What do you mean "you've never heard of us..?"
My passion for cakes can be wholeheartedly blamed on my grandmother who spent many hours letting me mix fruit cakes at the kitchen table. It was inevitable that one day I would derive so much pleasure from baking cakes. These were my thoughts when I was writing my first book 'Cakes Regional & Traditional' and they are still descriptive of the passion from which our cake business has grown. Baked in our farmhouse kitchen on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir in Lincolnshire we have the benefit of being in the centre of a truly delightful village, overlooking the Church.
Our Award Winning cakes are prepared and baked in exactly the way you would like, we cream the fresh butter and muscovado sugar, before adding the free range eggs and the organic flour bought from Nigel Moon at the Whissendine Windmill. We then add the washed mixed fruit and peel, together with ground almonds, nuts, alcohol, spices, extracts. And remember no essences, no additives, no preservatives, the cakes simply mature beautifully because of their totally natural ingredients.
Whilst we are certainly very proud of our traditional brandy fruit cakes, the almond fruit cakes, and orange and Cointreau fruitcakes, Sherry fruitcakes with lots of red cherries, together with our latest cake, the Earl Grey fruitcakes. These include of course, Rum Fruit & Nut Cakes, which incidentally Prince Edward said was ‘to die for’, taking some home for his family. Also not least, the Ale fruitcake, originally commissioned by The Guardian to be sent to the West Indies for our BBC Radio cricket commentators to feast on. Bye the way it is great with cheese. Whilst not part of our standard range of cakes do talk to us about Special Occasion cakes which include of course, birthday cakes. We are frequently asked and are only too happy, decorate the cakes to fit in with your plans. Again these are all rich fruit cakes and not sponge. As these types of cake are very personal and bespoke, please call us on 01476 870150 to discuss your requirements.
Yet another request, indeed pressure, by lots of our customers, has resulted in the introduction of a limited number of Christmas Puddings, together with Hampers which are well worth thinking about. Christmas Hampers are of course, the favourites but Hampers for both ladies or gentlemen have been a great success, solving birthday gifts and special 'events' in life, so to speak! For many years we have baked cakes for Fortnum & Mason and other high-class outlets, including Selfridges and St Paul's Cathedral and received many accolades from magazines and newspapers. We have also been featured on BBC Radio 4, both on Woman’s Hour and in a BBC series on Cakes, recorded in our kitchen - immense fun. However, perhaps our greatest pleasure has always been our mail order customers, many of whom have become personal friends.
Do have a look at our blog page for the dates of Country Fairs and Farmers Markets, each of which has their own special attraction. Finally, our cakes are beautifully decorated and enhanced with coloured ribbon, many being tucked into boxes with coloured sizzle and ribbons, making a lovely gift or simply a treat for yourself. The cake books are worth perusing too, with 'Cakes Regional & Traditional', we were runner up to Nigel Slater in the Glennfidich Food Book of the year awards in London. The second book 'Cakes from around the World' being one of the British finalist in World Book Awards.
2012 was certainly very busy so we have surprised ourselves by planning to take part in an increasing number of Foodie Fairs. We have now begun to regularly update our 2013 blog page info' so do come and talk to us - we just love to talk about cakes.