Delicious and downright adorable, it's Miss Bean's Cakes
We get to know the creative bakery taking part in our #WinYourWeddingDay competition
Miss Bean's Cakes is a small, family run cake business - making everything from the humble Victoria Sponge through to the most glamorous of wedding cakes. Established by Emma in 2009, the business was built from a desire to provide affordable bespoke cakes, which add a wow factor to any event. Every cake is created with the client's cake dreams in mind! Miss Bean's Cakes - "baking your ideas to life"!
DIVA: Tell us about your company.
EMMA FROM MISS BEAN'S CAKES: I unexpectedly started Miss Bean’s cakes in 2009, when I decided I wanted to make my own wedding cake. I wasn’t driven by a passion for baking but a horror of how much a cake would cost simply because the word “wedding” came before it. The cake came out much better than I expected and friends started requesting personalised ones. It just grew from there. This year I left a full-time job to run Miss Bean’s Cakes alongside my cafe, The Coach House in Patcham.
What sets you apart from other companies?
I think my dedication and desire to learn and improve sets Miss Bean’s apart. Every cake is special whether it is for a birthday, wedding, baby shower or corporate event. I put my all into every project and, if I have an unusual request or technique, I'll learn, practice and perfect the piece, as I know these cakes will be a big part of a special event.
What’s your experience of working with same-sex couples?
I had my first same-sex wedding customers last year and have had several since. Each couple has been creative, unique and so much fun to work with. I love being a part of same-sex weddings as it was such a long and arduous wait for them to have the privilege and acceptance to be married.
Do you think the wedding industry generally is inclusive enough of same-sex couples?
From what I have seen, I think so. Any wedding is a celebration of a couple and their love for one another, and services and vendors should treat all couples with the same level of dedication and enthusiasm. Of course there will be those with prejudices but so far, I have yet to meet them in the wedding industry.
Tell us about your favourite wedding memory.
My favourite wedding memory was making my brother's wedding cake this year. He's a geologist and he wanted a Geode cake. It was one of the hardest, most stressful cakes to date but seeing my brother and his new wife's faces on the day was wonderful.
What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding?
I would suggest trying not to get too stressed but having organised my own wedding, I know that's not helpful at all. I would tell couples to delegate and take offers of help. It's a huge undertaking for just two people and couples need to enjoy the day, so choosing a great bridal party to support you is essential.
Why have you decided to take part in our Win Your Dream Wedding Day competition?
A chance to work with DIVA was a huge part of my wanting to be involved in this competition. DIVA tackles so many important subjects, so even as a heterosexual woman I enjoy browsing the website and appreciate what the magazine stands for. I also love the excitement and fun of a competition and working with a very happy, winning couple is delightful.
What can the winner expect from you on their big day?
They can expect the cake of their choice and dreams. I will work closely with the couple until they are completely happy and, on the big day, I will deliver the cake to the wedding venue with a cake knife and stand included.
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