'Make it with your hands and it will have soul"
Welcome to Buttercream and Blooms
My bespoke cakes tell a story, I like to collaborate with my brides rather than being a service you simply hire, your wedding cake is the most special cake of your life and it should reflect memories, scents from your childhood, food memories from travelling together, flowers from nanas garden, however that reflection looks to you, I love to facilitate it.
Quality is key here, yes I make cake but I believe your end product is only as good as the ingredients you use. I don't believe in pre mix frostings or cake mixes, everything here is made from scratch by me. From the cake to the filling and frosting, every flower, flake of gold leaf and essence is hand made and hand placed, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
My personal food philosophy extends into my cakes, I only use Organic free range eggs sourced from a farm outside of Havelock North, I use unbleached wheat flour or spelt and spray free flowers (something a lot of people don't consider), I source local spray free fruit and local berries.
About the baker
Born in Sydney, raised in Auckland. I've spend many years travelling, moving and shifting but I finally have a place to call home, Hawkes Bay in New Zealand is paradise for me, I live here with my partner and our two children.
I've spent my whole working life in the hospitality industry, from front of house in Auckland, working in commercial kitchens in Melbourne, managing restaurants and coffee houses in Edinburgh to food photography and styling and recipe development for brands in NZ and Australia.
Due to food allergies of my own I am a self taught baker, I attempted a baking apprenticeship when I was 17 but my wheat allergies and the amount of air borne gluten particles and preservatives I simply couldn't. Instead I have painstakingly and meticulously taught myself the art of baking, It was a long and at times arduous path but I believe I've learnt more this way and I am grateful for the path I've tread.