Pat-a-cakes, Crofton Park

Pat-a-cakes is a new cake shop opening at 358 Brockley Road, in what used to be the old Gas Shop, opposite the Co-op next to Crofton Park Station. Owner Stacie Maile is aiming to open in the first week of  November and tells us about her plans:


"We are going to be selling cakes, cookies, brownies (all things sweet) as well as savoury snacks such as savoury muffins and scones, cream teas, coffees, teas and fresh juices. It will be vintage, kitsch, a bit mis-match, welcoming and friendly.  We have a section which we will be selling cake goods for all the baking enthusiasts, as I know there's not a shop in the area which sells things I generally need, and I know my friends have had the same problem.  On the walls we will be selling local art, so this will act as a gallery space for all the local creatives.

Stacie Maile, Founder of Pat-a-cakes

"I live near Hilly Fields and I love it, it's just perfect in every way as far as I'm concerned.  It's up and coming, there are lots of hidden gems and I love the people.  All-in-all, I think Pat-a-Cakes would do well here.

"I used to run a stall at Brick Lane market selling cupcakes and I have a website www.patacakeslondon.com which I have been selling cakes from for weddings, parties and other events.  This has been up and running for approximately a year and a half.

"I started baking bits and bobs, then started to specialise in cupcakes, I made them for Brick Lane and they were so popular that I just continued with iy.  I have always wanted a shop and have been quite sure on the look I wanted so it kind of just went from there, then the shop became available and it was too good not to take.

"I'm hoping it will appeal to everyone from young trendy creative types, to yummy mummies meeting up for coffees, to the older ladies and gents meeting up for their mid morning catch up over a cream tea.

"I hope that everyone will pop in to Pat-a-Cakes for a cake or coffee at some point, it'll be a place to relax and we hope it has a really welcoming atmosphere once we're all finished.  Also, it'll be great for commuters travelling from Crofton Park Station looking to get a decent cup of coffee to take away on their travels.

"We've only started the refurb over the weekend but already have had loads of amazing feedback from people who live nearby so are sure that it is going to be a positive move."

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm....what a great idea.

Anonymous said...

I'll be there! We need more of these stores up near the brockley cross end of brockley road!

Muffin man said...

Brilliant news! Good luck with it Stacie.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news - good luck and already looking forward to coffee and cake!

Charlie said...

This is excellent stuff! Crofton Park will reap the 'cupcake effect'!

Anonymous said...

Young creative types and yummy mummies? Anything for the rest of us?

Pete said...

Did you read on to the next line about older ;adoes amd gents?

Moan, moan, moan.

mb said...

*rolls eyes* I don't think there is yummy or drawing test at the door.

Patacakes_Stacie said...

Not just creative types and yummy mummys, we will of course give a warm welcome to all customers. We look forward to seeing you all there :-)

Cake-tastic said...

What a wonderful idea! I can safely say that neither my boyfriend or Dad are yummy-mummy or, erm, creative in any way and I will definitley struggle to keep them out of a place like this. Can't wait to check it out and might indeed have to do a 'walk-by' very soon to assess the progress. Good luck!

disgusting old cake eater said...
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Lou Baker said...

Good luck.

True entrepreneurial spirit. Just what the country needs.

Iang said...

Yum - good luck with the new venture!

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What was deleted?

Brockley Nick said...

Well if I told you that it would rather undermine the act of deletion.

However, if you think of a less-funny version of Fru T Bunn, you will get the general idea.

Matt-Z said...

This is great news! Not for my fitness regime and waistline though. Good luck with it!

@Nick hopefully this starts to counter your prediction of decline for the Crofton Park high street.

Brockley Nick said...

@matt z - when did I make that prediction?!

Matt-Z said...

Mystic Nick's new year predictions I think.

Anyhoo, on that theme, does anyone know if the Crofton Express off licence next door to the new cakery has closed down? Seems to have been shut the last few times I've gone past. It never had a good range but kept the latest hours of all the booze shops, so handy in an emergency.

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt

Check again - my five predictions were:

"1. Construction work on a permanent cafe for Hilly Fields will get underway. The logic is compelling, there's an interested bidder and it will cost the Council nothing.
2. A new restaurant will open in Brockley. Or at least, a new place you can pay to sit and eat.
3. A new local supermarket will open in the area, near Brockley Station, joining the likes of Tesco, Budgens, Costcutter and Co-Op. The world will continue to revolve on its axis.
4. Martins Yard construction will start.
5. Double or quits: Both empty units on Harefield Road will be full by the end of the year."

As I regularly argue, CP is an example of a successful high street that the Brockley Cross end of Brockley Road should aspire to.

I would never predict decline for any part of Brockley, because the whole area has an unstoppable momentum behind it.

Matt-Z said...

Fair enough. I could have sworn you argued somewhere that the Brockley end of the high street was likely to advance at the expense of the Crofton Park end, maybe it was in one of the ELL threads. Anyway, doesn't really matter, and the new cake shop is a welcome addition. Actually the floors above the old Whites shop next to the Rivoli have been done up lately. Could another shop be coming there too?

name said...

Smart move to sell cake goods, because I bake my own cakes and have to schlep far & wide to get sugarcraft materials. Good luck with the shop.

Patacakes_Stacie said...

Where do you currently buy your cake goods from? Me and my friends currently go to Cake Craft in Bromley but its such a trek. Let me know of anything you regularly buy to give me an idea of everything we need to stock. Thanks :-)

D said...

Have a look at Whisk in Ealing - they do all sorts of fun stuff. They hire out big fancy cake tins/moulds too which is a great idea.

cake degenerate said...

i like muffins and I like them to be served to me

Matt-Z said...

Stocking cake tins in interesting / unusual shapes is a good idea - as noted there's nowhere round here that sells anything more than the basics.

Michael said...

Great news, good luck Stacie.

If you're not already please have a think about selling vegan cakes. The Broca stock them sometimes and they always sell out very very quickly. There aren't many places in London where you can get them and you'd be catering for a whole group that don't have a lot of options locally. I imagine there are lots of vegans in Brockley who you would make very happy!

Patacakes_Stacie said...

We currently make some vegan and gluten free products so we will definately be stocking a range of these in the shop. We will be hiring out vintage tea sets as well as the cake stands for wedding and other events. We currently do not have tins for sale/hire but this is definately something to bear in mind.

Meat Eater said...

Don't forget sausage rolls for us carnivores.

lozza said...

pay attention wifey, get ye to the cakery ... when it opens

Ali Kati said...

I'm chuffed you'll be selling savoury muffins. My NZ boyfriend has been be-moaning the lack of them in London, and I'm not always in the mood to bake!

grah said...

I'd like gluten-free cakes with mince - preferably non-halal goat mince.

... said...

If the cakes look as good as she does, count me in!

Brockley Kipper said...

Hell yeah! Sausage Rolls!

I can't wait for this to open. My waistline however may object!

Anonymous said...

Go girl!

I am thrilled to see a young entrepreneur full of energy, ideas and practical good sense. My family and I will be there supporting you, each buying completely different things.

All the very best for the opening.

patrick1971 said...

Great, really looking forward to this and just in time for Christmas too. I am hosting for five this year and already quaking in fear at the prospect of a full Christmas dinner, so it'll be great to be able to get a Christmas cake locally.

Interesting choice of site, though; I'd have thought the premises a bit further down, on the corner of Hazeldon Road that used to be Celee's, would be better as you might have some space for sitting in. Maybe that's the next step!

Good luck.

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Anyone else reckon the population of SE4 could be winning obesity competitions this time next year?

In the last 6 months I have eaten more cake, buns, flapjacks and biscuits in the caf's around here than I have eaten in the previous 10 years!

Tressilliana said...

Good luck to all new entrepreneurs, but it is actually extremely easy to make cakes and flapjacks, and much cheaper than buying them. Does no one do this at home any more?

THNick said...

Tressilliana - yes, but isn't part of the point of this shop to sell you the equipement and ingredients for doing it yourself?

FashionBite said...

That's fantastic news- I'm so excited!! Can't wait to try it out.

Patacakes_Stacie said...

We will have seating for people to eat in as well as take away youll be pleased to hear. Yes we will have small section for your baking needs for those of you who prefer to make your own, and for the rest of you then we're always here to provide you with goodies :-)

TM said...

Hi Stacie

Good luck and best wishes for the shop.

One tip: get a new photographer who knows how to avoid "red eye"

;0)

I Broccoli Brockley said...

I think this sounds great Stacie. Do you have an estimated opening date?

tip said...

Possibly once you get established, you could offer some cake baking classes in the evenings in the shop depending on size of shop & facilities etc.

mb said...

I need a slice of cake after all the excitement above.

I'm partial to Eccles cakes, bit of an old man pastry but you'd sell....erm...one.

Good luck etc.

Patacakes_Stacie said...

We are aiming to open first week of November, hopefully week commencing 31st October though this is still to be confirmed. We are looking to do childrens parties and maybe hen do cupcake decorating classes, baking classes etc, but at the moment we havent set anything in stone.

Anonymous said...

I hope there'll be tasty fare, simple fare, decent proper fare like victoria sponge cakes.

J said...

I don't really get this current fad for cup-cakes and their decoration, but Eccles Cakes - Ohh yes! I bloody love the things.

Matt-Z said...

If you're taking requests:

Chelsea Bun
Cream Horn
Custard Slice
Custard Tart
Macaroon

Percy Ingle said...

oi! stop copying my cake menu!

Matt-Z said...

Ha! Love an old school bakery. Ingles are great.

spincat said...

I love Eccles Cakes too!

Anonymous said...

it is open today

Anonymous said...

It appears Brockley Nick, that you may have a connection to this business, we can only hope that the point made, and those that have been removed from this blog are considered constructive and will hopefully enable the owner to make improvements that will enable her to succeed in her business. I wish her every success.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - no, none. If you want to ask about our moderation policies, please email me.

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