Helen Mansey discovered her passion for cake decorating while she was taking time off from her career as a professional chef to raise her young family. With a background in fashion design and cookery, her creative instincts fuelled the conception of her successful wedding cake business, Bellissimo Cakes, based in Hampshire, UK.
Much of Helen’s work is inspired by the clean lines and crisp sugarpasted edges of Australian cake design – these are now part of her signature style along with hand-piping, a skill she learnt from royal icing expert, Eddie Spence MBE. Helen’s unique style and clear talent shone through when she was awarded a Gold Award at the Squires Kitchen 25th Wedding Anniversary Cake competition, and was invited to exhibit at The Cake & Bake Show 2012 to demonstrate her skills in piping lace pieces.
Helen is a regular contributor to Wedding Cakes, Cakes & Sugarcraft and Bake School magazines and her work is often featured in several popular bridal magazines and blogs. In 2012, she was shortlisted in the Hitched Breakthrough Awards for Best New Wedding Cake Designer and has gone on to judge for the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards.
In addition to making wedding cakes Helen is also a guest tutor at Squires Kitchen International School in Farnham, Surrey. Her first book Bellissimo Wedding Cakes was published in 2015 and she was one of the contributing authors to the Gourmand Best UK Cookbook for Professionals 2014, The Art of Sugarcraft (B.Dutton Publishing). Helen is also the creator of the Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers, a cake smoother set for producing crisp edges on cakes.