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     memorable cakes

for every special occasion

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As a small child I spent hours making elaborate tiered mud pie cakes, adorned with mud 'drip icing' and scattered with flowers and leaves. I used to love working my way through baking books with my wonderfully patient Nanna, also a keen baker.  For my eighth birthday, I obsessed over a beautiful, intricately decorated, vintage lady cake I spied in the window of a fancy bakery. No other cake would do! I can't tell you anything about the presents I was lucky enough to receive, but I can tell you everything about that cake! I was fascinated by all the elaborately iced Christmas cakes my Mum and Nanna painstakingly produced every year. When I was fourteen I was thrilled when a family friend surprised me with a gorgeous floral cake on my birthday and I was even more fascinated hearing her speak about her cake decorating classes. What was this mystical art? I knew I wanted to learn. When I got married, naturally the cake featured very highly on my priority list, and whilst leafing through wedding magazines, it dawned on me some people actually did this for a living! The seeds were sown and when many years later the opportunity arose to attend a beginners course, I jumped at it. From that very first class, I was hooked. My obsession with all things cake had begun and I've been making and decorating cakes ever since!

At Van der Shnoodle, every cake is baked from scratch using quality ingredients from our beautiful home kitchen near Billingshurst in rural West Sussex. I only accept a limited number of commissions at a time so you can be assured your cake is receiving the attention it deserves. I love meeting clients, discussing ideas, bringing them to life, and creating beautiful memorable cakes with the personal touch.  I specialise in novelty and character cakes. If you're a bride looking for something personal and a bit different, check out my Storybook Wedding Cake page. I really strive to inject a bit of my passion into every cake; to create a bit of magic. A cake that not only enhances your celebration, but also stays in your memory forever. Just like that eighth birthday cake.

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