The Cake Decorator & Baker

A portrait of Lesley, the owner of Bespoke Bakery and creator of extraordinary cakes

I started making cakes 35 years ago and initially I taught myself to bake and decorate cakes using a text book. The feedback that I received from friends and family was positive and encouraging so later, I went to college and gained City and Guilds Sugarcraft and, of course, the Food Hygiene Certificate.

I then went on to the prestigious Brooklands College in Weybridge to study advanced Royal Icing Techniques. The following year, I went on to gain the City and Guilds 730 Teaching Certificate and became a teacher of sugarcraft at evening classes.

I also worked at the Basingstoke Sugarcraft Centre producing wedding, celebration and novelty cakes to a high standard and I taught Royal Icing and sugar flower techniques in their classroom. I joined the British Sugarcraft Guild and later became a British Sugarcraft Guild Judge. Judging was a natural progression for me because I have always paid strict attention to the composition, and the balance of the design on my cakes and have always had a sharp eye for detail.

To further improve on the creativity and design aspects of my cakes I took an access course in Art and Design and then went on to study Art, Design and Media at Portsmouth University. The experience I have gained over the years, both through baking and decorating cakes,studying and teaching cake decoration and sugarcraft, and from judging competition work has given me the confidence to produce very individual cakes that are tailored to my customers requirements, hence my company's name......

The Bespoke Bakery!