Easy as pie for Bothwell bakery

Emma (left) and Sarah Brown are presented with their national gold award by Great British Bake Off host Paul Hollywood.
Emma (left) and Sarah Brown are presented with their national gold award by Great British Bake Off host Paul Hollywood.

HUMBLE Pie Bakery in Bothwell picked up two major awards in the 2012 Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

The awards was devised by Scottish Bakers to raise awareness of the bakery industry in Scotland and were presented at the organisation’s annual conference in Cumbernauld.

Launched just two years ago the family-run business won gold awards at both regional and national level for best individual cake of 2012.

The entrants were nominated by customers and judged by professional bakers who couldn’t get enough of Humble Pie’s cupcakes.

AMAZED

The Main Street firm is run by husband and wife team of former architect Douglas and ex-home economics teacher Susan Brown.

Douglas said: “We have been profitable from the outset and are amazed and proud to have received a National Gold Award in only our second year of business - we can now officially state that ‘we make the best cupcakes in Scotland’.

“From the outset, to ensure success, we have tried to differentiate ourselves from our competitors by using only the best and freshest ingredients and also ensuring our cakes look as good as they taste.

“We work hard and take great pride in what we bake, and while our cakes are not cheap they represent value for money as hand made products.

“We don’t stand still and are constantly trying out new recipes, striving to achieve a balance between innovation and continuity as can be seen in the rapidly growing market of gluten-free cakes.”

The awards were presented by Paul Hollywood, host of the Great British Bake Off.

He said: “I am and will always be a baker and I believe in the contribution bakers make to people’s lives.

“I will always promote the high street baker as I believe the quality of baked goods more than justifies stopping into a local baker, I want to see queues out of the doors again.”