Professional in the spotlight interview – Mandy Lynn
Wedding & Event Management Services had the opportunity to interview creative cake decorator – Mandy Lynn. Mandy not only makes delicious looking cakes with the most splendid looking details but you can tell this cake decorator is truly passionate about everything she does. Mandy’s love for baking and design has turned her passion into a successful home based business. To learn a little more about Mandy Lynn, Cake Decorator we asked her the following questions:
Mandy how long have you been a cake decorator and how did you get started in your business?
I have been cake decorating for 8 years. I have always had a passion for cooking as a child. I grew up baking with my family and it has just grown from there. I had some initial training with Chris Henness (All Occasion Cakes) and I am a member of the Mount Gambier Cake Decorators Association which gives me the opportunity of networking with other like minded cake decorators and allows me access to inspiring guest speakers and training workshops. Everything beyond this is self taught.
What got you started in wedding cakes?
My friend was getting married and she asked me to make her wedding cake and I havent stopped since. I am lucky I don’t have to advertise because all my bookings are word of mouth.
Two of your favourite wedding cakes that you have made?
The first one would be three mudcakes – a dark chocolate layer followed by a white chocolate layer then finished with a brown and white stripe on the top layer. The whole cake was surrounded by one piece of white chocolate and topped with a quirky couple cake topper. My second favourite would be three suitcases made with a caramel chocolate mudcake layer, a chocolate and white chocolate mudcake layer and then finished off with the top layer being a traditional fruit cake. This was so different and really fun for me to make.
What cakes and flavours do you offer your clients?
Traditional fruit cake, sponge cake, black forest cake and cupcakes with my speciality being mud cakes in delectable flavours like cherry ripe, chocmint, caramel, white chocolate and chocolate. I am open to any suggestions, love a challenge and any of my recipes can be adapted to dietary requirements and taste.
What are some of the 2011 trends you are seeing?
People are being more adventurous in their choices which is fantastic. There are bolder colours coming through – purples, blacks and a resurgence back to traditional sugar flowers. I have access to the latest cake toppers, diamantes and pearls so I can provide the bride-to-be with the latest styles and trends.
What is one piece of advice you have for brides to be?
I offer great customer service and deliver a top-quality product. Couples can book a design consultation with me to ensure they get the wedding cake they are looking for. Brides often have very clear ideas of what they want while others need some help with the design. My advice is for couples to contact me as soon as they have set the wedding date or at least 6-8 months before their wedding. This allows me as much time as possible to plan and design their dream wedding cake after the first initial meeting. I offer follow up meetings with the client and tastings so that I get exactly the right flavour for their special day.
For all your cake needs contact Mandy Lynn today. Mandy offers personalised flexible service throughout the Limestone Coast region and a delivery service within 150kms from Mount Gambier.
Thanks Mandy for sharing your time with us and we have learnt so much about you and your passion for cake decorating. To contact Mandy for your dream wedding cake phone 0418 815 017 today!