Desserts company Vittles Foods (Leicester) says it has had an eager response to its new Olive Oil and Polenta Cake.

Martin Zalesny, director of the company and former pastry chef, comments: “We launched the cake in February, and we’ve already received an overwhelming number of orders. Although it’s a very traditional Italian recipe, I think people are attracted by the savoury nature of the ingredients. In fact, it’s a really sweet, moist cake.

Vittles produces a large number of products, but Mr Zalesny says there is a dedication to quality and detail. “Working by hand is still very much a part of the way we operate,” he says.

“There are simply some jobs that machines will never do as well as a skilled chef. Every one of our cakes is put together with a lot of care and attention. I don’t want that to change.”