All about me, well this is not going to be easy but let’s give it a go!
I’ve loved baking since I was a little girl, my first “baking” memories are making pretend cakes with mud and leaves, until my wonderful mum bought me a children’s oven, it was a small red plastic electric oven, but in my eyes it was the best present in the whole wide world!
I had my first oven and Cake book, I followed the recipe and remember looking through the tiny window and be mesmerised at the liquid batter turning into a fluffy cake….which I then forced all my friends and family to eat!
I loved anything involving art & craft and creating things, I would spend hours drawing or making something out of nothing! As I grew up, I had to put my two passions aside and get a “real” job, but whenever I needed cheering up my baking tins would come out and I would bake……but I never thought of combining my two passions until a friend who knew about my baking passion asked me if I could make her mum’s 80th birthday cake and I thought “Ooh that might be fun!” so I agreed, It wasn’t until I got home that I though “Oh dear, I can bake a cake but decorate it!!”
I had never even touched fondant icing before, So I thought I better get some practice by making a cake for my son’s birthday. That was June 2008!
Little did I know how absolutely addictive cake decorating was, from that day on I was hooked. I had finally found something that allowed me to do the two things I loved the most, why hadn’t I thought of that before!
I loved trying out new ideas and baking up new delicious recipes forcing my poor family, friends, neighbours and acquaintances to become my guinea pigs.
I built the confidence, knowledge and experience to be brave enough to launch my own company called Francesca’s Cakes (not very original I know but this does not stop my creativity at producing unique and delicious cakes & delicacies).
I now live and breathe cakes, it has literally taken over my life and my house. Like they say “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”!
I have had the honour of winning several awards for my cakes including Gold and First in category at the World’s biggest cake show- Cake International, as well as having pictures of my cakes appear in many wedding magazines and other publications. I have been extremely honoured to be nominated to create a cake for a member of the White House Press during their stay in Wales for Nato Summit, The responses from the delegates were so nice and it was a pleasure to produce a cake for them to experience from my own little kitchen studio.
I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to do what I love, I cannot thank enough all the wonderful customers, family and friends who support me and continue to do so.
Now for the “boring bit” Francesca’s Cakes is based in Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan South Wales.
We are a INSURED and REGISTERED as a home based business with a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate and we hold a full 5* Star certification through the Food Standard Agency.
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Beautiful Welsh cakes and wedding cakes for our wedding yesterday. Wonderful service from a lovely lady whose talent and business it was simply a pleasure to support. Thank you so much xxxx
Thank you so much for being part of our son’s first birthday, the cake was AMAZING! The fondant work was immaculate and the flavour was just perfect. Definitely you are the best cake maker!
Itzel H De G
Francesca has made beautiful cakes for a number of our special occasions now. The cakes are gorgeous works of art and always delicious. I would not hesitate to recommend Francesca’s Cakes to anybody planning a special event. Excellent customer service too!