It’s never too late to follow your passions and fulfil your dreams. Since leaving her job in a bank, Sally has worked in an estate agency, set up a lettings company and used her artistic talents to make cards and jewellery. A visit to an exhibition in London a few years ago led her one step closer to following her childhood dream- of opening an old-fashioned tea shop!
Said Sally “ My friend and I noticed a very long queue, being curious I just had to see what everyone was waiting for. It was cupcakes! They were beautifully decorated . I immediately turned to my friend and said ‘I can make those’!
I returned home to my kitchen and started to bake. A cousin in Canada sent me a book of Martha Stewart’s cupcakes and off I set to bake. Friends and neighbours were bombarded with cupcakes to try as I perfected all my recipes.
I was baking 400 cupcakes a week
I placed a small advert in my local free newspaper in Kent , and had a call from a local farm shop. I visited them with 6 cupcakes to try. They ordered 12. Half an hour after delivering my first batch they called. They had run out. Could I send more! Soon I was baking 400 cupcakes a week for them, in addition to baking for private clients and running cake baking workshops. All of this was achieved from my home kitchen with a domestic oven. When the farmshop opened a second venue I was overloaded. I had to rethink.
Realising my dream in my 50s
A move to Somerset has enabled this dream to come close to being realised. I have decided to run private tea parties, offering ‘high tea’. Sandwiches, scones, homemade preserves and of course cakes! I have organised ‘murder mystery’ tea parties for friends and plan to run tea parties with a vintage theme ( using my vintage china collection).
I just held my first tea party- advertising only on twitter. It was a chance for people to have tea and make new friends. The feedback has been amazing! I’m looking forward to hosting more!
I will continue to run my classes, host my afternoon teas, and bake bakes for private clients.
Confidence in my 50s
You can find out more about Sally and her teacakes at Quantockcottagetearoom.blogspot.com.
I’m hoping we can persuade Sally to share some of her recipes as her cakes look so delicious!