About Bake Therapy
My name is Claire and I live with husband Carl and my beautiful pooch Trevor.
I set this site up in 2014 after I had been on the Great British Bake Off. I was afforded some lovely opportunities afterwards, writing for magazines and going on the radio, so some of the pages on this site helped me to capture these experiences. You can see some of my blog posts from my time in the tent and the articles I have written since.
I had a brilliant experience with the Bake Off. I had a bit of a nightmare in the tent, everything I attempted to do went wrong! I was so nervous and panicky on the first day, I just melted into a puddle of chocolate. I realised on day two that this wasn’t getting any better, so I might as well just have fun. GBBO 2014 had around 15,000 applicants, so I like to tell myself I came 12th out of 15000! The best thing was the friends that I made. The other eleven bakers are my besties to this day, and we talk regularly. I’ve been afforded some lovely opportunities since, and I always have a dinner party story!
I called my site Bake Therapy, because another part of my life is working as a therapist. I am a Speech and Language Therapist and I work with people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. I love my work and am constantly banging on about the benefits of therapy and therapeutic intervention across all areas of health. I am also a person that lives with mental health conditions and believe that creative occupation is soothing and good for the soul. Baking and sugarcraft fall into that for me (although I am also partial to a bit of sewing and crafting and knitting and other such bits and bobs).
I bake and decorate cakes for all occasions. I started out making cakes for friends and family, then friends of friends and friends of friends of friends of friends and so on.
My first few cakes weren’t overly successful. My figurines of people were reminiscent of extras on The Walking Dead and my lines were all wonky. I practiced more and more, and now make all different types of cakes for lots of different occasions. I love a challenge, so love it when a client says ‘I’ll leave it to you!’.
I’ve entered a professional competition, in which I came third at The Cake and Bake Show in 2016. You can see my pictures of this cake on my gallery. I also made a cake for the final of The Great British Bake Off 2014 with figures of all my baker friends on. This is also on my gallery.
I love to learn new skills and over the years have refined my abilities to model fondant, create gumpaste flowers, handpaint scenes onto cakes, airbrush and structure cakes so that they are spectacular.
Head over to the contact page to enquire about your next wonderful celebration cake!