Cake is the answer!

I have to be honest with you, I hadn’t planned on donning my apron and cracking open the Guinness cans (for baking purposes only I promise). But…desperate times call for desperate measures.

In the midst of this unusual, uncertain and pretty darn crazy time, I figured that you all might need a bit of cheering up and the best way I know how, is with cakes!

I’ve recently had the pleasure of being welcomed into the Vanderlyle family as their temporary pastry chef. Needless to say COVID 19 has hit them and all of the hospitality industry really hard, with the public being warned off eating out and understandably nervous diners cancelling reservations. Instead of letting this knock them down, Alex, Lawrence and the rest of the Vanderlyle team have come back fighting and offered to take me on the journey with them. Vanderlyle really break the mould when it comes to the old-school stereotypical restaurant industry, they run their business with kindness and respect for their suppliers, staff members and customers and this has become even more prevalent during recent events. They have built a community that I am very proud to be part of.

The hospitality industry needs to diversify to survive and that’s just what we plan to do!

So, now down to the nitty gritty…

From Saturday 21st March onwards, for as long as possible, I will be selling an Afternoon Tease Selection Box online here.

For £15 you can enjoy…

1 slice of chocolate Guinness cake w/ cream cheese icing

1 slice of carrot cake w/ cream cheese icing

2 brownies

2 cheese scones

These can be collected from Vanderlyle at 38-40 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AD (map here). At the moment we’re playing it a little bit by ear and will do collection only, however, I’m hoping that between those of you who are not in quarantine we can arrange a few doorstep drop offs via social media.

Throughout all of this we have both yours and our good health in mind and have tried to think of ways to make this work. When placing your order you will be able to select an hour time slot from 10am to 5pm, this is to spread visitors out throughout the day and limit contact. I will have your cakes boxed up and ready to go for a speedy handover. I’m afraid I am unable to cater for dietary requirements and all of my cakes contain gluten, eggs, dairy and some contain nuts.

I will also be able to take a few orders for whole carrot or Guinness cakes. If this interests you please send me an email to

Please note I will need whole cake orders a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Please also take a look at the delicious offering from Vanderlyle (to go), a meal box offering a feast of locally sourced produce to enjoy at home. The contents of the box will change weekly but will include treats such as homemade focaccia, smoked yellow pea hummus, vegetarian lasagne and lime and basil tart for just £15 a head, along with delicious wines from Thorne Wines and Beers from Wylde Skye and Calverleys. Book here.

This is truly a collaboration of independents…we’d love your support but most of all we want to spread a little happiness with our food and drink!

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