Julie Duff runs an award-winning cake business, which supplies wonderful rich succulent fruit cakes and other traditional cakes to some of the country's premier shops, such as Fortnum and Mason, St Paul's Cathedral and Selfridges.
She has now committed to paper her most treasured collection of recipes, some of them from generations of her own family, in this her first book.
She says in her introduction 'my passion for cakes can be wholeheartedly blamed on my grandmother who spent many hours letting me mix fruit cakes at the kitchen table. It was inevitable that one day I would derive pleasure from baking cakes. Having been a chef for many years, my interest in cakes grew - eventually setting up Church Farmhouse Cakes, from our farmhouse in the Vale of Belvoir. We have now grown to become one of the foremost speciality cake makers in the country but the fundamental way in which we make the cakes has never changed, they are still made in small batches using exactly the same methods taught to me as a child.'