Molly's Cakes in Crawshawbooth has famous family connections
PUBLISHED: 16:37 13 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 February 2013
Molly Robbins is hoping to be the next star name to come from her family, as Paul Mackenzie reports Photography by KIRSTY THOMPSON
Molly Robbins has a pretty big task ahead of her if she is to follow the family line to fame and stardom. Dad Ted Robbins is one of the countys most recognisable faces and voices, auntie Kate Robbins is a regular on national TV and radio and distant cousin Paul McCartney is among the worlds best know performers.
The former Beatle Mollys second cousin, once removed could have given her fledgling business a terrific boost when he married for the third time in October.
There were two cakes at McCartneys wedding to American trucking heiress Nancy Shevell at Westminster Registry Office one chocolate and one apple but neither was made in Mollys kitchen at Crawshawbooth.
I was gutted he didnt ask me to make the wedding cake, Molly said. I was really hoping he would ask me to do it.
Instead, Molly, who trained in special effects make-up, is now hoping to raise her profile as a cake maker and decorator by taking a stall on Bury Market.
The 20-year-old, who has worked on the make up for the BBC on antiques programmes, Mastermind, some childrens shows and the Morecambe and Wise television drama, created her first cake a year ago and hasnt looked back.
When you study make-up at uni you get to do really exciting things, she said. But when you get in to the real world its mainly a matter of putting powder on game show contestants and Im not working full time.
I watched a few programmes about cake decorating and thought Id love to have a go and when I did, I couldnt stop. I started making cakes for family and friends and people started asking for more and it has grown from there.
And Molly, a finalist in last years Miss Burnley competition, added: I mostly do childrens novelty cakes and birthday cakes. The most impressive cake Ive done was a cake for a wedding which had just 40 guests and I managed to find out the seating plan and what each of them would be wearing and made all the people. At the end of the day, they each got to take themselves home.
There are so many people who do cakes, I want mine to be seen as being a bit different. I like colourful, modern and amusing designs.
Im still doing make up work when I can but doing the cake decorating as well gives me the best of both worlds.
Mollys top tips for icing a celebration cake
A Always knead sugarpaste well for at least five minutes but dont make it too warm
Use the largest possible rolling pin to ensure an even thickness, a quarter of an inch is ideal
Use plastic cake smoothers or the palms of your hands to smooth the icing, starting from the middle and working outwards.