I often get asked how I started Fairy Dust Bakery. So here goes. My name is Melissa and I’ve been running Fairy Dust Bakery for six years now. How time flies. I set up Fairy Dust Bakery when my children were little, whilst on a career break scheme. Looking ahead, I wanted to find a better work-life balance and a friend suggested I sell my cakes. Crazy suggestion I’d thought. I had always baked but never anything ‘fancy’. Buttercream and sprinkles was honestly about my level! But I looked into it, kind friends placed what became my first orders. I practiced (a lot) and did a few stalls at local events and after six months, orders were steadily coming in and the business was beginning to grow. I loved being able to do something for me and with a business background, I enjoyed the behind the scenes running of the business as much as making the cakes.
So I set up a website, got a logo designed and some business cards printed. Before long I was supplying a number of local coffee shops, running regular cupcake decorating classes and doing an ever growing number of orders. I branched out from cupcakes to increasingly creative occasion cakes and before long, wedding cakes too.
Fast forward six years and a bit of streamlining to our business structure, and I am lucky enough to be able to focus on what I really love to do. We’ve been featured in a book, a number of blogs worldwide, had one of our cakes cut by a member of royalty and Alan Titchmarsh, made a cake for TV celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and just last month we supplied a cake for E4’s Made in Chelsea! I have met some really lovely people along the way, both customers and suppliers alike, and today I am also privileged to work with some of the best wedding venues in the area.
Yes, it is hard work and long hours at times. But, from very small beginnings at my kitchen table, I feel so lucky to reflect on all that we’ve achieved. I absolutely love what I do and I am excited to see what the future holds for Fairy Dust Bakery in the years to come!