We have a cake feature on Stephanie Almeida - named after the owner. They are a bespoke cake company based in Buckinghamshire and they make celebration cakes, cupcakes and also tiered wedding cakes. Find out more about them below!
Could you tell us how you got started?
Stephanie Almeida is a trained pastry chef and chocolatier, she underwent formal training at Westminster Kingsway college and apprenticed with one of the best patissier/chocolatiers in London; William Curley.
After decided to focus on cakes Stephanie went to work for one of the best cake companies in London; Beas of Bloomsbury, before deciding to start her own business with her partner Stephen Glenister, who is also a trained pastry chef.
What makes you unique?
We specialise in making cakes using Italian buttercream.
This essentially means that our icings aren’t as sweet as traditional ‘American’ icing, and they have a lot more flavour than the regal icing that is normally used to cover wedding cakes.
It also means we can be a lot more creative with the design on the wedding cakes - why have a smooth cake with sugar flowers or a ribbon when everyone does that? Let your imagination take over and design a cake to suit you!
What are your goals for the future?
In the future we plan to open our own shop, we have had such a positive feedback from everyone that has tried our cakes that we can’t help but believe we will be successful!
We also want to branch into the speciality chocolate market and we are also planning on launching a macaroon range. These are all really far in the future though!
It would just be nice to get into a few more local markets over the next year or so!
Why people should hire your business?
Nowadays cake companies seem to be popping up all over the place most often, I believe, started by people who got caught up in BBC bake-off fever! This has produced some interesting, if not always delicious, results…
We are working in a demanding and saturated market and only the best will survive. This means that we have to know what we are doing and we have to be ‘at the top of our game’.
Our buttercream style means that you will have a truly unique cake that is fully customisable.
Our past experience working in this industry means that we know how to manipulate our ingredients to draw out the best flavours and ensure that our cakes taste as good if not better than any other cakes on the market today. Our cakes will create a real talking point at your wedding or event that we know your guests will love and remember.
Costs and Pricing
Using buttercream instead of regal icing means that we can afford to lower our prices a bit which is perfect in this economic climate.
Our cakes work out at roughly half the price of a traditional regal icing covered cake and considering that they look just as good and taste twice as good (no bias!) you can save a bit of money and no one will be any the wiser!
You can view their website on: http://stephaniealmeida.co.uk/
And connect with them on twitter