Last weekend we worked with the very lovely and talented Nicola Hall from Hall of Cakes. With a seven-tier wedding cake to manage there were nerves of steel required, but as usual everything went without a hitch. We got the chance to catch up with Nicola during the preparations and ask her about her work….
Nicola says “I have been making cakes for about 8 years which started with a christening cake for a friend. It just evolved from there and when I started Hall of Cakes I wanted to bring back the original skill and art of Sugarcraft, creating cakes with real grandeur. I wanted my cakes to be totally different and really deliver that wow factor.
“I absolutely love history and have a particular interest in architecture. We have amazing historical buildings in England and much of my inspiration comes from them through cornicing, fireplaces, ceiling roses and all their beautiful detailing. I’ve been to Buckingham Palace three times and find more and more to inspire me every time. Recently I visited Osborne House, the home of Queen Victoria, on the Isle of Wight, which was totally stunning. My notebook was literally full of ideas to try!
“The best thing about my job is when I receive a lovely thank you from a bride and groom – like I did this morning. It makes the sleepless nights, the anxiety of getting it to the venue and the long hours in the kitchen all worth while.
And finally we asked Nicola what her favourite type of cake is “without hestitation it’s got to be carrot cake” says Nicola, “which we double fill with an orange zest buttercream – it is totally gorgeous!”.
Sounds perfect to us! For more info about Nicola and her amazing cakes visit www.hallofcakes.co.uk.