When Donna Perks helped save her brother’s collapsed three-tier wedding cake she never dreamt that four years later she would win a silver award at an international cake competition.
But that’s exactly what happened after Donna stepped in on that fateful day. She managed to straighten up the tiers of the cake but broke some of the delicate roses on the front of it. So, she dashed out to Hobbycraft to buy a block of icing and a sculpting tool, watched a two-minute tutorial on YouTube and within a couple of hours her table was filled with delicate roses.
“I found my passion,” said Donna. “I suppose you could say that fate stepped in and since then I haven’t really looked back.
Over the last few years word has spread and Donna’s reputation for baking fantastic cakes has grown. Between working full time and raising her young daughter she was doing her best to create her masterpieces on her dining room table.
“Everything changed after I won the Cake International competition at the NEC last year,” she said. “I think I then started to believe that I really could create show-stoppers. My lovely husband converted our garage at home in Droitwich Spa into a cake studio and I formally registered my business. So now I’m able to keep my works away from the hustle and bustle of family life. As a result, my cakes have grown in style and variety. I am constantly challenging myself, creating more exquisite designs that are both awe inspiring and beautiful. I love to wow my customers.”
Donna cites her proudest moment as winning the silver award at the coveted cake competition where her ‘dancing ballerina’ sugarcraft creation caught the judges’ eyes. The ballerina, pictured left, went on to be featured in the British Sugarcraft Guild Magazine and was shown on both Channel 5 and BBC 1.
Five more facts on Donna’s bespoke bakes:
1. What’s your favourite cake to bake?
I love making all kinds of cake but my ultimate is red velvet with cream cheese buttercream – yum yum!
2. What do you love best about making cakes?
My favourite (and most nerve wracking) moment is when a customer collects their cake. I love to see their reactions – it’s the best feeling in the world.
3. What top tip can you share with us?
My only tip is to source fresh local ingredients. I use the finest of ingredients to make sure the cakes I bake are of the highest standard.
4. What’s your most popular request?
All my cakes are individually designed so are unique. If a customer asks for a cake I have previously made I do try to make subtle changes to make it special to them. Children’s characters are very popular and I love making them.
5. How can people contact you if they would like a cake for their special occasion?
All of my contact details are on my Facebook page . I will always endeavour to respond as soon as I can.
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