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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for February 14 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Find The Perfect Gift For Your Special Valentine

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Radio Perfect

There is a huge selection of digital radios to choose from. These View Quest Retro Mini Dab radios with inspirational Emma Bridgewater designs could not fail to please. Choose from ‘pink hearts’, ‘marmalade’, ‘blue daisy’ and  ‘rose’ designs (as shown left) or select from the range of designer on-trend shades.

The Retro Mini features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception which means you have access to the full range of digital and analogue services. Alternatively you can connect your tablet or smart phone via Bluetooth or to listen to your favourite music.

With real wood construction covered by a leatherette case and ultra-wide premium speaker drivers, this radio sounds as great as it looks. Use at home with a mains connection or when you are out and about with 4 x AA batteries(not included).

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Alternatively you might want to take a look at the Roberts Blutune 50 (see right) with built-in DAB/DAB+/FM radio and 20 preset buttons that offers a great sound at the touch of a button.  You can stream using Bluetooth via connection with your smart device and the radio can double also as speaker to play your favourite music from your i-pod/MP3 playlist via stereo line-in connection.

This is a radio has  2.1 speaker system for the optimum quality listening that you would expect from Roberts.

 

Baking and Kitchen

singleThe  iconic KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is instantly recognisable and would be an ideal gift for the avid baker. Made particularly famous by the British Bake-Off series now is great  time to grab a bargain on the original  KitchenAid 5kSM150  range which will soon be unavailable.  Check available colours and snap up a this classic appliance in British baking.

Alternatively you might want to take a look at the options for the new mixers including the Mighty Mini which has the same great design but a more compact design for easy storage .

There are also some great free gifts available on the new range this month  so it’s worth checking out.

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Surprise your loved-one this Valentine’s Day with a special dinner cooked in a Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Casserole. With a lifetime guarantee these timeless kitchen essentials are available in a myriad of beautiful colours and are oven, grill and dishwasher safe.  There are all shapes and sizes – oval, round and shallow casseroles and there’s even a lovely heart-shaped one just for this special occasion.

The whole Le Creuset range can present a wealth of gift options that you can mix and match together for a really great quality gift to suit all price ranges from salt and pepper  mills and wine accessories to  hard-wearing pans and casserole dishes.

 

 

2017-02-valentines-magimix-11360If coffee is more likely to win your loved-one’s heart how would a coffee machine work? Bring the barista-style coffee into your home and let the aroma of fresh coffee welcome you to the kitchen. KitchenAid and Magimx Nespresso machines are stylish coffee machines that offer great quality coffee within seconds. The Nespresso capsules are hermetically sealed to protect the flavour and offer a simple, clean solution to great coffee. Choose a machine with an Aerocino and add milk for a cappuccino or latte made in seconds.  A coffee machine would bring a whole new aspect to coffee with friends. Enjoy.

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Win this Neff Saucepan Set for Induction Hobs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Go-Electrical Give Away

Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and re-tweet our Competition Announcement Tweet (https://twitter.com/Goelectrical/status/641204401961504770) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’. It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we can track entries via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 12.00 on 08/09/2015 and 23.59 on 14/09/2015 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. All tweets must adhere to The Twitter Rules. In accordance with Twitter’s rules we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to no more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win a Neff Saucepan Set for Induction Hobs (Z9442X0). More information about the prize can be found here http://www.neff.co.uk/store/shop-productlist//panset/00576026 

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 500 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 200 followers must achieved by 23.59 on 14/09/2015

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

Win this Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Shallow Casserole

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Twitter Give Away

Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and re-tweet our Competition Announcement Tweet (https://twitter.com/Goelectrical/status/638667900786749440) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’. It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we can track entries via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 12.00 on 01/09/2015 and 23.59 on 07/09/2015 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. All tweets must adhere to The Twitter Rules. In accordance with Twitter’s rules we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win a Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Shallow Casserole Dish (26cm Elysees Yellow). More information about the prize can be found here https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/le-creuset-signature-cast-iron-shallow-casserole-26cm-elysees-yellow.html.

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 500 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 500 followers must achieved by 23.59 on 07/09/2015

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

Win this AEG Modo Mio Favola Coffee Machine & Milk Frother!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Go-Electrical Give Away

Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and re-tweet our Competition Announcement Tweet https://twitter.com/Goelectrical/status/635768800479182848) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’. It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we can track entries via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 12.00 on 24/08/2015 and 23.59 on 31/08/2015 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. All tweets must adhere to The Twitter Rules. In accordance with Twitter’s rules we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to no more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win an AEG LM5000 Modo Mio Favola Coffee Machine (in lover red or ebony black) plus an AEG Lavazza Milk Frother. More information about the prizes can be found here https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/aeg-modo-mio-favola-coffee-machine.html and https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/aeg-lavazza-milk-frother-black.html

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 500 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 500 followers must achieved by 23.59 on 31/08/2015

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

We’re hiring!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Go-Electrical Powered by JW Garnett

We currently have four vacancies here at J W Garnett and Go-Electrical.

If you are interested in joining our growing team, be sure to look at our Job Vacancies page where all current vacancies listed. The four positions we’re currently hiring for are:

Retail sales person – This is a full time position, 37.5 hours over 5 days including weekends.

Warehouse person – This is a full time position, 40 hours over. 

Catalogue editor / e-commerce sales – Part time / full time by negotiation.

Customer support / outlet sales – Part time.

For job specifications and details on how to apply, head to our job vacancies page. 

SMEG Venice to Milan Cycle Challenge

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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 At the end of next month John will be taking part in a sponsored bike ride between Venice and Milan, raising money in support of Action Medical Research’s research and work against devastating childhood conditions.

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On the 24th of June John will join over 30 others making up the Smeg cycle team. Over four days they’ll make the journey from Venice to Milan, an impressive and tough 240 miles in the saddle through Northern Italy, taking in the Po River, the hills of Lombardy and Lakes Garda and Iseo.

The team will be fundraising for Action Medical Research, who for over 60 years now have been funding amazing research into the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting babies and children.  Since 1952, research Action Medical Research has funded has directly led to advances in the treatment and prevention of devastating conditions such as polio, spina bifida, meningitis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and rubella. They are currently funding research in to a wide and varied range of diseases affecting children and this valuable work is all made possible by donations and fundraising activities like the Smeg Venice to Milan Cycle Challenge.

John assures us he’s been out and about training on the tough hills of the Dales, but has thankfully spared us any photos of him in his cycling lycra so far.

If you’d like to support and sponsor John, the rest of the Smeg team and Action Medical Research’s work, donations can be made online via

http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/johngarnett

Look out for updates via our social media accounts, and those of Smeg and AMR Events. And good luck to everyone taking part!

Action Medical Research

Win this Pure Evoke D2 Portable DAB Digital Radio

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Competition Terms & Conditions

About the competition

The promoter of this competition is JW Garnett Ltd (trading as Go-Electrical), Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EF

Entering the competition

1. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of the Promoter or its agents or suppliers and any other companies associated with the Competition.

2. The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over and proof of identity and age may be required.

3. To enter the draw, you must first ‘Follow’ Go-Electrical on Twitter and re-tweet our Competition Announcement Tweet (https://twitter.com/Goelectrical/status/525640362782904320) or send your own tweet mentioning the competition and including our Twitter name ‘@goelectrical’. It is imperative that entries include a mention of Go-Electrical by including the text ‘@goelectrical’ so that we can track entries via Twitter’s notifications.

4. Entry is open between 14.00 on 24/10/2014 and 23.59 on 30/10/2014 (inclusive).

5. Each tweet constitutes one entry. All tweets must adhere to The Twitter Rules. In accordance with Twitter’s rules we stipulate that entries per individual are limited to more than one tweet per day. No entries on behalf of third parties will be accepted.

Choosing the winners

6. Go-Electrical will draw one winner from all the entries at random

7. A representative from Go-Electrical will contact the prize winning entrant.

8. The entrant must reply within 48 hours to claim the prize and supply the information requested.

9. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours Go-Electrical reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.

The prize

10. One winner will win a Pure Evoke D2 Portable DAB Digital Radio (Walnut). More information about the prize can be found here https://www.go-electrical.co.uk/pure-evoke-d2-portable-dab-digital-radio.html.

12. No cash alternative is offered.

General

13. The competition must have generated a minimum of additional 100 followers for the @goelectrical Twitter account before a winner will be drawn. The additional 100 followers must achieved by 23.59 on 30/10/2014

14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. All information you provide when you enter the competition is provided to J.W.Garnett Limited trading as Go-Electrical and not to Twitter.

15. Go-Electrical’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw.

16. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information.

17. Go-Electrical reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the competition is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Go-Electrical that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the competition.

18. Go-Electrical shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by:

(a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the competition;

(b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the prize;

(c) any act or omission of any third party; or

(d) any other events beyond Go-Electrical’s control that may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted or may lead to loss of, or damage to, the prize in transit to the winner.

19. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply.

20. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the competition. This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

21. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of the Competition and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the Competition.

22. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

23. The Competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

24. By taking part in the Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by them.

Introducing The All New PURE EVOKE D2 and D4 Radios

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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The new EVOKE Mio collections by PURE effortlessly combine iconic PURE design with class-leading sound. From this it is clear to see why PURE digital radios are such in demand audio devices.

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Two new models have been launched this August – the EVOKE D2 Mio and EVOKE D4 Mio. Both models have a stylish leather effect casing and are available in seven on-trend colour options, almond, aloe, cerulean, charcoal, pewter, raspberry and scarlet. The new colours have been carefully selected, taking inspiration from 2014/2015 key colour trends.

For more casual music streaming, you can use the built-in Bluetooth to stream wirelessly from a huge range of mobile devices both inside and outside of the home.

The EVOKE Mio radios sound just as beautiful as they look. A great depth of sound and solidity is achieved with a wooden casing. The perfectly tuned speaker and digital amplifier deliver market-leading audio that PURE radios are well renowned for.

Listen to your PURE EVOKE D2 or D4 radio wherever you go by purchasing the optional ‘ChargePAK’. ChargePAKs are innovative rechargeable battery packs, so much more economical than regular batteries and significantly kinder to the environment too. PURE are confident when it comes to the quality and reliability of their products so much so that they now offer a 3 year warranty across their audio range.

To take a closer look, or to purchase the new EVOKE Mio D2 and D4 visit the Go-Electrical website now. Keep a close eye on the Go website for more PURE radios and speakers arriving soon.

Totally Tropical – Roberts Release The Revival RD60 DAB Radio in Four Limited Edition Colours

Friday, June 20th, 2014

We burst into Summer 2014 with the release of Roberts limited edition Tropical Revival RD60 DAB radios. Available in four new bright colours – marine teal, zesty lime, sunburst orange and hot pink.

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Marine teal arouses memories of the warm waters of the Aegean Sea.

Zesty lime evokes vivid images of Rio Carnival with its colour and vibrancy.

Sunburst orange is as its name sake suggests an explosion of colour.

Hot pink is a lively and fun shade remindful of summer festivals.

Roberts have effortlessly combined iconic 50’s retro design with DAB/digital radio technology. From this it is clear to see just why Roberts revival radios are such an in demand, cult gadget.

Take a closer look and purchase a limited edition Roberts Tropical Revival Radio, visit the Go-Electrical website now. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Go website for more Roberts radios arriving soon.

Cool Contemporary Cakes for Every Celebration

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Cake designer Steph Longbottom shares some of her amazing creations and offers her tips on creating sweet treats for any occasion.

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www.bettybuttercream.co.uk
Steph Longbottom, 25, from Barnoldswick, Lancashire, was always more interested in eating cakes than making them. As someone who always used packet mixes to make her sweet treats, Steph fell into baking when she made her son’s first birthday cake almost three years ago. Now owner of cake designing business Betty Buttercream, she tells us how to create that perfect celebration cake.

Flavour versus Design

When creating a celebration cake, it’s easy to get carried away with the look of your final design. But it’s important to focus on the flavour as well as the fondant.

“You need to think about the way your cake looks and tastes. For me, one without the other makes the whole process a waste of time. It’s all about getting that balance exactly right.

“I like to really focus on the flavours. I actually wrote all my own recipes because I wasn’t happy enough with existing cake recipes,” says Steph.

When it comes to creating your own recipe, you’ve got to put in the hours to achieve perfection – as Steph knows all too well.

“I baked every single day until I perfected each recipe. Before I went into baking professionally I used to love packet mixes. I really thought about the elements that were in my favourite mixes and looked for similar recipes online to take certain aspects from those as well.”

Tutti-Fruti Cupcakes

Pictured above: Steph’s ‘Tutti Fruiti Cupcakes’ – Madagascan vanilla sponge with a sweetie filled bubblegum and tutti frutti frosting.

“I made these for a young lady who wanted to surprise her sweet-toothed friend,” says Steph.

She describes her baking style as eclectic and creative rather than practical and organised.

“Because I use my own recipes, I tend to alter them every time. I’m quite eclectic in that way. People say baking is an exact science, and it is to an extent, but I will change things to suit what someone has asked me for.

“If I think a tiered cake should be denser, I might alter how much flour I use, or if I think a particular cake would suit a more gooey texture I’ll change my recipe accordingly.”

The Farm

Pictured above: ‘The Farm’ – a quirky spin on a traditional wedding cake using green fondant and a tractor topper.

“This cake was chosen by the bride as a surprise for her husband to be. The design features the whole family plus a cheeky sheep.”

I Can’t Live Without My KitchenAid Mixer

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Pictured above: Steph’s mixer proudly displayed on her kitchen worktop.

As a professional baker, Steph knows how important it is to have the right tools for the job – particularly for something as important as a celebration cake.

“I have a gorgeous baby pink KitchenAid mixer, which I won at a baking competition. It was great because I’d been using a wire whisk until then, but since having the mixer I’ve realised how important they are in baking.

“They make the process so much quicker, and it’s all about quantity as well – I can make larger amounts. If I ever needed to replace my mixer I would do it straight away, I don’t think I could live without it now.”

Steph was surprised to find out how easy it is to use a mixer.

“I was shocked to find how simple it is to use them. It’s got a mechanism to drop the whisk up and down and buttons to control the speed, that’s all there is to it.”

Essential Tools for Tempting Treats

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Steph’s electronic scales are equally as important when it comes to baking her next masterpiece.

“I couldn’t live without my electronic scales either. If I halve my ingredients, I like to see the amounts exactly, so I have some standard kitchen scales which I actually have a spare set of just in case anything happens to them.

“You need some really good baking pans as well. I generally stick to the big-name brands as I’m more inclined to think the equipment is going to work well.”

‘Keren’s Rose’ – a wedding cake made using polystyrene dummies. Only the bottom is edible – a Victoria sponge with Madagascan vanilla pods and sweet raspberry conserve.

“The bride wanted a floral look but was allergic, so I hand crafted each rose and all the foliage too. A very traditional and elegant creation.”

Making Your Luxury Cake on a Budget

Baking a cake doesn’t have to be a costly process. Even for a luxury wedding cake, Steph says there are still ways to achieve it on a budget.

“Naked cakes are quite big at the moment. They’re basically just a cake without any fondant. People are starting to use them for weddings and I think they’d be really nice for birthday parties too.

“I do a lot of dummy cakes, where you add polystyrene tiers which are covered with fondant and placed on your cake for decoration. That can be a cheaper option too.

“If you want a six-tier cake, just have one or two tiers edible. The price difference is huge. Once you start to understand how many people a six-tier cake will serve, you’ll probably realise you’d have to invite a lot more people or have loads of cake left over.”

The Marquise - Wedding Cake

Pictured above: ‘The Marquise’ – a traditional Victoria sponge encased in delicate ivory ruffles, pearls & flowers.

“This cake travelled from Lancashire to Gretna Green on the bride’s knee! It was named after the bride and groom as he had lots of input in the design too.”

Although amateur baking has become popular, Steph wouldn’t advise people to make their entire wedding cake.

“Personally I wouldn’t like that pressure if I was a novice baker. I think something like a wedding cake is such a huge responsibility. You might be able to make a naked cake, but I wouldn’t like to teach myself how to use fondant a few days before my wedding.

“If you have some cake design experience, sourcing a standard cake and decorating it yourself is a cheaper option and way to add your own style and flair to your wedding.”

Make Your Wedding Cake Unique

In recent years, the cake industry has become more fashion orientated.

“Traditionally with wedding cakes you’d get a three-tier fruit cake with white or ivory fondant and piped designs. A lot of the more experienced bakers are amazing with piping, but newbies like me don’t know much about it because we don’t get asked for it these days.

Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes

‘Ebony and Ivory’ – A selection of the cupcakes created for a large black and ivory inspired cupcake tower. Flavours included fudge chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla.

“The bride wanted to incorporate roses and lace, which created an elegant vintage theme, proving that cupcakes can make a big impact at weddings,” says Steph.

“I think it’s just more fashion orientated now. For me personally and a lot of people, it’s as big a deal as the dress is.”

When it comes to flavours, Steph also says it’s important to find something that’s right for you rather than your guests.

“People often include a vanilla sponge in their cake if they’re having a few tiers, as that generally appeals to everyone.

“I think it’s more important to find something that represents you and what you love. If it’s a really good-quality cake it will get eaten. I don’t think there are many flavours of cake that loads of people dislike. Find something that you want rather than thinking ‘oh but nanna won’t like that very much.’ It’s your cake.”

Out-of-the-Box Wedding Cakes

Xbox Cake

If you’re looking to create something a bit quirky, there’s nothing wrong with going for something totally out of the box.

“I once made a cake with an Xbox design. It was a traditional ivory three-tiered cake with cascading flowers, but the second tier was a black Xbox and the top tier was a stack of games.

“The bride took the designs of popular games and changed them to things like ‘maid of honour’ and other things that represent getting married. I put those on to edible paper and included figures on the top with the groom holding a controller.

“It was actually a surprise for him. He saw the cake for the first time at his wedding, so that was really nice to be a part of.”

For her own wedding, Steph’s chosen some of her amazing cakes as centre pieces.

“I have so many different cakes that I love, I’ve decided that for my own wedding, instead of centre pieces and table decorations I’m going to have a different cake at every table. That way I can have lots of different styles and flavours.”

Family-Friendly Baking

Steph often gets her three-year-old son Frank involved with creating new recipes.

Frank

Pictured above: Frank posing with the gingerbread house and caramel shortcakes he and Steph made for Santa.

“I generally try out new recipes with my little boy who’s three. We’ll bake them together and I’ll decide whether or not to put them up on my Facebook page. Frank loves helping me and has his own little pinny and chef hat.”

She believes there are lots of plus points when it comes to baking.

“Just seeing how happy people can be over something that’s come out of your oven is amazing. People get so emotional over the final design, quite a few of my customers have actually cried. It’s just phenomenal. It keeps your house smelling really nice too – that’s a major plus point.

“Baking is a cheap and fun family activity. It’s been around for hundreds of years and will always be with us. Anybody can give it a go, so what a wonderful thing to share with your children, friends or relatives.”