Creative Inspirations: Cardiff cake makers, ‘Scrumptons Cakes’.
Welcome to the third instalment of my Creative Inspirations series, where I showcase creative folks who inspire me. This time, I’m back in Wales again, chatting to Anne Yewlett who runs the cake making business, Scrumptons Cakes, with her partner Dan.
I discovered Dan and Anne’s incredible cakes quite by chance, when we were on holiday in Wales last Easter. I was browsing around an indoor market in Cardigan when I spotted an amazingly realistic cake on display at Sylvia’s Country Kitchen. The stall belonged to Dan’s mum Sylvia, but she was helping to sell her son’s cakes.
I flicked through the folder showing the range of cakes available and marvelled at them. I hadn’t seen anything like them. The Millennium Falcon cake, in particular, had an astonishing level of detail. Being the
nosey curious person that I am, I had to find out more.
That’s when Sylvia told me the fascinating story of how Dan and Anne ended up in the cake making business and how things were already starting to take off for them.
That’s when I knew I wanted to feature them on my blog and tell more people about them and their business. I took a business card and popped it in my purse, biding my time until I could share their story. Anne and Dan are one of the reasons I started the ‘Creative Inspirations’ series. I wanted a platform to showcase ordinary people with an extraordinary talent. They truly are an inspiration and I’m delighted to say that when I called Anne and nattered away like a crazy woman about how much I loved their cakes, she said she’d be delighted to be involved.
Over to you, Anne.
Creative Inspirations: Scrumptons Cakes.
1. Tell us more about the team behind ‘Scrumptons Cakes.’
Dan and I met in 2004 in London where I worked as Cabin Crew and Dan worked as an Aircraft Engineer. We soon moved back to the countryside to start a family and had three little girls two Dogs, two Cats a Hamster and a garden full of Ducks. Dan continued to work as an Aircraft Engineer in different locations all over the world as it was all he had ever done. To begin with, this was fine, but it was becoming a problem as Dan was missing the children growing up.
2. Tell us about your first cake.
Our first cake opportunity came when our eldest daughter Tilly had her first birthday party at age 4 and requested a nine turret Disney princess castle cake. Keen to compensate her for Dad working away it was built for her and took 62 hours in labour and seventy pounds in materials but Tilly had a princess castle cake for her birthday.
3. How did that first cake lead to the idea of setting up a cake-making business?
Tilly’s birthday cake set a precedent as we have two other daughters who expected equally elaborate cakes for their birthdays. This escalated every year as the children tried to ‘out do’ each other’s cake!
Before long, the guests at the parties started to order cakes from us as they assumed that we were already bakers. The more people who asked for cakes, the more confidence it gave us to believe Dan had a route out of aircraft work and a way for the family to be together doing something people appreciated.
4. How did your dream of starting a cake making business become a reality?
We embraced the new business with everything we had, including selling a rental property that was planned to fund our lives in old age. This gave us the start-up capital to learn our new trade properly. We both attended many courses and decorating workshops before we finally started advertising and taking orders as home bakers.
The business grew well with many inquiries and orders. Unfortunately, although many people loved what we produced they didn’t have the budget to cover the amount of time that a bespoke cake can take.
This is a common problem around the country where people have a choice between a £10 supermarket cake or a bespoke baker who can charge up to £100.
5. How did you manage to cut the costs of the cake-making process, without affecting quality?
Determined to solve the problem [of the time taken to make a cake] and allow us to expand the business, we turned to technology to try and create a more efficient process.
Dan’s engineering background led him to destroy a twenty thousand pound 3D printer! Then after four months of tinkering and rebuilding it, we had the ability to print fondant/icing directly onto the cake with amazing levels of detail. This was our ‘eureka’ moment.
We’d invented a digital cake decorating process and cut the decorating time down by 80%. Dan said he felt like Henry Ford and it meant that we could produce beautiful cakes to fit within everyone’s budget.
6. Once you developed a faster cake-making process, how did you grow your business?
Now we had a mountain to climb! We sold our family home and moved into rented accommodation and began perfecting our new digital process. Once we were sure our new technology was reliable, we moved closer to Cardiff, where we both grew up, to have family support.
7. What’s the most interesting/unusual cake you’ve been asked to make?
We were asked to make a cake of the Church of Scientology, in Manchester.
8. What’s your most popular cake?
Probably the cat cake and the Star Wars themed cakes.
9. What’s your favourite cake design?
I think my personal favourite is the cat cake.
10. What’s the most difficult cake you’ve had to make?
Probably and At-At Walker from Star Wars. It was 2 feet high and in a walking pose!
11. What’s next for Scrumptons Cakes?
We are now developing our range of cakes and flavours in as many styles as possible which can be personalised. We are also developing a delivery system to allow us to post nationwide, without risk. We’ve also approached major retailers and are currently developing a range for Harrods.
We are also planning to open a factory and our goal is to produce a huge range of cakes which can be personalised and delivered for free Nationwide for under £40.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to have a centrepiece cake at their birthday or occasion.
For more examples of their wonderful cakes, see my Scrumptons Cakes Pinterest Board:
Thank you, Anne and the team at Scrumptons Cakes.
I would like to thank Anne for agreeing to be involved in my Creative Inspirations series.
I think you’ll agree their story is a wonderful story of ingenuity and creativity.
I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot more about Scrumptons Cakes in the future!
For more information about Scrumptons and to see more of their incredible cakes, visit their website: HERE.
Over to you.
What do you think of Anne and Dan’s cake-making journey? What’s your favourite Scrumptons Cake? If you could choose a cake for them to make, what would it be?
As always, I’d love to hear what you think.
In case you missed them…
I hope you are enjoying my Creative Inspirations series. If you missed my earlier interviews, check them out below: Mike Matola and his incredible line by line posters, then click here:
Mike Matola and his incredible line by line posters: Creative Inspirations: Mike Matola, LineByLinePosters.
Chris Baker and his photorealistic drawings: Creative Inspirations: Chris Baker.
Win a Scrumptons Cake!
Scrumptons Cakes are offering one of my readers the chance to win a cake of their choice from the Scrumptons website (The cake can be up to the value of £100 and you must give Scrumptons 5 working days notice to make and post it).
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- The winner can choose one cake from the Scrumptons website up to the value of £100.
- Please allow 5 working days for the cake to be made and delivered.
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- This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over residing in the UK.
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- The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 11th January 2017.
I love theie Easter Bunnies cake! https://www.scrumptons.co.uk/collections/celebration-cakes/products/easter-bunnies
Love the Rainbow Dash cake
I love the cat cake – fantastic!
Love the Rainbow Dash cake 🙂
I love the cat cake – it is a work of art and far to beautiful to eat
I like the cat cake and the Christmas penguin cake. Not sure I’d be able to cut into them though!
Mine is probably the Halloween Witches Cat cake. Or the Captain America cake.
wow !! i so wish id known about these guys earlier ! amazing cakes i love the trex cake and the harry potter one fab giveaway thankyou x
I like the Halloween cauldron cake and the Easter bunnies.
Omg your cakes are amazeballs! I really like the animal cashed they v are so realistic. But my fave has to be yoda. Would love to win for my daughters birthday in Jan. She wants a make up bundle/set/bag on her cake this year.
BB-8 one xx
I love the Football Team Cake, it’s fantastic!
love the handbag and champagne cake. You’re very talented they are all incredible.
It has to be snake-skin-handbag-with-champagne-bottle-cake
I love the Double Number birthday cake – how good would that be as husband and I have 70th birthdays in 2017 !
although not a cat lover I adore this cat cake which is so realistic and well done
What fantastic cakes. Never seen anything like them before. You are very brave to have made the changes you have to fund the business to realise your dreams of being together as a family. Credit to you all. X
I love the Cat Cake it’s fantastic! So clever
Amazing talent, I love the Harry Potter book I wouldn’t want to cut it!!!!
The Millenium Falcon.
I absolutely LOVE the cat cake! WOW all of the cakes look incredible! How on earth do they do it? Amaaaazing work!
I love the cat design.x
Tortoise cake but they are all fab and look too good to eat.
love the cat cake
Being a Harry Potter fan I love The Harry Potter cake. All of the cakes look amazing though.
I would love the Gluten-Free Cat Cake in Chocolate Flavour
I love the Tiger cake!
the dinosaur cake is brilliant and so life like! x
Dinosaur cake looks fb
I love the sleeping cat cake.
easter bunnie, I love anything bunny
The Ferrari cake my husband would love that on his 50th
I love the Harry Potter cake – particularly because my 9 yr old is a HP fanatic and she would love it too! 🙂 What a talented couple.
Love the personalised racing car cake!
I love the Red car looks amazing so much detail
I love the cat cake! Amazing detail
Harry potter is fab
The Ferrari cake looks very cool 🙂
I love the Harry Potter one
love the harry potter cake
Halloween Witches cat as it looks like our cat Liquorice
Wow they are all amazing I love the animals one especially the tortoise.
All the cakes are brilliant but being a lover of Owls the owl cake is my favourite
the Double Number birthday cake as its my 40th next year
Love the Halloween Witches Cat Cake x
I absolutely love the Harry Potter cake! It’s amazing!
My favourite is the Rainbow Dash cake,
I like the handbag cake-not for me but I’ve got a couple of friends that it would be brilliant for 🙂
I must say all the cakes look fantastic!
My favourite is the sleeping cat, if it were a tabby it,would be my Tilly
I think my son would love the Ironman cake.
It has to be the Snake Skin Handbag Cake 🙂 x
I adore their Easter Bunny one my daughter would love that!
the Bentley car cake is my fave
I’d so love to win the sleeping cat cake! It’s so cute and realistic 🙂
amazing cakes! I love the Easter Lamb
They are all so creative, hope they taste as good as they look.. Harry Potter cake is cool!
So many to choose from, very talented! My favourite cake is the Chanel handbag cake, I’m sure my daughter would love that for her birthday. Allison.
Star Wars Cake(s)
Love the Rainbow Dash cake
I love the cat cake but I just know my other half would love the millennium falcon! Amazing cakes!
They’re all absolutely gorgeous, but I love the Valentine’s puppy cake. It looks great.
love the rainbow dash cake xx
I adore the HP cake it would be perfect for my sister
Valentine’s puppy cake
The sleeping cat cake is amazing such attention to detail.
I love the harry potter cake, really nice and not something you can buy in shops.
I like the Graduation Owl Cake
Being a massive Doctor Who fab .. it has to be the scrummy Dalek birthday cake
Love the HARRY POTTER BOOK cake, it would be perfect for my hp mad daughter Cerys
Amazing cakes – the cat is my favourite x
the cat cake is amazing, so life-like!
My favourite cake has to be the Halloween Witches Cat cake looks so cool and i love cats!!
Scrumptons cakes look amazing what a brilliant idea. My favourite is the Valentine Puppy cake, it looks so real I’d want to pick it up and give it a cuddle! I would love to have a cake made of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Harry Potter book is amazing!
The Football themed cakes are great.
The handbag and champagne cake is fantastic.
Would love to gift one of the cat cakes to my daughter as an engagement cake….her face would be a picture!
Captain America cake.
The Millenium Falcon cake looks awesome
Has to be the Chanel handbag cake, for the ultimate handbag/perfume fan
Such amazing cakes, I would love to get one of these to surprise my mum in march for her birthday, she’s amazing, I’m disabled and she looks after me without help,
These are amazing – I love the Harry Potter Book cake – perfect for my son!
LOVE the little chicks cake, but how could you eat the little chickies!
Aww I love the Valentine’s puppy cake but don’t think I’d be able to cut it up!! 🙂
Harry Potter cake is perfect for us
All the animal ones are my faves. I like the ginger cat the most but if i won i would choose the golden labrador one for my best friends birthday. Amazing! Very clever. Probably the best cakes ive ever seen!
Halloween Cauldron Cake as my wedding anniverasy is on halloween lol
Love the Ferrari cake for my son’s 18th birthday!
The owl cake is lovely
The princess castle is amazing!
The Halloween Cauldron Cake is fantastic!! lol
Was a hard choice to pick a favourite as they are all so nice, i know out of all of them my little girl would love the rainbow dash cake so pretty love the colours.
I love the Sleeping Cat Cake, although I wouldn’t want to eat it it looks so lovely!
The Millennium falcon is amazing!
My husband would love the darth vader cake.
Mine is the sleeping cat cake!
I would love to give the sleeping cat cake to my daughter for her birthday
Fab cakes, my two boys would love the star wars
love the personalised car cake, looks too good to eat.
The cat cake is just adorable. Would be right up my street!
Wow amazing cakes especially the handbag, it looks so real. I bake novelty cakes for family members but nothing as amazing as these. I would love to surprise my family with a caravan cake if I was lucky enough to win.
Having 2 cats myself, I love the sleeping cat cake
I love the rabbit cake – how realistic that looks! I love it.
I love the Rainbow Dash Cake
i love the Tortoise Cake, how life like does that little guy look
Millenium Falcon Cake
Has to be the cat one – that is amazing! And the Harry Potter ones as well – two of my favourite things!
I love the Football Team cake 🙂
The Captain America cake x
The Snake Skin Handbag is fabulous…what a super talented lady
It has to be the Rainbow dash cake,it looks amazing.
Wow, all the cakes look amazing. I do like the look of the princess castle and the cat – fantastic
Love the Rainbow Dash cake
Wow they are all so great I love the cat and the Harry Potter ones
It would be the Harry Potter cake, with the sleeping cat a close second
My daughter’s backpack for school has loads of interesting keychains that people have given to her hanging off it. I’d like a backpack cake for her birthday in April x
love the Harry Potter!!! xxx
They all look amazing. such talent! My fave has got to be the cat cake though. We are massive cat fans and i’d love a black and white one like one of our cats for my hubby’s birthday…..or a game of thrones style one 🙂 x
The Sleeping cat is lovely
The cat cake is very unusual and so lifelike it could be my ginger cat asleep. Brilliant!
https://www.scrumptons.co.uk/products/ferrari-cake this is fab
love the harry potter cake!! 🙂 <3
Can’t make my mind up betwen the Christmas Penguin or the Tiger Cake. But wow, they are all fabulous.
The Harry Potter cake is my favourite
the ginger cat cake is my favourite – I used to have a ginger cat many years ago
I love the Harry potter book, but I also like the Princess castle, I can’t choose which I like the best
These cakes are amazing, I love the Chanel handbag cake, it’s so cool
All fab! with my dads 60th Birthday coming up this would be a fab help!
I love the Easter Bunnies cake it is so cute with a mummy and baby rabbit xx
So many I really like it is so hard to choose, I think the cat is amazing and the harry potter book. would take me forever to choose if I win
Being a newly fan of these films Im loving the Harry Potter cake
How can we choose a favourite? They are all incredible. Love the cat one, love the penguin Christmas one. Well, there are none that I dislike. However, if pushed, I will plump for the tiger cake as being my favourite.
R2-D2 – this IS the droid I’m looking for!
Valentines Puppy Cake
The Mellium Falcon would be my favourite it’s awesome
The cat cake looks so realistic ….Purrfect
The dinosaur one looks fabulous
They are all lovely, but the snakeskin handbag and champagne is brilliant. love your digital decorating technology that is really impressive. looking for a special cake for a new baby boy due later this year
I love the easter bunnies cake. So cute
I love the cat 🙂 they are incredibe
I love the Easter Rabbit cake
Wow these cakes are the best I’ve ever seen! How could I possibly choose just one? Xxx
The cat is amazing! So realistic.
I love the R2D2 cake, very topical and I know just who would love to receive it.
The Rainbow Dash cake is my favourite xx
Love the Millennium Falcon cake, my 11yr old really wouldn’t want to cut it up!!
The cat cake looks so realistic. I don’t think i could bear to cut it up
Such great looking cakes! I love the R2-D2 cake, think it would go down very well here https://www.scrumptons.co.uk/collections/all-cakes/products/r2-d2-cake
has to be harry potter as my daughter is such a fan
I would choose the Princess castle one for my daughters birthday .x
Gosh, I couldn’t possibly pick a single favourite as there are numerous that the children would love. At the top of the list is the rugby ball, the tiger, the RD D2 and the Bentley.
I initially read their name as Scrumptious Cakes!
Wow, The Harry Potter Cake is Amazing. I Bet It Tastes Good Too
I love the rabbit cake but also the dinosaur one, they all look incredible and its great you can get them sent to you because its often hard finding someone who can make the cake your children are desperate for x
Valentines Puppy Cake although I loved them all
the castle 🙂
The Harry Potter book cake for my almost 7 year old son Ronan who is absolutely NUTS for HP!!!
the harry potter cake would love to win this for my daughter in march she is 21 she loves harry potter
r2d2 is so cool
The Harry Potter cake is truly magical ⚡️?
Love the captain America cake.
They all look amazing but I do love the Harry Potter cake it’s fab x
I love the Bentley Car Cake – My son would love something like this 🙂
I like the Tiger cake
Love the millennium falcon
I love the Rainbow dash cake
I like the car cakes, especially the Ferrari and the bumblebee. They look like toy cars x
The rainbow dash cake would be amazing for my daughter she is a unicorn fanatic !!
I love the Harry Potter cake, it tickles my geeky heart 😀
I love the Captain America cake
I LOVE the Harry Potter Spell book!! They are all amazing!! If I could pick them one to make it would be a Baby Gender cake! Just found out we will be having a baby boy in the next few months!
The Rainbow dash cake is fabulous
The halloween cauldron cake is fun, my kids would love it, they’re big halloween fans!
Love the Harry Potter book cake x
Love the Easter Bunnies Cake
I love the double number cake
I love the cat cake! Being a cat lover and a baking blogger I think this is amazing!!
Absolutely love the tiger cake
Those cakes are amazing aren’t they? I would love to see them being designed and made- that would be the best prize! I love the cat cake as it looks just like my ginger and white tom cat. I would love to win this for my hubby, nad would ask for a cake like a pile of books.
I love the cat cake xx
The ninja turtle cake
I love the Harry Potter book cake.
The Rainbow dash cake as my 7 year old would be over the moon with one for her Birthday x
I love your cakes, especially the star wars one.