Castles of Cuisine is what Wade van der Merwe prefers to term his dazzling edible creations. Wade and Arda are passionate about the “sweeter things in life” and their passion shows in every creation from delicate wedding cakes to decadent desserts.
Cakes by Wade specialises in creating individually designed and flavoured cakes and confectionary for any special occasion. With a rich history of decadent indulgence and passionate creativity, it remains South Africa’s premier choice for wedding cakes. They categorised the style of confectionary into four basic groups: traditional, formal, rustic, modern and abstract.
The wedding cake is a focal point, a highlight for the bridal couple, but to be an effective part of the greater visual of the day wedding cakes, pastries and desserts. Using the cake type and design style as basis, the decor of the event and the personality of the clients are analysed to select elements which are carried through to the cake decoration, ensuring a rounded whole.
Wade van der Merwe
Wade has spent most if this 17 year culinary career running restaurants and training young chefs, specialising in confectionary and becoming one of the best known pastry chefs in South Africa. He worked at the Mount Nelson, 5 star Orient Express Hotel for 7 years, making their High Tea world-famous. He represented South Africa as a member of the South African Culinary Olympic team all over the world – acquiring gold, silver and bronze medals.
Arda immigrated to South Africa in 2002 from Turkey. As a qualified marine biologist and wine maker, he quickly fell in love with pastry and the South African cuisine and finished his studies as a chef in 2006. During this time he met Wade and their business relationship grew from strength to strength.
Both Wade and Arda share the same unquestionable passion for pastry and, coupled with their superior work ethic and professionalism, guarantee any bridal couple an unforgettable wedding cake.
I live in the UK and was looking for someone to create a dream cake for my wedding in Cape Town. After emailing a photograph of what I wanted to various wedding cake suppliers in SA, it became apparent that Wade’s Cakes were probably the only ones who could achieve what I wanted (we were directed to them by many other suppliers in SA)!! They were very professional, double checked exactly what I wanted and we ordered our dream cake. I can honestly say that I have never seen such perfection and detail in a cake. I wish I could post a picture of the work of art that we received from Wade’s Cakes! Very talented and lovely guys, you are amazing. – Denise King
We have just returned back from our honeymoon, sorry for the late response since the wedding day. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Arda and your team for the wonderful and beautiful cake and macaroons you made for our wedding. No one could tell that the top 3 layers were fake it was so perfectly iced and decorated! The cake and macaroons were an absolute hit with our guests and we received numerous compliments from guests about the dessert, with people requesting more macaroons. Thank you for the great service, impeccable cake and macaroons and adding the finishing touch to our wedding day. We will definitely be recommending Wade’s Cakes to our family and friends. – Kyle
Contact: Wade van der Werwe
Contact Number: +27 (0)21 685 5041