Today I am thrilled to spotlight on The Bristol Bakehouse – a Gluten Free & Vegan Wedding Cake specialist.
Back in the 1990’s the freefrom aisle was a mere twinkle in the supermarkets’ eyes.
Fifteen years later, fresh freefrom food still left a lot to be desired, but stemmed from a food intolerance, and with the belief that if you can’t eat a particular food you shouldn’t be deprived, The Bakehouse was born.
I hand over to owner Ali to tell you all about her work…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“My name’s Ali Walsh and I run The Bristol Bakehouse, a business that specialises in gluten-free and vegan wedding cakes.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“I started up a couple of years ago.”
“I’ve got Coeliac Disease and there was a lack of good gluten-free cake that you could buy fresh and have delivered.”
“Soon it became clear that customers wanted a lot of other freefrom products (like dairy-free or no eggs) so I created vegan cakes as well.”
What inspires you?
“I love meeting customers with food restrictions who are really grateful there’s a business out there that specialises in beautiful freefrom wedding cakes.”
“It’s so gratifying having someone send you a card after their wedding to say thank you for making their day really special.”
“No bride should have to forgo her own wedding cake.”
“It’s possible to make all sorts of things that are free from wheat and gluten without compromising on taste.”
“I often get customers who don’t have any dietary needs; they just say the cakes at The Bristol Bakehouse taste the best!”
Do trends influence your work?
“I love seeing new ideas on social media and in specialist cake books like those by Zoe Clark and Lindy Smith.”
“I’ve recently been approached by a magazine to recreate a chandelier wedding cake because customers want to know if they can have one similar to that of celebrities such as Kaley Cuoco’s.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Getting the business off the ground in the first place! It started with just me, bakeware and a laptop.”
Now I get regular pieces in magazines and a have a monthly spot on BBC radio called Cake O’Clock where I take in different bakes and talk about being a Coeliac.
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“I’m going to franchise out the business so there are lots of Bakehouses all over the UK, run by people who know all about freefrom but can also provide amazing sugarcraft.”
Thank you so much to Ali for sharing her story.
In this day and age its so important to cater to differing dietary requirements and missing out on lovely cake can now be a thing of the past.
To Contact The Bristol Bakehouse
Phone: 0117 908 9193