I first published the website Iced Gem Bakes in 2009 offering gluten and dairy-free baking recipes. At the time there wasn’t many free-from options in shops and restaurants or as recipes online.
Happily things have changed a lot in the Free-from food world and you can now get really good free-from versions of any food you like, and the internet is full of recipes.
My website has been a lot busier lately, and there are more ingredients available. So I’ve had a tidy up leaving just the recipes, no fuss. And I’ve included a gluten-free and vegan version of every recipe too.
If I’ve changed a recipe that you like, please get in touch and let me know.
Since training as a chef at 18, I have been catering for people with special diets. Over the years I noticed more and more people asking for free-from options. In 2006 I started my own business – Iced Gem Cakes, making wedding and celebration cakes and supplying cafes in Brighton with gluten-free and vegan cakes.
In 2007 I met the respected food writer Marguerite Patten. She tasted my gluten-free cake, liked it and asked if I had ever thought of writing a cook book. so I put together a range of recipes of cakes and desserts that I had grown up with and more that I had made as a pastry chef and put them together on a website.
In 2012 I had my first book published. It was a guide to making free-from celebration cakes which was aptly titled – Gluten-, Nut-, Egg- and Dairy-free Celebration Cakes.
My second book which includes sugar-free is due out soon!
Thank you to Sarah Fitzpatrick and Alex Franklin (http://www.alexfranklin.co.uk/contact/) for the photography all those years ago.