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An interview with Kate

Kate Saunders | 22nd February 2016








Kate owner of Blackberry Cottage              The genius behind Blackberry Cottage.


This week’s blog taps into the inspiration behind the cakes with secret ingredients made by founder and baker extraordinaire Kate Saunders at Blackberry Cottage



Q:  So Kate, can you remember when you first started getting an interest in baking


Kate: I’ve always baked, used to bake as a kid with my mum. So baking for a job now feels really natural


Q: So this hasn’t always been your job then?


Kate: No. I used to work with the Olympic and Paralympic Teams as a sport massage practitioner and travelled with them, so nutrition was always a hot topic.  I only started doing this full time in January 2015


Q: That’s quite a change of career! What was the inspiration behind Blackberry Cottage?


Kate: It was one of my clients who was in despair over her children not eating vegetables. They were more than happy to eat cake, as most kids are, so I came up with the idea of making cakes with vegetables.  But making the vegetables as the largest ingredient in the cakes so they had a real health benefit to the children


Q: And what was the response from the children


Kate: They devoured the cakes in minutes and didn’t even realise they had just gobbled up a load of veggies in the process


Q: It sounds like you’ve achieved loads in such a short time, what’s been the highlight so far – Kate: I think it is the awards that we have won, especially from Theo Paphitis.  And seeing peoples faces when they eat a chocolate brownie with spinach and you tell them the spinach is the largest ingredient, they place it to their mouth with such in trepidation, then taste it, and have a huge smile and say that is really nice.


Q: And the hardest part…?


Kate – For me I think one of the hardest parts is the rate we have grown in 3 years, and having to have my finger continually on the pulse, 24/7 and keeping a level head, sometimes I get a little over excited and have to ground myself. But it is always fun.



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Emma-Louise Maddocks
"Just want to say, your Christmas pudding was amazing and you have a customer for life. Everyone comments on how nice it was!"
Zac Purchase - Olympic gold & silver medallist
"Enjoying a late night wedge of Parsnip Fruit Loaf courtesy of @Blackberry_Cott from the @thamefoodfest today #yum"
Lynne, Nottingham
"Arrived very quickly and beautifully wrapped. Amazingly tasty, couldn't believe they were gluten free and made with vegetables. I'll be back for more yummy treats."
Sam, London
"We had some of your amazing cakes at the Goring Food Festival yesterday, they were delicious!"
Wendy, Wallingford
"We all thoroughly enjoyed the day with you, we learnt so much and were amazed at how easy it is to use vegetables, different flours, less sugar and fats."
Ellis, Basingstoke
"Guess what I did last night…. Made chocolate cupcakes, with butternut squash & spinach! They are delicious. Made with rice flour too, & no butter. Thank you for your inspiration."