Martham mum’s colossal cake set to star in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding festive special

17:03 06 December 2014

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas - Bride Barbara in her dress outside the church on Regent Street. Picture: Firecracker Films

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas - Bride Barbara in her dress outside the church on Regent Street. Picture: Firecracker Films

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Sparkling with glitter and adorned with bows, birds and love hearts this show stopper wedding cake towered above its guests when it took a starring role on the small screen.

Big Fat Gypsy Christmas. Debbie Jansen with the wedding cake and cupcakesBig Fat Gypsy Christmas. Debbie Jansen with the wedding cake and cupcakes

The nine-tier cake mountain was specially made for a seasonal episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and was painstakingly baked by a Great Yarmouth cafe owner.

Debbie Jansen, who runs a Slice of Heaven tearooms in King Street, was approached last year by a traveller bride to make the edible centrepiece for her big day.

And now months later the topsy turvy creation is set for its moment in the limelight when the Christmas episode of the popular Channel 4 series is aired next week.

Debbie, from Martham, was running her speciality cake business from the indoor market in Regent Road when she was approached by traveller bride Barbara.

She said: “The bride just walked into my little unit and said ‘can you do a six tier cake?’ and I said yes, and she said ‘what about seven, possibly eight, oh hell why not nine?’

“She told me then what the brief was; cream and gold and every tier to be different and she wanted it to be topsy turvy. She also wanted 200 cupcakes in two towers either side of it and we just took it from there.”

A mammoth baking task ensued and mum-of-two Debbie spent late nights and early mornings creating the colossal sponge cake. Her skills in the kitchen were also caught on camera by the Channel 4 film crew.

Debbie, 44, said: “They came and interviewed me and came to my house and filmed me while I was doing one of the tiers. It was the biggest cake I’ve had to do and took me over 150 hours. I had just over a month’s notice so it was mad and obviously I had other orders and had to squeeze this in.”

But her baking prowess and hours of work paid off when Barbara saw her handiwork.

“She was more than happy and told the film crew it was more than what she expected,” Debbie added. “I was pleased with the end result and pleased that she was pleased.” Her creative talents also extended beyond the kitchen as Debbie used her creative skills to decorate the happy couple’s wedding venue, a hotel in Oulton Broad. And word of her wedding cake-making abilities have quickly spread as she was recently approached by another couple, also travellers.

My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is known for its bold, colourful look into the world of the travelling community in modern Britain. The seasonal special, My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas: Tinsel and Tiaras, is being shown on Tuesday at 9pm.


  • Sorry, maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't like the cake at all, it looks untidy. Prefer the cup cakes either side of it.

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    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I'd be ashamed to be associated with a program about thieves and tax dodgers. For those who suggest I'm generalising, watch the program, the quad bike incident springs to mind.

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    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • FYI. Very few Gypsies claim benefits, most are self employed as scrap dealers, Gardeners or Builders ... Love how many of the EDP readers also read the stereotypical tripe published in the Sun and Mail " Shirkers, Scum, Layabouts, Benefit cheats" do they pay Tax ? Proberbly not, are they allowed to buy land and live in a Caravan on that land? No ...we all complain and write to our MPs whinging about them, most Gypsies are lovely people who look after their families and want to give their children a day to remember , good luck to them

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    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • Is this the wide load travelling from Great Yarmouth to Woodbridge the police are warning about?

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    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • Easily affordable, if you get benefits and work with 0% tax & NI

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    London in Norfolk

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • WOW, what an amazing cake, well done Debbie

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    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • and how many gypsys pay tax? they all seem to drive around in new transits and Mercedes,bmw,audi,s , why does tax man not chase them??

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    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • It's Regent ROAD if it's Great Yarmouth.....

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    Helen Blake

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

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