The Back Garden Bakery was born in May 2016, and despite what the name suggests, I assure you no baking or decorating takes place in my garden!
I had already been running my children’s drama company, The Back Garden Drama Company, for 6 years and was looking for a way to expand. Drama birthday parties had always been extremely popular so I started thinking about adding cakes to the package to be more cost effective to parents.
Having always loved baking and decorating cakes for my son's birthdays, I started tinkering away in the kitchen. What started as a small plan for adding birthday cakes to a party package has grown and grown. I’ve had my kitchen adapted 3 times to meet demand and in early 2021 my new purpose built training studio will be built.
In 2017 I started dabbling in teaching, beginning with group workshops for children, and soon began getting requests for 121s. By 2019 I was also running evening classes and weekend workshops for adults as well as seeing my school holiday workshops soar in popularity, averaging 20 children in every session. It was amazing to see the passion and creativity in children.
Of course 2020 has been the year of COVID and seen so many small businesses close. Sadly my drama company was one of these victims of COVID, but I was able to turn The Back Garden Bakery into a takeaway / delivery service in the first lockdown in March.
From takeaway cupcake boxes of joy during a bleak time, I also started delivering tutorial boxes for families to enjoy together, a box of cupcakes, fondant to decorate and then an online tutorial on Facebook. The business was thankfully thriving! It was as I was driving around for hours at a time delivering, that I started to think about launching my own subscription pack for children with a website packed with hints, tips, tutorials and competitions to see that creativity thrive regardless of what COVID was doing to us.
I am so proud to say that dream is now a reality and everything is ready to launch in December 2020. 2021 holds many exciting plans. My new training studio which will have 6 individual teaching stations, the growth of the Back Garden Bakers subscription packs, a new monthly treat subscription box to be launched in the spring and continuing to offer training, tutorials, cakes and more cakes!!
Thank you for being part of it!