Sally from Southsea Bakes has a beautiful home in Milton with a wow factor kitchen; Smeg fridge, range cooker, concrete worktops… her interior style is sophisticated and her huge dining table is a beautiful old draftsman table.
Sally works full time as a recovery worker for a homeless charity but at home she loves to get creative in the kitchen. She knew she wanted to do something foodie so she got her food hygiene certificate and toyed with the idea of running a supper club. The cakes is purely accidental which is how I think some of the best businesses start; a passion that encounters a chain of events and grows organically. Sally was making cakes for family, friends and work colleagues. The more cakes she made the more she wanted to experiment with different flavours, techniques and decorating styles. She enjoyed making show stopper/wow factor cakes but she knew how important it was for them to taste as good as they looked. Some of the cakes she’s made include hummingbird (pineapple, banana and nuts), lemon and lavender and elderflower and blackberry. She loves a good old-fashioned chocolate cake too (who doesn’t?) and her decoration often includes piped buttercream, dripped icing and big chunky chocolate bars piled high. She gets much inspiration from looking at pictures on Pinterest and then sets to work researching, experimenting and teaching herself. New decorating techniques she plans to experiment with include marble, metallic, watercolour and she wants to do more with fresh flowers; matching in-season blooms to the flavours of the sponge.
Sally loves to work to a brief, for example for a party last year she was asked to make a cake to feed 70 where the theme of the event was kitsch and tropical. This was when she made the hummingbird cake and topped it with pink and orange tropical flowers and of course, flamingos.
Sally loves baking but she’s not into novelty kids cakes (sorry kids). She likes to make fun party cakes for grown-ups. She’s looking to do more with her baking skills so is open to more private commissions as well as potential working relationships with local cafes.
Contact Sally via Instagram @southseabakes
Written By Helen Ruff