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Black business of the day: Meet Angela Miller

PICTURED: Angela Miller

WHETHER ITS is a wedding, baby shower, christening or birthday, every special occasion calls for cake.

There’s nothing quite like eating generous slices of delicious homemade cake with family or friends. And if you love baking, it can be especially satisfying to see others enjoying what you’ve made.

This was the case for Bristol resident Angela Miller. For many years, baking was her passion. But after overcoming some tough personal circumstances, the mother-of-two decided she wanted to take things further.

“Making cakes was always something I could do really well,” says Angela. “However, when I eventually decided I wanted to work for myself I thought ‘why not make cakes for a living?’ My local job centre put me in touch with an enterprise centre in Bristol. I did a course in how to start a business and was also helped to get my feet o the ground with a loan.

In May last year, Miller launched Angee Sweetcakes, which specialises in bespoke celebration wedding cakes, cupcakes and birthday cakes. She has quickly developed a loyal and growing base of customers in the city since starting her business.

Especially popular among her sweet-toothed clients are her recently launched bespoke cakes in a jar. “The beauty of cakes in a jar is that they allow people to enjoy cakes for longer,” Angela says. “Very often you spend a lot of money on a good quality cake but then it becomes stale very quickly and you’re not able to enjoy it any

“But when you put the cake in a jar it actually lasts quite long, up to two weeks if you leave it in the fridge. And cake can last for up to six months if you put it in the freezer.”

She continues: “Before launching the range, I collected a few recipes and experimented until I got the ones that I thought were perfect. After making the cakes I arrange them in the jar. I tried out a few recipes and the feedback from customers has been fantastic.”

The Bristol entrepreneur plans to continue experimenting with new ideas to help build her cus- tomer base.

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