The owner of a Derbyshire cake firm has created a chocolate bouquet to melt any heart. Jamie Brooks has been baking for four years and opened the Mirage Cake Company, in Heanor, in August 2013. For Valentine's Day, he has whipped up the Devil's Chocolate Cake – with chocolate roses and a heart made from Rice Krispies and marshmallows.
In 2014 Jamie appeared on Kirstie's Homemade Christmas. Jamie was one of four cake makers that went head to head to make the perfect Christmas cake.
A family of bakers from Heanor cake store The Mirage Cake Company has emerged victorious in an international cake show held at London’s Excel Arena. Jamie Brooks, 38, owner of Mirage entered three wonderfully crafted cakes into several of the decorative exhibit categories of the competition.
Jamie created the 5ft tall ‘Magic Faraway Tree’ cake, which won a bronze award, his daughter Summer Brooks, aged six, created a ‘Zelf’ cake which also earned a bronze award, while Jamie’s nephew Joseph Blackhall, 25, earned gold with his Yoda cake (inset above).
Next up for the Derby Road baker’s is the world’s biggest event for cake makers, the Birmingham Cake International in November. Main picture is Mirage owner Jamie Brooks and nephew Joseph Blackhall, who works for the family firm.
TWO men who are switching careers from shelf-stacking and forklift driving to the art of cake-making stole the show at Derby's newest competition in culinary skills. Joseph Blackhall and his uncle Jamie Brooks were awarded advanced winner and runner-up, respectively, in the wild and wacky category at The Art of Cake at Quad arts centre on Saturday with their unusual creations on the subjects of organ donation and Gremlins. Mr Blackhall, 24, also bagged the overall public vote with his cake, which was a bag filled with human organs and a label that read: "I would like to help someone to live after my death". The two men were recently told they were to be made redundant from the Co-op distribution centre in Alfreton – where Mr Blackhall is a shelf-stacker and Mr brooks drives a forklift – and decided to go into a full-time cake-making business. Mr Brooks set up The Mirage Cake Company, in Somercotes, last year and the pair plan to open a shop in the county after they finish their jobs in September. After hearing they had won, Mr Brooks said: "I'm over the moon with my nephew winning. He's only been doing it for six months, so it's amazing really."