We spoke to Margaret Levy from Rosehill Cake Studio to find out more about her company
Meet Margaret Levy from Rosehill Cake Studio
07803 219 929 | www.rosehillcakestudio.co.uk
Q – Tell us about your background – how did you become a cake maker?
As a child, mealtimes were always spent around the dining room table with everyone chatting and sharing their day. When I had children of my own, that’s when I really got into baking. Birthdays were definitely a big deal in our house. I would spend hours making the design that my girls had chosen. This was in part an expression of love and also because I don’t like the taste of many shop-bought cakes.
Around 2015 I attended a figure modelling class with a local cake maker, and that was it, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was to have a better finish on my bakes, so I enrolled in classes – working with fondant, royal icing and sugar flowers.
In 2017 my daughter said she was getting married and asked me to make the wedding cake. By the time her wedding rolled around in September 2018, I produced my very first wedding creation – four tiers of fondant covered cake, festooned with sugar flowers. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly was the best that I could produce.
Q – What should couples expect when booking your services?
When booking me, the first thing I need to know is when your wedding is, where it is, how many people are coming and if there are any allergies to consider. I offer vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options as I think it’s important that everyone can join in the celebration. I always offer a consultation that can be face-to-face or over Zoom. This is a chance for you to tell me how you met, who proposed, what things are important to you and where we discuss design options. When couples can come to my studio, I have dummies on show with different styles and techniques on display. There is a charge for these meetings, and it includes five flavours and beverages. Following the consultation, I will provide a quote with design options.
Q – What’s your favourite wedding cake that you’ve made and why?
My favourite so far is the one that I made for my daughter. Being asked to make her cake was really special and, unwittingly, started me on a new career path.
Q – How long before the wedding should couples book?
Once you have your venue and date, I recommend booking your wedding cake. Although your wedding may be one year or more away, once you have found a supplier whose style you like and flavours you love, it’s important to get your date in their diary. The final details can be worked out six months before your date.
Q – What’s your favourite part of the job?
I have two favourite aspects of what I do. The first is meeting new people and hearing their stories. The other is when the cake is made, and the client sees it for the first time.
Q – Do you have any top tips for couples looking for a cake maker?
Make sure you try their cake. For me, there is nothing more disappointing than looking at an enticing piece that is screaming ‘eat me’ and find that it hasn’t much flavour or is dry.
Meet or chat with your supplier. Do they understand your likes/dislikes and the things that are important to you, and are their values the same as yours?
Does the cost reflect the design you want and the time and skill required to produce it?