For the past few years, Horsforth-based Zoe’s Fancy Cakes has taught others how to bake and decorate their own pastries, either in their own studio and designated classroom, or online with YouTube video tutorials.

And now, with face-to-face classes set to stop for the time being, there is more demand for online classes and, in the last two weeks since the lockdown restrictions were put in place, there is had more demand for videos and tutorials for treats kids and youth can make.

However, a recent cookie-making class must have turned into a cookie decorating session because there is a dearth of flour available for purchase in supermarkets.

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Having to decorate digestives instead of baking cookies because of the lack of flour.

Richard Eckles said: “We made cookies, but with our last store we couldn’t get flour from the supermarket and we couldn’t make them. People can get cookies so it became a class. decorating cookie that’s easy, and kids love it.

“In terms of online engagement, we’re welcoming a lot of new people. When we look at our stats on Facebook over the past two weeks, there have been a lot more parents looking for activities for the kids during the day. . “

Zoe’s Fancy Cakes, run by Richard and Zoe and their family members, shoots and uploads new videos for their half a million YouTube subscribers and plans to do two live Facebook sessions each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. .

The business started out as a hobby baking cakes for family and friends and turned into a full-time job for the couple who previously worked in banking and project management. It has since grown into purely teaching others how to bake, cook and decorate.

Shooting one of Zoe’s Fancy Cakes YouTube video tutorials.

But since most of the students come from the south to go to class or even go to Leeds in particular, they had to improvise again.

Mr Eckles added: “Look out on the main street and there are empty stores. We canceled the next couple of months and like all small businesses we have to pay back money, so make sales. online, videos and what we can. “

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