A CAKE maker has turned her lifelong enthusiasm for baking into a full-time job, bringing new life to a formerly empty village shop unit.
Nichola Bromfield, from Hatton, baked her first cake at the age of 15 and honed her craft through years of creating cakes for her four children’s birthdays and for friends.
Now 36, Mrs Bromfield, formerly a fulltime mum, has turned her passion into her profession, by opening up Cake Hole, a specialist cake shop in Bridge Street, Tutbury.
The shop offers delights ranging from treats such as small cup cakes to accompany a cup of coffee, to bespoke cakes for weddings and other special occasions — all lovingly created on the premises.
Items can include novelty carved cakes and those with personalised drawings, logos, photographs printed onto edible paper, while the shop also sells sugarcraft items such as colourings, cutters and cake boards for those who wish to indulge their own passion for baking.
Mrs Bromfield told the Mail: “I’ve been baking as a hobby for years and friends have been saying to me I should open a shop.
“With four kids, there’s a lot of birthdays so I started making cakes for them and for my cousins, sister-in-law and friends.
“I was constantly busy making cakes and my youngest started school I thought ‘now’s the time’ and just decided to go for it.
“I’ve been walking past this little shop for years and seen it all boarded up.
“I always thought it was so pretty and it was such a shame no-one was doing anything with it, and while there are little cafes and coffee shops in Tutbury, there wasn’t an actual cake shop as such.” The shop is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.
More information about the store is available online at www.cakeholetutbury.co.uk or by calling Mrs Bromfield on 07718 227222.