As a young girl, growing up in a big family, Amy spent a lot of time learning to bake and cook. Her gran in particular was a very talented baker and she shared her passion with Amy.
Many of my most cherished memories as a little girl are of times spent in the kitchen next to my gran. She would let me climb up on a chair, dip my fingers into cake batter, press out biscuits, help her taste and create yummy things.
Needless to say her passion and love for using her hands to create delicious bakes started at a young age. She loved how you could mix a few very different ingredients together and they turned out as a masterpiece of deliciousness.
Amy trained at 1000 Hills Chefs school, knowing her passion was with pastries, desserts and sweet things. She loved the specific flavours – fresh, fruity, creamy, buttery… all the good things in life. She had a stint in the pastry kitchen in Franschhoek and loved every minute of playing with ice creams, jellies, doughs, cremes, biscuits, gels. Her passion continued through the next few years and she realised she wanted to have a business of her own – baking beautiful wedding cakes. And so, Artisan Bakes was born.
Amy’s cakes are a way to use her skills and passion to bring joy to those around her. She specialises in custom wedding cakes, celebratory cakes and party cakes, baking with free range eggs, real butter, stoneground flour and unrefined ingredients as much as possible. Artisan Bakes is also known for their Treat boxes filled with mini bite-size delicacies. These can be ordered in larger quantities should you want them for a Treat Bar or a gift for guests at your Wedding reception. Amy believes pure ingredients bring out the best flavours and aromas in food and she loves how food brings people together and how cake, especially, is always present at a celebration!
If you’re looking for a cake for an occasion that not only looks mouthwatering, but tastes the part too, look no further. The proof in the pudding is testified by Amy’s world class cheffing experience and years of perfecting her baking. Her passion for creating beautiful cakes is displayed in the versatile designs of her cakes down to each delicate crumb. She just gets every detail right. I have had many of Amy’s cakes and one of the happiest was our wedding cake. Not only was it a feast for the eyes and unique for my husband and I, but it’s as though I can still taste the different layers which transport me back to that day. To Amy, cake is so much more than just cake and that’s what her customers will experience.
Amy is brilliant to work with and went above and beyond what I was expecting! She is a true culinary artist and created the most beautiful and delicious cake for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. She delivered to Howick, all the way from Hillcrest, and surprised him with his dream cake! Thank you so much Amy for making the experience hassle free and exciting, you are the best and I highly recommend your treats to anyone looking for that extra something special.