I’m Helen, the owner and founder of Cottonwood Bakery, specialists in wedding and celebration cakes for Leicester, the Midlands and beyond.


I’m inspired by the delicious baked goods I’ve eaten in the neighbourhood bakeries of New York City, the informal but elegant wedding cakes of coastal California, and everything I’ve tasted in between. My aim is to bring these influences back home to make creative and unique cakes and desserts that focus on flavour, quality and innovation. (You won’t find any dull, dry cakes here!) I use only the best seasonal ingredients that I source locally wherever possible.


I have two little boys who are as passionate about cake as I am. They are constantly encouraging me to create new recipes and try out new ideas – as long as there is a bowl or spoon to lick! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration here for your next party or special occasion.


Helen Thacker – Founder

Please contact me for any enquiries or to arrange an initial consultation.