Barbie Bakes Cakes

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Wonderfully delicious and fabulous looking, each and every cake is handmade with love and great attention to detail. Every wedding cake is special and unique, and treated with utmost respect. x
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General Services

Tiered Cakes
Treats and Favours
Sheet Cakes
Bespoke Design
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
Located in Downpatrick, Co. Down but creating fabulous designs for weddings all over Ireland, your order is as important to me as it is to you, so I only take on a few orders a week and use the best ingredients out there (normally my excuse to go shopping in lots of different places!). I adore my new profession and love meeting all of the loved up and happy couples each and every week. As I am wedding date dependent, and limit my orders per week, I do book up fast for both orders and consultations. Once you know your wedding date then you are ready to meet up with me (regardless of how far in the future your wedding is - your date is the most important thing to book!). We can then have a chat about your cake design and sample different flavours at a wedding cake tasting! I cover a range of different styles and skills so cater for lots of different types of weddings - from clean and elegant, to quirky and standout cakes!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Babs Whelan
Congratulations on your Engagement!! You may have been planning this from when you were a child, or maybe it is a spur of the moment decision - regardless of how it happened, this day will be special to you both! I am here to create you your dream wedding cake that will leave a lasting and memorable impression on you and your guests! Delicious cakes and exciting designs, your wedding theme and style can be incorporated in to your cake that will make it truly unique for your day x


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland

Travel Notes

Located a mile from Downpatrick town centre and on Google Maps.

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Getting Married NI Magazine

Industry Awards (6)

NI Wedding Awards - Finalist - Wedding Cake Designer of the Year (Belfast) 20120
NI Wedding Awards - Finalist - Wedding Cake Designer of the Year (Belfast) 2019
Salon Culinaire IFEX - Gold Medal Cake Artistry - 2018
NI Wedding Awards - Winner - Wedding Cake Designer of the Year (Belfast) 2016
NI Wedding Awards - Finalist - Wedding Cake Designer of the Year (Belfast) 2017
NI Wedding Awards - Finalist - Wedding Cake Designer of the Year (Belfast) 2018

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Clean, Elegant, Artistic, Bespoke, Unique

What about your business are you most proud of?

This would have to be attention to detail and time on each cake. I limit the orders that I take on each week so I am never rushing one order to get another one started. This is very important to me and lets the couple know I take their wedding as seriously as they do. I've started teaching classes too which is a real compliment in itself that many want to learn from me :)

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

One of the most important pieces of information would be to book the suppliers first that you will need to be there on your wedding day too! Some suppliers are wedding date dependent too and you will find that the best suppliers are normally booked out first in advance. So think venue (obviously), your celebrant, venue stylists, dj, band, cake artist, florist etc… all of these folks will need to have your date available too as they physically need to be at your venue on that specific date also. Items like your wedding dress, suits, stationery can all be picked up in advance of your date which frees up time to prioritise bookings. One thing I hear a lot is ‘My wedding is ages away so I don’t need to book my cake yet’, unfortunately those same folks leave it to 6 months or 3 months before and then find that their date is no longer available. Most suppliers have small deposits in place so you can secure the booking many months or years before and then worry about the finer design details closer to the date.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

This would have to be the Stairway to Heaven - a little wooden step ladder decked out with bunting and flowers, and framed photos of loved ones that have passed placed on the steps. Very moving to see, and greatly missed by the couples. It is a such a wonderful way of incorporating these special people in a day of celebration.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Once your wedding date is book we can then meet up for a cake tasting and consultation where we will discuss designs, flowers or any features of their wedding that they want to incorporate as well as look through images of my own work in the past. A small deposit will then secure their wedding date with me. Couples then have the option to change their wedding cake design at any point up to one month before their wedding. Many couples like this freedom because styles and designs for many aspect of their wedding can change right up to a few weeks before their wedding. During the week of the wedding I’ll keep in touch with the couple about the cakes progress, then arrange delivery and setup with the venue myself. Couples have enough to worry about with one of them being the cake! I take this worry away! 