They had three to make - a chocolate one, a carrot cake and a lemon cake. Ultimately, the plan was that the completed cakes would be stacked on top of each other to form a wedding cake. Apparently, these days, couples can eschew the traditional iced wedding cake with its rich fruitcake interior and opt instead for something more "natural" - in other words a "naked cake".
Because of the fresh nature of a naked cake, it needs to produced very close to the wedding day. The wedding in prospect was held in Edale, west of Sheffield on Saturday. The bride who was embarking on the marital voyage was Ella - one of Frances's best friends.
Like many bright young English "professionals" from the north, Ella and her bridegroom now live down in London. However, they wanted a rustic, countrified wedding in the shelter of the beautiful Edale valley surrounded by friends and family.
I drove the cake makers over there on Friday afternoon, taking care to drive slowly round every corner we encountered. The three parts of the composite cake were in the boot of the car and we didn't want centrifugal forces to slide them around. And hurrah! We got the cake to Edale successfully.