Formally a lecturer in Design at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, Rosalind Miller’s path to cake making began when she decided to apply her artistic skills to cake design. Before long, her design-led creations were winning awards and A-list clients all over London, leading to Rosalind becoming one of the most sought-after wedding cake designers in the UK.
Joining her mother in 2013, Yasmin Miller now works side by side with Rosalind creating cakes for an impressive list of clients, from London to Ibiza, Dubai, Qatar, and beyond. Those of you familiar with the Christmas window displays at Harrods may well remember the giant two-metre tall gingerbread house that took centre stage in 2015. However, it is their spectacularly life-like floral creations that have earned this talented duo their well-earned reputation; and naturally, we just had to find out more.
Let’s begin with the story behind Rosalind Miller Cakes, Yasmin, how did your mother’s fabulous creations earn their place in many of the UK’s most eminent hotels and homes?
My mum started her business in her small kitchen but as she quickly made a name for herself, she soon realised that she needed a bigger space. A contract with Harrods and a wedding in Abu Dhabi triggered the move to a business unit with a better adapted kitchen. This was also when I joined my mum and fortunately, I was there to help her just before these two big events! Since then – February 2013 – the orders and the demands from some of the most prestigious hotels, homes and different parts of the globe have steadily increased.
We hear that your projects take you to some very special destinations, including some spectacular royal weddings in the Middle East. What has your most memorable trip to date been?
Our cakes have taken us on lots of exciting adventures, from the food halls of Harrods and Fortnum and Mason to Harrods window displays (including a giant 3 x 2 metre high Gingerbread House for their main Christmas 2015 window); to the Middle East where we created magical dessert tables and wedding cakes for royal weddings; extravagant celebrity weddings in castles; and high profile weddings in London. For one, we even created a 10 foot tall cake which shared the stage with international pop stars. They’ve all been fantastic, our most memorable trip abroad was probably our first simply because it was a new experience – it’s very nerve-racking shipping everything overseas!
How do you approach working as a family and running your business together?
When I decided to help mum with her business, it was more than welcome as the activity was growing very fast and things were starting to get hectic. Working as mother and daughter isn’t easy and it took us a few months to adapt but we got there and we managed to find the right balance. We really enjoy working together; mum is the creative artist and I am the business director and it works for us!
Tell us about a typical day at Rosalind Miller Cakes…
There is no typical day at Rosalind Miller Cakes and that what makes it so exciting to work here – you never know what extravagant, innovative or crazy demands we might have next!
Naturally, our eyes were immediately drawn to your exquisite floral displays. Can you tell us about the design process behind these?
The design of our flowery creations is inspired by fashion trends, fabrics, floral arrangements (organic flower arrangements are very on trend at the moment). When requested, we always incorporate the client’s colour scheme into the design of our creations to try and make it as personal as possible.
What are your plans for the future?
Our current and future plans include the development of a sister brand of Rosalind Miller cakes called Confections by Rosalind Miller Cakes. Our team is growing so we can take on more overseas weddings. As part of our future plans, we are also looking into creating new smaller treats and designing new cake collections, to add to our current portfolio.
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