Wed­ding award for tal­ented de­signer

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STEFAN JAJECZNYK

AWEDDING cake de­signer has be­come the lat­est mem­ber of her su­per-tal­ented fam­ily to win a plau­dit for her cre­ativ­ity.

Laura Marten, 29, of Cromp­ton Road, has been named Wed­ding Cake Sup­plier of the Year by bridal web­site, Bride­book.

It’s an­other cel­e­bra­tion for the Marten fam­ily af­ter Laura’s sis­ter He­len was named win­ner of the Turner Prize last year.

Laura, who runs her own wed­ding cake busi­ness Yolk, said: “It was a real sur­prise – I didn’t ex­pect it. I am so pas­sion- ate about cre­at­ing some­thing spe­cial for a cou­ple’s big day, so it’s great to get pos­i­tive feed­back.”

Laura says she owes a lot to her fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially her par­ents who ‘didn’t bat an eye­lid’ af­ter she told them she was leav­ing her full­time job to start a cake busi­ness.

For­mer King’s pupil Laura started the busi­ness in Lon­don three years ago but has re­lo­cated back to Mac­cles­field.

She said: “Lon­don can be such hard work and, af­ter nine years, it was def­i­nitely time for a change of scenery.

“The move has also proved to be great for busi­ness as well. I have met some won­der­ful sup­pli­ers and had the chance to work with amaz­ing florists, wed­ding plan­ners, as well as work­ing in stun­ning venues and with beau­ti­ful bridal bou­tiques.”

Laura started off host­ing sup­per clubs in Lon­don, but de­cided to fo­cus on wed­ding cakes af­ter she dis­cov­ered it al­lowed her to be more cre­ative and de­velop a unique style. She said: “I much pre­ferred spend­ing an hour or so mak­ing a cake, and tak­ing the time to dec­o­rate it beau­ti­fully. From this, Yolk was born.

“I love the whole wed­ding cake process, from the first email, to meet­ing the cou­ple for a tast­ing, then de­sign­ing and putting to­gether their dream wed­ding cake.”

Laura’s favourite de­sign is one she was asked to make in cel­e­bra­tion of The Body Shop’s 40th birth­day.

She said: “They wanted a real show-stop­per, some­thing re­ally fun and colour­ful, which also in­cor­po­rated lots of their prod­ucts and brand­ing.

“The fi­nal de­sign was jam-packed with berries and flow­ers, and lots of Body Shop prod­ucts.”

Laura, who started the busi­ness in 2014 af­ter leav­ing univer­sity, added: “Yolk has con­tin­ued to grow each year, and I have learned a lot along the way, so I am look­ing for­ward to this year and to mak­ing lots more wed­ding cakes for happy cou­ples!”

For in­for­ma­tion go to cakes­byy­olk.com or on In­sta­gram at @cakes­by_ yolk.

Pic­tures: Kitty Wheeler Shaw

Laura’s favourite cake, made to cel­e­brate The Body Shop’s 40th an­niver­sary, and one of her wed­ding creations (left)

Laura Marten has been named wed­ding cake sup­plier of the year

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