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Set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, Blackberry Cottage was founded by Kate Saunders.
Kate originally trained as a Sports Massage Practitioner working with Olympic and Paralympic gold medalists. Working with athletes’ meant food and nutrition was always a hot topic of conversation Kate always had a passion for cooking and baking.
It was actually one of Kate's clients who was in despair over her child, who refused to eat any vegetables or even much fruit that stated Kate into the world of baking cakes with vegetables in, as the largest ingredient.
Kate's signature bake is chocolate brownies with spinach, spinach being such a nutrient dense vegetable. Her challenge was to make the vegetable the largest ingredient, after a lot of trial and error she came up with a winning recipe, and not only were they demolished by all children and parents, they were asking for more.
A few years later and after lots of pressure to bake more and more cakes, brownies and slices, Kate decided to give up working as a sports massage practitioner and turn what was an ever increasing hobby into a business, few years later Blackberry Cottage has won numerous awards, attends prestigious food festivals.
Kate now uses many different vegetables in her cakes, still keeping to her original ethos of keeping the vegetables as the largest ingredient. With the help of her husband who looks after the vegetable gardens they grow many of their own vegetables and use eggs from their hens.