For those who dream of running their own small business, Becky Allder provides an enviable example of the results that a combination of hard work, skill and enterprise can bring.
Becky’s business – Ballderdash and Bunting – makes beautifully decorated cakes to order for anyone wanting a bespoke centrepiece for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or special celebration and cupcakes and ‘teatime treats’ (such as Rocky Road and flapjacks) for home or work parties and gatherings. She is also launching a series of cake-decorating classes in October for those who want to learn how to make sugar flowers and buttercream effects and to cover their own cakes.
Despite an already busy schedule working part-time as a primary teacher in Langport and looking after her own three small children, she runs the business from her own home in Wellington with assistance and support from her mother, Gail Hooper, who lives near Ilminster. In Becky’s words, “Mum has always made cakes and is very good at baking and making realistic sugar flowers. The business has just evolved from making cakes for friends and family, to becoming more formal in 2010. I do the novelty cakes (like the Halloween cupcakes I’m working on at the moment) and Mum does the more realistic decorations. All our special cakes are made to order, the designs discussed and planned with our customers and then collected or delivered. We’re making and decorating on average about three orders each week but, now that my twins are at school, I have more time to market and promote the business.” And that has led to the courses, making good use of her skills and experience – and on the evidence of a delightful Halloween cupcake, there’s lots of skills available.
And the name of the business? “My name is Becky Allder – so B Allder led to ‘Ballderdash and then Mum added the ‘Bunting’!”
Becky’s courses are on 6, 13 and 20 October at Imagine, Design, Create in Bath Place, Taunton and can be accessed on www.ballderdashandbunting.co.uk.
Report & photos: Gill Paltridge