Who & where am I?
Hi! I am Rachel, and I live in a village just outside Blackpool in the North West of England. I’m mum to two grown-up boys, nanna to three beautiful grandchildren and wifey to Mr S! I have one lazy senior kitty and one exceptionally hyper collie dog who keeps me on my toes! This is me……
Where did it all start?
I’ve always had a love of baking and cooking and generally messing up my mum’s/gran’s/great auntie’s kitchens from a very young age, and many of my earliest memories revolve around being in the kitchen with homemade food of some description.
I began my solo baking journey in about 2012, when I started decorating cupcakes and cakes at home and soon began gathering requests for cakes for this occasion or that. I went official in 2013 and named my fledgling business Cakes at Rachel’s.
Bakers make the world a better place, one cake at a time.A very wise person
What happened after that?
Eventually, I had more cake orders than I could handle and reduced my hours at work, before finally giving up the day job altogether in about 2017 (I think!) to work from my home cake studio full time. I took the decision to rebrand and focus more on my love of luxury wedding cake design, and so Ivy & Bloom Cake Company was born on the 1st January 2020. I thought at the time, “what can possibly go wrong, wedding cakes will always be needed”….then promptly got hit by a global pandemic, who’d have thought it! Nevertheless, Ivy & Bloom Cake Co is my absolute passion, and despite the problems with the pandemic, I’m still here and still thriving! I love it!
So what’s next?
In between being hectically busy with wedding cakes, I have dreams of expanding my business to encompass more than just wedding cake – I was starting to set up one-to-one and group cake decorating lessons just before the pandemic hit, so that’s something I would like to get back to. Something else I have in mind is to create a series of books, largely aimed at other cake makers to share the order forms and kitchen records that I use in my own kitchen, but also some recipe books for the home baker, sharing some of my favourite cake recipes. I’m already starting work on a recipe book specifically for children because I do believe getting our little ones into the kitchen from an early age is an essential life skill to learn, leading to a greater understanding of where food comes from and how to prepare a delicious recipe to share.
Where can you follow me?
So that’s a potted history of me, and a quick introduction to my business. I’m a friendly sort, so any questions, just shoot me a message across!