Scrumbles: The Leek cake shop Stacey Solomon named in Tap to Tidy

Scrumbles cake shop, in Leek, have been mentioned in Stacey Solomon’s brand new book Tap to Tidy, released on March 4.

Naturally, the book has been the gift of choice for most mums this Mother’s Day, including my own. And to go with it, I ordered a box of brownies from Scrumbles to be delivered on Saturdays, March 13.

Towards the back of the book, Stacey has put together a ‘small business shoutout’ list, featuring various independent businesses she loves, organised by category, such as food and home. The cake shop were so excited to be included in the book – and had absolutely no idea they were mentioned! In fact, they had no idea they’d even sent Stacey brownies, as someone must have ordered for her!

I’ve previously tried Scrumbles’ cupcakes at the Totally Locally Leek markets, but was super excited to give their brownies a go. They’re currently offering local delivery and collection from the St Edwards Street shop, which opened in April 2019. They’re also doing occasional postal orders, so be sure to follow them on Instagram to be the first to know when they go live.

Beth and Sarah set up the business in 2017 when they were working together at an insurance company. They said: “We were both looking for a career change and thought there’d be no better business to be in than cake. In our spare time we started doing the Totally Locally market in Leek and also supplied to local restaurants and shops and then in January 2019 we were told we were being made redundant.

“That gave us the push we needed to take a risk and give Scrumbles a go full time so we opened a shop on St Edward Street in Leek in April 2019. We took on two members of staff a few months later.”

But in March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, and the shop was forced to close for seven weeks whilst they set up an online shop.

The girls added: “We were going from strength to strength when Covid hit. It took us a little while to decide what to do as it was a very scary time particularly because Beth was pregnant and due at the end of May.

“We were closed for seven weeks during which time we set up an online shop to make ordering easier and decided to do nationwide postals and local deliveries. The day we launched our online shop we sold nearly 100 boxes of brownies and we were blown away by the support we received.”

After a rollercoaster 12 months in a changing economy, with varying risk levels in terms of the virus, Scrumbles are looking hopeful for the rest of 2021 – and have got some exciting news to announce soon.

Beth and Sarah added: “We’re looking forward to getting back to normality and we have big plans to celebrate our second birthday in the shop as we missed our first birthday last year.”

Orders for Scrumbles open at 4pm each Saturday, and boy had you better be quick to get your mitts on some. On Saturday, March 6, I set an alarm to order my mixed brownie and blondie box for £12.50. The flavours are listed in the description, and change weekly. In my box, I received:

  • Creme Egg brownie
  • Caramel Freddo brownie
  • White chocolate and raspberry brownie
  • Cherry Bakewell blondie
  • Nutella blondie
  • Milky Bar blondie

Personally, I made a beeline for the Milky Bar blondie because I love white chocolate, and it was so buttery and the prefect consistency. It went down a treat with a cup of tea! With the other brownies and blondies, we chopped them into thirds so we could go for a pick and mix approach in our house. Another clear winner for me was the Nutella blondie, which featured a thick and creamy layer of hazelnut Nutella on top of a blondie. I’m not typically a Nutella fan, but this was absolutely perfect, and a brilliant combination. I’ll take half a dozen more of the Cherry Bakewell, too please!

I can certainly see why Stacey included Scrumbles in the small business shoutout in Tap to Tidy. The flavours were gorgeous, and seeing new brownies and blondies on the menu each week means I’ll be ordering time and time again until I’ve tried every confectionery combo imaginable. Like Beth and Sarah, I’m looking forward to the shop being open to customers once again, so I can do a little foodie crawl through Leek, especially St Edwards Street, which is home to Scrumbles, Gallaghers Deli and Spout Brew House!

You can order from Scrumbles here.

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