Claire Gillanders is the owner of Claire Does Cake. Established in 2017 Claire finally set up what was her dream of running her own business. Her passion for baking started at a tender age when she visited her aunt Jackie who was sure to have a fresh chocolate cake not long out of the oven. Claire excelled artistically at school but never quite found something she could apply perfection to.
Claire had had her first child Mya who had requested a Peppa Pig cake for her 2nd birthday. Claire made the cake and the look of delight on Mya's face was enough to tell her that she wanted to make more cakes just so she could see that face more often.
Claire continued to perfect her techniques baking for family and friends. She took a sugar flower night course and learnt the ins and outs of sugar work.
At this stage Claire had had her 4th child and she wanted to be at home to raise her children but she also didn't want to lose her identity, so she started up her own business with the help of the local enterprise authorities. Claire continues to learn and teach herself new techniques to stay on trend. In the middle of her 1st year in business Claire had her 5th child and continues to produce top class luxury cakes for her ever important customers.
Claire Does Cake is a household name in Monaghan and has featured at events locally such as Taste of Monaghan, Foodie Destinations 2018. Claire Does Cake has been nominated for many awards including Irish Wedding Journal Reader Awards, Mrs2Be.ie Bride's Choice Awards, Irish Wedding Diary Awards, Irish Wedding Awards.
Claire Does Cake works with the following local hotels and wedding venues, Castle Leslie Estate, The Hillgrove Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan, and The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney.
Claire recommends the following businesses: Blooms for Brides, JP Flowers, Flowers by Kim Marie, Peter Carville, Moment Photography, Suzanne Toal Photography, Catherine McAviney Photography, One Fab Day, My Fair Lady, Boyle For Men, DG Hair Design, Cameo Hair, Inspire by Caroline Martin Hairdressing, I Do MakeUp, Fith Avenue by Belinda Hamill, Tartan Touch, Beautified by Maggie, Monaghan Limousine Hire, Lily Annabella Wedding Styling, Blasta- Street Kitchen and Magills Jewellers.