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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

Wholesale Iced Biscuits at Top Drawer SS17

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We had an amazing time exhibiting at Top Drawer SS17 Food Emporium at Olympia a few weeks ago. If you follow our work you’ll know that we make beautiful iced biscuits for life’s special occasions – both wholesale for farms shops, deli’s and food halls, but also mail order biscuits direct to customers.

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We have steadily been growing the number of gift shops that stock our wholesale iced biscuits. And at Top Drawer we met lots of new stockists. Our biscuits are very giftable and perfect for key seasonal gifting events such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day & Easter so perfect for gift stores, tourist attraction gift shops or just as a yummy addition to your gifting offer if you run a clothes or bridal store.

We had a very well located stand not to far from the Indigo Buyer’s Club so lots of traffic to our stand and lots of ooohs & aaahs about our easter bunny rabbit biscuits which proved very popular….!

And we’ve been really busy following up and sending out orders since we got back and are really pleased to welcome some amazing new stockists:

Fenwick Newcastle

Haus Interiors – Haslemere, Surrey

Snooty Frox Harrogate

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Beautiful Gift Shop -Mansfield

Eggs to Apples Farm Shop – Kent

Temple Guiting Shop & tea room – Cheltenham

Orange Pekoe Tea Rooms – Barnes

Belle De Jour Florist – Bristol

Yoakes Court High Teas – Kent

So all in all, a really well organised trade show with a great variety of interested and motivated buyers. I hope we’ll be back next year!

Huge thanks to the lovely buyers – old and new that stopped by our stand. It was lovely to meet you and introduce to our products. Thanks too to everyone for their thoughts and suggestions on new products to develop our offering further – we’ve been busy baking and designing since we got back to the bakery and have lots of new products to show you in the coming weeks.

Nila x