Hi, I’m Caroline and I’m a wedding cake designer based in Ranelagh, Dublin.
From as early as I can remember, I was baking. I loved to try new recipes; taste new flavours and combine unusual ingredients. It was with my Mum, Ada and Granny, Ivy, where my love of baking and all things sweet began. Through the years, recipes with added notes on stained and faded hand written recipe books were handed down, with newspaper clippings from the 60’s. I got to experience such teachings and memories on a daily basis and I am indebted to my Granny and Mum for these.
Even tough I graduated with a degree in Physiology and taught Science for almost 10 years. It was while travelling the southern Hemisphere, I felt the urge to return and enroll in Darina Allen’s 12 week diploma course at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork.
In 2008, as a Ballymaloe graduate, I began my new career as a pastry chef. I moved to London and worked in the highly prestigious restaurant, Clarkes of Kensington. I could see having studied science, it was the technicalities of dessert, pastry and cake making that promoted this move but the creative edge only blossomed later. In 2011, I completed a Masters in Sugarcraft, Royal Icing and Sugar Flowers in Squires Kitchen and Cakes4Fun, London. I also trained with UK’s top cake designer, Peggy Porschen before setting up my own cake design business in 2013. The cakes proved to be a huge hit, and it wasn’t long before the business grew.
Since founding The Wedding Cake Boutique, I have designed an exclusive wedding cake ‘16/’17 range for Donnybrook Fair which consists of 6 contemporary designs. I have also designed a range of seasonal and occasion cakes for The Butlers Pantry. Both cake ranges are available throughout the year and orders can be made in their food halls and shops.
Some of my wedding cake designs have also graced the pages of The Irish Times, IMAGE BRIDES magazine, Irish Brides magazine, Confetti magazine and Irelands Wedding Journal. They have also been featured on various wedding blogs such as One Fab Day and Style and the Bride.
The Wedding Cake Boutique is also a recommended supplier to some of the country’s most prestigious wedding venues, including The Shelbourne, Powerscourt House, Ashford Castle and Clonwilliam House.
It has been an exciting journey so far, I’m looking forward to what is coming next!
Thank you, Caroline