My love of cake making started at an early age. No cake was complete without buttercream piping, ‘hundreds and thousands’, and chocolate buttons!
In 2008, I bought a second-hand cake decorating book at the Glenfarg village fete and challenged myself to make a ‘bouquet of roses’ cake for my Mum’s 70th birthday. Since then I’ve been hooked – going on courses, baking and decorating cakes for friends and family and turning my hobby into a business in 2015 – ‘Leigh Smith Cakes’ – based in Glenfarg, Perthshire.
Who inspires me? Paul Bradford, a celebrated Scottish sugarcraft instructor, and Zoe Clark who makes the most stunning and elegant wedding cakes and who has published several books.
You never stop learning in this business and I’m always reading magazines and books, studying other people’s cakes, watching videos and having discussions on Facebook with a group of other cake makers. We never stop learning – sometimes from each others’ mistakes, which is often the best way to learn.
I am so lucky to be doing something I love even when at times there are challenges, big and small, obstacles just have to be overcome, and you grow each time you get through something, even when at first you don’t think it’s possible. It’s amazing what inner strength you can find even when you don’t think there’s any hope of fixing something!
I’m also lucky to enjoy the support of my husband, a shoulder to lean on, careful driver of wedding cakes to venues and even picking up a piping bag without being asked!
In 2017 I’m planning on branching out to supply a local business with baked goods for afternoon teas and giving afternoon decorating demos at a cookery school.
Read more about Leigh Smith Cakes here and find out how to get in touch.