Time to meet the Spring Cottage Yorkshire Team.
Here’s Helen, the lovely lady who runs Treacles Cakes and is responsbile for your welcome tray goodies.
I know, like me, you enjoy her delicious cakes, scones, biscuits, jams and chutneys, but let’s find out a little bit more about Helen and her business.
Helen, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Helen and I run Treacles Cakes. I grew up on a farm in North Yorkshire and that is where my kitchen is now based.
Baking has long been a passion of mine. I’ve been running Treacles Cakes for 5 years and 2 years ago I was able to give up my day job and concentrate on Treacles Cakes full time. I haven’t looked back with a lot of my previous work colleagues being my most faithful customers! And Karen and Spring Cottage of course!
As a local, when you get some time off, where’s your favourite place to visit?
Being self employed doesn’t give me the luxury of a huge amount of time off but I love to take the dogs to the seaside. Hunmanby gap is just down the road from Filey and offers miles of glorious unspoilt beach (when the tide is out!). Hutton Le Hole is a lovely place to take a picnic and play pooh sticks on the bridge over the beck.
Do you have such a thing as a typical day?
My early delivery days are usually Mondays and Thursdays so they are 6am starts. I usually get back to the kitchen by about 9.30. No two days are the same, so it depends what I have in my order book as to how I plan each day.
Do you have a weekly routine?
Every week I know I will have busy baking days on Wednesdays and Sundays. My work is quite seasonal. For example from October I am madly making Christmas cakes. If I have a celebration cake to make for say Saturday, I know the cake needs to be made on Thursday to ice and decorate on Friday to have time to set for delivery on Saturday.
Where do you source your ingredients? Any local stall/shop you recommend for sourcing ingredients that the public could can visit?
A lot of my eggs come from the chickens we have on the farm but unfortunately they cannot lay enough to fulfil my demand so I supplement them with a supply from a local farm with free range chickens. The fruit and beg stall at the Saturday market in Malton is good for seasonal fruit like strawberries in summer.
When you make jam and chutney for Spring Cottage guests, where does the fruit come from?
I am very lucky to be able to source a never ending supply of rhubarb, blackcurrants and redcurrants from a friend with a huge garden who grows them in abundance. On the farm we have a big orchard with a massive Bramley apple tree, blackberry bushes and gooseberry bushes. We harvest everything when in season and freeze the fruit to use throughout the year.
What’s your favourite thing to bake and why?
I enjoy baking everything really – chocolate brownies are a winner with all my customers so I tend to be baking those all of the time! I love decorating cakes for special occasions and getting a loose brief that I can interpret how I want like this outdoor garden/pond cake.
What’s your best selling item?
Everyone seems to love my chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake is always a hit.
On a scone, what’s your take on the jam first or cream first debate – which one goes on first?
For me it has to be jam on first – if it went on top of the cream surely it would slide off?!?
Where else can I get your products?
I supply cakes to Hovingham Hall when they are open to the public in June. I supply Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens for their café from April to September. A small selection of the cakes I make and my contact details can be found at www.treaclescakes.co.uk
What’s your best baking tip?
I think the biggest tip I can give is to know your oven. When I first used my new ovens in my kitchen, I tried a Victoria sponge and the cakes did not come out right. Turning the oven down by 10 degrees gave perfect results.
Do you watch the Great British Bake Off?
Yes, I watch when I can. The last series was a close call, but no real surprise about the winner.
Any recipe/cake/goodie that you’re working on and will soon form part of your range?
Well at the request of my brother, I am testing out a chocolate fruit cake with added nuts. The results have been well received so far.
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