Cakes and sweet treats

Cakes and sweet treats

By
Gillian Reith, Linsey Reith, Nichola Reith
Contains
17 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742706764
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

As a child, my favourite book was Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. I would spend hours creating colourful lotions, potions and mixtures. Emptying the contents of Mum’s old-fashioned pantry and syphoning teaspoons of spices, flour, treacle, food colouring and whatever else I could lay my hands on.

My interest in potion making gradually evolved into a love of baking. I would sit on the work surface while Mum or Granny baked; breaking eggs, weighing out ingredients, stirring the mixing bowl and, of course, licking the wooden spoon. As a home economics teacher, our Mum was only too delighted to watch as her middle daughter’s aptitude for domestic science blossomed!

In school, my interests lay in the world of science. I was delighted when I started high school and discovered that Chemistry was actually just a continuation of the potion making and experimentation of my childhood. I went on to study Chemistry at university and then to work for a pharmaceuticals company. All the while, I remained a keen baker and would frequently be found whiling away a Sunday afternoon scientifically measuring the ingredients for an upside down peach cake into my prized pink Kitchen Aid mixer!

After making a huge batch of cupcakes as a gift for a friend’s wedding, it occurred to me that I enjoyed baking WAY more than my corporate job. I began investigating ways to start my own baking business from home and secured a start up Business Gateway grant. I used the grant very carefully, buying stock, marketing flyers, cake boxes and cake stands. Using a website I designed myself and working from my kitchen table, I launched my fledgling wedding cake business which, three years later, would evolve into Three Sisters Bake. -Nichola

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