Darling’s of the baking awards

The team behind an Arbroath social enterprise cafe are delighted following the recognition of their work with learning disabled people.

Darling’s Coffee Shop, High Street, received the very first Outstanding Award from the Scottish Home Baking Awards which were presented on Friday in the Mar Hall, Glasgow.

Sharlene Burns in Darling's with sumptious cake and of course the award.

Sharlene Burns in Darling's with sumptious cake and of course the award.

The ceremony highlighted and promoted the best in Scottish home baking by both individuals and venues and Darling’s received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

This was in recognition of their work supporting people with learning disabilities to experience work and training in a retail environment.

Sharlene Burns, manager at Darling’s, said: “We are extremely delighted to have been awarded an Outstanding Achievement from the Scottish Home Baking Awards.

“Our aim at Darling’s is to pass on our skills and knowledge to the young trainees who come through the training academy.

“What better way to do this than with good old fashioned home baking? Working through a recipe together and watching the cake rise in the oven gives our trainees a sense of satisfaction.

“The trainees love to take the cakes to the front of house and listen to customers gasp in sheer amazement at their creations.

“This is such a great confidence boost and the trainees who serve the cakes to the customer love the reactions and feedback they get. You can’t beat good home baking.”

Melanie Andrews, founder of the Scottish Homebaking Awards, said: “These awards really help to raise the profile and recognition of home bakers across the whole of Scotland.

“All the winners are amazing and are rigorously and strictly assessed, but the Darlings Coffee House is a truly outstanding winner not only because of the quality of its food and coffees, but because of its inspirational community welfare work.”

There are more plans afoot at Darling’s as Sharlene explained: “We plan to set up a cake club and would like to know if like-minded cake lovers would like to join?

“This would be hosted at Darling’s and brings the community and delicious cakes together to share recipes, ideas and have a wee blether and of course to taste each others delights.”

There will be a meeting to discuss the cake club between 5 and 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, at Darling’s. Anyone interested in taking part can reserve a space by calling 01241 238375.