Demand in the playground became high and soon my best friend Amy allowed me to do her wedding cake. I looked in magazines for inspiration but nothing matched Amy’s colourful personality so I began to sketch…at last I’d found a way to combine my two favourite interests by creating ‘Edible Art’.

18 months later I was voted ‘Best of the Best’ by Brides magazine and orders increased. I had begun to develop my own style of cake decorating and signature techniques.

2007, 6 days before Christmas my husband announced he was leaving us for someone he’d met online…my world fell apart. Having no surviving family I was left to support my 3 children alone so I opened my 1st shop called ‘Unique’ (See above left)

The shop had been open 18 months when I received a letter from Victoria Centre management asking me to open in their prime location where I could choose my own rent as John Lewis loved the style of my cakes and wouldn’t allow anyone else to run a business there. Being exposed to thousands of new clients my business grew fast and people began asking if I would teach them and hold courses. I rented a 3rd outlet just for courses and they soon became popular.

In 2011 I opened a shop in the bohemian quirky area of Nottingham called ‘Hockley’  (See above right) and the business changed to my name as my style and identity became strong. There I had 4 floors so courses, consultations and baking could be done all under one roof. Soon many celebrities came for their cakes including Pauline Quirke and Justin Bieber. Working here inspired me to write my first book, and on May 16th 2013 ‘All You Need is Cake’ was published, on what would have been my grandmothers 99th birthday.

The book containing my 6 signature techniques opened my designs to the world and soon demand for me to demonstrate along side Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Rosemary Snieger and many more at Cake International, BBC Good Food & the Cake and Bake Show. My diary soon became full and I no longer needed my Hockley shop and I collated with ‘Coffee Cakes & Kisses’ on Warren Street to move my business and Courses to London.

I couldn’t of done any of the above if it wasn’t for my Grandmother who brought me up to be a strong independent business minded woman I am today. My children are truly amazing, Robyn building my website at the age of 12, Angel doing anything I.T. as she knows how useless her mother is at anything technical and Casey my son who brings me tea every morning when I’ve been up working half the night. The 4 of us are extremely close and this truly is a family business.

I still produce and decorate all my cakes from my home in Nottingham, remaining committed to my Nottingham clients because if it wasn't for them i wouldn’t be where i am today.

Thank you!

I was born and brought up within our family restaurants which were owned by my grandparents, Arthur and Kathleen Gotheridge. This made it easy for me to obtain bar and chef work while studying at University. My Grandparents also brought me up due to my mother being killed in a car accident when I was 9 month old.

Growing up I was passionate about Art and was an adventurous cook so naturally I spent 6 years after school studying Design and Fine Art while constantly cooking for all Uni friends. Between my 2nd and 3rd years at Leeds University I fell in love and got married, and then at my graduation we discovered I was expecting our first child Robyn.

I left University with great references but due to my childhood I decided to be a full time mum and Angel and Casey soon followed. What I fed my children was extremely important to me and supermarket cakes were full of additives so I decided to try and bake my own for their birthday parties.






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