Emily Hankins is recognised as one of the finest hand painted cake specialists in the UK, teaching sought after classes nationally and internationally. She works regularly for Squires Kitchen International school and is delighted to have cake tutorials featuring frequently in a number of national and international Cake magazines including ‘Cakes and Sugarcraft Magazine’ and ‘Wedding Cakes Magazine.
Emily is a Cornish based artist and designer with a passion for baking and a love of all things floral and hand made.
“baking has been in my blood since I was a child – I would spend endless hours poring over my grandmother’s recipe books. My Sunday treat was to bake a cake, as I got older I started refining my skills and the bakes got grander and more involved. Things have got a lot more professional since then but my passion for baking still drives me!”
Emily studied Art and Graphic Design at university. This basis in the design process has given her a lot of insight into working with clients and creating a finished product from an initial client brief. Sketching is still an essential part of her creative process. Many of these sketches have gone on to become framed keepsakes for couples who want a lasting memory of their cake after the last slice has been devoured!
After starting a family Emily began to create cakes and confections in her own distinct style for friends and family, bringing together her two great loves; painting and baking. Seeing an increased demand for individual and bespoke weddings with a homemade and eclectic feel she decided to launch her own business creating beautifully personalised, hand painted cakes. Emily Hankins Cakes was born in 2012 With the help of the Princes Trust Enterprise Scheme, some very supportive friends and family, and a very patient husband.
Emily’s beautiful studio kitchen is based in Princes House in Truro, Cornwall. Princes House is a fantastic collective of bespoke wedding businesses all under one very grand roof. The mansion house used to be the major of Truro’s residence and still retains some of its beautiful ceilings and original features.
Her homely dining table is perfect for design consultations over tea and cake and is an inspirational place to sit and discuss wedding cake ideas and have a good old natter!
Emily also regularly works with couples who live out of county and can arrange consultations via phone or Skype.
If you are looking for a modern bespoke wedding cake Emily will work with you to create a design that fits you perfectly. Her personal, professional and enthusiastic service means each cake she creates will be a memorable and delicious one-off. Although hand painted flowers feature heavily in her work she is more than happy to discuss any other ideas you may have!