Cake stall on Norwich market set to open new shop

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich Market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street.

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich Market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street. It is owned by Melanie Abel (left) and Kim Cooper. - Credit: Melanie Abel

A cake business which has been based on Norwich’s market since 2018 will soon be offering sweet-treats from its new shop. 

But don’t worry, The Cuppie Hut will not be closing its stall.

Owners Melanie Abel and Kim Cooper will be expanding their business by offering their bakes from Norwich Market and the new shop – formerly Garner Hair – on St Giles Street. 

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street.

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich Market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street. - Credit: Melanie Abel

It comes after a successful year for the business after only moving to a double stall back in September 2020.  

Ms Abel, 53, said: “We need to expand because although we have moved to a double stall there still isn't enough a room – with two of us baking all day every day we just need more space. 

“It’s literally just a stone's throw from where we are now, but we don’t want to leave the market. It's like our family and we would miss it too much. 

“We will be baking cakes for the stall everyday as well as serving them from the shop.” 

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street.

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich Market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street. It is owned by Melanie Abel (left) and Kim Cooper. - Credit: Melanie Abel

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Despite the lockdowns, Ms Abel said demand for their cakes soared – with orders coming in from across the UK. 

“Business has been doing really well,” she said. “During lockdown we had to drastically change the way we worked because we still baked from home. We worked harder than ever. 

“Through lockdown it just went mad and we had to hire our village hall just to pack everything. By the second lockdown we had our double stall.” 

Christmas cupcakes made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market.

Christmas cupcakes made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market. - Credit: Melanie Abel

The Cuppie Hut business was created by Ms Abel and Mrs Cooper, 48, from Hethersett, around eight years ago after they started doing bake sales for charity. 

They then moved into a converted horsebox and traded on Tombland in Norwich, before moving to the market.

Looking back, Ms Abel said she can’t believe how far they have come. 

Mince pie cookie cups made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market.

Mince pie cookie cups made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market. - Credit: Melanie Abel

“It’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t sunken in. It’s all falling into place," she said.

“We will concentrate on the market until Christmas, then we plan to get in in January have it fitted out and refurbed and plan on being open by February. 

“We would like to a say a massive thank everybody who follows and support us. Without them none of this would happen. We love our job. It's not like going to work, we enjoy ourselves every day.” 

Cake jars made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market.

Cake jars made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market. - Credit: Melanie Abel

Christmas cupcakes made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market.

Christmas cupcakes made by The Cuppie Hut on Norwich Market. - Credit: Melanie Abel

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street.

The Cuppie Hut, which has a stall on Norwich Market, is set to open a new shop on St Giles Street. - Credit: Melanie Abel