Back to Baking

Like most other small businesses, we find ourselves living in a very strange world right now, baking for me is like therapy and not baking as much due to lockdown has sadden me, but keeping both myself, my family as well as the safety of my customer is the most important thing. With stock supplies improving and shops starting to reopen the outlook is more positive.

I am pleased to say that my local maker shop – Made by Kent on Staplehurst High Street is opening its doors again (Tuesday 16th June), with new safety procedures in place you’ll all be able to browse and enjoy all the handmade items from local makers once again!!

As some of you may know I normally supply one of my large drip cakes by the slice, but unfortunately this form of purchase is harder to ensure minimal contact between the cake and any possible contaminate so instead ill be trialling some of my delicious pre-packed cupcakes for you instead!!

I welcome any suggestions on flavours you’d like to see, but I hope to be converting my large cake flavours into small cupcakes size versions, equally as tasty and perfectly portioned ready to be enjoyed! Ill also be bring some of my Norwegian biscuits back into stock also!!

As always, I am committed to the highest food hygiene (5 star rated) measures but at dippydesignmakebake I have implementing additional stricter hygiene measures in direct response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), to ensure I am doing all I can to keep us safe whilst still being able to enjoy cake! In these challenging times we have all had to make changes as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I just wanted to update our valued customers and followers about how dippydesignmakebake is dealing with the current situation. I continuing to carefully follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. It is vital I update and add new procedures to ensure that any and all are in place to continue to support the health and well-being of my customers and myself.

As the only baker at dippydesignmakebake I have complete sole responsibility for the baking and decorating of all my bakes and all production is carried out in my purpose built Bakery Studio which is only used for business purposes.

At dippydesignmakebake I have implemented several new procedures including striker hand washing routine with increased frequency, as well as increased cleaning in high contact areas. All my bakes in Made By Kent are now pre-packed in replacement of any ‘cake by the slice’ options and Social distancing collections and deliveries are now in place for all cakes and bakes orders.

Ive been getting a few enquiries for last minute cakes or booking far in advance, due to the unknown of any situation right now here are a few FAQ with answers to try an help with these additional questions.

Can I get a cake for today/tomorrow?
I always aim to help where possible to fullfill desired dates but due to the additional cleaning and safety measures in place (as a result of COVID-19/Coronavirus) and some ingredients still proving harder to source, I do have reduced availability and cannot guarantee last minute order as i might have done previously, so please get in contact or order in advance to avoid any disappointment.

How far in advance can I book my order in to ensure i can get a cake?
Currently I am only taking orders 6 weeks in advanced to ensure I can accommodate orders fully and safely. As the future is still so unknown i will review this regularly and when possible will update.

Can I order cakes for vegan and gluten/dairy/egg-free cakes?
Normally I would accommodate these types of special dietary orders but because i cannot reliably source the niche items easily that may be required i am temporally unable to offer these I’m afraid.

Can I still have a bespoke cake designed?
Yes but I do have limited supplies and stock takes longer to arrive so I am taking orders such as these on a case by case and ill try best advise what I might be able to create, please note I will have reduced capacity for orders due to the additional cleaning and safety measures in place (as a result of COVID-19/Coronavirus) Please get in contact if you’d like to talk over your ideas.

you can see some previous designs in the cake gallery.

Is it safe to eat your cakes?
Evidence currently suggests its highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. As a 5 star star rated food business I already maintain strict hygiene procedures in my cake/bakes production adhering to a rigorous HACCP plan. I have also put in place additional cleaning and safety measures to ensure myself and my customers are kept safe at all stages, including social distance payment and delivery procedures. As the only baker at dippydesignmakebake, I have sole responsibility for the production of all my bakes and all production is carried out in my purpose built Bakery Studio which is only used for the business purposes.

Do you still deliver cakes?
Currently I am able to offer FREE LOCAL DELIVERY (minimum order spend £10), within 5 mile of Staplehurst (TN12) delivery and will observe social distancing for doorstep drop offs, although currently i am not able to accept cash as payment i do offer several other options,please get in contact if you have any additional questions.

Please feel free to get in contact if you have any additional queries.

I personally want to say THANK YOU for your continued loyalty and support especially during this uncertain time. My thoughts go out to anyone who has been personally impacted, and I hope that you and your families are safe and well.


Trending Summer Bakes

The drip cake and naked cake Phenomenon hit the scene in a big way in 2015 and has continued to grow with popularity ever since and is right on trend this summer with the decoration possibilities being endless.

I love making colourful ombre buttercream cakes with chocolate drippings, there so versatile, fun and no two are ever identical, it’s easy to see why everyone loves them. Drip Cakes work for almost any event so if your looking for an elegant wedding cake, fabulous baby shower cake, or crazy showstopper party cake drip cakes could be the way forward!

This summer has been hot with record temperatures being hit, i have been flooded with orders for these tending bakes so I thought I would share some of my designs as well as some key tips ive picked up along the way especially in these testing conditions!

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DIY Wedding Revisited

This year we celebrate 5 years of marriage but it only seems like yesterday…

I of course remember fondly the day and the special memories created but i also still remember the feeling of being completely out of control of what to tackle first when i started planning. We only had a short engagement of only 6 months and with my Norwegian heritage, we choose to have our big day in Norway with family and friends, which only added to the long list of “to do’s”. Of course I wanted to create all my own stationery and bake my own wedding cake, not only for the cost saving but because its our day and I wanted to.

wedding albums

Today as I look through our wedding album I realise how special it was to us as a couple and how fortunate i was to be able to do so much myself, so in this post I share this experience with all those brides to be as reassurance its possible to have a DIY wedding (even if your not a designer like me) to have all you want and come out of it semi-sane, happy and proud of what you have created…

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Lasting Impressions

Thumb Print Posters

I am always looking for ways to add a personal touch to any event and like many of the things i end up designing, the original request is a personal one. Weather i have an event to attend and want to take a gift or i simply want something for my own home.

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Wedding Design Help

It can often be very overwhelming when you first start looking in to all the things you need for your “big day”. I have brides-to-be get in contact who know what they like and exactly what they don’t like! However, with so much information out there, it can often be difficult to narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. It’s at this stage that I can provide support to brides-to-be.

If you’re planning your big day, I have listed below the starting points for discussions in order to get the ball rolling.

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