Fancie’s special cupcake is one in a million

Millionth cupcake winner Bev Rodes (right) at Fancie, Sheffield
Millionth cupcake winner Bev Rodes (right) at Fancie, Sheffield

Just four years after producing its first cupcake, Sheffield-based Fancie is celebrating the sale of its millionth sugar-frosted confection.

Customer Bev Rodes, from Barnsley, bought the prize-winning cake this week – and bagged herself a year’s supply of Fancie cupcakes as a reward.

Company founder Amanda Perry said: “It’s amazing to think that between all of us in Sheffield, we have eaten a million Fancie cupcakes.

“It’s a real testament to the hard work our bakers and shop staff do on a daily basis to keep our wonderful city in cake!”

Amanda, a qualified pastry chef, fell in love with baking as a child and set her heart on having her own business.

She set up Fancie four years ago, initially baking and icing the cakes in the kitchen of her home and giving them away to friends.

Then she began taking orders, acquired a commercial bakery, a shop and a café and stepped up production to meet demand.

These days she has three stores, two cupcake carts, 27 ambassadors, seven bakers and two drivers. The business employs more than 50 staff, who start work at the crack of dawn to bake fresh supplies every morning – producing more than 4,000 cupcakes a week between them.

And there’s no question that the range is maintaining its popularity despite the economic doom and gloom. As Amanda says: “A million people can’t be wrong!”