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At Cakes of Wanaka, we make stunning cakes in the most stunning of locations.  We want to take your breath away when you first see your finished cake.  


Each cake starts as a blank canvas, and the final design is only limited by our own creativity.  


We specialise in wedding cakes with beautiful handmade flowers, hand painted designs, and with a New Zealand twist.  

We are available for cakes anywhere in Central Otago, but Wanaka is extra special. 


clare pennell
Cakes of Wanaka


My very 1st cake was a chocolate cake, when I was about 10 years old. I mistook the baking soda for baking powder and of course the cake was a complete flop. Our dog loved it though!!! 


From this came an interest in cooking, that has taken me around the world to some of the most amazing ‘offices’ on offer, including The Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, The National Art Gallery of Australia, ACT and Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, NZ along with restaurants in Oxford & London.

For the past 15 years I have kept returning to Wanaka, with the desire to start my own business making beautiful cakes.  


After being the only New Zealander to complete the Masters classes at Planet Cake in Sydney, and being taught by some of Australia’s best cake designers, I brought my skills back to New Zealand.  That dream has finally become a reality.


After receiving such good training in the past, its now time to give a little back and I annually teach the BCA students at Otago Polytechnic.  I am working towards my teaching degree and for 2022 will be teaching more regularly at Cromwell Polytechnic.

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