April 24, 2017

Cake decorating – the pursuit of excellence or is ‘good enough’ good enough?

I knew that updating the Lindy’s Cakes logo and branding was never going to be easy but until this week I hadn’t appreciated just how tricky it was going to be. I’m working with a talented graphic designer but it’s tough as I’m feeling the pressure to get it right.

I made a comment to this effect on Facebook and interestingly one of the comments that came back said… Continue reading

Success and what it means to be a successful cake designer and decorator

“How would you define and describe success?” is one of the more tricky interview questions that Cake Central have asked me. I often receive requests for interviews but this is the first set of questions from an American cake decorating magazine and is probably the reason why I’ve never been asked this question before. It has got me thinking…

What is success?
The traditional view of success is… Continue reading

Cake Design – a beautiful transient art form

Cake, an art form? I hear you question….REALLY! Well yes, beautiful, designed and decorated cakes come into existence using the same design processes and considerations as say the latest collections on the London or Paris catwalks. I am a cake designer and for me, cake is my canvas and sugar my medium. I have always been creative and when I was younger I wanted to paint, but never found the… Continue reading

Happiness and the therapeutic power of cake decorating

I think most of us can say that we strive to be happy. It’s been proven that money doesn’t primarily affect how happy we are, so what makes us happy?

As a cake designer, I have known for many years that the process of designing, baking, decorating one of a kind cakes makes me extremely satisfied and happy. It is why I do what I do. Interestingly, it has… Continue reading

What kind of Cake Decorator is Lindy Smith?

Cake Masters recently published a multiple choice quiz in their monthly magazine, where they identified five different types of cake decorator. Always up for some light-hearted entrainment, I eagerly answered their questions to find out the results described me perfectly. … Continue reading

Top tips on how to budget for your dream wedding cake

A beautiful hand-crafted bespoke wedding cake can be yours with good planning and careful budgeting. As with all aspects of your wedding it’s a question of your priorities. I am a big fan of lists and suggest that it is a good idea to sit down and make a list of all the suppliers that are important to you as a couple. This will help you highlight where to the buy the… Continue reading

Caracoli Coffee and Cake Heaven in the heart of Winchester, Lindy Smith recommends

Do you love coffee and cake too?? Whenever I am out and about I often treat myself ….especially if I spot a small independent coffee shop  as I simply can’t resist investigating and sampling. I found Caracoli coffee shop on Winchester High Street – so pleased I walked further up the hill, it was a delight to  behold. … Continue reading

Cakes in all shapes and sizes seen whilst window shopping in Rome!

‘Snow in Rome for the first time in 25 years’ was headline news, whilst I was visiting the city on a recent teaching trip.  My first two cake decorating classes went ahead as planned, however the third was unfortunately cancelled due to lack of students. For me however it meant an extra free afternoon to amble through the ancient streets of central Rome – how wonderful! I never usually have… Continue reading

Joanne Wheatley is crowned sweet and delightful British Baker 2011

After eight weeks of baking heaven, the BBC’s ‘Great British Bake Off ‘ has come to an end with  Joanne Wheatley  pronounced  the 2011 winner.

The show started with twelve amateur bakers who battled it out against each other, during eight weeks of challenging tasks under intense pressure. Joanne Wheatley, Holly Bell and Mary-Anne Boermans all won a well-deserved position in the final… Continue reading

Cookie Couture at London Fashion Week 2011

When it comes to London Fashion Week you can always expect to be wowed. You might anticipate a plethora of thrilling fabrics and textiles to be on show; soft silks, luxurious laces and exotic prints will no doubt spring to mind, but how about a soft and chewy cookie? Well, in an entirely new collaboration, Millie’s Cookies has invited designers to down their needles and… Continue reading

Amusing Pingu Cake Story – Competition Winner

Birthday cake, Pingu, edible food colour,  small children, what could possibly go wrong…? The winner of our Creative Writing Competition – Amusing Cake Story, Tracy Tomlinson tells us

We hope her story makes you laugh as much as we did!

The Pingu Family Cake

“It was coming up to Lloyd’s 3rd birthday and he didn’t want any of the cakes that the supermarket offered: No clowns, footballs or… Continue reading

A Piece Of Cake…A Piece of Royal Wedding Cake!

Our interest in the Royal Wedding cake is well documented! I am sure you can imagine our ‘cake’ excitement, and the anticipation, as the day grew near. The Royal Wedding was a visual delight from the moment the coverage commenced. The bride, the groom, the wedding dress, Harry, Pippa, Westminster Abbey, the carriage, the flowers, the trees, the streets lined with well wishers…

Personally I had another… Continue reading

Prince William’s Chocolate biscuit wedding cake

Prince William certainly isn’t the first and, after Friday’s Royal Wedding, will definitely not be the last to request a chocolate biscuit cake at his wedding!! The cake is said to be a childhood favourite of Prince William’s, one that appears in Princess Diana’s personal chef, Darren McGrady cookbook ‘Eating Royally‘.

“I was thrilled to learn that Prince William had chosen the Chocolate Biscuit… Continue reading

White & Ivory, the official royal wedding cake

Details of the Kate and Williams official wedding cakes were released after yesterday’s lunchtime wedding reception at Buckingham Palace for 650 close friends and family.

Official photo of William and Kate's Royal Wedding Cake by Fiona Cairns

The main centrepiece cake was an eight-tiered moist dark fruit cake, covered in sugarpaste with masses of… Continue reading

A Royal Wedding Cake

Oh the anticipation… I am sure I don’t need to tell you that we at Lindy’s HQ can’t wait to see the Royal Wedding Cake, or should I say cakes!  Prince William and Catherine Middleton have each chosen a cake  for their big day. A traditional wedding cake will sit alongside the fun, more informal cake. The ‘Groom’ cake idea