I was a keen young farmer and entered a few of the competitions along the way, as well as a few of the local shows with some of my cakes. I then started to make my family and friends cakes for birthdays and just to eat(!) as a way to relax, I've added one of my first cakes below. As I was only part time at the garage and barmaiding a few nights on the weekend, I started to look at online courses, I originally looked at AAT and then childcare courses but some how ended up choosing the cake decorating and wired sugar flower courses at the local college. A year later, a lot of royal iced piping and a few hundred sugar leaves I completed my courses.
It was then that my little business began to grow. My mum informed me that her kitchen was not the place where I could start my business, something to do with icing sugar getting just about everywhere! Living on the farm though there was plenty of space, dad was reluctant to give me a shed, but he did allow me a space in a field. After a bit of digging, some concrete, and inspection from the cats (their paw prints seal of approval in the fresh concrete!) I had a space. Next was the fun bit after several road trips with mum, I purchased a portacabin and in December 2013 after sitting and waiting for what seemed like forever I saw my portacabin coming down the road from the bathroom window, announcing so in a very high pitch scream! It was here but empty, luckily my mum and uncle Mike very kindly fitted my kitchen for me, and with a visit from the plumber and electrician I was good to go officially opening my doors on 17th January 2014. By giving up the barmaiding I had my evenings and weekends back to start creating your cakes for your special occasions.
Most of the time I loved my portacabin, though when we actually got a summer and after baking my cakes it could end up pretty warm. It made up for it in the winter months as it got very cold! However I am very lucky to have been able to have the space to turn my dream in to a reality. A few 1000 eggs later and in 2017 I moved my business in to the village of Shebbear and converted the double garage in to a kitchen with its own separate entrance. This meant more space something that I always need, the more you give me the more I find to fill it. This extra space meant that I could fit a double sink, hand washing sink, two ovens, a large catering fridge and my trusty dishwasher (something I cant live without!). With mum having a change in career we decided together we would start catering.
Since then my business has grown seeing me create luxury wedding cakes alongside the wedding catering. I couldn't of done it with out the support of my family (who saw all the tears behind the scenes when things didn't go to plan), my friends most of who have become my fantastic waitresses you meet at events. My pretty amazing bosses who supported me, let me have time off which in turn grew my business beyond my dreams and led me to in June 2019 giving up my petrol forecourt job to focus solely on my business.
However, its not all been an easy journey after a bout of being poorly I was diagnosed with a gluten and lactose intolerance at the end of 2017, I had to make the decision to carry on or stop. I decided to carry on, and that's why at events when you mention a friend has an intolerance or they are vegan I don't groan with despair I understand how hard it is for them at events or restaurants when they can't eat anything or they get food envy as they see others tucking in. Just recently I met a vegan who said she had bought her own sandwiches just in case, so you can imagine her delight when I presented her with her own separate salads, vegan kebabs and told her which of the main buffet she could also eat! Even a buffet with 8 out of the 9 guests had different intolerances and one lady could barely eat anything she still went away feeling full after I took the time to listen to her requirements and provided separate dishes she could enjoy.
Despite the long hours and the 2am starts, the midnight finishes I still enjoy seeing the pleasure my creations give to you and your guests. I can't wait to see what the next couple of years bring, watch this space!
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Im Jax, I own Jax's Cakes 'N' Bakes which I set up in 2014. I offer luxury cakes and catering for all occasions. I have decided to start writing this blog to help you with your wedding planning so over the next few months I will be sharing wedding venues, hints and tips and local suppliers. To get updates about my blog first subscribe here.