Cakes, shakes and more as Westbrook’s mum moves her business to Quex Craft Village – The Isle Of Thanet News

Shahla Joiner, mum-of-three, will launch Shahla’s Cakes from her new home at Quex Craft Village on July 23

A Westbrook baker who had been running her business from home for ten years is now opening her first shop.

Mum-of-three Shahla Joiner will launch Shahla’s Cakes from her new home in Quex Craft Village on July 23 – and there will be new additions to the business with a cafe-style space selling cakes, pastries with a new range of bubble waffles and milkshakes.

The 34-year-old, who is self-taught, supplied businesses such as Cupcake Cafe in Margate and Paul’s Bar in Westgate before covid. She also hosted cupcake decorating classes in people’s homes before the pandemic.

Cupcake decorating parties will make a comeback with the opening of the Quex business.

Shahla previously created a cake to commemorate the refurbishment of Margate’s clock tower and was commissioned by The Stylistics when the soul group celebrated their 50th anniversary with a concert at Margate’s Winter Gardens.

During the pandemic, she also adapted to create a dessert delivery service.

Shahla says she is now proudly following in the footsteps of her parents who owned Cliftonville’s first kebab shop in the 80s – Mr Chips – and later ran kebab and seafood stalls in Dreamland.

She said: “I started baking and selling cakes at home 10 years ago when my children were small. At that time I had the privilege of being asked to do cakes for The Stylistics, for the renovation of the clock tower and many others.

“Just before the pandemic I started offering cupcake decorating birthday parties which were a big hit but unfortunately had to stop when covid hit. During the pandemic I had to do everything change, so I started a fast food dessert delivery service that just went from strength to strength.

“Being a single mom with three kids at home was a challenge, but they were amazing and it was great for them to see their mom in action. I’ve made many lovely clients, old and new, who I’m forever grateful for their customers and their support, without them this would not be possible.

“Now I think it’s a good time to open a shop. I will be bringing back the cupcake decorating birthday parties that will be held in the shop and the kids will be in for a treat as they can mix, color and even flavor their own frosting. Then I’ll be on hand to teach them simple cake decorating techniques with how to decorate their cakes. The best part is they can take them home to enjoy!

“There will also be a cafe side where I will be selling all my cakes and pastries with an exciting new addition of bubble waffles and milkshakes being added to the menu!

“I’m holding our grand opening on Saturday, July 23. Gifts will be distributed on the day of the celebration. Anyone can join us!”

Find Shahla’s Cakes online at and on Facebook and Instagram.


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