Introducing Tartufi Cakes
“Working with Tartufi is a match made in heaven. Their cakes are the most delicious and desirable imaginable.”
Linda Copper Weddings, London
Simply passionate about flavour and beautiful design, Tartufi create cakes that are said to be, ‘Truly special.’
Every detail is carefully considered, planned and hand crafted, from a delicate sugar flower petal to a silky meringue buttercream filling. Each cake, whether a bespoke design or inspired by our existing portfolio, is treated as a unique commission; catering for the individual taste of each customer.
From her dedicated cake studio in her home on the edge of Chichester Harbour, Gemma typically works on one event per week. This allows time to make every cake the best it can be and to provide each customer with a truly personal service, from initial design meeting through to delivery and set up.
In 2008 Gemma wondered whether her theatre design background and culinary skills could be the perfect combination to make show stopping cakes.
Starting with a modest portfolio, she was fortunate to have the first cake she designed, the chocolate strawberry basket cake, featured in You and Your Wedding magazine.
More national and international press enquiries were soon to follow and couples began to book Tartufi for their weddings. Receiving fabulous feedback from venues and wedding planners, particularly regarding the texture and flavours of the cakes, Tartufi quickly became a highly regarded name in the wedding industry.
Today in 2020, Gemma has created over 400 cakes for weddings and events and is honoured to have worked with so many wonderful clients and wedding suppliers.
‘I feel very lucky to continue making my living as a full time artisan and I am more passionate than ever about cake design’
She continues to explore new designs, flavours and techniques and is always excited to meet the next customer and create their dream cake.
Venues & Caterers
Tartufi Cakes is proud to be recommended by:
Liza Reeves Catering
The Tithe Barn
Old Thorns Estate
Langstone Quays Hotel
Chichester Harbour Hotel
Gilbert White’s House
The Goodwood Hotel
‘I am a romantic and inquisitive soul. I am most inspired by art, nature and travel and I adore making things.
I nearly studied medicine (I do enjoy the science part of baking), but couldn’t bear to give up art so went on from school to complete a BA in Theatre Design at The Royal Welsh College.
Much of my student holidays were spent working in kitchens. Having spent time working in Brighton and London and travelling in Asia, I returned to my home town of Chichester, West Sussex.
I now live in a conservation area on the edge of Chichester Harbour, with my partner of 11 years Leslie. It is a quiet village but has two fabulous waterfront pubs, beautiful walks and easy access to London and lots of fabulous wedding venues. On hot summer days, if the baking is finished and the tide is high, we often nip down to the sea for a quick swim or paddle board.’
‘My cake style is quite eclectic; I am more interested in beautiful design and visual impact than one particular style.
I am just as in love with a modern minimalist cake as an opulent gilded baroque cake and my theatre training in scene painting, costume design and prop making, has taught me to design in different styles and colour palettes.
Studying the different periods of costume embellishment and interior design details throughout the ages is actually very useful when it comes to cake design. Sugar flowers are one of my favourite decorations to create.
I love nothing more than being given a bride’s fresh flower list and recreating them in sugar.’