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Judith Bond Cakes

Meet Judith

How do I describe myself? Cake lover, enthusiastic photographer, passionate blogger, happy wife, dachshund Mum, and lifelong North Walian.

If this is our first time meeting, welcome! My name is Judith.

To be honest I’d rather sit down with you and chat over a nice cup of coffee, but until we get to do that I’ll tell you a little about myself.

How do I describe myself?

Cake lover, enthusiastic photographer, passionate blogger, happy wife, dachshund Mum, and lifelong North Walian.

I live in Bluebell Cottage on the side of the Great Orme and bake cakes from my cottage kitchen with gorgeous views across the Bay of Llandudno. My neighbours and friends know when the oven’s on and they often find a surprise box of goodies on their doorstep to welcome them home from work.

When I’m not baking you’ll find me with my nose in a good book, walk around the Great Orme, spending time in my Bible, and sipping frothy cappuccinos.

My favourite things to eat are local Mussels, Welsh Goats Cheese, perfectly seared scallops and ripe Spanish Figs.

My favourite flowers are Hellebores, Tulips and Sweet Peas – I have them all in my garden and chose ivory tulips and sweet peas for my wedding bouquet.

I have always loved reading and writing since I was a girl and credit my Dad with passing on his eye for photography from an early age. I don’t remember a summer holiday when I didn’t have a journal or scrapbook in my bag and a camera round my neck.

My fascination with history began with Mr Bradley at Rydal Prep School, who stopped at nothing to bring British History to life, even if it meant adding a little colour here and there. My interest continued for 3 years at the York campus of the University College of Ripon & York St John where I spent many happy days mooching around 11th century Cistercian Monasteries, and then joyfully received my degree in History & American Studies. University was closely following by my Higher Diploma in Administration which led to an enjoyable career in PA and Office Management across Wales.

It is safe to say, and my friends will agree, that I am fairly obsessed with organisation. To this day I never leave the house without a list, an ipad and a bulging diary.

After too many years behind a desk, I decided it was time to create my own path and do the work that I really love. Today, I have the joy of owning a business that brings all my strengths together. I am grateful to the friend who, a few years ago, asked me to make her wedding cake, and with great trepidation, I agreed. I had been used to baking for family and friends but I knew this was the big moment, so I embarked upon a 4 tier fruit cake covered in lace and red roses, and Judith Bond Cakes was born.

With the business registered, I quickly achieved my Food Safety qualification followed by my 5* Food Hygiene Certificate and was able to start trading as Judith Bond Cakes.

Now I spend my days studying recipes, creating flavours and kneading fondant. I pour over Pinterest, I get strangely excited about tweeting, and I love nothing more than sitting down to write my next blog.  I spend time networking with other small business friends, sharing stories and experiences with colleagues. I enjoy contributing guest blogs for business colleagues; it’s fun to see my work on other websites and in print magazines too. I’m loving learning photography, have joined the Welshot Photographic Academy and am always happy to grab my camera and head off somewhere new.

This is the most satisfying work I have ever done. It has led me to meet some of the loveliest people I have known. I go to sleep thinking about cake design, and I wake up thinking about new flavours. I love working with local businesses and seeing others succeed, and the expression on my customer’s face when they open the cake box makes it all worthwhile!

I am grateful to my family for their encouragement as I have got the business underway, to my friends for their support and their willingness to partake in countless taste tests, and to my loyal customers and business friends who have not only ordered many cakes, but been quite evangelical in spreading the word across the community. I will be forever grateful to my husband and soulmate Mr Bond for walking with me, helping me set up the business, supporting me unconditionally and doing lots of washing-up!

It’s lovely to meet you – and I hope you enjoy our cake journey together.

Judith

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