18 June 2020

 

 

One of our Year 11 students has set up her own baking business - and it has really taken off during lockdown. Bethany, 16, initially launched Bethany’s Bakes last year, making cakes at home and selling them through her business pages on Facebook and Instagram.

She put the enterprise on hold at the start of this year so she could focus on preparing for her GCSE exams this summer - but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With no exams to study for, Bethany decided to put the unexpected free time into building her business - and it is proving a huge success.

“I was working so hard for my exams and then they were cancelled,” said Bethany. “I was so disappointed. But it meant I could start making cakes again and I have been really surprised at how quickly things have grown. I am now making cakes three days a week!”

Her Bethany’s Bakes page on Facebook went from 500 ‘likes’ to 1,500 literally overnight on 1 June when the Facebook group, Plymouth Gossip Girls, shared the page.

Bethany works on a commission basis, making celebration cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweet treats that have been pre-ordered - the biggest seller is her Chocolate Drip Cake.

She says her passion for baking started when she very young: “I've always had a love for baking, ever since I was little. I used to help cook with my Mum and Nan. I got a Saturday job in a small cakery in September 2018 and worked there until July last year. I was able to express myself in the baking world and could learn new skills.”

It was after making a cake for a member of her family in 2019, that Bethany decided to set up her Facebook page to sell her bakes to family and friends: “Soon after, I was getting orders almost every week whilst working hard towards my GCSEs,” she said. “In between doing homework and revision, I would be in the kitchen practising difficult bakes such as macaroons, meringues, eclairs, cinnamon swirls and much more.

“I decided to take a short break from it so that I could concentrate on revising, but with lockdown happening, I really wanted to pursue my love for baking and now Bethany's Bakes is back in business!” She is insured, registered and has a Level 2 Food Hygiene Qualification: “I am learning about the business side of things and marketing, too,” she said.

Bethany successfully applied to study catering at City College and is due to start this autumn - pandemic permitting. Eventually, she hopes to have her own premises: “I would like my own café and bakery, where people can have a coffee and a bite to eat at the front and I can bake in a bakery at the back.”

She is being supported all the way by her two big inspirations - her Mum and Nan: “They feel really proud that Bethany’s Bakes is doing so well,” said Bethany.

Take a look at Bethany’s amazing bakes on her social media pages, where you can also place your orders.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BethanysBakes1/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bethanysbakes15/