Carrie’s TV boost

Carrie’s Cakes in Ennis, Co Clare, saw turnover increase by 50% after its shop makeover was featured on Irish television show Retail Therapy. Pastry chef Caroline Gardiner opened her bakery in March last year, but was making little progress until Irish retailing maestro Senator Feargal Quinn revamped it for his current series on RTÉ One television.

Big pie for charity

Professional cookery students from Preston College baked the world’s largest butter pie, in celebration of National Pie Week, and donated all money from sales of the pie to Comic Relief. The super-sized pie had a large oven dish made especially for the event by students from the college’s Manufacturing Academy.

Team just misses out

The UK team has narrowly missed out on a place at the Bakery World Cup 2012, after Costa Rica was named as the ’wild card’ team. UK team captain Sara Autton, who was present when the announcement was made in France, said the UK team did come in second behind Costa Rica, so only narrowly missed out.

Mitchells reopens

Mitchells bakery, in Anfield, Liverpool, which closed in January after 85 years, has opened its doors again as part of the 2Up 2Down project to re-energise the area.