A mum-of-two with a passion for baking is starting her own business after the ‘confidence boost’ of winning the first competition she has entered.
Marianne Bosak, 43, was crowned Champion City Baker at the Giving Day cupcake competition, in front of Great British Bake Off champion Frances Quinn and celebrity chef Peter Sidwell.
Her lemon drizzle cakes with a ‘city griffin’ design was picked out by Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf, who presented her with a tea-for-two voucher for The Dorchester.
But for Marianne, who lives in Brackley, the taste of success in London on Friday is the ‘boost’ she has needed to set up her own business.
She said: “This is going to kick-start it for me – it’s an endorsement.
“You always doubt yourself but it’s the confidence I have always needed.
“It’s my passion and it just dawned on me. Maybe I was being ridiculous and actually, why shouldn’t I do it as my job?”
Marianne, who lives in Stuart Road, has been baking for friends and family since she was a girl guide aged 16 and in 1995, she even made her own wedding cake.
Her husband Mike, 50, is an engineer for Mercedes and it was his team at work which helped decide the flavour of the winning cupcakes.
Marianne said: “Because they’re in research and development, they take the tasting very seriously.
“We tried champagne with strawberries and chocolate but it was actually them that decided to go for a lemon drizzle.”
Marianne is a self-employed programme manager and also helps as a girl guide leader but once her new website and logo is ready, she will launch Marianne’s Cakes.
She said it has to fit around her children, Oscar, 16, and Katie, 13, but she will bake from home and specialise in celebration cakes.
“They will still be for friends and family initially,” Marianne said. “But hopefully they can spread the word from there.
“I want people to come to me for my expertise – for the way that I bake and the energy that I put in.”
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