Oakham business women collaborate on a hand-painted cake

What I love most about my job is that I get the chance to meet so many talented locals. Last year, I met Anna Hughes who is an Oakham based artist and owner of Anya's Studio. Anna uses her love of art and painted to customise items of clothing and has recently launched a shop on her website selling her bespoke pieces of art and fashion.

Local business women Michele Walters (left) & Anna Hughes (right) collaborated on a hand-painted birthday cake for my brothers 21st birthday.

At a networking event last summer, I introduced Anna to Michele Walters of Love Life Eat Cake. Michele (also based in Oakham) is an award-winning cake creator and sugar artist. Following their meeting, the pair decided to collaborate... on a cake for my brothers 21st birthday!

My brother and father restore vintage Land Rovers in their spare time, so I had the idea of a Land Rover Series 2 shooting scene as the inspiration for the design of the cake and the finished design totally blew me away!

I was honoured to be the first customer that these two extremely talented female business owners from Oakham were collaborating together to showcase their talents on a rather unusual canvas that is a cake. I interviewed Anna and Michele to find out more about their collaborations, their businesses and their skills...