Jane Taylor – Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden
My name is Jane Taylor and I have lived in a beautiful corner of South East England for all of my life. My house, and the home of my five beautiful children is where it all began, I created Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden from our home. When Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden took off, its success was a very pleasant but unexpected surprise – my creations were suddenly in high demand and I was making money doing something that I loved to do, what could be better?!
I piped my first ever cupcake bouquet in February 2015. Just before Valentine’s Day. I sold this first ever cupcake bouquet to my husband’s boss. He loved it and gave it to his wife. When I look back it now, I think it was probably terrible but at the time I was super proud. I’ve never looked back, we all have to start somewhere and each day you will improve and become more confident.
I unfortunately only have the time to fulfil a limited amount of orders due to my teaching commitments, however, if I cannot fulfil your order you can find a Taylor Made Trained student in your area who will be able to create your gorgeous floral cupcakes to the Taylor Made standard.
My Family are My World
I get asked a lot, what is my life like? It amazes me still that so many of you want to know so much about me, but as always, if you ask I will provide! My life is very busy, but my family come first every time! My husband Lee and my children are my biggest Cheerleaders.
My family understand the need I have to the best me I possibly can be.
Having not had the best childhood it is my main goal in life to break that cycle and be the best Mother and Wife I can be.
I am surrounded by a group of amazing friends, I couldn’t possibly live without them. We spend a lot of time together and this will never change. We laugh a LOT and we all need a bit of that, who doesn’t!
Cooking for my family and having them all home is my absolute favourite thing. It’s usually a Saturday night when my second eldest Georgia and her partner Joe come home for dinner, it makes me emotional every time! You’ve probably done it yourself? You sit back and look at them all laughing and bantering and you think to yourself… they are mine! I am SO proud of them all.
Recently we have had a new development in the Taylor Family – Many of you reading this may already be in the know, but for those of you who aren’t – My eldest Daughter Francie is pregnant with a little girl!!!! This little baby girl is more than just a grandchild… she is the icing on the cake of my beautiful family.
Due 22nd April. We are beyond excited, babies are gifts and a blessing, my first born having a baby is very emotional. I promise you all she will be on my Instagram stories with me as I will be looking after her when Francie goes back to work!
My older girls, Francie being one of them, were blessed to me from my previous marriage, they have been through a lot.. their biological father disowned them 10 years ago, and having to deal with that has been no easy task for my beautiful girls.
Lee, their DAD is a hero in my eyes, and theirs.. he loves them so much and has filled that void and then some.
This baby has bought us even closer together as a family, if that is even possible!!
Lee cried when he found out as many of you may have seen on Instagram, Francie is his girl, he has raised her and he is the Gramps to this baby. It’s a healing baby for Lee and I, we were expecting another baby after Oliver but this didn’t happen so for us.
I will be the best Nana I possibly can be, she will be so loved and cherished as will all of my grandchildren. Francie will be the best mother as well, I just know it.. she’s wanted this baby since she was 16 and now her dreams have come true. The best bit for us is the fact that this baby will live here with us. Kyle, Francie’s amazing partner is moving in so The Taylors will soon be a home of 8… too exciting.
“I am so close to all of our children, they are my everything. Lee is my ultimate rock, and he roots for me at any opportunity. I live a very full life, and for this I am eternally grateful.”
A day in the life of Jane Taylor
These days my typical day starts early, around 6.30, I’ve raised my children to be very independent so I don’t actually have to do anything for them to get them started on their typical day.
I am absolutely a tea addict so that’s always first on my agenda! As you’ve probably heard me on my Instagram stories, making an effort with myself is essential for me. Face on, hair done and nicely dressed is a must for my day.
If I dress nicely, I feel good, and this, I feel is reflected in my work.
Next up I take Oliver (my youngest) to school, I LOVE the time in the car with just me and him. It’s our half an hour of quality time. He is my only boy so I’m aware of how the girls can dominate the conversations in our home. We do all love to talk hahahahaha!!!!
Then it’s back home to clean the house up. I have OCD so this has to happen before I start work.
Instagram stories is first up on my work agenda, checking in with my students and followers and answering all the messages. There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of messages coming in and I make a point of answering each and every one of them, this is vital to the success of my business PLUS I love hearing from you all!
I don’t know about you, but when you message someone you expect an answer! So many people don’t respond to their messages and I find it rude, if someone has taken the time to ask me something I will always answer.
Next up in my busy day is designing new flowers and content for Instagram.
At least once a week I meet up with my friends for breakfast. We all love each others company and we laugh a lot. This is really important in our lives, it refuels me and gives me what I need to carry on with the week.
Before you know it it’s 3pm and its time to collect Oliver from school. Then it’s dinner, and all the other jazz that comes with a big family. It does feel like Groundhog Day most of the time but I LOVE my life so I’m happy and fulfilled.
Press, Events & Opportunities
I have been fortunate enough to be featured both locally, and worldwide in the Press throughout my career, something that is both incredibly humbling and exciting all at the same time! Please click here to see the Taylor Made Press Page.
I also was lucky enough in 2018 to be given the SBS award for Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden! For those of you who don’t know about Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday award, each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet – including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count. It’s a Twitter based award and they hold an event every year.
Wow!! It’s an event I look forward to every year! Theo has a different guest speaker every year that talks about their experiences and I just learn so much. Its completely priceless for me and my business. I’ve taken little nuggets of wisdom from him and his guest speakers and I am practising them as we speak. It’s also integral to what I teach all of you. It is a wonderful event and a great opportunity to meet other like minded people running small businesses in all sectors and industries… PLUS, they put on a really good spread!!!
Attending these events and interacting with other business owners, both in and out of the baking industry is something I encourage every one of you to do – it blows my mind the way that people recognise and approach me! It’s so humbling to get the reactions I receive.
Cake International has been without a doubt the biggest eye opener. People approach me and say things such as ‘You’ve changed my life’, “I didn’t think I could do it until I found you” … there are no words to express how amazing this makes me feel – I think people relate to me because I’m real.
I say it as it is, and I do NOT hold back. I am absolutely no different to anyone else, I’m a mum, a wife and a friend who is trying to make a difference.
These days my whole aim and goal for my business and my working life is for my students to succeed. I spend most of my time coaching students with self belief rather than actual baking or piping techniques and instilling into you all that YOU can do this. That is what makes me truly happy these days. This is one of the many reasons I am currently writing a book (STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON THIS). It’s not all about cake – its about success in all avenues of your life – The Taylor Made Way, the only way I know.
If you are looking only for industry specific advice and guidance then you can absolutely find it here at the Taylor Made Cake Courses website and within my blog – I have a vast knowledge of my industry and I am more than willing to share it ALL with you, all you have to do is look, and ask. BUT – This isn’t all The Taylor Made Way is about… There is so much more to it than baking and piping, I really hope to open up that door a little more and I invite you all to step through if that is what you are looking for.
The Taylor Made Team
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