Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Profile: Michelle Stevenson - "Welcome to my world of cakes"


I’m Michelle Stevenson, and I am a self-taught cake decorator. I learned what it takes to make my cakes from books and, of course, using my own imagination and creativity.

I am 36 years old, and live in the lovely village of Kinlochewe with my very tolerant husband Colin and our dog Jack.

20 years ago I started out making and decorating cakes for family and friends. With more experience, new skills and even more ideas, however, I have been selling my products over the last 10 years to a wider range of clients, and have received some wonderful and encouraging feedback.

A very special friend in Sussex, Barbara Emmans, taught me the basics in wired sugar flowers, when I asked her for help in making my own flower spray for my wedding cake in 1998. The odd ‘crash’ courses in other flowers, patchwork cutters, and brushstroke techniques followed.

More recently, I had a wonderful day in Elgin with Tony Warren, who taught me how to make a Sea Holly using cold porcelain. A first even for me!

I have had the privilege of learning sugar models with Lorraine McKay in Edinburgh; that’s where my wee girl took shape, and I now look forward to a bride and groom workshop in August this year. I am also a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild.

Over the years, I have developed an exciting and wonderful hobby, which seems to be going from strength to strength. I am finally at a point, where I can branch out a little further yet again. My personal favourites are Novelty cakes, and I have been selling my tiered Wedding Cakes to a local hotel over the last 2 years, although given a pen and piece of paper I couldn’t even draw a circle. That’s the way creativity goes.

But you don’t only want to read about cake decorating when the craft can speak much better for itself. The best way of describing my cakes is, of course, to see them!

"Welcome to my world of cakes..........."

Michelle will be attending the Ledgowan Craft Fair on the 12 July.

Contact Michelle by email at

Profile: Laura's Cottage Kitchen

Laura writes: Laura's Cottage Kitchen is a small catering business I created in the small village of Achnasheen.

Since the first time I visited Scotland 15 years ago I fell in love with it. It took a bit longer than what I envisaged to move up here, but now my dream has come true.

I have always loved cooking and so I left my job as a travel agent and in June 2005 I started working as a cook in a cafe in the village. Now I have decided to be my own boss and run my small bakery.

I am currently offering Brownies, Carrot Cake, Macaroons, Shortbread, Empire Biscuits, Coconut Paradise, Slice, Date and Walnut bites, Fruit Loaves, Chocolate Eclairs and other traybakes.

Most of my baking is made with wheat and gluten free flour and baking powder. Like this everybody can enjoy it.

Laura can be contacted by email at