About us

Hello! My name is Fay Millar, and I am the face behind Gingerbread World. I ran a bespoke cake business, Brighton Cakes, for more than ten years, making hundreds of cakes, which I absolutely loved. We created everything from the Brighton i360 and the Harry Potter sorting hat to Paddington Bear and Lionel Richie out of cake.

But every year, we also made hundreds of gingerbread houses. It was something that was born out of necessity in a way. When my marriage imploded in spectacular fashion (though that’s a story for another day!) I wracked my brains for something I could do with the kids and which would also earn me a bit more money. I hit upon gingerbread and downloaded the first recipe and template from the internet I came across. A bit of trial and error later, the kids loved it and we had an awesome gingerbread house design.

I started teaching classes at Christmas for parents and their children and it was SO MUCH FUN. From there it evolved slowly into branded corporate gingerbread houses for businesses who wanted to thank their clients in an unusual way and bespoke creations for those looking for something a bit different to your average Christmas cake. And last Christmas, thanks in a surprising way to Covid and lockdown, we ended up making hundreds of gingerbread kits and conducting live zoom workshops.

Gingerbread is something I always loved and now feels like the right time to be specialising in gingerbread alone. I am so excited to be following this path and I can’t wait to create more amazing houses and fun kits for you to try at home. I am always happy to answer your questions about gingerbread so feel free to email me anytime at fay@gingerbreadworld.co.uk

About Fay Millar

Gingerbread World is the gingerbread arm of Brighton Cakes, founded in 2013 by Fay Millar who decided to swap her journalist’s notebook for a wooden spoon and some serious baking. Fay is entirely self-taught, having loved baking with her mother from an early age. Jam tarts as a five-year-old gradually morphed into celebration cakes, sculpted cakes and sugar flowers and eventually a love of gingerbread. 

While Fay has reduced the number of cakes she makes she hasn’t given it up entirely and still takes on some commissions. Since stepping back from cakes she has made 100s of gingerbread houses stuck on more Smarties and Jelly Tots than you can shake a stick at.

Her hand-decorated gingerbread houses are delivered around the South East and beyond.

Our philosophy

It’s simple really – to make seriously awesome gingerbread houses with a dollop of love, a spoonful of care and attention and a big pinch of fun to exceed your expectations and make your Christmas really sparkle.

Quality is of paramount of importance but so is the desire to create gingerbread houses with a bit of “standoutishness” about them. We also like to make sure they taste amazing too and we have spent ages perfecting (and testing) our recipe.

We use high quality ingredients, and don’t scrimp on flavour. The eggs are farm-reared and free range, and we use Tate and Lyle sugars and Callebaut Belgian chocolate.

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