Bespoke café on John Street, Harrogate, has re-launched as a patisserie to offer local cake-lovers the opportunity to enjoy traditional home-baked cakes and pastries.
Bespoke launched by Emma-Louise Trotter onto the high street in March 2011. After 6 months trading as a café serving sandwiches, salads and snacks as well as her home-baked cakes, Emma realised that with over twenty other sandwich venues in Harrogate, she wanted to go back to her roots to create something unique for Harrogate.
Emma-Louise Trotter commented:
Opening the patisserie is a natural step in the development of the Bespoke brand, offering amazing home-baked cupcakes, tray bakes, tarts, pastries, buns, cheesecake and cookies, as well as savoury options such as quiche.
I’m proud to be offering gluten and wheat free options that are baked with care using fresh local ingredients. They are the result of a personal challenge to make really indulgent, moist, gluten-free cakes, so that coeliac sufferers do not feel that they are missing out on anything despite needing gluten free products.
Bespoke also runs workshops for adults and children, demonstrating how to make and decorate cupcakes and cakes. The workshops can also be booked privately as part of a special celebration, such as a birthday, hen party or baby shower.
Emma (pictured right) added:
I have been overwhelmed with the fantastic support I have received in the opening week from the people of Harrogate, – who quite obviously, love their cake! Requests have been pouring in for different types of cake, from Rocky Road and Tiffin, to Raspberry and Meringue Cheesecake!
My dream for Bespoke has always been to make people smile with cake. Not just cupcakes, but all types of cake and pastries. Even the art of making wheat and gluten free cakes taste just the same as ‘full-fat’ versions is my passion, – it all lies with creating cake. There’s nothing that makes me smile more than perfecting the recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie or the technique for a Danish pastry.
I want to create a relaxed space where people can escape by indulging in coffee and cakes, especially coeliac sufferers or people with a wheat intolerance – why should they be left out? I loved Bespoke as a café because of my customers and I don’t want to lose that interaction, but I have a lifetime cake obsession! I’ve always loved it when you get your cake in a box and it’s wrapped with a ribbon, the idea that it’s a proper treat,” she added.