What We Do
Hello and welcome to the Courtyard Cakes Website!
We are very proud to be able to showcase some of our lovely cakes on this site and inspire your own Celebration Cake, be it a Birthday, an Anniversary or a Wedding! At Courtyard Cakes, we are extremely passionate about how our cakes taste and enormously committed to designing stunning cakes that will leave lasting impressions.
We make bespoke celebration cakes and cupcakes for all events.
Who We Are
Courtyard Cakes is run by Proprietor and Principle Cake Designer Sanita Garley. With over 16 years of experience in cake making and decorating, Sanita's first experience of professional Cake Making was when she was made to work in her mother’s friend’s cake shop in Singapore so she could stay out of trouble! Through that grew a distinct interest in Sugarcraft and decorating which has grown over the years.
After graduating from Birmingham University with a Honours Degree in Hospitality Food Management, Sanita went on to train as a Food Technologist for the largest Bakery Goods Manufacturer and Bakery Franchise Operator in Singapore focussing on Food Sensory Evaluation, Preservation and Flavour Design. It was here she picked up many of her decorating skills and some rather good recipes that she uses till today. In fact the Carrot Cake Recipe that she uses was given to her as a leaving present from the R&D Bakers and it has been the best selling and most requested cake in The Courtyard Tea Rooms since doors were opened in Dec 2009.
Despite a 11-year career in Procurement, she decided to hang her suit up for an apron and work on cakes on a full time basis.
An extremely busy woman who rarely gets a free moment, Sanita is also happily married to Steve – Proprietor of The Courtyard Tea Rooms and they have a cheeky little girl called Mae Mae who absolutely loves cakes.
How They Are Made
At Courtyard Cakes, texture is paramount, moistness is critical and above all flavour is sovereign. We put in just as much effort into baking and filling our cakes as much as we do with decorating them. Each cake is meticulously baked using our tried and tested recipes, and each velvety layer filled with our luscious butter creams, creamy whipped frostings, curds and extra fruity preserves and covered in a variety of fondant, butter cream, frosting or chocolate options. We hand make sugar decorations to suit individual needs and are able to source unusual toppers and decorations from all over the world if so need be to make your cake unique!
At Courtyard Cakes, we only use good high quality ingredients and we only flavour our cakes with natural flavourings. We can also cater to individual needs so please don’t hesitate to ask us!
My wedding cupcake tier created by Sanita and her team was utterly perfect. Prior to the wedding, Sanita and I had a few meetings to discuss what I had in mind which was great as the results were brilliant - everything I wanted. It was a large wedding, so I was quite daunted by where to start but Sanita guided me throughout the process and wedding build up. She ensured she was briefed on my wedding 'theme' so she could create something that was fitting for the big day! I was so pleasantly surprised to hear she was crystallising the same flowers that were in my table centres so the cake looked perfect! Also, she helped to meet my 'vintage' and 'feminine' wedding style by flying in special cupcake wrap arounds that aren't available in the UK! The fillings were delicious and were catered to my husbands and my tastes. Sanita and her team did a fantastic job from start to finish.Charlotte & Tom Eastwood
Sanita, We just wanted to say a big thank you for all the hard work you put into designing and making our wedding cake, it looked stunning. The end result was amazing and we were both delighted with the cake, it was a huge shame to have to cut it! From our first meeting through to the last you listened to all our thoughts and ideas and you made us the perfect wedding cake. It was really nice to have met someone who is so passionate about what they do and who put so much effort into every detail. Thank you again for helping to make our day one to remember.Laurie & Jon Roberts
Both myself and my husband would like to thank Sanita for the absolutely gorgeous and delicious cup cake tower she made for our wedding day. The cakes were not only delicately and beautifully decorated but also tasted fantastic. All of our guests were overwhelmed with the quality of the cakes and the detail that went into each and everyone.
I would recommend Sanita to everyone as they are the best cakes I have ever tasted. Her professionalism is second to none.Lisa and Peter Jacobs - 16th October 2010