I have been making cakes since I was a little girl and when I was 12 and needed to make a cake for my sister I became hooked on cake decorating and have never turned back. Recently I turned it into a business after settling in the beautiful Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.

After trying various techniques I have found that I am most comfortable making sugar flowers and painting on cakes as well as Royal Icing which is where I started as a teenager. Sugarpaste had only just started becoming available when I was 16 and I mostly made it myself.

Coming from an artist family designs sometimes spring to my head in the middle of the night and I am still exploring ways in which to put those ideas into a cake.

I love discovering new techniques and playing around to give old styles and techniques a modern twist, always trying to think outside that box!


Hi there Alpa ! I had no idea you were on here, but it’s been lovely seeing you around over on FB ! Happy I can follow you on CD too now … Happy creating lovely !! xx

Lou, S.Yorks UK https://www.facebook.com/SugarandSpiceGourmandise

Hi Lou, yes joined recently :) Suddenly realised where everyone was all this time! Lovely community here and really enjoying getting to know everyone. The one downside of working from home is that I don’t have anyone to talk to so its nice to log onto here and FB and chat cakes with everyone. hope you are well and love your recent cakes, especially the folk one. Alpa x

Simply Alpa

Oh it IS a fab place, although the downside is that it can be rather addictive haha ! And I know what you mean about working from home – it’s very solitary, but I do like that side of it, means I can concentrate a little more, well, that’s until I log on to FB and here and then time suddenly runs away ! :D And thank you lovely, yes, I think I fell a bit in love with the folksy too (shouldn’t say that, should I really !)
Anyway, have fun meeting everyone here – I don’t think I’ve come across anyone who wasn’t helpful and supportive !
Lou xx

Lou, S.Yorks UK https://www.facebook.com/SugarandSpiceGourmandise

Yes I am discovering that!! My parents had the boys for the last five days for half term and it was lovely to have the peace and quiet to crack on with Cake International entry, like you say the space to concentrate. Have you ever entered competitions? I suppose the Manchester Cake International is the closer one to you.

Simply Alpa

Amazing cakes, new follow from me!

Lyn (Nanna Lyn Cakes) xx

Alpa, thanks a lot for the lovely comment you left on my profile page and for the follow!!! Your cakes are amazing too, and in fact I am following you as well. Hope to see more of your amazing creation soon!

Marlene - CakeHeaven

Thank you Nanna Lyn Cakes :)

Marlene, look forward to seeing your cakes, I’m going to have a little break as I am moving house in a month. Will be busy settling in but still have Christmas orders and birthday cake to do before Christmas. Going to be a busy few weeks coming up! Ax

Simply Alpa

Hi Alpha!! Thank you for your lovely message, you have gorgeous cake. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations :) xx

Enchanting Merchant Co

Your work is incredible – I simply have to follow you!! :-)

Julia Hardy

Ahh thank you Julia, although having looked you at your work your creating fabulous cakes too! :) Lovely to hear from you and look forward to seeing more of your work too. x

Simply Alpa