Hip shops: Big Bakes Bakery
by Melissa Stewart
04 March 2019
We like big bakes and we cannot lie...
What: Cakes. Cookies. Traybakes. Biscuits.
When: Tues - Sat, 9am - 5pm
Where: 17 Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 4PU
Big Bakes Bakery in Torquay came about by happy accident. A request to bake some cupcakes for a 21st birthday party back in 2010 was such a hit that owners Charlie Deeley and Ryan Bolton set up a home baking business. It proved so popular that, five years later, they decided to quit the day jobs and set up shop full-time. Today, they still bake cakes to order, as well as welcome customers to their Torquay bakery for cakes, coffee and milkshakes. They’re also regulars on the Devon food festival circuit.
“We specialise in a range of cupcakes, traybakes, biscuits and our own style of ‘big cakes’,” explains Charlie. “One of our most popular is our brownie cake – which has a full layer of brownie in the middle of it! We’ve also launched a range of shakes and sundaes, flavoured with big chunks of our cakes and brownies and our own sauces, such as salted caramel.”
Known primarily for their fun and inventive cupcakes, the bakery has something of a cult following with folks on the English Riviera. A quick glance at their Facebook and Instagram pages attests to this, with more than a few fans commenting on the jolly customer service, reasonable prices and, of course, the great tasting bakes.
So, when it comes to baking, is there anything they don’t do? “We do get a few people asking us for bespoke orders for novelty cakes that look like a relative or a pet, but we don’t make novelty cakes,” says Charlie. “We’ve also been asked if we can deliver to other countries – like Australia! – which sadly isn’t possible.”
Looking to the future, Charlie and Ryan are keen to expand their Big Bakes empire: “We really would love to have more shops dotted around Devon. We love what we do, and it would be a dream to spread the Big Bakes love as far as we can!”