ALI­SON DUNLOP FROM ARD BAK­ERY ON CHANG­ING HER CA­REER DI­REC­TION

Mollie Makes - - TEA AND A CHAT -

Hav­ing my own cake busi­ness was never some­thing I thought I’d do. I was work­ing as an ac­ces­sories de­signer in a fashion com­pany, and I en­joyed it. I was able to fo­cus fully on de­sign and not get bogged down with the busi­ness side of things, so the fact I now own a func­tion­ing busi­ness of my own is quite a sur­prise to me. I’d al­ways loved bak­ing, but when I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter I started to ex­per­i­ment more with dec­o­ra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar print, to create quite a graphic aes­thetic. It was a style which was quite fa­mil­iar to me in fashion, but one that I hadn’t re­ally seen much of in cake de­sign. I also wanted to add a more sculp­tural or 3D el­e­ment, so I learnt about paint­ing and tem­per­ing choco­late to create spheres, pyra­mids and bon­bons to dec­o­rate with. I posted the re­sults on In­sta­gram, and it grew en­tirely from there. Strangers started ask­ing me for cakes, which was very nervewrack­ing at first. But the more I prac­tised, the more con­fi­dent I be­came. I de­cided to give it a proper go and started ARD Bak­ery. I think be­cause I come from a de­sign, rather than a food back­ground, it gives me a free­dom in the fin­ish­ing – I look for in­spi­ra­tion in ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors, fashion and graph­ics. Of course the taste is so im­por­tant, and I spend a lot of time work­ing on recipes. Peo­ple come to me for the look of the cake, but they only or­der again if it tastes good too!

Check out www.ard­bak­ery.com and In­sta­gram @ard_ bak­ery to dis­cover Ali­son’s de­li­cious bakes.

“I come from a de­sign, rather than a food back­ground”

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