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A unique, gluten-free cake for your special day

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A two-tier white wedding cake for an intimate summer wedding at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Gluten-free, wheat-free and milk-free. Two tiers of award-winning dairyfree Tunisian Orange & Almond Cake, filled and frosted with dairy-free lemon buttercream. All ingredients gluten free and milk free. Price includes delivery and assembly at your London venue. Organic edible roses from Maddocks Farm Organics

The perfect centrepiece for your glutenfree wedding: a four-tier white wedding cake for a summer wedding in the Hampshire countryside. Three flavours: Carrot Cake, Lemon & Elderflower and White Chocolate & Raspberry. All ingredients gluten-free. Decorated with unsprayed, sustainably-grown flowers, grown locally by Hortus Poeticus








A vegan wedding cake in the Terrace Room at the Hurlingham Club. Peanut Butter & Banana Blondie, Mocha Choc, and Madagascar Vanilla with raspberries. All ingredients glutenfree & vegan. Flowers by Price includes delivery and assembly at your London venue

A semi-nude gluten free July wedding cake at London Rowing Club. Three tiers of layered Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake. All ingredients glutenfree, lactosefree, soyafree, nutfree. Decorated with fabulous flowers, all organic and edible, from Aweside Farm. Price includes delivery and assembly at your London venue

Gluten-free, 3-tier White Chocolate and Chocolate & Orange Wedding Cake, covered with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. Decorated with berries and foliage, and organic edible flowers. For a wedding at Stationers' Hall in the City of London

4-tier gluten-free, vegan wedding cake, made with organic ingredients. From the top: Lemon Cake, Dark Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Orange & Almond Cake. All made with gluten free organic ingredients, no animal products. Decorated with organic edible flowers. Wedding service includes delivery and assembly at your London venue

A gorgeous four-tier summer wedding cake. Three tiers of gluten-free White Chocolate cake and a bottom tier of gluten-free, dairy-free Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake. Filled and frosted with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream, and decorated with organic edible flowers, fresh blackcurrants and raspberry meringue kisses. All ingredients gluten free. Price includes delivery and assembly at your London venue. Organic edible flowers from Maddocks Farm

A four-tier winter wedding cake. Two tiers of gluten-free lemon cake, and two of orange. Filled and frosted with sweet & sharp organic buttercream, and decorated with dried orange, grapefruit & lemon slices. All ingredients gluten free. Price includes tasting consultation, and delivery & assembly at your London venue

Gluten-free, dairy-free Madagascar Vanilla cakes, delivered to Oxford for a summer wedding party. Cutting cake layered with dairy-free buttercream and homemade raspberry jam. And cupcakes topped with dairy-free buttercream and decorative sugarpaste plaques, some dusted with rose gold lustre. All decorated with white sugar flowers. All ingredients glutenfree, dairyfree, milkfree, soyafree

A gorgeous 3-tier gluten free chocolate wedding cake. Reine de Saba (gluten-free Chocolate & Almond Cake with Appleton Jamaica Rum) for all three tiers. Made with organic ingredients. Frosted with organic Fairtrade dark chocolate ganache. All ingredients glutenfree

Glutenfree wedding: a fabulous gluten-free, wheat-free wedding cake. 3 tiers of award-winning, dairyfree Tunisian Orange & Almond Cake, and 2 tiers of dairy-free Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake. Filled and frosted with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream, and decorated with organic edible flowers and chocolate truffles. All ingredients gluten free. Price includes delivery and assembly at your London venue. Organic edible flowers and foliage from Maddocks Farm

Gluten free & vegan Tiramisu Cupcakes for a winter wedding at the Painted Hall, Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Gluten-free midsummer wedding cake in the Great Conservatory at Syon Park. Two tiers of zingy Lemon Cake, and one of zesty Orange Cake. Semi-nude, filled and frosted with zesty buttercream. All the ingredients in this wedding cake are organic and gluten free. Decorated with fresh redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries, and raspberry and blackcurrant leaves

4-tier gluten-free Chocolate wedding cake. Two tiers of organic, gluten free White Chocolate Cake, and two tiers of Great Taste award-winning Reine de Saba, made with Appleton Jamaica Rum, glutenfree. All wedding cakes made with glutenfree, organic ingredients. Filled and frosted with Swiss meringue buttercream. Wedding service includes delivery and assembly at your London venue

4-tier gluten-free vegan wedding cake. Two tiers of gluten free vegan Orange & Almond Cake, and two tiers of glutenfree vegan Dark Chocolate Cake, made with raw virgin coconut oil. All made with organic palm sugar, no refined sugars. Filled and frosted with vegan buttercream. Decorated with redcurrants, and organic edible flowers from Maddocks Farm. For a Hindu wedding at Fennes, Essex

Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate and almond wedding cake made with organic Fairtrade chocolate, organic ground almonds and Appleton Jamaica Rum, with a dash of almond essence. Covered in sugar-free chocolate ganache and decorated with fresh berries, cherries and organic edible flowers

My wedding service is 100% personal: you tell me what you want for your special day, and I'll do my very best to help you achieve it.


My gluten free wedding flavours

All my wedding cakes are made with the finest gluten free ingredients, organic wherever possible.

You'll get two layers of sponge in each cake – or three, if you want tall cakes – made with gluten-free, organic ingredients, with buttercream filling. Choose a flavour! Favourites include Madagascar Vanilla, Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate & Olive Oil, Orange & Almond, Coconut & Lime, Lemon & Vanilla, Chocolate & Orange, Raspberry & Vanilla, White chocolate & Raspberry, White Chocolate & Passionfruit, Red Velvet, and Carrot Cake.

It really is up to you. So if you have a favourite flavour that you'd like to share with family and friends on your special day, I'll work with you to match that flavour in your wedding cake.

If you love fruit cake, I have three fabulous rich fruit cake recipes I'd recommend for a wedding. They're all made with organic fruit soaked in Appleton Jamaica Rum, so you get a fabulously moist, rummy cake. And gluten-free ingredients; my Luxury Jamaica Fruit Cake, a Great Taste Award winner, is dairy-free too. And my Luxury Vegan Fruit Cake is gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free.


Need a dairy free wedding cake?

If you need a dairy-free cake, you could go for a luscious, dark Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake, which won a Great Taste award in 2018. My award-winning Orange & Almond Cake is moist and aromatic, and a popular choice for weddings. Lemon & Olive Oil is another favourite, or you could go for a sweet, dark Ginger Cake.

All are made with gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients.

And many of my other cakes can be adapted to make them dairy-free.


Fancy a gluten free chocolate wedding cake?

If you love white chocolate, you could opt for a White Chocolate & Raspberry Cake – a Great Taste award winner: gorgeous, soft and sweet, with fresh berries and jam in the filling.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is my Reine de Saba. This dark chocolate cake is made with ground almonds and a splash of Appleton Jamaica Rum (or coffee). It's lightly sweetened, deeply chocolatey, and covered with a luscious dark chocolate ganache. And it's a Great Taste award winner!

For your wedding, I can make a layered Reine de Saba for you, filled with chocolate ganache – a popular choice with dark chocolate lovers!

My award-winning Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake is a super-popular choice for weddings. It's really luscious, and the sponge is dairy-free. Layered with choc fudge buttercream, it's a fabulous cake.


And if you need a vegan wedding cake ...

Vegan Carrot & Coconut Cake is a big fave with vegan brides. It's a FreeFrom Food award-winner, made with coconut and pineapple, with chopped walnuts, and filled with dairy-free Madagascar vanilla cream-cheese buttercream.

Love chocolate? I recommend my sweetly soft and scrumptious vegan Mocha Chocolate Cake, made with gluten-free, organic ingredients, and filled with lush vegan mocha choc fudge buttercream. This gorgeous cake won Gold at the FreeFrom Food Awards.

My vegan Orange & Almond Cake is another popular choice – moist and aromatic. Filled with dairy-free lemon or orange buttercream.

If you love moist fruit cake, try my Luxury Vegan Fruit Cake. Made with ground almonds, it's gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. I can make this cake for you with or without Appleton Jamaica Rum.


Of course, you could always have a cupcake wedding! Click here for some flavour ideas.


How will your cake look?

The simplest finish is a naked cake, with no frosting on the outside. But I prefer the semi-nude look. The skim coat of frosting will protect the cake while it sits out in the open all afternoon on your wedding day.

But a full buttercream frosting will provide the best protection. American buttercream is the classic sweet frosting: made with icing sugar and butter and a little milk, plus your chosen flavouring.

Or you can go for Swiss meringue buttercream made with whipped egg whites, so it doesn't need so much sugar. It's less sweet, and very buttery and silky. Only available for cakes made with butter.

Need a smooth, sugarpaste finish? I use the best sugarpaste icing around: Massa Ticino. Lovely and smooth, and excellent taste too.

To decorate your summer wedding cake, the safest and most beautiful option is to use organic edible flowers. Jan Billington started the whole edible flowers thing, at Maddocks Farm in Devon. Her flowers were not only beautiful, and good for you – they were delicious too! Sadly, Jan had to give up the farm in July 2022. But happily, she recommended Aweside Farm, who grow organically in Sussex, and I now get my organic edibles from them. Just click on the link to read more about what Sinead & Adam are doing at Aweside.

Or if you want your cake to echo your floral arrangements, your florist can provide some blooms for the cake. However, florists' flowers are generally sprayed with chemicals to make them last longer, so they're not food safe, and need to be used with care.

The range of fresh, organic flowers is more limited outside of the summer months. If you're getting married later in the year, meringue kisses are a great way to decorate your cake. And luckily, fresh berries, redcurrants and cherries, figs & physalis are also available all year round.

Click here to go to my Instagram feed, for more wedding cake inspo!


Planning your budget

Your price will take into account the flavours you choose and how lavish you want your cake to look. Prices currently start at £8.00 per wedding portion for a Vanilla sponge with plain American buttercream filling and frosting.

A wedding portion measures approx 5cm x 2.5cm (1-inch x 2-inch) x height of cake – the perfect size if you're serving your cake as dessert. An 8-inch round sponge cake will provide 24 wedding portions.

Or 50 finger portions (measure approx 2.5cm x 2.5cm (1-inch x 1-inch) x height of cake – basically, a wedding portion cut in half.

If you're paying more than £500.00 for your wedding cake, you'll benefit from my full wedding service. This includes a tasting session (3 flavours), design consultation and delivery and assembly at your London venue.



You can't possibly decide on your cake flavours until you've had a taste!

I'll make you a small tasting cake for each of your flavours, to help you choose.

You can either:

- come and share tea and cake with me in SW9;

- or pick up your tasters and take them home to share

- or I can post them out to you.

Tasters are £25.00 per flavour for sponge cakes, plus p+p.

We'll only eat a small slice of each cake. So after the tasting, you can take what's left home, so you can try your flavours again the next day, or share them with your family.


Cutting & serving your cake

The best way to make sure your cake is eaten up on the day is to serve cake for dessert. A few berries or a roast peach on the side, and perhaps a dollop of cream, is a lovely accompaniment.

Many caterers include dessert as part of their wedding package, so do check with your caterer first to make sure they're happy to serve your cake as dessert.

If you're serving cake for dessert, it's simpler to serve just one flavour.

But many couples like a couple of flavours, or even a different flavour in each tier: it's up to you what you choose.

If you're doing a ceremonial cutting of the cake, think about when you'll do it.

Remember: your caterers will need time to cut up the cake for serving. If you're serving cake for dessert, you could plan to do your first cut before the meal. That will give them enough time to take the cake to the kitchen and prepare the slices without having to rush.

If you're dancing late into the evening, and serving cake with snacks and coffee, then timing is not a problem – you can cut the cake at the end of the meal.

By the way, here's a tip about that first cut:

First, grip the knife so your rings are on the outside – for the photos!

Just make one cut, straight down. If the cake is on a high stand, cut the bottom tier. If it's low, or if you're using a sword, cut the top tier. It only needs to be a small cut (about 2.5cm/1-inch long) – your caterers will do the rest.

Not serving the cake for dessert? You'll be busy – circulating, catching up and talking to your guests. So make sure to ask your caterers to save a slice of cake for you.

Some couples choose to have their favourite flavour in the top tier, or even order a separate 4-inch cake. Just for the two of them, to take home and enjoy the next day.


Click here to see more dairy-free cakes, and here for other vegan and egg-free flavours.


So – if you're looking for personal service, and a truly scrumptious 'free-from' Wedding Cake made and delivered with love and care, get in touch so we can talk about what you need.

I look forward to hearing from you.

A wedding cake in the conservatory at Horniman Museum & Gardens. Three tiers of award-winning dairyfree Tunisian Orange & Almond Cake, filled and frosted with orange Swiss meringue buttercream. All ingredients gluten-free. Served for dessert with roast peaches. Decorated with organic edible peonies and roses from Maddocks Farm Organics. Price includes tasting consultation, and delivery and assembly at your London venue

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Gluten-free, dairy-free wedding cupcakes: Rich chocolate & almond cupcakes, made with organic Fairtrade dark chocolate and ground almonds and Appleton Jamaica Rum. Topped with dark chocolate ganache and dairy-free white 'chocolate' initials. Collection or delivery in London. All ingredients gluten free and dairy free







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