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Sittingbourne resident behind She Who Bakes business lifts the lid on her success

ByRachel O'Donoghue

She’s almost certainly the next Nigella.

You see, she’s got that same spark; confident, magnetic, glamorous.

Oh, and like Nigella, she’s got a book deal and more television appearances than you can count.

But cake baker extraordinaire and Lower Halstow resident Britt Whyatt does not share the same privileged background as the Domestic Goddess, who is the child of titled socialites.

That is why the 26-year-old’s story is all the more remarkable; from a tumultuous, grief-filled childhood, she rose, phoenix from the ashes style, to become a success despite odds being stacked against her.

Reporter Rachel O'Donoghue with baking entrepreneur Britt Whyatt
Reporter Rachel O'Donoghue with baking entrepreneur Britt Whyatt

By the time was just 16 she had lost her entire family. Her baby brother Dean died a cot death when she was seven.

Her grandmother, uncle and grandfather passed away over the next few years and, shortly after celebrating her sixteenth birthday, she lost her mother Marie to cancer.

To make matters worse, because she was not officially an adult, she was left squatting in her own home, not allowed to claim the house that had been left to her.

“I didn’t have that desire to succeed,” says Britt.

“When my mum died I thought that was me done. I sank into a deep depression and attempted suicide twice.

“But then I had a point when I was 19 and I thought, ‘this isn’t what my mother or any of them would have wanted’ and I decided not to be a victim anymore.”

Britt Whyatt's custom design cake company has gone from strength to strength
Britt Whyatt's custom design cake company has gone from strength to strength

In the years that followed, she worked a number of admin jobs before, when she was 21, she picked up some parchment paper and a spatula and started baking in her spare time.

Her hobby became her passion and nearly two years ago she started her blog (which is now a website) and business, She Who Bakes, where she shares recipes and makes custom cakes for people.

In the short time since her business has grown exponentially.

She said: “My server crashed the first day my website went online, I’d had 41,000 hits!”

Britt Whyatt gave reporter Rachel O'Donoghue a masterclass in the art of baking
Britt Whyatt gave reporter Rachel O'Donoghue a masterclass in the art of baking

Now, Britt runs a cake school in Lower Halstow, which welcomes students who have travelled from all over the country to be taught by her.

She has also just signed a book deal with Redback Publishing, which will contain some of her favourite original recipes like Cadbury’s Creme Egg cookies (140,000 people alone viewed this tutorial).

Britt is also no television and stage novice as people in the entertainment industry have started to cotton on to her appeal.

Just a few weeks ago, she returned from Marbella, Spain, where she was invited to appear alongside eight other influential ladies, included Forbes-listed blogger Sarah Arrow and 3Plus International founder Dorothy Dalton, as part of an International Women’s Day event.

But what does Britt make of the hype surrounding her? “I kind of feel like someone is going to call me and say they’ve made a big mistake, that they wanted Britney Spears,” she laughs humbly.

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