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Julia’s love of baking started at an early age making Tiffin & Fairy cakes at school and baking the family recipe for her Grandma’s famous fruit cake. At 16 years of age her Dad, John, said "you’re only good at art and cookery, you’d better stick to cookery, there’s no money in art!"
As a result of this Julia spent 2 years at a catering college in Blackpool, and the next 4 completing a catering degree course at Oxford Brookes University. This was followed by 11 wonderful years with a great team as Catering Manager at St Cross College, also part of Oxford University, much of which was spent making desserts for special events and creating the legendary Governing Body Teas (Julia's favourite job!)
By this time, and after the arrival of two children Julia had gained a quite a reputation for her culinary skills, and most importantly for the delicious cakes she'd bake for parties and play dates. This led to supplying cakes to several local cafes and delis in Oxford…..and Happy Cakes was born...
Founded in 2009 Happy Cakes has gone from strength to strength. Having started out baking for friends and their children Julia and then business partner Linda, quickly noticed how popular their hand made cakes were.
Now many years on, with Julia as sole owner of the business it continues to grow with new fans every week. We love what we do, from a small order for an intimate party to the challenge of hundreds of logo cupcakes ordered at short notice. There’s no better feeling than seeing our lovingly made cakes devoured!
We have tried to keep it simple – we personally bake everything from scratch with fun and love using high quality, we'll sourced seasonal ingredients in our Summertown based kitchen in Oxford.
We always look forward to your orders - because we know you'll love our cakes!