Jenny Engvall, owner of Cakes Brighton, says “When I first moved to England from Sweden in 1997, I was really excited to go to my first British wedding. The cake took centre stage at the reception and it looked beautiful, but when I came to eat it I was thinking “What’s this?!”. It was a really dry (and boring) fruit cake. I couldn’t believe someone would want this on the most special day of their life. In Sweden cake is really important – we even have a verb to describe meeting up with friends and family for coffee and cake – “fika”.
“I got my first job in a bakery when I was 16 – I’m not a morning person, but remember loving waking up early to be in the bakery at 6.30am to smell the baking bread. I learned to make everything from artisan breads to homemade ice cream – I loved making strawberry cakes in the summer, and gingerbread houses at Christmas.”
“I went to catering college and won a series of jobs at some of Sweden’s finest confectioners and restaurants. In 1997, I followed my dream and moved to England, working in a number of four and five star hotels and landed the cake fan’s ideal job at The Ritz Hotel, serving posh afternoon teas and cakes to London’s rich and famous.”
“In 2007 I moved to Brighton. I love Brighton’s quirkiness and decided to set up a deliver-to-your-door cake company, that lovingly bake cakes that are as creative and beautiful as you.”
“Whatever you can imagine, I can bake. Give me a call today on 07927 400301 or use the form on the contact page to email me and tell us your fantasies!”
One of my favourite memories from when I worked at The Ritz hotel in London was the evening when I made a dessert for Mohamed Al Fayed. A few months later the film Notting Hill was filmed in the hotel and I cooked for Julia Roberts.
I moved on to work in a hotel in Buckinghamshire called The Compleat Angler and a few of the regulars there were Kevin Keegan, Mel B and Naomi Campbell and one evening we had a party of 120 guests in and amongst them was The Queen and the Hungarian president. Stephen King also ate there once and I’m sure he ordered a dessert
I first started making cakes in my hometown in Sweden when I was 17-18. We often got huge orders from big corporate companies wanting to thank their employees for hitting targets or launching a new product. One memory I have is when Scania brought out a new lorry. It was orange and we had to make orange princess cake with their logo on for their 4500 staff.
Astra Zeneca also mad a huge order once, thanking and wishing their staff a great summer. We had to make strawberries and cream cakes for nearly 3000people.