Making great tasting and visually stunning cakes has always been a deep seated passion for Elizabeth Solaru. Following successful careers in other specialisms, she reignited her interest in sugarcraft over 15 years ago after seeing a photo of a cake in a bridal magazine.
Initially making cakes for ‘guinea pig’ family, friends and work colleagues who nicknamed her ‘the Cake Queen’ she attended cake decorating classes with some of the best cake makers in the world, and was encouraged to set up Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
She is of the belief that a cake should delight both taste wise and visually. All of her cakes are made from scratch (strictly no mixes) using the finest organic ingredients where possible.
I had a chat to the fabulous Elizabeth to find out more,
What is it you do, and what services do you offer ?
We specialise in producing great tasting couture and bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, cupcakes and cookies. With clients ranging from royalty to celebrities, it has developed a reputation of delivering one of a kind, delicious works of art on a plate.”
When, and why did you start your business ?
“The business was started in 2006 after a varied career firstly as a Microbiologist and latterly as a Headhunter. I wanted to produce cakes that tasted even better than they looked and that passion for excellence is the main driving force of the business.”
What inspires you ?
“I take a lot of inspiration from my clients, fashion and nature. I love to make cakes that are different to the norm and it’s fun to keep challenging myself.”
What has been your favourite assignment, and why ?
“It’s so difficult to pick a favourite commission but making the iconic Sex and the City wedding cake has to be up there.”
“The SATC cake was commissioned by a Princess from abroad for her wedding at the Jumeirah Carlton Knightsbridge. She had been to so many cake makers but wasn’t impressed as she wanted something quite show stopping. After her consultation we set about sourcing the stand and mirrored base, the different Swarovski crystals (which were strung by hand), and the sugarcraft moulds.
We used over 6,000 crystals and the result was a stunning cake which took everyone’s breath away. I am so glad that we were able to rise to the challenge!”
What’s your greatest achievement ?
To be honest I don’t know if I’ve had my greatest moment yet. However, being the only three times winner of Wedding TV’s The Great Cake Bake was unbelievable for me. I was just grateful to be considered alongside some of the best cake makers in the UK for the programme, it really never occurred to me that I might have a chance against any of them.
What’s the future for your Business ?
I’m increasingly getting invitations to teach abroad and I recently collaborated with a bakery in Naples, Italy, this alongside some recent media interest and future looking great.