The Occasional Cake Company

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63 Pitcairn Drive, Balmullo, St Andrews, Fife

KY16 0DZ

The Occasional Cake Company,St Andrews produces exquisite wedding cakes, favours and dessert tables that are visually stunning and delicious in equal measure. All products are handmade by Proprietor, Lesley using fine quality ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. Established October 2013, Lesley’s Company has quickly secured a reputation for service excellence.

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Rachel Moir October 7, 2017 Wedding DateSeptember 23, 2017

Lesley made us a 3 tier buttercream cake and a separate grooms cake! It was just beautiful and everyone commented on how delicious the different tiers were-the carrot cake was super popular!
Lesley was so easy to work with and on the day when she arrived to set the cake up, she decorated it with fresh flowers the florist had left and let us borrow her beautiful cake knife (which we had forgotten about!)

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Anuita Woodhull September 15, 2017

We were not going to have a wedding cake mainly due memories of wedding cakes being heavy, marzipan wrapped decorations. Under pressure from friends who like to eat cake, I ordered a cake from Lesley at quite short notice. Ours was a 3 tiered “semi naked” wedding cake in 3 flavours: raspberry and coconut, red velvet and a victoria sponge. Not only was it rustic and beautiful looking but it was light, full of flavour and absolutely delicious. Perfect with a cup of tea at 11pm when taking a break from the ceilidh. Good looking as well as tasty is always the best combination! Order more than you think you need as the next day when people drop by for coffee and post wedding chat, more cake is required and you can take your time to enjoy it.

Thank you Lesley! I think we will be ordering cakes from you for no particular occasion in future!

The Bell family xx

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Ashleigh Crowe September 13, 2017 Wedding DateAugust 12, 2017

Lesley and the Occasional Cake Company did an absolutely fantastic job with our wedding cake. It was absolutely stunning and elegant, but most importantly it was delicious. Our guests loved it and are still commenting on it! Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job. Hopefully our paths will cross again! Ashleigh & Tom xxx

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Kareen April 27, 2017 Wedding DateApril 12, 2017

My family have used The Occasional Cake Company previously for my Gran’s 90th Birthday cake and it was delicious so we decided to use them again for our wedding cake. From the beginning Lesley was easy to contact and quick at replying. At our meeting to discuss the cake she was very helpful and also very enthusiastic about her work which shows in her cakes. The delivery on the day was spot on time and Lesley on the morning of the wedding went out and bought some lovely sunflowers to go around the front of the cake which was a lovely touch. Also on the morning of my wedding as I was a bit busy so after she had set up the cake with the flowers she took a picture of the cake and brought her phone up to me to show me what it all looked like which I really appreciated her doing. Our guests were commenting on how lovely the cake looked and how yummy it tasted. Thanks again you have been wonderful.

Kareen and Brendan

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Ashley Lambert February 7, 2017 Wedding DateDecember 17, 2016

I originally spotted one of Lesley’s cakes in an issue of the SWD and went straight to her Facebook page. There I found a photo of beautiful half naked, half semi naked cake. Lesley was quick to respond to emails and provided us with a great selection at our tasting!

One the day our cake was everything we could have asked for and more! It was delicious and all our guests agreed! We would most definitely recommend Lesley! Such an excellent service and a great final product!

Ashley and Michael

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Natalie Hardie January 17, 2017

I first saw Lesley’s cakes on Facebook. I immediately contacted her and after an enjoyable meeting and lots of tasting I was confident she knew exactly what I was looking for. On the day When I saw my cake I was over the moon – it looked beautiful and tasted amazing!
I would highly recommend the occasional cake company. Lesley is a very passionate and professional individual and as a result I couldn’t have been happier with my fabulous cake!

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Ronnie & Lynda January 12, 2017 Wedding DateDecember 17, 2016

When planning our wedding we decided to keep all our suppliers local and searched the Internet to identify them and read reviews. We picked Lesley at The Occasional Cake Company based on her positive reviews on Facebook and the Scottish Wedding Directory. We discussed various options with Lesley and she guided us as to cake shapes, sizes, etc. We decided on a cake with mixed tiers of fruit and sponge to cater for varied tastes and we also ordered a ‘Grooms Cake’ of layered sponge with Buttercream icing.

The cakes were stunning and delicious! Lesley worked with our florist to ensure that we had fresh floral decorations on our cake to match the table decorations and bridal sprays. The fruit cake was laden with moist fruit and beautifully finished with marzipan and icing. The sponge was light and airy and also very moist.

Lesley is very skilled and listened to us carefully to produce exactly what we wanted. We would have no hesitation in recommending Lesley and hope that we may have a future occasion for a cake as we know exactly who we would be ordering it from.

Well done Lesley – top marks to the Occasional Cake Company.

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Caron October 24, 2016 Wedding DateOctober 21, 2016

Lesley was lovely to work with and her cupcakes were amazing. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

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Angela October 5, 2016 Wedding DateSeptember 3, 2016

Lesley made us the most beautiful cake for our wedding in St. Andrews! It was a simple buttercream finish with a few thistles & eucalyptus leaves for decoration plus our wedding topper. The entire cake was 3 tiers, each a different flavoured layer, & completely Gluten Free. Usually GF baking can be dry but this cake was absolutely delicious & all our guests were surprised how good it was when finding out it was GF. I would highly recommend The Occasional Cake Company for any celebration requiring cake. We couldn’t have been happier with the way it turned out. We even kept some in the freezer to celebrate our one month anniversary & it was still as delicious as when we first tasted it!

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Marie Edwards July 27, 2016 Wedding DateJune 11, 2016

My husband and I picked The Occasional Cake Company after reading reviews on the Scottish Wedding Directory and we were not disappointed! From our very first meeting Lesley was professional, friendly and full of helpful suggestions. The taste testing during our meeting was so helpful and Lesley did a great job of presentation even at this stage leaving us in no doubt of her enthusiasm for what she does and her talent for baking. We organised our Wedding Day in Perthshire, Scotland from the North East of England which was never an issue. With clear communication and organisation on Lesley’s part, including liaising directly with our florist for the fresh flower displays for our cake on our behalf the whole process could not have went smoother. Our Wedding Cake was stunning, exactly what we hoped for and it received nothing but compliments from our guests on both looks and taste. Everything regarding our dealings with the Occasional Cake Company were second to none and if that wasn’t enough on our Wedding Day itself Lesley displayed the true meaning of going the extra mile! While popping her head into the bridal suite to extend her best wishes and a card she found me in a bit of a tizzy over misplaced petals for the flower girls. The petals were found thankfully but when I arrived at the Church with my bridesmaids and flower girls to get ready for pictures and to go in I saw Lesley, who was discretely waiting at the side of the church with two boxes of rose petals in her hands!! Just in case they had not been found she went out of her way to source some and deliver them directly to me! That was not just customer service it was the truly committed actions of someone who appreciates being involved in the most special day of your life and will help in any way she can to help you achieve your dream. We can not thank you enough Lesley. To anyone reading this review considering who to use to make their cake for whatever occasion please be assured in the quality, service and talent you will get by using Lesley and The Occasional Cake Company.

Thank you again for everything!

Marie & Graeme x

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Lesley Duncan - The Occasional Cake Company July 27, 2016

Wow, such lovely words! Thank you so much for choosing The Occasional Cake Company, it was an absolute pleasure to be part of your very special day. With very best wishes for the future, L x

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Beverly Lemahieu June 23, 2016 Wedding DateMay 7, 2016

Lesley came at the recommendation of one of our other suppliers. We met her at a really convenient location and she spent as long as we needed helping us to make up our minds on what flavours, shapes, sizes, styles we wanted. She brought a great selection of delicious cake to taste.
On the day, Lesley set up the cake beautifully, it looked absolutely stunning and tasted delicious! Our guests were so impressed and noone could decide which of the three tiers was their favourite!
I’d definitely recommend Lesley to anyone looking for a creative, beautiful, delicious cake!

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Kirsty McKendry June 6, 2016

I cannot thank Lesley enough for my beautiful wedding cake and biscuit favours. All my guests were so impressed with the personalised favours and it was a real talking point of the day.

The cake was just perfect and so delicious. Our florist actually asked if they could use the pictures of the decorated cake as an advert for them. We got so many compliments from our wedding guests and it was exactly was we wanted . Can highly recommend this lady X

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Anne-Marie Elliott May 3, 2016 Wedding DateApril 2, 2016

Lesley made an occasional cake for our wedding at Tullibole Castle, Kinross, in April. Never again will we have a cake so good! It was unanimously declared exquisite by our guests both in looks and taste.

I’m not so keen on the usual fruit wedding cake so we opted for a vanilla sponge with chocolate icing and a ‘semi naked’ finish. Festooned with Spring flowers it looked fantastic and cutting and eating it was a highlight of the day.

We chanced upon Lesley’s details on the supplier list and I am so happy we did. The cake was a resounding success – our only regret is that there wasn’t more left over to eat the next day!

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Debbie and Andrew Potter April 22, 2016 Wedding DateDecember 19, 2015

We met Lesley at the Christmas Emporium at our wedding venue. As our wedding was on the 19th December 2015, I wanted to have small touches of Christmas throughout the day and after we saw Lesley’s gingerbread men we knew that they were exactly what we wanted.

We had gingerbread ladies and men for our guests favours, wrapped in cellophane with our choice of red/green ribbon to tie in with our traditional Christmas feel and Lesley did a great job at ensuring our favours looked great. We had many compliments throughout the evening and not only did they look great but they were absolutely delicious.

We had quite a few dietary requirements amongst our guests but this was not a problem. Lesley ensured that the favours were marked with a lovely label with our ribbon so our guests knew they were gluten or dairy free. This was a hit with our guests to know that they could definitely eat their gift.

The favours were delivered to the hotel and we had the delight in seeing our lovely looking gingerbread lady/man, beautifully presented, awaiting us at the top table 🙂 I was impressed at the quality of favours and the presentation as we had asked for 140, therefore no matter how big or small your wedding, Lesley can absolutely deliver on quality and taste.

We would highly recommend Lesley and we look forward to having the opportunity to taste gingerbread biscuits again in the future.

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Lily Gibson November 9, 2015

Lesley, of the Occasional Cake Company, supplied us with the most incredible and delicious 3-tiered naked victoria sponge for our wedding in St Andrews this year. We found Lesley online, and booked her “sight unseen” as we live in Los Angeles, so we weren’t able to meet in person for tasting sessions, etc. — we could not be happier with our choice! Lesley was so accommodating in every way. She replied to all our emails immediately, and was very easy to talk to. She knew exactly what we wanted, and the cake turned out even more beautifully than we had imagined! She even tied the fresh flower decoration in with the rest of our flower arrangements. Our guests were simply delighted with our cake, and it really was a perfect addition to the whole day. We cannot recommend her enough! Thank you Lesley and the Occasional Cake Company for your wonderful work!

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Claire & Stewart Davie November 6, 2015

We initially met Lesley at the Vintage Wedding Fair in Edinburgh and at that point in time I didn’t know whether or not I was going to brave making my wedding cake myself (mostly because I am a bit of a control freak and I was worried someone else wouldn’t make it the way I wanted)! After a few minutes of chatting to Lesley and sampling some of her tasters, I knew straight away that I trusted her completely! She was so helpful, friendly and quick to respond when I emailed her later that evening and within 24 hours we had booked her to make our cake for the end of August. We sent her through a photograph of what we were hoping for and and then at our venue’s wedding fair later that month she made sure she had an example with her that I could see what she was going to do ‘in the flesh’! It was the little things like that, her professional touches, that let me put my complete trust in her! On the morning of our wedding she arrived at our venue with a lovely big smile and an even lovelier cake! It was so perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer baker or a nicer cake! Thank you Lesley! xx

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SWD Approved November 6, 2015

Thank you Claire for your very kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of your big day. Best wishes, Lesley @ The Occasional Cake Company

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SWD Approved November 6, 2015

It was my pleasure to be part of your very special day Karen and Euan. Thank you so much for your very kind words and for taking time to feedback. It warms my heart to hear back from my brides and grooms, and comments like this make my job all the more rewarding. Lesley @ The Occasional Cake Company

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SWD Approved November 6, 2015

It was my pleasure Kirsty! Thank you for taking the time to feedback your comments. I really appreciate it. I’d be delighted to make a cake for you again for another special occasion. Lesley @ The Occasional Cake Company

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Chris & Claire Jones August 23, 2015

We met The Occasional Cake Company at a wedding fair where Lesley’s talent was immediately apparent from her display of gorgeous and intricate cakes and favours. When we got chatting Lesley’s personality and flare shone through and we felt certain that she could help us create something beautiful, delicious and a little different. Just what we wanted. She didn’t disappoint. Throughout the wedding planning process, Lesley was lovely and extremely professional guiding us with her in-depth knowledge on how to make the most of our ideas. We had no doubt that we were in safe hands. On the big day and ever since, we have had so many comments on the look and taste of the cake. It was a huge hit and we can honestly say it’s the best wedding cake we’ve ever tasted. We would absolutely recommend The Occasional Cake Company to anyone looking for great value, taste, style and a baker you can rely on to pull off the wedding cake of your dreams.

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Claire & Damien WIlliams June 13, 2015

Simply the best service, and most delicious (and beautiful) cookies you could hope to find. Lesley is an absolute delight to work with and her cost efficiency and swift turnaround is second to none. Most of all – Lesley’s creativity, attention to detail and her professionalism is exceptional and we were beyond pleased with our cookie favours (as were our guests!). Without hesitation I would contact Lesley for cakes, cookies and treats for future events. We cannot thank you enough Lesley. We’ll be in touch.

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Karen Murray May 23, 2015

I’ve never really been someone who liked the idea of ‘wedding cakes’ until I met Lesley! I met Lesley at the Vintage Wedding Fair in Edinburgh and as soon as I saw her stall I know she was the one for me. We were looking for a cake which was going to be the same style of our vintage style wedding and Lesley had so many ideas and inspirations. She took her time to listen to our thoughts but could never of imagined how fantastic the finished product would be. As well as the fantastic cake – Lesley also made our lips and tashe cookies which formed part of the name settings. they were literally the talk of the wedding. For those organising their weddings please do come and speak to Lesley. not only is her cakes looks beautiful but they taste amazing and so creative. Thanks for making our day very special Lesley xxx Karen Murray, Married 23/05/2015

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Kirsty Karquhar May 21, 2015

Lesley made us a beautiful lemon sponge for our wedding cake. It was fantastic and many people commented. I would not hesitate to ask her to make a cake for us again for a special occasion.

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Claire Doughty May 16, 2015

We couldn’t have had a more delicious, beautiful wedding cake and wedding favours! Lesley was such a joy to work with — she was always full of ideas, and her product is of the highest quality. We had a three-tiered cake, each tier a different flavour, finished with textured buttercream and topped with little bird sugar cookies that matched our wedding favours, also made by Lesley. After our initial discussion, I knew I was in safe hands, and Lesley always answered any questions we had quickly and happily. She even sent us samples down to Hertfordshire, where we were living up until a few months before our wedding, so that we could try her delicious baking as early as possible! I can’t recommend Lesley highly enough — I am so glad that we found her!

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Caroline McCaffery February 21, 2015

Lesley made the most amazing and tasty tiered naked Victoria Sponge Wedding cake for our Wedding Day at Fernie Castle. We are based in London and I was a bit worried about booking a cake without tasting sessions or without being there in person but Lesley was great from the word go, we swapped lots of photos and she was very easy to communicate with. All of our guests kept complementing our cake, all of the decoration of fresh flowers (which she made sure suited our spring theme) and berries were lovely and highlighted her attention to detail. To top it off she spent over an hour on the morning of the wedding in the castle assembling the cake and sat the cake on a large bark so that it all beautifully tied in with our rustic theme. Thank you very much for being so efficient and helpful, I would not hesitate to recommend Lesley to anyone else for a guaranteed stress-free and beautiful wedding cake!

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Kirsty Patterson December 28, 2014

Having searched high and low for a wedding cake that was original, tasty, and also within budget, we stumbled across Lesley. From our first meeting right through to set up, Lesley was creative, insightful and responsive. It was also very reassuring that the ingredients were not mass produced all locally sourced and fresh where possible. The result was a tasty and beautiful three-tiered naked wedding cake, which was much enjoyed by all of our guests. If you are looking for excellent service and a cake that is simply delicious then look no further than the Occasional Cake Company. Kirsty Patterson, Married 28/12/2014

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Kate Guest November 8, 2014

After seeing The Occasional-cake at a wedding fair (and tasting her cakes), we immediately knew we wanted her to make our wedding cake. I thought this might be a bit challenging as we were organising the wedding in Scotland from London, however Lesley was amazing at keeping in touch and making suggestions for our favours, gluten-free cakes etc. The day ran like clockwork and the cake, favour biscuits and gluten free options were all fantastic. Would recommend to anyone.

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