The Bakery Barn
From the bakery nestling in the Dorset countryside, cakes, biscuits and all manner of sweet treats are packed and sent out to regular customers such as Fortnum and Mason as well as providing goodies for events at Selfridges, Stella McCartney and John Lewis.
Advertising agencies, always quick to pick up on what’s hot, are increasingly using specially commissioned iced biscuits for promotions. Coca Cola, Virgin Media, H&M and Rimmel are just a few of the agencies’ clients who have nibbled away at the Juliet Stallwood brand.
I moved to Dorset from West Sussex, where I had been working as a graphic designer with my brother and his wife. It was here that my two boys, now nineteen and seventeen, were born. As they grew up I always looked forward to making their birthday cakes, and it was these early creations that sparked my love of cake decorating.
Over the next few years this continued as a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed and on moving to Semley village, I fitted cake making for family and friends around other commitments. I was working less as a freelance designer and started to bake more and more. In the Autumn of 2010, I saw a picture of some biscuits that had been iced in a highly decorative style. I had never seen anything like them before and couldn’t wait to try the technique out for myself.
That really was the turning point in my life. The kitchen table was then swapped for a one room bakery above the shop and has recently become a beautiful large barn bakery on the outskirts of the village. I feel excited as to what the future might hold. I love what I do and I hope you do too.
“I surprised myself with how comfortable I felt when I began icing designs on biscuits and I realised that maybe I could turn this hobby into a business.”
– Juliet Stallwood
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The icing on the cake
Juliet Stallwood, cake and biscuit maker from Semley, shares her creativity with you in her debut book, ‘The Icing on the Cake’, a step by step guide to decorating baked treats. At her bakery, she runs small cake and biscuit decorating classes, sharing the essential skills and techniques that she has picked up as a self-taught cake decorator. This book, she says, is an extension of that ; helping you to learn at your own pace, in your own time and in your own home.
The book contains projects for the decorating novice that are very quick and easy to do, and others that may need a bit more time and patience to master. In Chapter one, “Decorate to Indulge”, you’ll find lots of ideas for simple sweet treats for any day of the week. Chapters two and three, “Decorate for Love and Decorate to Celebrate”, are full of treats to make weddings, birthday parties and holiday festivities extra special. Chapter 4, “Decorate to Impress”, you’ll discover how to make extravagant centrepieces that will amaze your family and friends.
Whatever your level of expertise, this book will help you bring out plate after plate of beautifully decorated goodies. It’s the icing on the cake.