This is Jane. She grew up in a house built on an old orchard in Surrey and her favourite tv show is Question Time.
She is also the mastermind behind Tipple Tails, a homemade fruitcake business we proudly sell on the BoroughBox marketplace.
Why the name Tipple Tails?
Tip over Tipple Tails is a Yorkshire phrase for a ‘head over heels‘ or a ‘roly poly‘. It captures the essence of childhood fun, celebrating the simple things in life. It’s also used to describe a person who would bend over backwards to do something.
Jane was born in South East London and grew up in a house built on an old orchard in Surrey with her mum, dad, brother and three sisters. Throughout her childhood Jane was surrounded by all sorts of fruit, all from their very own garden.
There was always plenty of activity in the kitchen with a big family to feed; lots of home grown fruit made its way into puddings and pies and stood, preserved in glass jarsin row after row on the larder shelves. A very organic hands on approach to using up fruit!
Jane went on to be trained as a Home Economist at Birmingham College of Food. She worked in industry for many years, before having a family of her own. Later on she moved back to Sheffield and started pursuing another passion of hers, horticulture! From here she worked for the National Trust and then on the Making Local Food Work project before finally following the advice she had been giving out and starting her own fruit cake business.
Exciting new developments
After a chance encounter in a Birmingham bike shop , the idea was born to create a cake that was compact and crammed full of energy giving fruit and nuts. Tastier than the energy gels but just as powerful! Enter ‘Total Fruit Cake slices’ these are perfect pocket friendly cakes full of dates, apricots and nuts. All infused with Sheffield Honey & ‘Full Monty’ tea.
How about taking one on your next bike ride? Or even in your lunch box!
How do Jane’s flavour combinations come about?
When creating the newest cake Coco Bazaar, Jane did a lot of research about new upcoming food trends. This along with the discovery of the chocolate turkish delight flavoured liqueur got her thinking of Middle Eastern flavours. She used the exotic flavours of cardamom, rose and some complementary honey instead of traditional treacle in a cake to create a truly modern fruit cake. It is a must try!
What we love
One of BoroughBox’s favourite things about Jane and Tipple Tails is how social responsible the company is. Jane works hard to source all the elements of her fantastic cakes from local businesses. You can ask her where any ingredient is from and she can tell you how many miles away from her very own door!
Jane is passionate about doing her bit for the environment and her local sourcing extends to the packaging & marketing as well! The paper cake cases are made in the Peak District; cellophane bags are biodegradable, and cake tins are from London. There is no extra unnecessary packing with the cakes.
It has a gorgeous flavour; a summertime fruit (love the summer); part of the rose family which is my favourite flower! You can use it to create fabulous flavour combinations – raspberry and almond, raspberry and rhubarb, raspberry and chocolate. It also works well with spices and makes the best jam EVER and is delicious in cocktails or as a liqueur. I haven’t tried it but I hear that it is good with chicken …
Don’t hesitate, purchase Tipple Tails cakes right here!
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We wish Tipple Tails all the best on their road to fruit cake domination!