Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes - The Independent Tees Collective

23 Jan 2021

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For today's instalment of The Independent Tees Collective, I've got a bit of a hankering for something sweet. Hands up, who else absolutely loves a no bake cheesecake? But have you ever had a homemade no bake cheesecake that's topped off with the most incredible mountain of treats? That's exactly what we're going to be chatting about today!

Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes is a Boro-based biz that specialises in producing the most amazing cheesecakes that you'll ever see. They're basically like works of art and it's almost sacrilege to cut into them. Hers are some of the lightest, most beautifully flavoured cheesecakes that I've ever had (and if you want to read more about that, I did a whole post about how obsessed I am), so it was only right that I shared her with you guys.

If you've got a sweet tooth that's as strong as mine, take a look at this Q&A to find out more about this business and the amazing lady behind it.

Hello! Let's start with a bit of an introduction. Who are you and what is your business all about?

Hi I’m Karen, a.k.a. Miss Moneypenny, and I live in Middlesbrough. I've worked in the public sector for 30 years and continue to do so whilst running my cheesecake business.

I'm an arty person, so I started making novelty cakes about 12 years ago, all self-taught, and I absolutely loved it. But because of work, family commitments and a couple of house moves, I decided something had to give and unfortunately, it was the cakes.

In 2017, I attended a course and was fortunate to meet some lovely people, one of them being a chef. Because I'm very food-orientated, we got chatting about cheesecake and he set me a challenge to make a no bake cheesecake, and this is where my hobby started... the rest is history!

Where did the inspiration for Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes come from? What made you want to kickstart it?

I've been following Pleesecakes since they began their journey (a painter and decorator duo who became cheesecake aficionados) and they now run a national cheesecake business. And after my own challenge, I started making cheesecakes for friends and family, and it just followed from there. I refreshed my Food Hygiene Certificate at college and started taking orders!

Because of the interest and orders I was receiving, I created a business page and chose my business name. So why am I called Miss Moneypenny's? Well, for now, that will have to remain top secret!

Which cheesecake project has been your favourite to make and why?

My all time favourite to make was a dinosaur cheesecake. This was because I had chance to design something and let my artistic flare take over.

My other favourite has to be the heart sharers - I just love how compact and cute they look at together, and loaded with lots of yummy toppings. I don't really have a favourite flavour, although I do love the fruity ones and my homemade caramel, which is just heavenly.

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What do you enjoy most about running Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes?

I love being creative. I'm an Aquarian and I definitely have the arty trait, and so I love it when my customers let me have free reign. I also really enjoy meeting people and I've met some lovely people - customers, suppliers, collaborators - on my journey up to now.

What has been Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes' biggest achievement so far?

Actually starting the business is my biggest achievement so far! I've also recently supplied a number of top end restaurants and I was blown away by a comment I received from one manager. After having worked in Michelin star restaurants, he told me that my cheesecakes were the best he'd ever tasted!

What do you love about the Teesside independent scene?

Well, what can I say? I feel so humbled and privileged to be part of the foodie scene on Teesside, and we certainly have some excellent and creative small business entrepreneurs out there. I have made some lovely friends over the past couple of years and it's great that we can all support each other, especially in the recent uncertain times.

What's next for Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes?

I'm hoping to keep my little business ticking along for now. I've enjoyed my recent collaborations and have a few more or those in the pipeline. I've got another exciting idea that I'm working on for 2021, but that's TOP SECRET at the moment. Keep your eyes peeled!

And finally, recommend one other Teesside independent to us!

I've had to think long and hard about this one as there really are so many, but I'm going to have to say Knots & Crosses Bakery. Like many of our small independent food businesses, Beth is one very inspirational and determined young lady. She runs her business from home, whilst looking after her two small children and works through the night to bring her lush pretzel creations to our homes.

Even if you're not a cheesecake fan, I absolutely implore you to go and check out Miss Moneypenny's Cheesecakes, just to see her mouth watering creations. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram, and if you have any questions about ordering, she's more than happy to chat.

Make sure you check back next week for another incredible Tees independent!

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