The Cake Architect is a unique cake shop based in quaint Bradford-on-Avon. David Waldren opened the shop in 2017 after realising his degree in architecture was not his true calling. David uses his technical design expertise and combines it with fresh creativity to create unique cakes for every occasion, from the most elegant bespoke wedding cake to lifelike cake sculptures. As an experienced cake designer, David has big ideas for cutting edge cakes.
The Cake Architect provides bespoke wedding and celebration cakes to order. Whether clients have a fully-fledged idea or no clue at all, we love the process of designing and honing a concept to ensure we create the perfect cake for your celebration. Feel free to drop us a message or visit our shop to enquire about your celebration.
The Cake Architect shop sells coffee, cupcakes and other sweet treats on a daily basis. Our cupcake menu changes day-to-day: we love trying out new flavours and recipes. We always have at least one gluten-free and one vegan option on offer. Passers-by can readily purchase individual cupcakes or boxes of six or twelve from our assorted selection. We often have extra treats on offer, such as macarons, iced biscuits and brownie bites. To wash it down, we also serve barista coffee and teas to grab on the go.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10.00 – 5.00
Wednesday – 10.00 – 5.00
Thursday – 10.00 – 5.00
Friday – 10.00 – 5.00
Saturday – 10.30 – 4.00
Sunday – Closed
Meet The Team
David Waldren is an award-winning cake designer with a passion for pushing the boundaries of all things cake.
David’s interest in cake was sparked as a young boy inspired by creative birthday cakes made for him by his mother. Years later and halfway through an architecture degree, he realised this was where his true passion had lain all along. Unenthused by his studies at Brighton University, David’s newfound technical design skills began to lend themselves to the dream of owning his own cake business instead.
After completing his architecture degree in 2016, David threw his all into his new goal, and went on to complete a PME Masters Certificate in Cake Decorating. Over the next 18 months, he worked in the industry, honed his skills and practised like mad. He also needed to gain the business skills needed to go out on his own – as a true artist, he knew it was all or nothing!
In 2017, the dream became a reality. David secured premises for his new cake shop, aptly christened The Cake Architect. Formerly his nickname from university days, ‘The Cake Architect’ embodies the precision and flair of an architect, with a nod to the incredible strength it takes to reset a career path in a new direction. As a result of his past, David approaches each cake with a technical eye and unparalleled creative vision.
Since opening the shop, David hasn’t looked back. He takes pride in getting to know his clients, and often figures out exactly the cake they are looking for before they do! His friendly, personable attitude makes him easy to talk to, and he loves making the cake designing process as personal and fun as possible. He is known for his adventurous spirit, and for attempting feats that others wouldn’t dare. His favourite creations include larger-than-life sculpted cakes, and cakes including elements like sound, motion or light.
David continues to learn and grow at every step of his cake journey, and has visions for all kinds of crazy cake-related ambitions in the years to come.
Meet Esther, David’s beautiful wife. She’s the chief cake taster, organiser and all-round helper. Esther and David met at school here in Bradford on Avon, grew up together, fell in love and got married in 2018 – and of course, David made their 4-tier sculpted wedding cake!
Alex is the chief cake maker and master of all things baking. Alex and David have known each other since they were 11 years old and together are taking the baking world by storm. Pop into our shop and you will spot him baking the delicious cakes ready for David to build them into your masterpiece.
Ali is the assistant cake decorator and also, David’s Mum! The newest addition to the team, Ali is also a Landscape Architect. She’s now working part time at The Cake Architect to help create all of our celebration and wedding cakes. A creative person with a passion for the horticulture, Ali is our resident flower expert and is learning to transfer her knowledge of fresh flowers into making sugar ones.
Vicky is the marketing extraordinaire behind The Cake Architect’s social media, bringing you regular updates from David and his clients to show you all of his gorgeous designs. You will often find her at the front of the shop responding to all your enquiries. Vicky is also a professional photographer and writer, and helps David show you the incredible detail he puts into his designs with professional images.
The Cake Architect is lucky to have received some wonderful recognition for our efforts in recent years. Below is a list of the awards we have achieved so far.
2018 – Bradford on Avon Business Awards: Start-up Business of the Year
2018 – Bradford on Avon Business Awards: Wedding Supplier of the Year
2018 – Bath Business Awards: Start-up Business of the Year
2018 – The English Wedding Awards: South West Cake Designer of the Year
2016 – Cake International: Silver Award
2016 – The Great Vegan Bake-Off: Finalist