A NOVEL way of marketing cakes is proving a recipe for success for keen cook Trish Charlton.
Since launching her Northumberland-based home baking company, This Little Farmer Went to Market four years ago, orders have been flooding into Trish’s Alnwick home from fans of her teatime cake recipes.
Now the 38-year-old has introduced her fellow cake fans to her “cake pops” after launching the quirky mini cakes on sticks at Fenwick, in Newcastle, for three weeks this month.
“The cake pops are great stocking fillers,” she said. “In keeping with the farming theme I make cows and sheep which have proved extremely popular, but for Christmas, I’ve made reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees.
“They’re a great line for me and bring a modern edge to my home baking. The three-week trial in Fenwick is the ideal platform for me to take the product further. If it’s a success it could prove a valuable retail outlet for me.”
Trish learned to cook on the family farm at Trewhitt Steads, Thropton, near Rothbury, where her parents Denis and Sylvia Thompson still live. Her mother inspired Trish and her sister Lynne to carry on the tradition.
Trish said: “Mum used to make all these fantastic cake recipes that had come down through the family, and she always used to make a real meal of Sunday tea.
“I suppose I am hoping to recreate some of that through This Little Farmer Went to Market. I couldn’t tell you how many years the recipes I am using have been in the family, but my gingerbread recipe is at least 100 years old.”