A CAKE creator behind Huntington’s brand new cafe described it as a ‘out of the ashes’ moment for his business.
Jo Millner – who runs Milliefox Cakes – started decorating cakes as a hobby to help her cope with a stressful job in social services.
“It was to relax,” she told The Press.
But in October 2019, Jo realized her dream of turning cake decorating into a full-time job.
The Woodthorpe resident has opened a small studio in Nether Poppleton – with the brand’s popularity increasing by the minute.
But when the lockdown hit, Jo was “worried” about how she would move her business through the pandemic.
Jo said, “We had a small studio and we had cupcake parties for the kids and party cakes.
“Then Covid kicked in and we had to cancel all of our parties, all of our weddings. We were a little worried about losing the business.
“We changed it a bit to make afternoon teas.
Jo’s decision led her to deliver between 40 and 60 packets of afternoon tea in York each day. Meanwhile, customers were asking for more homemade treats like brownies.
Milliefox Cakes has now grown by moving to the former York Against Cancer store.
Jo already has a team of eight people with a vacancy.
The menu offers daily gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options.
Customers can also participate in cake decorating workshops and kids’ cupcake parties.
Jo said, “It’s gone from a small one-room studio to 10 people in this huge building. He has definitely risen from the ashes since Covid.
“We did not have enough space in our old accommodation and we moved. He was so well received in Huntington.
“We usually have people moving from Strensall. Their only complaint is that we didn’t open at Strensall.
“We bake a lot of homemade cakes, so there is a huge selection of cakes and brownies. We make light bites. We obviously do a full breakfast. We’re going to change the menu mid-November for the other menu, so things like soup with crusty bread.