Meet the newest addition to the Corporate Cakery team – our new baker Leigh…
Introduce yourself – what’s your background?
Hi my name is Leigh, I’m 46 years old and have been married for 20 years. We have twin boys who are 12 years old and we love spending family time together. My working background was in finance for over 15 years, but after having the twins I gave up work for 11 years to care for them.
It was very important to me to be a stay at home mum and be there for the boys, but as they are now growing more independent and need me less, I figured it was time for me to look for work again. I didn’t want to go back to office work, I wanted to find a job in something I was genuinely interested in – which happened to be baking cakes. I had always made the boys birthday cakes and had became very interested in everything to do with cakes, you could say I was a little obsessed.
What are your hobbies & interests? Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Well needless to my hobbies are anything to do with cakes. Reading about them, watching TV about them, buying equipment for them, going to massive cake shows, and of course eating them. But aside from cakes I also love going on long rambles with my family, and I love military aircraft, which is a bit random, especially military helicopters.
Fun facts… I once went to Bermuda for the weekend, just because.
I’ve been above the arctic circle which was pretty cool, and I’ve been a zoo keeper for a day. The most memorable thing that day was cleaning out the Rhino enclosure, there was a lot of poo!!! Also feeding a tiger, that was amazing.
And I’ve flown 2 helicopters and a small aircraft… awesome.
How long have you been baking for?
I’ve been baking since the boys were 1 (11 years). I made their 1st birthday cake and got hooked. Now they come up with bigger and better ideas for the next years cakes to try and push mummy that bit more to try and get better.
What attracted you to working at Corporate Cakery?
2 things attracted me to Corporate Cakery. Flexible working hours – I’m a freelance baker which suits our family brilliantly, it means I can still have the school holidays off with the boys and work in term time. Also the ethics of everyone at Corporate Cakery. They care about where the ingredients has been sourced from, and how. Those values are important to me too.
What does your job involve?
My job involves baking homemade tasting branded cupcakes, brownies and large cakes for companies, bosses, anyone really who wants to show someone that they are appreciated. Nothing tastes as good as homemade.
What do you like most about working at Corporate Cakery?
I honestly love everything about working at Corporate Cakery. I’m doing a job with something I’m passionate about with perfect working hours, not many people get that opportunity. Working in a industrial kitchen is pretty cool too, and they have ‘ washing up fairies’, I like that a lot.
What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is self doubt.
What do you imagine the next 12 months to be like? What are you looking forward to?
I think the next 12 months are going to be an exciting time for Corporate Cakery, as they expand and grow, and I get to bake more. Especially triple chocolate brownies, they are so so good.
What’s your favourite baked treat to eat?
My favourite baked treat to eat WAS a cupcake, but that has all changed since working at Corporate Cakery. It’s now their triple chocolate brownies, they are simply divine and also happens to be the thing I like to bake the most now, happy days.