Cake making business on the rise

Anna Williams with her Mad Hatter's cake
Anna Williams with her Mad Hatter's cake

GRAPHIC artist Anna Williams has designs on a new career, after launching a company that turns cake-making into an art form.

The 26-year-old grew up in Sheffield, graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and worked in graphics until setting off to travel the world. On her return, she decided to combine her artistic experience with a flair for cake making – and Hunky Dory Cakes was born.

Anna bakes the cakes in the kitchen of her home at Greystones, but hopes eventually to move to a commercial kitchen. “I’ve been baking cakes for as long as I can remember, and I had great teachers. My grandmother was known as ‘Queen of the Desserts’ and she made a big impression on me – and my mum is an incredible cook too. I adore baking and have a flair for design, which seemed to naturally lead me into sugar craft.”

Anna’s creations range from wedding or party cakes to cupcakes and corporate commissions. One of her most individual designs was a Mad Hatter cake, for a 30th birthday party, complete with ornate teapot and sugar playing cards. Fruitcakes are made months in advance, using brandy-soaked fruit and regularly injected with more liquor to keep them moist. Sponges are made fresh on the day, unless detailed piping work is involved.

And Anna doesn’t stop at just cakes – she will produce an entire tea party, including scones and sandwiches as well as cakes, served on vintage china plates and stands. Then she serves it at the customer’s home, covering the table with a white linen cloth, scattered with fresh rose petals, love hearts and handmade name tags.

And for those who fancy a hands-on experience, she also runs cupcake or love pop decorating workshops.