A Derbyshire bakery’s business has taken off since opening in August 2020.
Owner Rachel Taylor had never baked in her life until April 2020, when she made cakes for her husband during Ramadan.
Since then she has expanded her talents, going from strength-to-strength and took the plunge to open a stall on the market.
She said: “With my husband not being with his family,I wanted to do something for him from his culture, his celebrations, and that’s what got me interested in baking from scratch.
“I suppose over here we’d just go to the supermarket. I never thought I’d be able to do it.”
Her husband, Rachid Aazzane, 28, was blown away by Rachel’s baking and was the first of many to encourage her to bake professionally.
Due to lockdown restrictions, Rachel, 23, found herself with more free time and began baking cakes for her colleagues at Manor pharmacy in Matlock. Before baking she had worked as a pharmacy assistant for four years.
“They said you should start your own business and I never thought I’d do anything like that.I thought I’d end up progressing there, going into the dispensary.
“I kept getting comments about my baking from friends, family and colleagues and in August, I decided to leave the pharmacy and set up my own baking page on Facebook and called it ‘Cakes by Rach.'”
Within a matter of days, Rachel had received a flurry of interest. Since then, operating from her mum’s kitchen, Rachel has re-branded and opened up a stall at Wirksworth market.
The self-taught baker has also begun supplying cakes to The Dining Room, a local restaurant.
Alongside the market, Rachel also operates on Facebook and Instagram and delivers locally. She has had customers from Derby and Belper come to collect from her and has posted some orders across the country.
She said: “A lot of people have been ordering treat boxes to send to people they’re not able to visit at the moment because of Covid.”
Despite opening in the middle of a pandemic, Rachel says she has had little trouble setting up her business.
She said: “All of my suppliers that I need, they’re still open as well. The only thing is if you order something off the internet it might be delayed, but you’ve just got to make sure you order in time.”
Rachel is hopeful that one day she will be able to open a shop, but says that she enjoys working on the market stalls for the time being.