About Helen

…every home should have a Helen!” – Lesley, Thornbury, Bristol

I have baked cakes since… well forever.  Originally from Wales, my first memories were Monday’s at my Nanny PD’s (we lived close to a Powell Duffryn mine…hence the PD’s).  Monday’s were bake days.  The smell of her bread and the Welsh cakes freshly made on her bake-stone should have been bottled it was so fragrant.  If I have a 10th of her genes I am eternally grateful.

So baking for family, friends and work colleagues is what I have always done – mostly with triumphant results and rave reviews – well of course they would I told myself they are my friends and family…they love me!  I should mention here that most cake-makers have a trait, no matter what standard they have reached, they are riddled with self-doubt and see any imperfections whether they exist or not…so remember – it is never good enough!   My turning point was when I started baking for charity cake sales at work.  More and more I received feedback that my cakes were always the ones to be sold out first – to anonymous customers – this allowed me to believe that I might have a shred of talent!  And what’s more an inner voice coaxing me to take the next step to use this talent to make my living.

Fast forward a few years (yes it took a few years – I was exercising the cake-maker trait!) and Cake Fest is now a reality.  However, those few years were not wasted, I studied and achieved a PME diploma in royal icing, attended courses to hone my techniques to make me a better and more relevant cake maker and designer.

Cake Fest has quickly become an all-consuming passion and a growing business.  Part of this is down to my winning formula that is, the customer is king (or queen) so forging that early trust and personal attention is essential.  Taste, taste, taste – design is important but taste is everything. And of course my desire to create an amazing cake and memories that my Nanny PD’s would be proud of.

Testimonials

Happy customers

Fantastic job! My cake was absolutely beautiful and tasted amazing. You were an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout. Your kindness and professionalism put me completely at ease and gave me the uptmost confidence. I shall be recommending you!!
Lowri – Bristol


Thank you so much for contributing to making Becki & Lee’s wedding
day so very special. We were blown away by the appearance (stunning)
of the cake as well as the fantastic taste.  You are a star!
Nikki Pow – (mother of the bride)


Helen made us the most beautiful cake I have ever seen.  She nailed the brief and then some, including some lovely creative ideas and techniques.  The decorations were gorgeous, with such an eye for detail.  The cake itself was delicious and incredibly moist.  Fabulous.
Rachel – Bristol


Thank you so much for our fantastic wedding cake.  Every tier was absolutely
delicious and looked amazing.  Of particular note was the sticky stem ginger tier, so many compliments on the choice of flavour so thanks very much! We have left recommendations on facebook and are recommending you to friends.
Frankie – Bath


Helen made a celebration cake for us and only crumbs remained! Her ideas are clever and creative.  The final product surpassed what we had in mind.  The cake itself was delicious as was evident from the empty plates and the comments from all!  We would highly recommend her.
Eileen – Congresbury, Bristol