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Growing from home kitchen into purpose built bakery and bringing independent, great-tasting handmade cakes to Leeds
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WHO AND WHAT IS PORTERHOUSE CAKE CO?

Porterhouse Cake Co is a microbakery dedicated to providing Leeds with an independent source of high quality, handmade, and creative baking. Up to this point it has been run by me, Liz Richardson, singlehandedly out of my home kitchen. Over the last two years, the business has grown and it is time to take a big step and move into a professional kitchen space.

Porterhouse Cake Co began in 2017 when I left an office job to renovate our kitchen and make a go of baking full time. Orders from friends for wedding cakes had given me confidence and I finally took the plunge. 

Since then the business has developed steadily from private orders, street food events and pop ups, to supplying more than 5 cafes and catering for weddings. You might know my cakes from Laynes Espresso, Workshop, and Stage Espresso amongst others, or from events like Belgrave Feast, Leeds Indie Food festival and Eat North.

 I've also done pop up events, such as Parisian patisserie at And Other Stories.

At this point, just keeping up with demand from my busy clients in a domestic kitchen has become more and more challenging as the business has outgrown the space and its limitations and I have a waiting list of new clients who I would love to supply. I need a larger kitchen, professional ovens, greater storage space and more specialist equipment to continue to grow. Having this space will also allow me to hold workshops, events and have a pop-up shop once or twice a month.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

My business is focused on creating high quality, flavourful, handmade cakes. What I really want is for people in Leeds to have the option of choosing locally-made, great-tasting, and out-of-the-ordinary bakes as opposed to the monotony of big brand options you can buy everywhere. I want to grow and supply more coffee shops across a wider area, increase the number of events and weddings I can take on during the year and I'm also aiming to hold workshops in the new kitchen space and have a regular pop up shop open to the public.

WHY SHOULD YOU PLEDGE? 

It’s independent businesses that give a city its character and we are lucky that Leeds has many passionate business owners who want to bring that variety and interest despite competition from big business, but it is only through the support of customers like you that our businesses can be successful. By supporting my campaign you’ll be helping another small independent grow and become more established. I’ll also, wherever possible, be trying to use other independent suppliers throughout this project (for example Seagulls Paint) so your money will be going to other local enterprises too. I hope you will see that I’m not asking for money for nothing but offering a chance to invest in the growth of our independent scene and to choose a great reward too.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?

I have already secured a small industrial unit at Armley Link, an ideal location as it has easy access to the city centre for deliveries. The unit was previously a motorbike repair shop and as you can see in the video below, it’s lacking the key ingredient – a kitchen – and needs quite a bit of work! I will be doing as much of the work myself (with help from my husband and friends!) as possible, such as cleaning and painting, but I need your pledges to help cover plumbing, carpentry and equipment costs. I will need to have a new double sink installed and plumbed for pot washing, an inner glass door to let in some daylight, work benches, cooling racks, storage bins, refrigeration, and of course ovens! A lot of the smaller appliances and equipment I own already and will be moving over from the current kitchen. I’m also planning to have a cake counter and some seating built so I can open up the bakery to customers on a monthly basis. 

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ANY MONEY RAISED OVER TARGET?

If we were to raise more funds than expected, these would go towards more specialist equipment, a dedicated delivery vehicle and initial staffing. I hope to invest in a pastry sheeter so I can include more pastries in my offering. In terms of staff - so far, I’ve been running the business singlehandedly, which includes all the baking, cleaning, pot-washing, deliveries (in my old Ford Focus), ordering, shopping, sales, social media, and admin – so I think it’s probably about time to get some help!

TARGET AND REWARDS

I am asking for £10,000, which is the bare minimum I need for the new space. In return, (as well as my undying gratitude and the knowledge you’ve helped a new business) I’m offering a wide range of rewards for every budget. There are small options such as paying for brownies and cakes in advance, mid-range rewards such as buying a monthly treat box subscription, a Porterhouse picnic box, tickets to the launch party, workshops at the unit, or for larger pledges I can provide a wedding cake or dessert table for an event. There is a really special collaborative reward of 12 seasonal recipe cards, each one illustrated by a Leeds or Yorkshire connected artist. This is a great option if you live too far afield for cake! All those who pledge will have their names on our Kickstarter wall of fame in the kitchen. Please have a look at the list of pledges to the right to browse them all! 

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Importantly, as with all Kickstarter campaigns, it is ALL OR NOTHING, meaning if I don’t reach the target, I won’t receive a penny. It’s vital to get off to a good start, so please pledge and/or share this campaign on your social media as widely as possible. I really hope there's a reward that you’ll enjoy and that you can get behind the campaign!

WHY CROWDFUND?

I have decided to crowdfund as opposed to funding via a bank loan because I want to actively engage with the community in Leeds, and to me it makes more sense to pay my supporters back with my time, products and expertise than make the bank free money! I’ve worked hard on a range of rewards, so that anyone who pledges, regardless of the amount, will feel they are getting a good deal! Read on to find out more about them…

THANK YOU FOR READING!

Risks and challenges

The main risk to opening the new kitchen will be completing the work that needs doing whilst maintaining my current baking commitments using my home kitchen. Friends and family will be supporting me in this by giving time to clean and paint. The work that requires specialists, so the plumbing and carpentry work, can get underway with supervision from my long-suffering husband! I hope to be in and working from the new kitchen by end of March if all goes well.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    Your name on the backers’ wall

    Ideal for those of you who are too far away for a cake delivery, or on too strict a diet to allow yourself a sweet reward, a donation of £5 or more (any amount of your choice) gets your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen and our eternal gratitude, of course!

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    Personal thank you video

    Pledge £5 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a video thank you message direct from Liz and have your name on the backers’ wall for prosperity.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    12 illustrated seasonal recipe cards

    Pledge £25 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a set of 12 Porterhouse Cake Co recipe cards, with specially commissioned, one-off illustrations by 12 Leeds and Yorkshire connected artists. The A5 cards will be printed in Leeds on 100% recycled card and delivered as a bundle of separate cards so you can display or frame your favourite illustrations. These can either be collected, delivered to Leeds or Bradford addresses, or posted anywhere nationally or internationally. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Celebration cake

    Pledge £50 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a 4 layer 6” celebration cake (you will be able to choose from a selection of flavours) for delivery to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind.

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    Bakery visit

    Pledge £50 or more (any amount of your choice) and be invited to visit us and see how the bakery works, ask any questions you might have, take photos, and enjoy some cake and a cup of tea! You'll go away with a bag of extra treats and you'll also have your name on the backers’ wall.

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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 76

    Doughnut box

    Pledge £60 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a box of 24 freshly made doughnuts filled with your choice of filling for delivery to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind.

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    Launch party invite x 2

    Pledge £60 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive 2 tickets to the launch party, which will be held in the new unit at Armley Link on completion of the kitchen, date to be announced. There will be a cake feast to nibble on, music, cocktails and a one-off collab beer by my new neighbour, Anthology Brew Co. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 95

    Porterhouse picnic (standard)

    Pledge £75 or more (to serve 4-6 people) and enjoy a selection of Porterhouse sweet and savoury bakes with friends and family. Can be delivered to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind.

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    Design-a-doughnut

    Pledge £75 or more (any amount of your choice) and get the chance to design your very own ideal doughnut, with fillings and toppings of your choice, then receive a box of 24 delivered to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind.

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    Pledge £85 or more About US$ 107

    Large celebration cake

    Pledge £85 or more and receive a beautiful 8" 4 layer celebration cake decorated with fresh flowers. You can choose from a selection of flavours and looks. Can be delivered to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. Please get in touch to check availability if you have a specific date in mind. Your name will also go on the backer's wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 126

    Name a mixer

    Pledge £100 or more (any amount of your choice) to name one of the 3 precious and beloved Porterhouse Cake Co. Kitchen Aid mixers which are in use all day every day. You will receive a video of the naming ceremony and a photo of your adopted mixer. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 189

    Porterhouse office picnic

    Pledge £150 or more (£15 per head, to serve 10 people) and receive the Porterhouse ‘office picnic’ to your workplace, including sweet and savoury treats to reward your team with. You can expect sausage rolls, delicious savoury tarts, and sweet treats aplenty. Leeds or Bradford postcodes only. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind.

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    Monthly cake subscription box (6 month)

    Pledge £150 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a monthly cake box for 6 months, filled with a selection of delicious handmade treats, delivered to any address (or gift this to a friend) with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 251

    1-2-1 workshop

    Pledge £200 or more (any amount of your choice) and come for a 4-hour 1-2-1 workshop tailored to you, including drinks and nibbles. Workshop content can be decided at a later date depending on what you would most like to learn but some suggestions are: cake decorating, wedding cake stacking, cinnamon bun making. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen. Please get in touch to check date availability before pledging if you have a specific date in mind. Workshops are restricted to Friday afternoons and Saturdays.

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    Pledge £300 or more About US$ 377

    Monthly cake subscription box (12 month)

    Pledge £300 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a monthly cake box for a whole year, filled with a selection of delicious handmade treats, delivered to any address (or gift this to a friend) with a Leeds or Bradford postcode. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Wedding/celebration cake for 60 guests

    Pledge £300 or more (any amount of your choice) I will provide a beautiful 2-tier buttercream wedding cake (your choice of flavours) with fresh flower decoration for up to 60 people – please get in touch to discuss availability before pledging. Restricted to 2019 and 2020 weddings within Yorkshire. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Wedding/celebration doughnuts

    Pledge £300 or more (any amount of your choice) I will provide a selection of freshly made filled doughnuts (your choice of flavours) for up to 100 people - please get in touch to discuss availability before pledging. Restricted to 2019 and 2020 weddings/events within Yorkshire. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 628

    Wedding cake for 100 guests

    Pledge £500 or more (any amount of your choice) and I will provide a beautiful 3-tier buttercream wedding cake (your choice of flavours) with fresh flower decoration for up to 100 people – please get in touch to discuss availability before pledging. Restricted to 2019 and 2020 weddings within Yorkshire. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    The Porterhouse party

    Pledge £500 or more (any amount of your choice) and come to the kitchen with up to 8 friends for a tailor-made cake decorating workshop - perfect for get-togethers and hen parties (Friday afternoons or Saturdays only, please get in touch to discuss date availability before pledging.) You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Dessert table

    Pledge £500 or more (any amount of your choice) towards a unique and bespoke cake table for your wedding or other event for up to 100 guests. Restricted to 2019 and 2020 events within Yorkshire. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,255

    The Porterhouse Package

    Includes:
    • Name on backer's wall
    • Personal thank you video
    • Brownie box
    • Cake selection box
    • Set of 12 illustrated recipe cards
    • Celebration cake
    • Bakery visit
    • Design-a-doughnut
    • Launch party invite
    • Porterhouse picnic box
    • Monthly cake box subscription
    • Porterhouse party group workshop
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    Brownie Box

    Pledge £20 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a box of 6 salted caramel brownies, as seen in Laynes Espresso, delivered to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode, and have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Sweet treat selection box

    Pledge £25 or more (any amount of your choice) and receive a selection box of 6 different cakes and baked goods delivered to any address with a Leeds or Bradford postcode, and have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 126

    Name an oven!

    Pledge £100 or more (any amount of your choice) to name one of the 2 new Porterhouse Cake Co. ovens. You will receive a video of the naming ceremony and a photo of your adopted oven. You will also have your name on the backers’ wall in the new kitchen.

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About US$ 3,765

    The Porterhouse Patron

    For the true cake obsessive and Porterhouse fanatic, a pledge of over £3000 and you get everything – and we mean everything! Only one pledger can receive this reward – first come, first served! The rewards can be spread across 2019 and 2020 to make sure you can fit them all in!

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