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East Harling custom cakes business is putting the happy into birthdays




A small business has been working overtime to bring a dash of creative flair and happiness to birthday parties.

Andi Bakes Custom Cakes is run by single mother-of-five Andrea Buck, 38, from her home in Grigsons Wood, East Harling.

“I’m not an artistic person,” says Miss Buck. “I can’t even draw, and I couldn’t cook at all when I first left home.”

Miss Robertson makes all her cakes and icing designs by hand (42530383)
Miss Robertson makes all her cakes and icing designs by hand (42530383)

Things changed, however, with the pitter patter of tiny feet. “I started cooking and baking out of necessity when I had children,” she said. “It’s been a case of learning as I go since then.

“We didn’t have a lot of money so, when the kids asked for a birthday cake, I started making them myself. After a while, their design ideas got bigger and I had to up my game.

“When other people saw the cakes, they started asking me to make one for them, and that’s how the business started. It’s a perfect way for me to earn some money while working from home.”

Andrea Buck of Andi Bakes Custom Cakes in East Harling. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Andrea Buck of Andi Bakes Custom Cakes in East Harling. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

Miss Buck starts each cake with a theme or an idea from a customer, before using her imagination to build the design from there.

“I’m making an Only Fools and Horses cake today,” she says.

“I love seeing a design come to life and I’m always happy to try to make the chosen flavours work.

“When a customer pays to have a cake made, it has to be unique and personal. It’s the best feeling when you get a message saying ‘you should have seen the look on his face’, or that you’ve made someone happier on their birthday. It feels good to bring a smile to someone’s face.”

Miss Buck’s fully registered business may only be in its infancy, but it already has five-star ratings for hygiene and customer feedback.

Above all, it has helped her to work flexibly while caring for her children and dealing with her own long-term health issue, and she hopes to see it expand once her children are older.

She said: “I’ve only been doing it for just over a year, but I’d like the business to grow once the kids are older.

“It would be lovely to have my own little shop, but for now, I mostly rely on word of mouth.”

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