Zoe: After seeing so many wonderful cake images, I decided to start decorating cakes as a hobby and found that I loved it! When I began to help family and friends, orders started rolling in and so I decided to set up Zoe’s fancy cakes.

I have always enjoyed different types of arts and crafts, including painting, pottery and jewellery creation. I even have a degree in Fashion and Marketing! I currently have a full time job and so cake making is still a part time hobby for me, which means my time is limited and I do book up quickly!

ZoesFancyCakes is a home based business in Horsforth, Leeds. We cater for all occasions, so if there is anything you like that you can’t see in the portfolio, it doesn't mean it can’t be done.

Any cake, any style, the choice is yours :) GET IN TOUCH

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    Cakes for all occasions with the wow factor, in an assortment of flavours and fillings. Whether you want something for a birthday, wedding, seasonal occasion or a corporate event, there is something for everyone! If you have a picture of something you would like creating or want something designing from scratch, I can personalise it to your taste.



    Cupcakes in a range of designs and colours to match the theme of any party or event! Whether you want all matching cupcakes, an assortment or even a mini cake, I can put anything you want on top of your cupcake tower. Stands are available to hire and cupcake prices vary depending on design (please see my full price list).



    Cake and cupcake stands are available to hire in a range of sizes, suitable for weddings, and tea parties. Please note as a new business the number of stands is limited but I hope to have a wider range available soon. Refundable deposits are needed on the hire of stands (please see price list for more details)



    Cake decorating, cupcake decorating and fondant figure classes will be available later in the year, at my home, so keep an eye out for these! The classes will comprise of just 4 students at any one time, to ensure everyone gets my full attention, so book early to avoid disappointment!

About this Blog // I love making and talking about cakes so on this blog I will keep you all up to date with what cakes im making and how I'm doing them.


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    Slide1 2If you have any queries please free to get in touch with me (Click the pic to enlarge). More classes will be run later in 2014. Thanks Zoe



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    Winter is fast approaching and it will soon be my favourite time of the year… Christmas!

    Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, Christmas pies and even more exciting, lots of Christmas Wedding cakes to make.

    With lots of styles, themes, shapes and sizes to choose from how do you know where to start? Here are my hints, tips and ideas for your winter wedding cake;

    Winter Themed Cakes

    Winter Themed Cakes

    What size of cake to order?
    Many different sites will give you different portion guides for your wedding cake so how do you know which one to go by? The venue will usually cut cakes to standard size pieces, but check with them how large they cut the pieces, or ask them to cut your cake to feed a certain number of people. It is worth remembering that a fruit cake will always feed more people than a sponge cake will.

    Generally people will decide the size cake of their cake based upon the number of guests that will be attending their Wedding. Some couples will also save the top tier (only if it is fruit cake) for their baby’s Christening (meaning you may need a slightly larger cake).

    If you want a large show stopping cake that grabs everyone’s attention and looks great on photos, but doesn’t need to feed that many people, then go for a cake where some tiers are not real cake, mixed with some tiers that are.

    It is also worth bearing in mind that if you have a sweet or desert table at your wedding, then not all guests may want wedding cake.

    Christmas Wedding Cakes

    Christmas Wedding Cakes

    So how do you make your Wedding cake Christmassy?
    A cake can be made Christmas by its design and colour scheme but also by the actual ‘cake’ and flavours inside! A traditional fruit cake soaked in brandy is always Christmassy, but as not everyone enjoys fruit cake, try a brandy butter cream in a sponge or rich chocolate cake for a more Christmassy taste. Try to keep your flavours reasonably simple as not all guests will like unusual tasting cakes.

    As far as the look of your Wedding cake, the most popular colours for a Christmas themed cake are white and red, but all white or white with hints of ice blue or silver can create a really beautiful winter wonderland look. You can go for something traditional or something a little bit different, novel and fun. Bright reds, greens and gold’s can be used to create a vibrant and colourful cake. Cakes stacked and iced like Christmas presents create a novel and clever idea for a wedding cake. A light dusting of glitter can create a shimmery snow and winter effect. You may choose miniature cakes/cupcakes or cake pops instead of a wedding cake or even as well as, so they can be used as wedding favours.

    Unique Christmassy Ideas

    Unique Christmassy Ideas

    Nice ideas for Christmas wedding favours are biscuits, such as hand decorated gingerbread men, or iced shortbread snowflakes, Christmas bauble cake pops or brandy chocolate truffles made to look like snowballs.

    A cake can be of more importance to some couples than others, many couples tend to add items of personal importance into their theme, for example, their pet, or reasons they were drawn together. For inspiration for your winter Wedding cake, get ideas from images not just of other cakes, but Christmas cards and decorations or take a look on my website (www.zoesfancycakes.co.uk) for more individual and unusual cake ideas.

    I hope this helps :o Zoe

    P.S I have been busy on this Christmas style cake recently which I will be raffling off for charity. Keep an eye on my facebook page for more details…


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    I’m very pleased to say that my castle wedding cake achieved a gold!! at this years Cake International in Birmingham in the Wedding cake category.

    Thinking I might now try enter the next Cake International competition in Manchester in March next year!

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    Apologies that I’ve not had much time to add much to my blog, hopefully when I start cake decorating full time and leave my day job it will free up more time!

    So what have I been up to recently?

    I’ve been extremely busy with celebration cake orders over the last few weeks (for pictures see my face book page) and last week I spent my evenings creating display cakes to take to a last minute wedding fair I was asked to attend at The Village in Headingley. It was quite a quiet wedding fair, but as it was my first one I wasn’t sure what to expect. I think my cakes had a different element to them to the other cake stands as mine show cased my modeling work (including my minions bridal couple- which seemed to go down a storm). I spoke to some very lovely couples and fingers crossed I will get some wedding cake orders from it.

    Pictures from the fair are on my Facebook page.

    This weeks challenge is making a small model bicycle!  Which, if it turns out successful I will post instructions on.


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    The Calendar for Christmas cake decorating classes is now out!

    I realise Christmas is still a while away, but I wanted to get dates in my diary while they are still free.
    Book early to avoid disappointment! Any questions please contact me at zlohopkinson@hotmail.com

    Class Date Time Price
    Decorate a Santa Claus face on a miniature fruit cake


    Monday 11 Nov

    Tuesday 3 Dec

    18.30 -21.30

    18.30 -21.30

    £35.00 per person
    Decorate a miniature Christmas heart shaped fruit cake with icing gingerbread man figure.


    Tuesday 12 Nov

    Monday 2 Dec

    18.30 -21.30

    18.30 -21.30

    £35.00 per person
    Create your own Christmas cake topper – Santa and Elf with Christmas presents


    Saturday 16 Nov


    14.00-17.30 £40.00
    Create your own Christmas cake topper –  Winter scene with Children playing in the snow.


    Saturday 23 Nov 14.00-17.30


    Christmas Cupcakes –decorate a selection of 6 Christmas themed cupcakes Mon 9 Dec

    Wed 11 Dec





    £30.00 per person

    Classes must be paid for in full when booking. Classes are limited to 4 people per class.  If demand is high enough I will put on some additional classes. It is possible classes may run over  the end time.

    One to one tuition is also available , please ask for  more details.


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    Zoe’s Fancy Cakes will be having a stand at Weetwood Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre

    On Sunday 22nd September 2013
    At Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS
    Times: 11.00am – 3.30pm
    Admission: Free Admission
    Fashion Shows: 12noon & 2.00pm
    There will be over 50 exhibitors and 2 fashion shows taking place throughout the day.

    Hope to see you there.

    For more info please see http://www.conference-leeds.com/wedding/WeetWoodHallWedding

Address // Knoll Wood Park
Leeds, England

Telephone #. // 07974560742

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