Home baker opens first shop after business 'snowballed' in lockdown

Frankie Bridge from Loose Women with cake

Kascey Russell delivering a celebration cake to Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays. - Credit: Kayce Russell

A talented home baker has turned her hobby into a thriving business after learning to bake during the pandemic.

Kascey Russell, from Long Sutton, started baking during the first lockdown after she couldn't find a cake for her daughter's birthday. 

The 36-year-old has now opened her first shop, Maple Tree Bakes, in Vancouver Quarter in King's Lynn, and sold out of all her stock in the first two days of opening.

Maple Tree Bakes in Vancouver Quarter in King's Lynn

Maple Tree Bakes opened on Saturday in King's Lynn - Credit: Maple Tree Bakes

"During the first Covid lockdown, I couldn't find a cake for my daughter's 12th birthday so I decided to make my own and it turned out really well," Mrs Russell said.

"After sharing pictures of my creations online, people became interested and things really snowballed from there.

"Life hasn't been the same since."

During the multiple lockdowns, the home baker made hundreds of macaroons and practised her decoration skills until they were perfected. 

Maple Tree Bakes

Kascey Russell's first baking success was a cake for her daughter's 12th birthday - Credit: Kayce Russell

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Mrs Russell's celebration cakes became popular through word-of-mouth and she began to gain more clients, including The Saturdays and Loose Women star Frankie Bridge. 

After visiting a shopping centre in Milton Keynes, which had small retail pods, Mrs Russell was inspired and thought similar pods would be an ideal space for her own bakery shop.

"A week or two later after visiting Milton Keynes, I saw the pod advertised for rent at Vancouver Quarter and thought, I've got to go for it," she said.

"King's Lynn needs somewhere selling home-cooked bakes and not just mass-produced products from bakery chains.

Maple Tree Bakes opens in Vancouver Quarter in King's Lynn

Mrs Russell has made cakes for local businesses and for weddings - Credit: Maple Tree Bakes

"There aren't many places like this around here.

"The response since opening has been great. Everyone has been really friendly and they are so happy to not just see another vape or mobile phone shop.

"I'm overwhelmed to have come this far already but I'd love to keep building the business and maybe have a little chain of other Maple Tree Bakes."

Maple Tree Bakes sells a wide range of products, including macaroons, brownies and blondies, all of which are baked by Mrs Russell in her fully-inspected home kitchen. 

Maple Tree Bakes in King's Lynn Vancouver Quarter

Mrs Russell bakes all her products at her kitchen at home - Credit: Maple Tree Bakes

Maple Tree Bakes in the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre in King's Lynn

Macaroons, blondies and brownies are all on offer at Maple Tree Bakes - Credit: Maple Tree Bakes

Maple Tree Bakes in Vancouver Quarter King's Lynn

Mrs Russell developed her baking talents over the first Covid lockdown - Credit: Maple Tree Bakes

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