FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL: THE ULTIMATE CAKE

PUBLISHED: 15:03 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 30 August 2017

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Bude-based cakemaker Claire Potts has made a career from her skills in baking elevating her craft to pure artistry

Cakes are the perfect centrepiece to any celebration - especially when they are created by hand by Bude-based cake artist Claire Potts...

Blame the Great British Bake-Off, our love of afternoon tea or even Jane Asher - but its undeniable that cake has made a comeback in recent years.

Once only present at rare celebrations - the humble cake has been elevated to edible sculptures. But if it all looks like too much work to you, discover the creations of cake artist Claire Potts. Based in Bude, this mum-of-one says she has always baked.

I have baked all my life, although I can’t tell you who taught me,’ she says. My mother will be the first to admit she isn’t a cook! So I guess I taught myself. I certainly don’t remember a time when I wasn’t baking or cooking. When I left school I went into horticulture, which explains my love of making sugar flowers. My working life stopped when our son was born 11 years ago. He was very quickly diagnosed with several conditions, all of which will be for life. He’s a joy though.’

When her husband was set to retire early on health grounds she returned to her sugar craft skills and has successfully turned her hobby into a business. I started Sweet Temptations as a proper business just over two years ago. It was a slow start, but is now starting to pick up. I make cakes for any and all occasions, even a funeral recently and across the country.’

Although wedding cakes remain a popular special occasion cake, our love of cakes has seen more people splash out for something exceptional to be the centrepiece of their celebrations.

I’m very, very lucky to do something I love in a place I love.’

clairessweettemptations.com

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