportunity to taste some of our cake flavours. When the couple have decided on the style of cake and flavours that they would like we would then finalise the details. Almost always I would work with the couple’s florist if they want to have fresh flowers on their cake. This way we can make sure everything ties together.
Preparation can sometimes begin up to 8 weeks before the actual date. Especially if the couple have chosen my handmade sugar flowers for their cake. These take a lot of time as each petal is hand-crafted and needs to dry before assembly.
I also liaise directly with the wedding planner or venue to plan ahead for the delivery and set-up of the cake. By working with the florist, planner and venue I can remove some of the logistical burden from the client and let them focus on the preparations for their big day!
I like to keep my couples involved in the process and maintain a regular dialogue with them all the way throughout the process. This gives them the re-assurance they need that they are in safe hands.
What advice would you give to couples looking to enquire with you?
Our advice would be to find a supplier that fits your style of cake. Look at their website and social media as this will give you a good idea of the quality and styles the cake designer does. Get to know them a little as it always helps if you get along. Then secure your date as soon as possible with the supplier you really like. Good cake designers often get booked upto 12-18 months in advance. We are already taking bookings for 2022! We offer couples to “Save the date” with a small deposit. They can then sit back knowing they’ve secured their date.
What trends do you expect for 2021?
The wedding cake trends I’m seeing for 2021 are most definitely the beautiful Semi-Naked cakes and also the rustic buttercream finish, complemented with fresh flowers. We are also seeing couples making more of a feature of their wedding cake by having cake tables and cake hoops adorned with fresh flowers.
I am also seeing more interest in my handmade sugar flowers, ruffles and lustre at the moment which is nice to see as I so enjoy making those designs.
What is your most popular flavour combination?
Some of the most popular favours we are seeing are white chocolate and raspberry, salted caramel, zesty lemon and the classic vanilla with strawberry jam. However, I am also seeing interest in newer flavours such as Biscoff, Cherry Bakewell and Peach & Carrot cake. We encourage couple to choose a different flavour for each tier so they can have a variety of flavour choices for their guests to enjoy. You can find a full list of popular flavours on my website.