Cake creators open up shop

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A real sweet treat is in store for Heanor folk - as an award winning family baking duo get set to open the doors of the Mirage Cake Company tomorrow.

The new confectionary shop on Derby Road showcases the work of Somercotes man Jamie Brookes and his nephew Joseph Blackhall- supplying an assortment of cup cakes and bakes to walk-in customers as well as to-order specialities such as wedding and birthday cakes.

Former forklift truck driverJamie, 38, of Somercotes Hill, first took up baking four years ago, when he made his daughter Summer a cake for her first birthday.

But it was a cake he made for her fourth birthday, which he then posted a picture of on his Facebook page, that really created a stir.

“Everyone that saw it went crackers,” he said. “ I guess it all stemmed form there really.

“I started doing favours for family and friends at birthdays and Christmas, but I wasn’t making any money from them.

“I just thought I can’t keep doing this for free as more and more orders kept coming in!”

The Mirage Cake Company, at 41 to 43 Derby Road is the self taught baker’s firs t foray into business. But he says there is very little he and cousin Joseph, 25, of Bishop Street, Alfreton, can’t do with icing - with their previous creations including a Monopoly board and a VW Camper Van. Their skills have scooped the pair several awards this year including a gold award at the International Cake Show in Birmingham.

Jamie, who specialises in gluten-free cakes as he can’t eat flour, says his late mum Eileen is to thank for his baking gift. He said: “I always used to help my mum, she made the family birthday cakes and she was so creative - I’ve had a lot of cakes over the years because of mum!”

For more information head to www.themiragecakecompany.com.