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The time I made biscuits for a real life princess (and didn’t even know!).

princess mako of japan studies at university of edinburgh

Oh yes. I made biscuits for a real life princess – Princess Mako of Japan, and didn’t even know! If the name sounds familiar, it’ll be because Princess Mako of Japan has been in the headlines quite a bit lately. The Princess, grand daughter of Emperor Akihito and member of the Japanese royal household is engaged to be married to a commoner.

Japanese law states that if the princess choses to marry a commoner then she must leave the royal family behind and become a normal civilian. There is concern about the Japanese royal family’s bloodline as the Emperor has just 3 grandchildren, two of whom are princesses and will marry and leave the royal family – and just one grandson to continue the line.

Not many people know but Princess Mako spent time living in Scotland a few years back when she studied at the University of Edinburgh for a year. It was while she was studying there that we had the opportunity to make biscuits for her and her friends.

One of her friends was organising a leaving party for the Princess who was heading back to Japan after completing her studies. The friend contacted me and requested a custom order of our personalised floral biscuits.

nila holden vintage floral wedding cookies

These are probably the most detailed and complex biscuits I have in my personalised biscuits portfolio but if I do say so myself, they are pretty stunning and delicious tasting of course.

nila holden vintage floral biscuits for princess mako

Each biscuit has 3 separate layers of fondant icing – one layer of white fondant and the next layer a lovely pinky/peach colour fondant.

I then use a beautiful flower rubber stamp to decorate the fondant icing, which adds embossed detail. Rubber stamps are a great way to add detail fondant covered biscuits if, like me, you are not particularly good at free hand painting.

nila holden floral painted biscuits

Next, each flower is hand painted using edible paint or as in this design, edible dusts that I mix with a small amount of water to to get an edible paint.

painted cookies, edible paints, nila holden cookies

Lastly, each biscuit is personalised with a different name, again using rubber stamps, and then hand painted with a gold lustre dust. The finished effect is stunning – don’t you agree…?

nila holden biscuits for princess mako of japan

I originally designed the biscuits for my daughter’s birthday and the inspiration for the design was a beautiful vintage scarf that I found in a second hand shop in Whitstable. My daughter loved the scarf and so I used the pattern as the basis of the design for her cake and cookies that year.

I loved making the biscuits for Princess Mako’s party and working with all those beautiful and unusual Japanese names.

nila holden personalised biscuits

I’ve made these biscuits in lots of different colours for weddings & events over the years. Here they are in pastel green and purple.

Thankfully, I didn’t know that I was making biscuits for royalty when Princess Mako’s order was placed, otherwise I think I might have been a complete bag of nerves!

We’ve since gone on to make biscuits for the likes of Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and even our own Royalty the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, but this is still one of my favourite orders to date.

I wish Princess Mako all the very best and many happy, healthy days in her married life.

princess mako of japan nila holden biscuits

We have lots of decorative iced biscuits perfect for weddings, parties or birthdays. If you’re looking for an extra special finishing touch or a sweet treat to indulge your guests then biscuits are perfect! Visit the gift biscuit pages of our website for more info, prices and to place your order.

Nila x


New Cookie & Cupcake decorating classes by Nila Holden


We’re an artisan bakery based in Bedfordshire, UK and we specialise in beautiful iced biscuits for life’s special occasions.

We have a growing wholesale biscuit range – we supply some of the big London Department stores like Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, we make corporate & branded biscuits and also wedding & party favours biscuits. To sum up, we know a huge amount about baking biscuits. What to do – what not to do and how with a simple recipe and a few tips & tricks, you too can make beautiful iced creations.

nila holden cookie decorating cropped

We specialise in fondant/sugarpaste decorative biscuits – its just a personal preference of mine – I’ve never really got on with using royal icing. I find it fiddly & messy and am totally in awe of the likes of SweetAmbs & Arty McGoo who are so talented and do magical things with tubes of icing, couplers and nozzles.

For a long time now, my friends and customers have been asking me if I’d consider doing cookie decorating classes, and while I’ve done the odd one here and there, for corporate team building events or like the cookie decorating class I put on at the Etsy Wedding Pop up at West Elm I’ve never really had the time to get a proper timetable of classes together.



Til now! I’m so super excited that I’ve finally listed some beginners cookie decorating classes and also some cupcake classes too! You can get all the info and book your place direct from our website.

I’ve started with some short 4 hour classes for beginners but hope to expand the range of classes over time and add a few longer ones and maybe even some professional courses too.

So if you’re a budding baker, or are looking for a fun, relaxing activity for a couple of hours or a different take on a hen party, baby shower or birthday party – then do sign up.

Happy Baking..!

Nila x


Wholesale Mother’s Day Biscuit Gifts


As you will recall, we exhibited at Top Drawer Food Emporium a few weeks ago. Trade shows are always a huge investment and lots of hard work both in planning and post show follow up – but also 3-4 days of standing on your feet – and talking.  Lot of talking..!

But being able to meet your buyers face to face and chat to them about what they’ve seen at the show, what they might be looking for -and crucially how your products have sold, or might sell in their store, food hall or tea rooms is really enlightening.

One of the areas that cropped up a few times for our buyers, was gifts for Mum and Dad, birthdays, baby showers etc and when we did a range analysis back at the bakery, we realised that we needed to develop a few new products so donned our aprons, picked up our rolling pins and got to work.

The first of our new designs is biscuits for Mother’s Day. If you’re a retailer looking for general Mum gifting lines, tea rooms planning a Mother’s Day afternoon tea, or a restaurant looking for a cost effective gift to give to Mums enjoying Mothering Sunday lunches with the family, then we’ve got just the thing for you.

Firstly, this beautiful iced Mum loveheart biscuit – in vanilla shortbread with “Mum” text. Individually wrapped in cello with a ribbon bow tie.


Secondly, this set of 3 mini iced biscuits spelling out “MUM” – again wrapped in cello with a pretty bow.


These are completely new products this year and we think you’ll love them. These Mother’s Day biscuits are now available to pre-order from our online store. A matching Father’s Day range will launch later in the year so do check back.


If you’re looking for Mother’s Day biscuits & gifts for your department store food hall, deli or farm shop why not sign up to become a stockist by filling this online form and we’ll send you our wholesale catalogues and terms & conditions.

Nila x