A new cafe will open in Northamptonshire after the locked-out homemade cake business exceeds expectations

A new cafe is set to open in a Northamptonshire small business hotspot after the rapid growth of a home-baked cake start-up.

Sophie Pardoe launched Whisk’d from her Northampton home in November 2020 after using baking as stress relief during lockdown when she lost her job as a food and drink supervisor.

The 23-year-old, who only started the business as a ‘little thing on the side to make money’, has been so successful selling cupcakes, brownies and party cakes that she has “took the plunge” and will open a cafe in Weedon next month.

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Sophie in her new space in Weedon Bec which will soon open as a café.

Sophie said: ‘I’ve always loved cooking and did it to relieve stress during the pandemic, but my partner and I got tired of eating them all.

“My partner suggested I sell them if I was working on my presentation, so I went for it.

“It was only supposed to be a little thing on the side to earn money after losing my job, but it went really well and way better than I expected, so I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to scale it.

In January, the businesswoman and mum-of-two started looking for premises and came across a unit at the Royal Ordnance Depot in Weedon Bec.

Sophie’s homemade cakes have proven themselves.

Sophie fell in love with the buildings, the space and the environment and managed to get another unit soon after.

She added: ‘The buildings are amazing and all Grade II listed and there are lots of other local businesses here.

“It’s nice to walk around and it’s a great environment.

“There’s still a lot to do in our space, but we’re here every day to paint and renovate.”

Sophie with her four-year-old son and six-month-old daughter after graduating from Northampton University with a law degree.

In addition to serving her own homemade cakes and brownies, Sophie will serve Roastery Coffee and work with Sauls of Spratton to serve their quiches, pastries and sausage rolls. She is keen to support as many local businesses as possible.

The café will also serve homemade milkshakes and hot chocolates.

Sophie will run the cafe alone for the time being. Even though she has big plans for the future.

“It will just be me and my six-month-old daughter running it to begin with, but the plan is to employ people in the future,” she continued.

“I would like to see the space grow to the point where people want to come here to meet friends and have book clubs. I want this to be the place people think of first.

“I want people to come here for afternoon teas and rent my space for bachelorette parties and birthday parties.”

The café, which will have a play area for children and will welcome dogs, will be able to accommodate 40 people and all the products will also be available to take away.

Whisk’d will open on Saturday June 11.

To find opening hours and more information, visit the Whisk’d Facebook page.

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