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Our History

royal icing wedding cake

This cake has been made with Royal Icing and a modern design, notice the smooth finish.

Christina Hardwick is the founder of The House of Cakes. She came from a family of bakers and started crafting wedding cakes at her home in South Yorkshire for family, friends and acquaintances, in 1991.
Christina had a passion and an exceptional skill for Royal Icing and crafted unique wedding cakes that became very popular during the 1990’s.
Christina’s reputation grew and cakes were in popular demand locally, which took The House of Cakes to the next level, when Christina’s husband, Dennis, joined the venture. Together, they set up their first cake shop in Orchard Square, a shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Dennis and Christina began to display their wedding cakes at wedding shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London, and Christina’s vintage royal icing cakes became popular nationwide. Christina was approached by Harvey Nichols and Harrods and began supplying Harvey Nichols with bespoke wedding cakes, in 1995. Business grew and a second shop was bought in The Orchard Square Food Court.
Nick Hardwick, the son of Dennis and Christina, has grown up supporting the family business in many ways. Nick has used his IT skills to edit photographs, design leaflets and build the website. Nick has delivered many of the beautiful cakes, been on hand at all of the national wedding shows and re-decorated the cake shop in Bramley, Rotherham.
In 1998, Christina suffered from ill health and, together, they decided to move The House of Cakes closer to home. Dennis set up a new cake shop in Bramley, South Yorkshire. The range of celebration cakes became as popular as the wedding cakes and, in 2000, The House of Cakes began to supply local bakeries in Sheffield and Rotherham with celebration cakes for all occasions made to order.
The House of Cakes is very well established and continues to supply cakes throughout Sheffield and nationally. The House of Cakes remains within the Hardwick family and their focus is on quality, taste and the personal experience of each occasion.

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